Carmen Castaneda Sceppa
Carmen Castaneda Scceppa, M.D., Ph.D., is Associate Professor and Interim Chair of the Department of Health Sciences in the Bouvé College of Health Sciences, Director of Research in the Human Performance and Exercise Laboratory, and Director of the Graduate Program in Exercise Science, at Northeastern University. She is adjunct professor of Nutrition at Tufts University, a Fellow of the Brookdale Foundation and the International Life Sciences Institute.
Her research focuses on three general areas within health promotion across the lifespan, including (1) assessing the efficacy of nutrition and exercise interventions on health-related quality of life and disease outcomes, (2) translating evidence based lifestyle interventions to ‘real world’ community-based settings, and (3) developing sustainable interventions and strategies to promote health and reduce the burden of chronic disease. Currently, she is the Project Leader (PI) of one of five projects of the NIH’s funded Center for Population Health and Health Disparities –the Heart Healthy Initiative for Latinos. This is a participatory community-based multilevel intervention on heart health among Hispanic older adults living in Boston, which is based on nutrition, physical activity/exercise, stress management and self-care. Additionally, Dr. Sceppa is co-PI of Healthy Kids Healthy Futures, an intergenerational obesity prevention imitative that promotes physical activity and healthy eating in families and day care staff of children 3-5 years. In addition to participatory community based translational research, she also conducts mechanistic evidence-based studies that investigate physiological adaptations of nutrition and physical activity/exercise interventions.
Funding sources for Dr. Sceppa’s research includes the National Institutes of Health (NIDDK, NIA, NHLBI), the Foundation for the NIH, the National Space Biomedical research Institute (NSBRI), the US Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine (USARIEM), the International Life Sciences Institute (ILSI), the Brookdale Foundation, the Department of Public Health, the Novartis Pharmaceutical Corporation, and Boston Children’s Hospital. The research projects she has and continues to engage in, provide students and fellows the opportunity to integrate classroom and experiential education; acquire knowledge and skills in research methodologies, data collection, management and interpretation; and learn about research ethics and scientific integrity. Dr. Sceppa is a member of national and international organizations and professional societies.
Carmen Castaneda Sceppa, Ph.D.
Interim Chair of the Department of Health Sciences
Binder EF, He J, Bhasin S, Castaneda-Sceppa C, Schroeder ET, Roubenoff R, Yarasheski KE, Azen SP, Sattler, FR. Effects of Testosterone with and without Growth Hormone Supplementation on Bone Markers and Bone Mineral Density in Healthy Older Men. Osteoporosis International: in review.
Todorova I, Tejada S, Castaneda-Sceppa C. “Let’s Stretch Life a Bit”: Perspectives of Puerto Rican Adults about Heart Health and a Community Based Intervention. American Journal of Health Education: in review.
Castaneda-Sceppa C, Hoffman JA, Thomas J, DuBois M, Agrawal T, Griffin D, Bhaumik U, Healey CL, Dickerson D, Nethersole S, Wirth C. Open Gym: A Model for Community-Academia Partnership to Promote Physical Activity among Families with Young Children. Journal of Family and Community Health: in review.
Van Rompay MI, McKeown NM, Castaneda-Sceppa C, Carbohydrate Nutrition, Dyslipidemia, and Type 2 Diabetes in Puerto Rican Adults in Massachusetts. Journal of Nutrition: in press.
He J, Bhasin S, Binder EF, Yarasheski KE, Castaneda-Sceppa C, Schroeder ET, Roubenoff R, Chou C-P, Azen SP, Sattler FR. Cardiometabolic Risks During Anabolic Hormone Supplementation in Older Men. Obesity 2012; doi: 10.1002/oby.20081.
Van Rompay MI, McKeown NM, Castaneda-Sceppa C, Falcon, LM, Ordovas, JM, & Tucker, KL. Acculturation and sociocultural influences on dietary intake and health status among Puerto Rican adults in Massachusetts. Journal of the American Dietetic Association 2012;112:64-74.
Hoffman J, Agrawal R, Wirth C, Watts C, Adeduntun G, Myles L, Castaneda-Sceppa C. Farm to Family: Increasing Access to Affordable Fruits and Vegetables among Head Start Families. Journal of Hunger and Environmental Nutrition 2012;7:165-177.
Hoffman J, Agrawal T, Carter S, Grinder A, Castaneda-Sceppa C. Cultural/Favorite Recipe Day: Strengthening Approaches to Increase Culturally Diverse Foods Served in Head Start Meals. NHSA Dialog 2012;15(3):266–271.
Hoffman JA, Agrawal T, Thompson D, Ferguson T, Grinder AM, Carter S, Healey C, Bhaumik U, Castaneda-Sceppa C. Increasing Culturally Diverse Foods in Head Start Meals Using a Collaborative Approach: Lessons Learned for School Food Service Modifications. NHSA Dialog 2012;15(3):246–259.
Agrawal T, Hoffman J, Ahl M, Bhaumik U, Healey C, Carter S, Joyce D, Dickerson D, Nethersole S, Castaneda-Sceppa C. Collaborating for impact: Partnership and programming model of a multi-level early childhood obesity prevention initiative. Journal of Family and Community Health 2012;35(3):192–202.
Schroeder ET, He J, Yarasheski KE, Binder EF, Castaneda-Sceppa C, Bhasin S, Dieli-Conwright C, Kawakubo M, Roubenoff R, Azen SP, Sattler FR. Value of measuring muscle performance to assess changes in lean mass with testosterone and growth hormone supplementation. European Journal of Applied Physiology 2012;112(3):1123–1131.