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Tiffany L. Carson (formerly Cox), Ph.D

Tiffany L. Carson, PhD MPH
Assistant Professor
Division of Preventive Medicine
Department of Medicine
University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB)
Business Address: Medical Towers 639
1720 2nd Avenue South
Birmingham, AL 35294-4410
Phone: 205-934-1443
Fax: 205-934-7959
Full CV

I am an epidemiologist with additional training and expertise in the development and implementation of behavioral weight control interventions for Black women. My research focuses on examining and intervening upon psychosocial factors related to obesity among Black women. I am also interested in exploring bio-behavioral aspects of obesity and obesity-related diseases such as cancer. For example, my current funded research is focusing on the relationship between stress, obesity, race, and the microbiome among black and white women in the Deep South. Based on the findings, we will have a better understanding of the role of stress, race, and the microbiome in weight control and related co-morbidities of black and white women.


Institution Degree Year Field of Study
Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL BS 2002 Biology
Univ of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham,AL MPH 2005 Epidemiology
Univ of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham,AL PhD 2010 Epidemiology
Univ of AR for Medical Sciences, Little Rock, AR Post-Doc 2011-2012 Hlth Behav & Hlth Educ

Positions and Employment

2012-present Assistant Professor, Division of Preventive Medicine, School of Medicine, UAB
2012-present Associate Scientist, Comprehensive Cancer Center Cancer Control and Population Sciences Program, UAB
2012-present Associate Scientist, Nutrition Obesity Research Center, UAB
2011-2012 Post-doctoral Fellow, Department of Health Behavior and Health Education, Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
2010 Pre-doctoral Fellow, Ruth Kirschstein National Research Service Award pre-doctoral fellowship, NIH/NIDDK F31DK08397, Department of Nutrition Sciences, UAB School of Health Professions


  • 2018 Scholar, UAB Department of Medicine K2R Scholars Program
  • 2017 Travel Award, National Cancer Institute Geographical Management of Cancer Health Disparities Program (GMaP) Region 2
  • 2017 Nominee, Dean’s Excellence Award in Research, Junior Faculty
  • 2016 Finalist, International Life Sciences Institute North American Future Leader Award
  • 2016 Nominee, Dean’s Excellence Award in Research, Junior Faculty
  • 2015-2017 Scholar, National Institutes of Health, National Heart, Lung, Blood Institute, Programs to Increase Diversity among Individuals Engaged in Health-Related Research; Research in Implementation Sciences at UCSF (national competitive invitation)
  • 2015 Research Spotlight, UAB Department of Medicine January 2015
  • 2015 Trainee Spotlight, National Cancer Institute (NCI) Geographical Management of Cancer Health Disparities Program (GMaP) Region 3 (GMaP-3)
  • 2014 UAB Minority Health Research Center’s Charles Barkley Health Disparities Investigator Award for oral presentation
  • 2013-2019 NIH Health Disparities Loan Repayment Program award recipient
  • 2013 Scholar, Health Disparities Research Training Program, University of Alabama at Birmingham (competitive selection of applicants)
  • 2012 Scholar, National Institutes of Health, Tenth Annual Summer Institute on Randomized Behavioral Clinical Trials (national competitive invitation)
  • 2011 Invited Participant, 5th Annual Robert Wood Johnson Foundation New Connections Symposium
  • 2011 Diversity Tour Winning Abstract at the Obesity Society Annual Meeting
  • 2009 Golden Key International Honor Society
  • 1998-2002 National Merit Achievement Scholar, Florida State University


