Carolyn M. Tucker, Ph.D. is the Florida Blue Endowed Chair in Health Disparities Research at the University of Florida (UF). She also is a Distinguished Alumni Professor, Professor of Psychology, Professor of Community Health and Family Medicine, Research Foundation Professor, and an Affiliate Professor of Pediatrics. Additionally, she is the Director of the UF Health Disparities and Intervention Program and the Co-Director of the UF Multidisciplinary Academic-Community Obesity Disparities Research Partnership. She is a member of the American Psychological Association's Health Research Council (Division 38), and a member of the Board of Directors for the Florida Health Research Equity Institute and the Board of Directors for the Community Health Workers Coalition, Inc.

Dr. Tucker is nationally and internationally known as the founder of the evidence-based Health-Smart Behavior Program to Prevent and Reduce Obesity and Related Diseases (called Health-Smart). Her published Motivators of and Barrires to Health-Smart Behaviors Inventory and Health-Smart are landmark health promotion tools.

Dr. Tucker uses an academic-community partnership research approach and the community-based participatory research model. Her research focuses on (a) culturally sensitive health promotion and health care to prevent and reduce obesity, hypertension, type 2 diabetes, and colorectal caner; (b) the integration of health promotion into medicine; and (c) community health empowerment to reduce health disparities, particularly in at-risk communities. Her current research studies involve (a) developing and testing interventions to prevent and reduce obesity in at-risk communities, and (b) empirically examining the links between patient-centered, culturally sensitive health care and health outcomes among racial/ethnic minorities and the medically underserved. Her widely used, published Health Self-Empowerment Theory and Patient-Centered Culturally Sensitive Health Care Model inform her research.

Three of her numerous honors are receiving the 2009 Outstanding Service Award from the U.S. HHS Advisory Committee on Minority Health, the 2012 Elizabeth Hurlock Beckman National Mentoring Award, and the 2016 Society for Counseling Psychology Prevention Section American Psychological Associatioin Lifetime Achievement Award.

Dr. Tucker received her clinical psychology doctorate degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. Her pre-doctoral internship was in clinical psychology at the University of Florida.

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Dr. Tucker receives the 2016 Society for Counseling Psychology Prevention Section American Psychological Association Lifetime Achievement Award

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



Contact Information

Department of Psychology
University of Florida
P.O. Box 112250
Gainesville, FL 32611-2250
Email: cmtucker@ufl.edu
TEL: (352) 273-2167
FAX: (352) 392-7985


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