Professional Education


  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Illinois Chicago (2017)
  • Bachelor of Arts and Science, Grambling State University (2011)

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  • Adherence to American Cancer Society and American Institute of Cancer Research dietary guidelines in overweight African American breast cancer survivors. Journal of cancer survivorship : research and practice Springfield, S., Odoms-Young, A., Tussing-Humphreys, L., Freels, S., Stolley, M. 2019

    Abstract

    PURPOSE: The American Cancer Society (ACS) and the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) each created dietary and physical activity guidelines to improve cancer survivorship. Despite African American breast cancer survivors (AABCS) having the lowest survival rates of any racial or ethnic group, limited information exists on their adherence to cancer-specific lifestyle recommendations. The study's purpose was to measure adherence to ACS/AICR dietary recommendations in AABCS.METHODS: Two hundred ten AABCS enrolled in the Moving Forward intervention trial, a randomized, community-based, 6-month weight loss study, were assessed for socio-demographics, dietary intake (via food frequency questionnaire), and related health factors at baseline. We operationalized the dietary recommendations put forth by ACS/AICR and created component and total adherence index scores. Descriptive statistics were used to calculate the proportion of women who met recommendations. Student's t test and chi2 tests were used to compare participant characteristics by median adherence scores.RESULTS: The mean total ACS/AICR score was 12.7±2.5 out of 21 points (median, 13; range, 5 to 21). Over 90% were moderately or completely adherent to limiting alcohol and red & processed meat consumption, but the majority failed to meet the other recommendations to eat whole grains, legumes, fruits, vegetables, and avoid added sugars. Women with total scores below the median were younger, with higher BMI, had fewer years of education, and lower income levels.IMPLICATIONS FOR CANCER SURVIVORS: The present study extends the literature on AABCS adherence to cancer survivor-specific dietary guidelines. Findings will inform future dietary lifestyle interventions in this population.

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  • Adherence to American Cancer Society and American Institute of Cancer Research dietary guidelines in overweight African American breast cancer survivors JOURNAL OF CANCER SURVIVORSHIP Springfield, S., Odoms-Young, A., Tussing-Humphreys, L., Freels, S., Stolley, M. 2019; 13 (2): 257–68
  • A Step toward Understanding Diet Quality in Urban African-American Breast Cancer Survivors: A Cross-sectional Analysis of Baseline Data from the Moving Forward Study. Nutrition and cancer Springfield, S., Odoms-Young, A., Tussing-Humphreys, L. M., Freels, S., Stolley, M. R. 2019: 1–16

    Abstract

    PURPOSE: Little is known about the dietary behaviors of African-American breast cancer survivors (AABCS). We sought to describe dietary intake and quality in AABCS and examine associations with demographic, social, lifestyle, and body composition factors to potentially inform the development of effective dietary interventions.METHODS: Baseline data from a prospective weight loss trial of 210 AABCS were assessed. A food frequency questionnaire was used to evaluate dietary intake and diet quality via the Healthy Eating Index 2010 (HEI-2010) and Alternative Healthy Eating Index 2010 (AHEI-2010). Linear regression analysis was conducted to determine the most influential variables on diet quality.RESULTS: Mean HEI- and AHEI-2010 total scores were 65.11 and 56.83 indicating that diet quality needs improvement. Women were the least adherent to recommendations for intake of whole grains, dairy, sodium, empty calories, sugary beverages, red/processed meats, and trans-fat. Increased self-efficacy for healthy eating behaviors, more years of education (AHEI only), negative smoking status, smaller waist circumference, and increased physical activity (HEI only) were significantly associated with higher diet quality scores.CONCLUSION: Our findings suggest the diet quality of AABCS needs improvement. Intervention programs may achieve higher diet quality in AABCS by focusing on increasing self-efficacy for healthy eating behaviors.

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  • A Step toward Understanding Diet Quality in Urban African-American Breast Cancer Survivors: A Cross-sectional Analysis of Baseline Data from the Moving Forward Study NUTRITION AND CANCER-AN INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL Springfield, S., Odoms-Young, A., Tussing-Humphreys, L. M., Freels, S., Stolley, M. R. 2019; 71 (1): 61–76
  • Psychological Resilience and CVD-related Health Behaviors: a Cross-sectional Analysis of the Women's Health Initiative Extension Study Springfield, S. LIPPINCOTT WILLIAMS & WILKINS. 2019
  • Associations between fiber intake and Body Mass Index (BMI) among African-American women participating in a randomized weight loss and maintenance trial EATING BEHAVIORS Buscemi, J., Pugach, O., Springfield, S., Jang, J., Tussing-Humphreys, L., Schiffer, L., Stolley, M. R., Fitzgibbon, M. L. 2018; 29: 48–53

    Abstract

    African-American women are at increased risk for obesity, and therefore it is important to identify dietary factors that have the potential to prevent weight gain within this population. The purpose of the current study was to examine associations between daily fiber intake and Body Mass Index (BMI) over the course of an 18-month weight loss intervention for African-American women.Anthropometric measures and the Block Food Frequency Questionnaire were administered at baseline, 6-month, and 18-month follow-up between 2008 and 2010. A mixed-effects linear regression model with random intercept and time slope was used to model associations between fiber consumption and BMI controlling for time trend.Associations between fiber consumption and BMI were significantly different over time (β̂Fiber∗Time=-0.07,p-value=0.003). There was no association between fiber intake and BMI at baseline; however, there was a significant inverse relation between fiber consumption and BMI at 6 months, and the association was even stronger at 18 months.Results from this study suggest that dietary fiber consumption may be particularly important within weight loss interventions tailored for African-American women.

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  • EXAMINING THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN AGE AND DIET QUALITY IN BLACK WOMEN: A CROSS-SECTIONAL ANALYSIS OF NHANES DATA 2007-2012 Springfield, S. E., Singleton, C. R. OXFORD UNIV PRESS INC. 2018: S534
  • EXAMINING DISPARITIES IN DIET QUALITY BETWEEN SNAP PARTICIPANTS AND NON-PARTICIPANTS USING OAXACA-BLINDER DECOMPOSITION Singleton, C. R., Young, S., Kessee, N., Springfield, S. E., Sen, B. OXFORD UNIV PRESS INC. 2018: S533