  • 2018
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2011
  • 2010
  • pre 2010
  1. Montoya-Williams D*, Lemas DJ, Spriyda L, Patel K, Carney O, Neu J, Carson TL. The neonatal microbiome and its partial role in mediating the association between birth by Cesarean section and adverse pediatric outcomes. Neonatology. 2018 May; 114(2).
  2. Carson TL, Wang F*, Cui X, Jackson BE, Lefkowitz E, Kumar R, Morrow C, Baskin ML. Associations between race, perceived psychological stress, and the gut microbiota in a sample of generally healthy black and white women: A pilot study on the role of race and perceived psychological stress. Psychosomatic Medicine. 2018; doi: 10.1097/PSY.0000000000000614 (Epub ahead of print).
  3. Shikany JM, Carson TL, Hardy CM, Li Y, Sterling S, Hardy S, Walker CM, Baskin ML. Assessment of the nutrition environment in rural communities in the Deep South. Journal of Nutrition Science. 2018;7:e27.
  4. Nolan TS*, Ivankova N, Carson TL, Spaulding AM, Davies S, Enah C, & Meneses K. Perceptions of a Breast Cancer Survivorship Intervention: Pearls of Wisdom from Young African American Women. Journal of Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology. 2018; doi: 10.1089/jayao.2018.0055 (Epub ahead of print).
  5. Carson TL, Aguilera A, Brown SD, Peñe J, Butler A, Dulin A, Jonassaint CR, Riley I, Vanderbom K, Molina KM, Ceńe, CW (in press). Academic Medicine. A seat at the table: Strategic engagement in service activities for underrepresented minorities in the academy.
  6. Kroeger L, Carson TL, Baskin ML, Langaigne A, Schneider C, Bertrand, Herbey I, Harper L, Biggio J, PC Chandler-Laney. Reasons for late night eating and willingness to change: A qualitative study in pregnant African American women. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior. 2018; doi: 10.1016/j.jneb.2018.11.003 (Epub ahead of print).
  7. Nolan T*, Ivankova N, Carson TL, Spaulding A, Davies S, Enah C, Meneses K (in press). Ethnicity and Health. Life after Breast Cancer: "Being" a Young African American Survivor.
  1. Carson TL, Jackson BE, Nolan T, Williams A, Baskin ML. Lower Depression Scores associated with Greater Weight Loss among Rural Black Women in a Behavioral Weight Loss Program. Translational Behavioral Medicine. 2017; 7(2):320-329.
  2. Ard JD, Carson TL, Shikany J, Li Y, Hardy C, Robinson, J, Williams A, Baskin ML. Weight loss and improved metabolic outcomes for African American women in the rural Deep South: Six-month outcomes of a community randomized trial. Journal of Internal Medicine. 2017; 282(1):102-113.
  3. Sterling S*, Judd S, Bertrand B, Carson TL, Chandler-Laney P, Baskin ML. Dietary patterns among overweight and obese African-American women living in the rural South. Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities. 2017 Mar 9. doi: 10.1007/s40615-017-0351-3. [Epub ahead of print].
  4. Johnson E*, Baskin ML, Levitan E, Affuso O, Carson TL, Affuso O. Description of body image and body image dissatisfaction among overweight and obese rural Deep South African American women participating in a weight loss intervention. Journal of Health Psychology. 2017 Feb 1. doi: 10.1177/1359105317694489. [Epub ahead of print].
  5. Sterling S*, Bertrand B, Judd S, Carson TL, Chandler-Laney P, Baskin ML. Longitudinal analysis of nut-inclusive diets and BMI among overweight and obese African-American women living in the rural South (US). Preventing Chronic Disease. 2017; 14:E82 doi: 10.5888/pcd14.160595.
  6. Montoya-Williams D*, Lemas DJ, Spriyda L, Patel K, Neu J, Carson TL. What are optimal cesarean section rates in the population and how do we get there? A review of evidence-based recommendations and interventions to reduce potentially avoidable cesareans in the United States. Journal of Women’s Health (Larchmnt). 2017 Dec; 26(12): 1285-1291.
  1. Lampard, A. M., Nishi, A., Baskin, M. L., Carson, T. L. & Davison, K. K. The Activity Support Scale for Multiple Groups (ACTS-MG): child-reported physical activity parenting in African American and non-Hispanic White families. Behavioral Medicine. 2016; 42(2):112-9. PMCID: 4412752.
  1. Carson TL, Desmond RA, Hardy S, Townsend S, Young L, Ard JD, Meneses K, Partridge EE, Baskin ML. A study of the relationship between food group recommendations and perceived stress: Findings from Black women in the Deep South. Journal of Obesity. 2015; 2015:203164. doi: 10.1155/2015/203164. Epub 2015 Mar 4. PMCID: 4364113.
  1. Affuso O, Kaiser K, Carson TL, Ingram K, Robertson H, Abbas F, Allison DB. Association of run-in periods on weight loss in obesity randomized controlled trials. Obesity Reviews. 2014; 15(1):68-73. PMCID: 3885242
