Carolyn M. Tucker, Ph.D. is the Florida Blue Endowed Chair in Health Disparities Research at the University of Florida (UF) and the Richard and Thelma O. C. Barney Endowed Term Professor of Health Disparities in the UF College of Medicine (2008-present). She also is a Distinguished Alumni Professor, Professor of Psychology, Professor of Community Health and Family Medicine, Affiliate Professor of Pediatrics, Research Foundation Professor, and a Fellow in the American Psychological Association. She is the Director of the UF Health Disparities Research and Intervention Program and is a member of the Editorial Board for the Journal of the National Medical Association. She is nationally known as the founder of the evidence-based Health-Smart Behavior Program to modify and prevent obesity, which is being used nationally in community centers, YMCAs, churches, and health care sites.
Dr. Tucker has 30 years of experience conducting culturally sensitive community-participatory health promotion and health care research in racial/ethnic minority and low-income communities. Her research has resulted in effective tools and strategies for empowering people to modify and prevent overweight/obesity and engage in general health promoting behaviors "under whatever conditions that exist in their lives." Her grant-funded projects include the Family Health Self-Empowerment Program and the Health-Smart Church Program, and her grants total over $10 million dollars. She has 85 published refereed journal articles and numerous other publications, including one book. Currently, she is on the Editorial Review Board for the Journal of the National Medical Association and serves as a reviewer for several other journals.