Carmen Castaneda Sceppa, MD, PhD

Carmen Castaneda Sceppa, Ph.D.

Carmen Castaneda Sceppa, M.D., Ph.D., is a Professor in the Department of Health Sciences at 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.

Dr. Sceppa’s program of research addresses three main areas of aging and health promotion. These include to: (1) assess the efficacy of nutrition and physical activity/exercise interventions on chronic disease risk factors and health outcomes; (2) translate evidence based lifestyle interventions into ‘real world’ settings; and (3) develop sustainable strategies to promote health and reduce the burden of chronic diseases.

Her research targets vulnerable populations with particular emphasis to those of diverse racial/ethnic background, suffering from debilitating chronic conditions, and socioeconomically disadvantaged. She 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 for Dr. Sceppa’s research includes the Brookdale Foundation, the International Life Sciences Institute, the National Institutes of Health, the National Space and Biomedical Research Institute (NSBRI), Departments of Public Health, corporations and foundations.

Her research findings have provided evidence used by the Academy of Sciences and the Institute of Medicine to revise the Dietary Recommended Intake for protein in older adults. Her pioneer work on resistance exercise in older adults with kidney disease and diabetes was translated into clinical practice by the American Diabetes Association and adopted as standard of care. In addition, her findings on resistance exercise contributed to the recommendations for physical activity in older adults adopted by the American College of Sports Medicine and the American Heart Association.

Dr. Sceppa is an active member of the American Society for Nutrition, the Gerontological Society of America, the American Diabetes Association, and the American College of Sports Medicine.

Carmen Castaneda Sceppa, MD, PhD

Department of Health Sciences

Phone: 617-373-5543

Selected Publications

Todorova I, Tejada S, Castaneda-Sceppa C. “Let’s Stretch Life a Bit”: Perspectives of Puerto Rican Adults about Heart Health and a potential Community Program. American Journal of Health Education 2014:45 (2):76-85.

Castaneda-Sceppa C, Hoffman JA, Thomas J, DuBois M, Agrawal T, Griffin D, Bhaumik U, Healey CL, Dickerson D, Nethersole S, Wirth C. Family Gym: A Model to Promote Physical Activity for Families with Young Children. Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved 2014: in press.

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.