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Loneke T. Blackman Carr

Assistant Professor of Community and Public Health Nutrition, University of Connecticut
Chapter Member: Connecticut SSN

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About Loneke

Blackman Carr's research aims to address health disparities in African American women. Her body of work mainly focuses on understanding and reducing the disparity in behavioral weight loss intervention outcomes where, on average, African American women, experience subpar weight loss. Blackman Carr also seeks to improve physical activity and sedentary behaviors among African American women, particularly by understanding the driving cultural mechanisms. She aims to gain equity in public health solutions for all participants, and inform the policies that impact individuals' lives.


"Goal Setting for Health Behavior Change: Evidence from an Obesity Intervention for Rural Low-Income Women" (with Amy Ries, Rachel A. Page, Ziya Gizlice, Salli Benedict, Katie Barnes, Kristine Kelsey, and Lori Carter-Edwards). Rural and Remote Health 14 (2014): 2682.

Uses data from an obesity intervention for predominately minority women in rural North Carolina. Examines whether intervention participation resulted in working on goals and using goal setting strategies which in turn affected health behavior outcomes. Investigates racial/ethnic group differences in working on goals and use of goal setting strategies. 

"SafeTalk: Training Peers to Deliver a Motivational Interviewing HIV Prevention Program" Health Promotion Practice 18, no. 3 (2016): 410-417.

Tests the feasibility, fidelity, and acceptability of a motivational interviewing counseling training with individuals living with HIV to serve as peer counselors in order to address medication adherence and safer sex. Suggests that the program was feasible and there was positive acceptability; however, fidelity to motivational interviewing was poor. 

"Racial Differences in Weight Loss Mediated by Engagement and Behavior Change" (with Carmen Samuel-Hodge, Dianne Stanton-Ward, Kelly R. Evenson, Shrikant I. Bangdiwala, and Deborah F. Tate). Ethnicity & Disease 28, no. 1 (2018).

Sets out to determine if a primarily Internet-delivered behavioral weight loss intervention produced differential weight loss in African American and non-Hispanic White women, and to identify possible mediators. Suggests that the weight loss disparity between African American and non-Hispanic White women may be addressed through improved website engagement and adoption of weight control behaviors.