Cardel, Michelle

2015-08-07_Dr._Michelle_Cardel-0894-EditAssistant Professor, Health Outcomes & Biomedical Informatics
Faculty, Institute for Child Health Policy
Fellow, The Obesity Society

Phone: (352) 273-8811

2004 Mowry Road, 2247
PO Box 100177
Gainesville, FL 32610


  • Ph.D., Nutritional Sciences, University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • M.S., Clinical Nutrition, University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • R.D., Nutrition and Dietetics, University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • B.S., Biological Sciences, Florida State University

Michelle Cardel CV

Professional Biography

Dr. Cardel is an obesity and nutrition scientist and registered dietitian in the Department of Health Outcomes & Biomedical Informatics at the University of Florida. Dr. Cardel received her Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Florida State University in 2005. In 2009, she was awarded a Master’s Degree in Clinical Nutrition and in 2012, a Doctorate Degree in Nutrition Sciences from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). She went on to complete her dietetic internship at UAB and the Alaskan Native Medical Center in Anchorage, Alaska. Her research is focused on understanding factors that contribute to the development of obesity and implementing treatment programs for obesity in underserved populations. Her specialties include nutrition, obesity, weight management, pediatric obesity, psychosocial factors contributing to obesity, and health disparities.

Dr. Cardel is a member of The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, The Obesity Society, and American Society for Nutrition (ASN), where she was recognized in 2015 as the recipient of the ASN Grand Prize for Young Minority Investigators Award. She has presented at both national and international conferences including the National Academy of Medicine annual meeting and has been recipient of a variety of awards including the UAB President’s Diversity Award, Charles Barkley Young Investigator Award, UAB’s Outstanding Woman Award, The Obesity Society’s Ethan Sims Young Investigator Award finalist, and the UAB National Alumni Society’s Outstanding Young Alumni Award. In 2018, she was selected to become a Fellow of The Obesity Society. She is passionate about trans-disciplinary obesity research and is currently Chair of the Obesity Research Interest Section for the American Society for Nutrition.


  • Obesity
  • Nutrition
  • Factors influencing obesity
  • Pediatric obesity prevention and treatment
  • Health disparities

Current Research Studies

Recent News


  • Cardel MI, Min YI, Sims M, Musani SK, Dulin-Keita A, DeBoer M, Gurka MJ. Association of Psychosocial Stressors with Metabolic Syndrome Severity among African Americans. Psychoneuroendocrinology. In press.
  • Hong YR, Tauscher J, Cardel M. Distrust in Healthcare and Cultural Factors are Associated with Uptake of Colorectal Cancer Screening in Hispanic and Asian Americans. Cancer. 2017; 124 (2): 335-345. PMID: 28976535
  • Pavela G, Lewis DW, Dawson JA, Cardel MI, Allison DB. Social Status and Energy Intake: A Randomized Controlled Experiment. Clinical Obesity. 2017; 7(5): 316-322. PMID: 28877558
  • Cardel M, Lemas DL, Jackson KH, Friedman JE, Fernandez JR. Higher intake of Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids is Associated with Lower Total and Visceral Adiposity and Higher Lean Mass in a Racially Diverse Sample of Children. Journal of Nutrition. 2015; 145(9):2146-52. PMID: 26269238
  • Cardel MI, Pavela G, Dhurandhar E, Allison DB. Future Research Directions for the Insurance Hypothesis regarding Food Insecurity and Obesity. Brain and Behavioral Sciences. 2017; 40:e110. PMID: 28983139
  • Gurka MJ, Golden, SH, Musani SK, Sims M, Vishnu A, Guo Y, Cardel M, Pearson TA, DeBoer MD. Independent Associations between a Metabolic Syndrome Severity Score and Future Diabetes by Sex and Race: The Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities Study and Jackson Heart Study. Diabetologia. 2017; 60 (7):1261-1270. PMID: 28378033
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  • Cardel, M. (Co-Investigator), Gurka, M.J. (Co-Principal Investigator), DeBoer, M.D. (Co-Principal Investigator). Socioeconomic Status and Subjective Social Status as Modifiers of Stressors and Discrimination in their Relationship with MetS Severity Over Time. Recipient of Research Supplements to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research. NIH National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute R01HL120960. Award amount: $224,023. 2017-2019.
  • Cardel M. (Principal Investigator). The Influence of Social Standing on Eating Behavior, Obesity Risk, and Cardiovascular Outcomes in Hispanic Adolescents. NIH Loan Repayment Program. 2016-2018
  • Cardel M. (Principal Investigator). The Effects of Experimentally Manipulated Social Status on Energy Balance in Youth: A Randomized Controlled Trial. University of Florida Clinical Translational Research Institute Clinical Pilot Award. Award amount: $28,084. 2016-2017.
  • Cardel, M. (Co-Principal Investigator), Modave, F. (Co-Principal Investigator). DiaFit: A Smart App that Empowers Patients with Type II Diabetes and Obesity. University of Florida Clinical Translational Research Institute Translational Pilot Award. Award amount: $50,000. 2015-2016.
  • Cardel, M. (Co-Investigator), Shenkman, E. (Principal Investigator). PCORI-CDRN-1501-26692 OneFlorida Clinical Data Research Network. Award amount: $7,200,000. 2015-2016.
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  • 2017 UAB National Alumni Society’s Outstanding Young Alumni Award
    University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) National Alumni Society selects one UAB alumnus/na who is 40 years of age or younger for this award annually. The recipient is chosen based on outstanding achievement in his/her career, demonstrated notable service to the community, and shown commitment to UAB.
  • 2016 NIH NHLBI PRIDE Research in Implementation Science and Equity program, University of California San Francisco
  • 2016 ILSI Future Leader Award, Finalist
  • 2015 Winner of the American Society of Nutrition Grand Prize for Young Minority Investigators Award at Experimental Biology Annual Meeting, Boston, Massachusetts
  • 2013 Selected for Nutrition Leadership Institute from the Dannon Institute
    The Dannon Institute selects 20 outstanding nutritional scientists at an early stage of their careers to attend this intensive five-day training program. The program is designed to equip these future leaders with the skills and broad perspective necessary to achieve their professional potential, improving their ability to lead others in both their place of employment and in the field of nutrition.
  • 2012 Ethan Sims Young Investigator Award, Finalist. The Obesity Society.
    This annual award recognizes excellence in research by a young investigator based on the quality of their abstract. Five finalists out of 900 abstract submissions were chosen to present their oral abstract during The Obesity Society’s Annual Meeting.
  • 2012 UAB President’s Diversity Graduate Student Award, University of Alabama at Birmingham. This annual award recognizes significant achievements of a graduate student toward developing a more culturally diverse, competent, and inclusive university community.
  • 2011 Outstanding Woman UAB Graduate Student Award, University of Alabama at Birmingham. This award is presented annually to one graduate student by the UAB Women’s Center and Women’s Studies Program to honor female members of the UAB and Birmingham communities who have mentored or served other women, taken a courageous stance, or overcome adversity.
  • 2010 Compass Bank Endowed Scholarship in Graduate Education for Community Service and Academic Excellence, University of Alabama at Birmingham.
  • 2009 Charles Barkley Young Investigator Award, University of Alabama at Birmingham
    Minority Health Research Center
  • 2008 Charles Barkley Young Investigator Award, University of Alabama at Birmingham Minority Health Research Center

Courses Taught

  • GMS 6833: Health Outcomes and Policy in Vulnerable Populations