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Stephania Miller-Hughes
Title Associate Professor
Faculty Rank
Degree PhD
Institution Meharry Medical College
Department Surgery
Clusters Community Engagement
Obesity and Metabolic Syndromes
Meharry Medical College
1005 Dr. D.B. Todd Blvd.
City Nashville
State TN
Postal Code 37208
Telephone 615.327.5666
Fax 615.327.5579
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1995 American Physiological Society
1997 Southern Regional Education Board Association
2000 American Diabetes Association
2000 University of AR for Medical Sciences Magna Cum Laude Graduate
2001 American Diabetes Association African American Program (Nashville Chapter)
2006 American Public Health Association
2007 Society of Behavioral Medicine

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  I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Surgery at MMC. Upon joining the MMC faculty, I completed a Master’s of Science in Clinical Investigation (MSCI). Since completing this degree, I have provided research design and research implementation assistance to other MSCI degree candidates as part of their thesis projects and also received independent support for my own translational research endeavors. I have served as PI of 2 translational research grants. The first (NIH, R34), in collaboration with a local YMCA and managed care organization, evaluated the feasibility and early efficacy of translating medical nutritional therapy among African American (AA) women with Type 2 diabetes (T2D). The second, currently funded as a MeTRC collaborative research project, is in collaboration with a 25,000+ member church congregation and it evaluates the feasibility and efficacy of peer support, group-based diabetes and weight management intervention among overweight/obese AA women with T2D. I joined the MeTRC DBRE team in January 2012 and began serving as activity leader in July 2012. Since then, I have been actively involved in key DBRE activities, to include research design grant pre-review and post-grant award consultations. For this award, I will to provide overall DBRE guidance and will be responsible for providing support for qualitative research projects including study design, data collection, analysis, and interpretation.

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1. Cunningham J, Miller ST, Joosten Y, Elzey JD, Israel T, King C, Luther P, Vaughn Y, Wilkins CH. Community-Engaged Strategies to Promote Relevance of Research Capacity-Building Efforts Targeting Community Organizations. Clin Transl Sci. 2015 Oct; 8(5):513-7.
2. Miller ST, Akohoue SA, Brooks MA. Identification of patient-centered outcomes among African American women with type 2 diabetes. Diabetes Res Clin Pract. 2014 Dec; 106(3):487-90.
3. Miller ST, Oates VJ, Brooks MA, Shintani A, Gebretsadik T, Jenkins DM. Preliminary efficacy of group medical nutrition therapy and motivational interviewing among obese African American women with type 2 diabetes: a pilot study. J Obes. 2014; 2014:345941.
4. Miller ST, Marolen K. Physical activity-related experiences, counseling expectations, personal responsibility, and altruism among urban African American women with type 2 diabetes. Diabetes Educ. 2012 Mar-Apr; 38(2):229-35.
5. Miller ST. Diabetes and psychological profile of younger rural African American women with type 2 diabetes. J Health Care Poor Underserved. 2011 Nov; 22(4):1239-52.
6. Miller ST, Marolen KN, Beech BM. Perceptions of physical activity and motivational interviewing among rural African-American women with type 2 diabetes. Womens Health Issues. 2010 Jan-Feb; 20(1):43-9.
7. White RO, Beech BM, Miller S. Health Care Disparities and Diabetes Care: Practical Considerations for Primary Care Providers. Clin Diabetes. 2009 Jun; 27(3):105-112.
8. Miller ST, Beech BM. Rural healthcare providers question the practicality of motivational interviewing and report varied physical activity counseling experience. Patient Educ Couns. 2009 Aug; 76(2):279-82.
9. Miller ST, Elasy TA. Psychometric evaluation of the Problem Areas in Diabetes (PAID) survey in Southern, rural African American women with Type 2 diabetes. BMC Public Health. 2008 Feb 22; 8:70.
10. Schlundt DG, Briggs NC, Miller ST, Arthur CM, Goldzweig IA. BMI and seatbelt use. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2007 Nov; 15(11):2541-5.
11. Bruce MA, Sims M, Miller S, Elliott V, Ladipo M. One size fits all? Race, gender and body mass index among U.S. adults. J Natl Med Assoc. 2007 Oct; 99(10):1152-8.
12. Pichert JW, McClellan LH, Larson C, Kenerson D, Brown A, Reid R, Miller S, Hargreaves M. Development and evaluation of a bible college-based course on faith and health. J Ambul Care Manage. 2006 Apr-Jun; 29(2):141-50.
13. Maupin JE, Schlundt D, Warren R, Miller S, Goldzweig I, Warren H. Reducing unintentional injuries on the nation''s highways: research and program policy to increase seat belt use. J Health Care Poor Underserved. 2004 Feb; 15(1):4-17.
14. Schlundt D, Warren R, Miller S. Reducing unintentional injuries on the nation''s highways: a literature review. J Health Care Poor Underserved. 2004 Feb; 15(1):76-98.
15. Miller ST, Schlundt DG, Larson C, Reid R, Pichert JW, Hargreaves M, Brown A, McClellan L, Marrs M. Exploring ethnic disparities in diabetes, diabetes care, and lifestyle behaviors: the Nashville REACH 2010 community baseline survey. Ethn Dis. 2004; 14(3 Suppl 1):S38-45.
16. Miller ST, Mushi C, Ahmed NU, Larson C, McClellan L, Marrs M. Using focus groups to understand health-related practices and perceptions of African Americans: Nashville REACH 2010 preliminary findings. Ethn Dis. 2004; 14(3 Suppl 1):S70-6.
17. Miller ST, Campbell MN, Pichert JW. Diabetes TV news coverage lags behind. Diabetes Care. 2002 Mar; 25(3):607.
18. Miller ST, Seib HM, Dennie SP. African American perspectives on health care: the voice of the community. J Ambul Care Manage. 2001 Jul; 24(3):37-44.
19. Miller ST, McCullough SS, Chowdhury P, Blevins GT. Chronic dietary Cu(2+)-deficiency alters cholecystokinin signal transduction in isolated rat pancreatic acini. J Assoc Acad Minor Phys. 2000; 11(2-3):21-7.
20. Blevins GT, McCullough SS, Wilbert TN, Isom RM, Chowdhury P, Miller ST. Estradiol alters cholecystokinin stimulus-response coupling in rat pancreatic acini. Am J Physiol. 1998 11; 275(5):G993-8.

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1. Miller ST, Schlundt DG, Pichert JW, Ahmed NU. Shaping Environments for Reductions in Type 2 Diabetes Risk Behaviors: A Look at CVD and Cancer Interventions. Diabetes Spectrum. 2002; 15(3):176-182.

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