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Ronny A Bell

Bell, Ronny A

Department of Epidemiology & Prevention
Division of Public Health Sciences
Wake Forest University Health Sciences

Administrative Contact:
Room Number: 5111
Medical Center Blvd.
Winston-Salem, North Carolina 27157-1063

Telephone: 336-716-9736
Email: rbell@wakehealth.edu

B.S. (Public Health Nutrition), University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill M.Ed. (Foods, Nutrition, and Food Service Management), University of North Carolina at Greensboro Ph.D. (Foods, Nutrition, and Food Service Management), University of North Carolina at Greensboro M.S. (Epidemiology), Wake Forest University School of Medicine Post-doctoral Fellowship (Gerontology), Wake Forest University School of Medicine American Heart Association Ten-Day Seminar on Cardiovascular Disease Epidemiology 

Dr. Bell is Professor in the Division of Public Health Sciences, Department of Epidemiology and Prevention, Wake Forest University School of Medicine, with training in nutrition and epidemiology.

Dr. Bell’s primary interests are chronic disease prevalence and risk factors, with particular emphasis on ethnic minority populations. He is Director of the Maya Angelou Research Center on Minority Health. Dr. Bell served as the Principal Investigator of the HEARTQUEST project, an NHLBI-funded contract serving as one of six vanguard Enhanced Dissemination and Utilization Centers (EDUCs) nationwide. The project targeted African Americans, Native Americans and whites in Robeson and Columbus counties, North Carolina, to address the tremendous cardiovascular disease burden in these communities. Dr. Bell also serves as the Coordinating Center director for the SEARCH for Diabetes in Youth Study, a multi-center study funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention with support from the NIDDK. The SEARCH study is designed to estimate the population prevalence and incidence of diabetes in youth by type, age, gender and ethnicity, and to develop practical approaches to diabetes classification. Dr. Bell received a minority investigator R03 from the NIDDK to estimate the prevalence of self- reported chronic health behaviors and chronic conditions among Lumbee Indians, and received a minority investigator supplement to the Strong Heart Study to examine dietary factors related to diabetes and insulin resistance in the Strong Heart cohort.

Dr. Bell serves as Co-Director of the Clinical Epidemiology and Health Services Research Program at the Wake Forest University School of Medicine. He was the recipient of the WFUSM New Investigator in Clinical Sciences Award in 2002.

Dr. Bell is an enrolled member of the Lumbee Indian tribe of eastern North Carolina. Dr. Bell lives in Greensboro, North Carolina, with his wife, Natalie, and three children, Stephen, Benjamin, and Jonathan.

PUBLICATIONS (10 most recent):
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Sandberg JC;Grzywacz JG;Suerken CK;Altizer KP;Quandt SA;Nguyen HT;Bell RA;Lang W;Arcury TA;  Older adults' use of care strategies in response to general and upper respiratory symptoms; J Appl Gerontol; 2015 Apr; 34:NP41-NP61
Hood KK;Beavers DP;Yi-Frazier J;Bell R;Dabelea D;McKeown RE;Lawrence JM;  Psychosocial burden and glycemic control during the first 6 years of diabetes: results from the SEARCH for Diabetes in Youth study; J Adolesc Health; 2014 Oct; 55:498-504
Lawrence JM;Imperatore G;Dabelea D;Mayer-Davis EJ;Linder B;Saydah S;Klingensmith GJ;Dolan L;Standiford DA;Pihoker C;Pettitt DJ;Talton JW;Thomas J;Bell RA;D'Agostino RB;  Trends in incidence of type 1 diabetes among non-Hispanic white youth in the U.S., 2002-2009; Diabetes; 2014 Nov; 63:3938-3945
Jaacks LM;Crandell J;Liese AD;Lamichhane AP;Bell RA;Dabelea D;D'Agostino RB;Dolan LM;Marcovina S;Reynolds K;Shah AS;Urbina EM;Wadwa RP;Mayer-Davis EJ;  No association of dietary fiber intake with inflammation or arterial stiffness in youth with type 1 diabetes; J Diabetes Complications ; 2014 May; 28:305-310
Liese AD;Crandell JL;Tooze JA;Fangman MT;Couch SC;Merchant AT;Bell RA;Mayer-Davis EJ;  Relative validity and reliability of an FFQ in youth with type 1 diabetes; Public Health Nutr; 2014 Mar 28; 1-10
Altizer KP;Nguyen HT;Neiberg RH;Quandt SA;Grzywacz JG;Lang W;Bell RA;Arcury TA;  Relationship between nonprescribed therapy use for illness prevention and health promotion and health-related quality of life; J Appl Gerontol; 2014 Jun; 33:456-473
Quandt SA;Ip EH;Kirk JK;Saldana S;Chen SH;Nguyen H;Bell RA;Arcury TA;  Assessment of a short diabetes knowledge instrument for older and minority adults; Diabetes Educ; 2014 Jan; 40:68-76
Jaacks LM;Bell RA;Dabelea D;D'Agostino RB;Dolan LM;Imperatore G;Klingensmith G;Lawrence JM;Saydah S;Yi-Frazier J;Mayer-Davis EJ;  Diabetes self-management education patterns in a US population-based cohort of youth with type 1 diabetes; Diabetes Educ; 2014 Jan; 40:29-39
Sandberg JC;Suerken CK;Quandt SA;Altizer KP;Bell RA;Lang W;Nguyen HT;Grzywacz JG;Arcury TA;  Self-reported sleep difficulties and self-care strategies among rural older adults; J Evid Based Complementary Altern Med; 2014 Jan; 19:36-42
Hamman RF;Bell RA;Dabelea D;D'Agostino RB;Dolan L;Imperatore G;Lawrence JM;Linder B;Marcovina SM;Mayer-Davis EJ;Pihoker C;Rodriguez BL;Saydah S;  The SEARCH for Diabetes in Youth Study: Rationale, Findings, and Future Directions; Diabetes Care; 2014 Dec; 37:3336-3344

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