Angela Bermudez-Millan, PhD, MPH

Research Instructor, Behavioral Sciences and Community Health, School of Dental Medicine, UConn Health (Affiliate)


Research Overview

My research interest is to better nderstand and intervene on the social determinants of health, specifically food insecurity. Food insecurity (FI) is the limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate and safe foods or the limited or uncertain ability to acquire acceptable foods in socially acceptable ways. In the United States, FI is prevalent, affecting 17.6 million households. In 2012, the rates of household FI were higher than the national average for Latinos (23.3%), households with children headed by a single woman (35.4%) and with children under age 6 (20.5%). As compared with non-Latino Whites, Latinas are at higher risk for cardio-metabolic conditions (e.g. overweight, obesity, inflammation, diabetes, and heart disease. FI has been linked to obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. Traditional risk factors (e.g., smoking, physical activity) do not fully explain these disparities.

My research aims are to:

1) Investigate the potential monthly cycling of food access and associated food insecurity among Latinas of childbearing age.

2) Examine the relationships between household FI and sleep disturbance, mental distress, dietary behaviors, stress hormones and cardio-metabolic risk markers among Latinas of childbearing age.

Please refer to CV for past research projects.

Education

May 2007 University of Connecticut, Department of Nutrition. Ph.D. in Nutritional Sciences.
May 2001 University of Connecticut, Public Health Program. Masters of Public Health.
Dec. 1996 University of Connecticut, Department of Nutrition. B.S. in Nutritional Sciences, Didactive Program in Dietetics

Recent Publications

Contact Information
Emailbermudez-millan@uchc.edu
Phone860.679.8137
Mailing AddressUniversity of Connecticut Health Center
School of Dental Medicine
Division of Behavioral Sciences and Community Health, Oral Health and Diagnostic Sciences
263 Farmington Avenue, MC 3910
Farmington, CT 06030-3910
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