Dr. Delores C. S. James is the founder of the Electronic Community Health Advocacy Team (ECHAT). Dr. James is both a registered dietitian nutritionist and a health educator with extensive background in public health and private practice. She is a fellow of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the American School Health Association. She is also the first fellow of the Weight Management Dietetic Practice Group of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. In the past, she served as president of the Gainesville District Dietetic Association and as a research delegate to the House of Delegates for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She was the lead author of two position papers on promoting and supporting breastfeeding for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
Dr. James is also the founder of Keep It Tight Sisters blog that focuses on helping women to love their bodies, foster a nourishing relationship with food, and achieve their health and wellness goals. You can follow Keep It Tight Sisters on Facebook Page, Facebook Group, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest.
Dr. James is a 2017 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Culture of Health Leader, which is a national leadership training program aimed at reducing health inequity and promoting a Culture of Health in America.
Dr. James is a prolific author. Her two recent books are Right Size for Me: A Weight Management Guide for African Americans and Human Nutrition: A Consumer Approach. She was the editor-in-chief for a two-volume encyclopedia, Nutrition and Well-Being A to Z (Macmillan Reference USA) and was formerly the editor of the International Council for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, Sport, and Dance (ICHPER-SD) Journal of Research. In addition to her publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals, she has published several creative works.
Throughout her academic career, Dr. James has engaged in research focused on understanding the socio-cultural causes of health disparities, particularly among African Americans, low income children and adolescents, and residents of rural communities. She also has extensive training in community based participatory research, program evaluation, and qualitative and mixed methods research methodologies.
Dr. James is a faculty member at the University of Florida Department of Health Education and Behavior (HEB), and has been recognized by her colleagues for her teaching and research. Dr. James is a past Teacher of the Year for the College of Health and Human Performance, has received the Department of HEB Faculty Research Award four times, and has been the recipient of the HEB Faculty Leadership Award twice. In addition to her research and teaching, Dr. James serves on several advisory groups both on campus and in the Gainesville community. She currently serves as the Chair of the State Housing Initiative Partnership (SHIP) Advisory Board for the City of Gainesville.
Her research areas include obesity and weight management, nutrition education, health literacy, health disparities (ethnic, gender, and digital), breastfeeding, and tailored health messages.
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