Michelle Cardel, PhD, MS, RD, FTOS

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Michelle Cardel

Director, Global Clinical Research & Nutrition (WW); adjunct professor (UF)

WW, International, Inc. and University of Florida

Dr. Cardel is a weight management and nutrition scientist, registered dietitian, the Director of Global Clinical Research & Nutrition at WeightWatchers and a faculty member at the University of Florida (UF) College of Medicine, where she is also an Associate Director for the UF Center for Integrative Cardiovascular and Metabolic Diseases. Her research has focused on (1) implementing effective healthy lifestyle interventions for individuals with overweight/obesity, particularly among underserved populations, (2) characterizing psychosocial factors, including low social status and food insecurity, that contribute to the development of obesity, and (3) on improving gender and racial/ethnic equity in academia. Her specialties include nutrition, pediatric and adult obesity, psychosocial factors contributing to obesity, implementation science, and health disparities.

Dr. Cardel is a member of American Society for Nutrition (ASN), and was selected as a Fellow of The Obesity Society for her contributions to the field of obesity. She has been co-I or PI on several funded obesity grants and is published in high impact medicine, obesity, and nutrition journals including JAMA, JAMA Pediatrics, American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, and Obesity. Dr. Cardel has been presented with a variety of awards including the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Outstanding Woman Award, UABs Presidents Diversity Award, The Obesity Societys Ethan Sims Young Investigator Award finalist, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Excellence in Emerging Outcomes Research Award from the Weight Management Dietetic Practice Group, UABs National Alumni Society Young Alumni Rising Star Award, and UFs Exemplary Teacher Award for the College of Medicine.

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