  2. Carson TL, Hidalgo B, Ard JD, Affuso O. Dietary interventions and quality of life: A systematic review of the literature. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior. 2014; 46:90-101. PMC: 3982833
  3. Carson TL, Hardy C, Greene E, Carter PL, James G, Partridge EE, Baskin ML. Considerations for biospecimen collection among black women residing in the rural Deep South participating in a cancer prevention study. Journal of Community Genetics. 2014; 5(3):257-63. PMCID: 4059851.
  4. Robinson J, Carson TL, Johnson ER , Hardy C, Li Y, Marron J, Shikany J, Baskin ML. Assessing the environment to decrease Cancer Disparities: Findings from Active Living Opportunity Audits in the Journey to Better Health Study. Preventive Medicine. 2014; 66:28-33. PMCID: 4138048.
  5. Wingo BC, Carson TL, Ard JD. Differences in weight loss and health outcomes between African Americans and Whites in multicentre trials. Obesity Reviews. 2014; 15 (Suppl 4):46-61.
  6. Johnson ER, Carson TL, Affuso O, Hardy CM, Baskin ML. Relationship between social support and body mass index among overweight and obese African American women in the rural Deep South, 2011-2013. Preventing Chronic Disease. 2014; 11:E224. PMCID: 4279865.
  1. Cox TL, Krukowski RA, Love SJ, Eddings KE, DiCarlo M, Chang JY, Prewitt TE, West DS (2013). Stress management augmented behavioral weight loss intervention for African American women: A pilot study. Health Education & Behavior, 40(1):78-87.
  2. Ard, J., Zunker, C., Hu, Q., Cox, T., Wingo, B., Jefferson, W., Shewchuk, R. (2013). Cultural perceptions of weight in African American and Caucasian women. American Journal of Health Behavior, 37(1): 3-13.
  3. Carson TL, Eddings KE*, Krukowski RA, Love SJ, Harvey-Berino J, West DS. Examining social influence on participation and outcomes among of a network of behavioral weight loss intervention enrollees. Journal of Obesity. 2013; 2013, Article ID 480630, 8 pages PMCID: 3690255.
  1. Davison, K.K., Li, K., Baskin, M.L., Cox, T.L., Affuso, O. Measuring parental support for children’s physical activity in white and African American parents: The Activity Support Scale for Multiple Groups (ACTS-MG). Preventive Medicine. 2011;52:39-43. [PMCID: PMC3022380]
  2. Affuso O, Cox TL, Durant NH, Allison DB. Attitudes and Beliefs Associated with Leisure-Time Physical Activity among African American Adults. Ethnicity and Disease. 2011;21:63-67. [PMCID: PMC3074974]
  3. Cox, T. L., Zunker, C., Wingo, B. C., Jefferson, W. K., & Ard, J. D. (2011). Stressful life events and behavior change: A qualitative examination of African American women’s participation in a weight loss program. The Qualitative Report, 16(3),622-634. Retrieved from
  4. Zunker, C., Cox, T.L., Rutt, C.D., Ard, J.D., Ivankova, N.V., & Baskin, M.L. (2011). Maintaining healthy behaviors following weight loss: A grounded theory approach. Journal of Ethnographic and Qualitative Research, 5, 186-204.
  5. Cox TL, Ard JD, Beasley TM, Fernandez JR, Howard VJ, Affuso O (2011). Body image as a mediator of the relationship between body mass index and weight-related quality of life in black women. Journal of Women’s Health, 20(10),1573-1578. [PMCID: PMC3186445]
  6. Cox TL, Ard JD, Beasley TM, Fernandez JR, Howard VJ, Kolotkin R, Crosby R, Affuso O (2011). Examining the association between body mass index and weight-related quality of life in black and white women. Applied Research in Quality of Life, 7(3) 309-322.
  1. Cox TL, Zunker C, Wingo BC, Thomas DM, Ard JD. Body image and quality of life in a group of African American women. Social Indicators Research, 2010; 99:531-540.
  2. Ard, J.D., Chaney, S., Desmond, R., Sutton, B., Cox, T.L., Butsch, W.S., Allison, D.B., Franklin, F., & Baskin, M.L. Fruit and vegetable pricing by demographic factors in the Birmingham, Alabama metropolitan area. Preventing Chronic Disease, July 2010;7(4):A78. PMCID: PMC2901576.
  3. Ard, JD, Cox TL, Zunker C, Wingo BC, Jefferson WK, Brakhage C. A study of a culturally enhanced EatRight dietary intervention in a predominately African American workplace. Journal of Public Health Management & Practice. 2010;16(6):E1-E8.
  1. Cox TL, Malpede CZ, Desmond RA, Faulk LE, Myer RA, Henson CS, Heimburger DC, Ard, JD. Physical activity patterns during weight maintenance following a low-energy density dietary intervention. Obesity, May 2007;1220-32.
  2. Zunker, C., Cox, T.L., Wingo, B.C., Knight, B., Jefferson, W.K., & Ard, J.D. Using formative research to develop a worksite health promotion program for African American women. Women & Health, 48 (2), 2008;189 - 207.