Elena T. Carbone

Elena Carbone
Associate Professor; Graduate Program Director and Founding Director, Community-Engaged Research Program, Commonwealth Honors College
208 Chenoweth



B.S., University of New Hampshire; M.S., Boston University; Dr.P.H., University of North Carolina; Registered Dietitian, Licensed Dietitian/Nutritionist

Area(s) of Specialization: 

Health Literacy, Health Communication, Education, Community, Chronic Disease Interventions

Research Description: 

Dr. Carbone works in community settings to examine how low income, culturally diverse populations (adults and children) with limited literacy skills attend to and process health information related to obesity prevention, diabetes management, cancer control, and food safety. She uses primarily a qualitative approach (individual interviews, focus groups, and observations) to collect her data. She is also interested in the use of new technologies to enhance pedagogical practices.

Key Publications: 

Carbone ET, Rosal MC, Torres MI, Goins KV, Bermudez OI. Diabetes Self-Management: Perspectives of Latino Patients & their Health Care Providers. Patient Education and Counseling, May;66(2):202-10; 2007.

Torres MI, Márquez D, Carbone ET, Stacciarini JR, Foster J. Culturally Responsive Health Promotion in Puerto Rican Communities: A Structuralist Approach. Health Promotion Practice, April;9(2):149-158, 2008

Beffa-Negrini P, Carbone ET, Cohen NL. The Design, Implementation and Evaluation of Online Credit Nutrition Courses: A Systematic Review. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, Mar-Apr;43(2):76-86, 2011.

Brennan Olson B and Carbone ET. Examining the Exam: Implications for Participants and Policies Makers of the Food Manager Certification Exam. Food Protection Trends, 3(2):93-103, 2011.

Carbone ET and Zoellner JA. Nutrition and Health Literacy: A Systematic Review to Inform Nutrition Research and Practice. Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics,112:254-265, 2012.