Associate Professor, Department of Nutrition Sciences and Vice Chair of the Clinical Mission
Associate Scientist, Department of Nutrition Sciences and Nutrition Obesity Research Center
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Department of Nutrition Sciences
1675 University Blvd.
318A Webb Nutrition Sciences Building
Birmingham, AL 35294-3360
Phone: (205) 934-5564
Fax: (205) 934-7049
My current research interests include behavioral therapies that are focused on cardiovascular risk reduction. I have a special interest in the African American population and developing strategies for behavior modification that are culturally appropriate for this group. I also have a general interest in developing strategies that will improve African American participation and outcomes in clinical trials that deal with cardiovascular disease risk.
I have worked on several trials that deal with the above issues including DASH, DASH-Sodium, PREMIER and currently Weight Loss Maintenance (WLM). As a co-investigator on the WLM study, I serve as a member of the minority implementation committee, working to ensure that the interventions are culturally appropriate for our minority participants. We have also devised unique strategies for recruitment and retention of African American participants. Many of these strategies involve making community ties and developing relationships with influential community leaders that serve as a source of guidance and information.
Ard JD, Rosati R, Oddone EZ. Culturally-sensitive weight loss program produces significant reduction in weight, blood pressure, and cholesterol in eight weeks. J Natl Med Assoc. 2000;92(11):515-23.
Ard JD, Carter-Edwards L, Svetkey LP. A new model for developing and executing culturally appropriate behavior modification clinical trials for African Americans. Ethn Dis. 2003;13(2):279-85.
Ard JD, Grambow SC, Liu D, Slentz CA, Kraus WE, Svetkey LP. The Effect of the PREMIER Interventions on Insulin Sensitivity. Diabetes Care. 2004;27(2):340-347.
Moore TJ, Conlin PR, Ard J, Svetkey LP. DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) diet is effective treatment for stage 1 isolated systolic hypertension. Hypertension. 2001;38(2):155-8.
Vollmer WM, Sacks FM, Ard J, et al. Effects of diet and sodium intake on blood pressure: subgroup analysis of the DASH-sodium trial. Ann Intern Med. 2001;135(12):1019-28.