September 20, 2018
Elena Carbone, Associate Professor of Nutrition, has assumed the position of Chair of the Department. Prior to her appointment, she served as the department’s Graduate Program Director from 2007-2018.
“Elena has been in the department since 2000 and knows a great deal about the university. She served as interim head of Nutrition for one semester in 2009, and it was a pleasure to work with her during that time,” says Marjorie Aelion, Dean of the School of Public Health and Health Sciences. “I also want to thank Richard Wood for his service as head for the last three years, and his contributions to the department.”
Carbone works with communities to examine how low income, culturally diverse populations with limited literacy skills attend to and process health information related to such issues as obesity, diabetes, cancer, and maternal and child health. She uses primarily qualitative approaches to collect data and design interventions. She is particularly interested in the intersection of health literacy and power and its influence on health outcomes and in the use of new technologies to enhance pedagogical practices. She is currently the PI of an international grant with Ghana, Australia and the UK examining maternal health literacy and empowerment.
Carbone is a Fellow of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, a member of the International Health Literacy Association’s Policy and Advocacy Committee, Founding Director of the Commonwealth Honors College's Community-Engaged Research Program, and a recipient of the university’s Distinguished Graduate Mentor and Distinguished Academic Outreach Research Awards.