Elena T. Carbone

Elena Carbone
Professor and Associate Dean for Curriculum & Academic Oversight, 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: 

Smith SA and Carbone ET. Reintegrate Empowerment & Health Literacy to Advance Public Health and Healthcare Delivery. In R. Logan (Ed.), Health Literacy in Clinical Practice and Public Health: New Initiatives and Lessons Learned at the Intersection with Other Disciplines, The Netherlands: IOS Press. ISBN: 978-1-64368-074-3 

Wickham C* and Carbone ET. Just say it like it is! Use of a community-based participatory approach to develop a technology driven food literacy program for adolescents. Internatl Quart Comm Health Ed;38(2):83-97.  

Carbone ET and Ware S. Are college graduates ready for the 21st century? Community-engaged research can help. J Higher Education Outreach and Engagement, 21(4): 173-208.

Carbone ET, DiFulvio GT, Susi T*, Nelson-Peterman J, Lowbridge-Sisley J, Collins J. Evaluation of an urban farm-to-preschool and families (F2P) program. Internatl Quart Comm Health Ed 36(3):177-187, 2016. 

Carbone ET and Buchanan DR. The utility of community-based participatory research to address chronic diseases. Vestnik (Special Issue) Methods to Prevent Community Health Problems: Russian and American Prospectives, 45-52, 2013.

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.