Research assistants gain “real world” training related to the delivery of patient-centered culturally sensitive healthcare and health promotion with the ultimate goal of reducing health disparities. All members of Dr. Tucker’s research team learn how to conduct culturally sensitive, community participatory, qualitative and quantitative research by being involved in all aspects of the research process.  Research assistants assist with projects related to the Health Disparities Research and Intervention Program (HDRIP) at the University of Florida College of Medicine. For the application or more information, please email psy-tucker-htp@psych.ufl.edu. 


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.

Dr. Tucker is the recipient of numerous awards and honors. However, she is most proud of the fact that under her mentorship, 42 doctoral students have received their Ph.D. degrees (42% of whom are racial/ethnic minorities), and 40 graduate students have received their Master's degrees (50% of whom are racial/ethnic minorities). Dr. Tucker's doctoral research mentoring record is the best at the University of Florida.

Dr. Tucker received her B.S. degree in Psychology from North Carolina A&T State University (graduating summa cum laude), did her internship in Clinical and Health Psychology at the University of Florida, and received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. She is a Fellow in the American Psychological Association.

My research, teaching, service, and administrative work are consistent with, informed by, and seek to enact the UF Counseling Psychology Program's commitment to diversity and social justice which can be found at
http://www.psych.ufl.edu/index/php/coun-social-justice. More information on my personal commitment to social justice can be found by going to the tab at the top-right of this webpage labeled "Social Justice Commitment".

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Dr. Carolyn M. Tucker is named the UF Florida Blue Endowed Chair in Health Disparities 

Dr. Carolyn M. Tucker was selected to be a fellow in Division 38, Health Psychology, of the American Psychological Association

Health-Smart AME has been funded by a grant from the Florida Blue Foundation

Dr. Carolyn M. Tucker Received the 2012 Elizabeth Hurlock Beckman Award.

2nd Annual Spirit of Gainesville Award for Medicine Presented to Dr. Carolyn M. Tucker.

The Motivators of and Barriers to Health-Smart Behaviors Inventory (Adult Form and Youth Form) has been published in Psychological Assessment.

Dr. Tucker’s Patient-Centered Culturally Sensitive Health Care Model has been published in Health Psychology.


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University of Florida
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Gainesville, FL 32611-2250
email: cmtucker@ufl.edu
TEL: (352) 273-2167
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