Ronny A. Bell, Ph.D.Wake Forest School of Medicine

Education & Training

  • B.S., University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, 1985
  • M.Ed., University of North Carolina-Greensboro, 1988
  • Ph.D., University of North Carolina-Greensboro, 1993
  • Fellowship, WFU School of Medicine, 1996
Ronny A. Bell, Ph.D.

Ronny A. Bell, Ph.D.

Director, Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity
Professor, Epidemiology & Prevention
Comprehensive Cancer Center
Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity
Hypertension and Vascular Research Center
Office of Women in Medicine and Science
Center for Diabetes Research
Center for Integrative Medicine
Family & Community Medicine
Social Sciences & Health Policy
Translational Science Institute

Research Interests

atherosclerosis/thrombosis, cancer/oncogenesis, cross(mult/tnslat/inter)discip, diabetes, drugs/therapeutic agents pharm, education outreach, education/training (all f, t,, environmental sciences, epidemiology, health services, research/outc, maternal & child health, men?s health issues, minority health issues, obesity, prevention, women's health issues

Contact Information

Academic: 336-716-9736 | Department: 336-716-2011


Recent Publications

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;34(3):NP41-61.

Kirk JK, Arcury TA, Ip E, Bell RA, Saldana S, Nguyen HT, Quandt SA. Diabetes symptoms and self-management behaviors in rural older adults. Diabetes Res Clin Pract. 2015;107(1):54-60.

Wang S, Crandell JL, Couch SC, King IB, Lawrence JM, Dabelea D, Lamichhane AP, Kim G, Bell RA, Zhu S, Mayer-Davis EJ. Plasma nutrient biomarkers are associated with waist-to-height ratio in youth with type 1 diabetes. J Nutr. 2015;145(3):579-586.

Kelley A, Giroux J, Schulz M, Aronson B, Wallace D, Bell R, Morrison S. American-Indian diabetes mortality in the Great Plains Region 2002-2010. BMJ Open Diabetes Res Care. 2015;3(1):e000070.

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;19(1):36-42.

Jaacks LM, Bell RA, Dabelea D, D'Agostino RB Jr, 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;40(1):29-39.

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;40(1):68-76.

Grzywacz JG, Arcury TA, Nguyen HT, Saldana S, IP EH, Kirk JK, Bell RA, Quandt SA. Patterns and stability over time of older adults' diabetes-related beliefs. Health Behav and Policy Rev. 2014;1(2):111-121.

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;33(4):456-473.

Kimes CM, Golden SL, Maynor RF, Spangler JG, Bell RA. Lessons learned in community research through the Native Proverbs 31 Health Project. Prev Chronic Dis. 2014;11():E59.

Jaacks LM, Crandell J, Liese AD, Lamichhane AP, Bell RA, Dabelea D, D'Agostino RB Jr, 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;28(3):305-310.

Bell R, Arnold E, Golden S, Langdon S, Anderson A, Bryant A. Perceptions and psychosocial correlates of bullying among Lumbee Indian youth. Am Indian Alsk Native Ment Health Res. 2014;21(1):1-17.

Dabelea D, Mayer-Davis EJ, Saydah S, Imperatore G, Linder B, Divers J, Bell R, Badaru A, Talton JW, Crume T, Liese AD, Merchant AT, Lawrence JM, Reynolds K, Dolan L, Liu LL, Hamman RF. Prevalence of type 1 and type 2 diabetes among children and adolescents from 2001 to 2009. JAMA. 2014;311(17):1778-1786.

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;55(4):498-504.

Altizer KP, Grzywacz JG, Quandt SA, Bell R, Arcury TA. A qualitative analysis of how elders seek and disseminate health information. Gerontol Geriatr Educ. 2014;35(4):337-353.

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 Jr. Trends in incidence of type 1 diabetes among non-Hispanic white youth in the United States, 2002-2009. Diabetes. 2014;63(11):3938-3945.

Hamman RF, Bell RA, Dabelea D, D'Agostino RB Jr, 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;37(12):3336-3344.

Arcury TA, Chen H, Savoca MR, Anderson AM, Leng X, Bell RA, Quandt SA. Ethnic variation in oral health and social integration among older rural adults. J Appl Gerontol. 2013;32(3):302-323.

Bell RA, Quandt SA, Grzywacz JG, Neiberg R, Altizer KP, Lang W, Arcury TA. Patterns of complementary therapy use for symptom management for older rural adults with diabetes. J Evid Based Complementary Altern Med. 2013;18(2):93-99.

Bell RA, Grzywacz JG, Quandt SA, Neiberg R, Lang W, Nguyen H, Altizer KP, Arcury TA. Medical skepticism and complementary therapy use among older rural African-Americans and Whites. J Health Care Poor Underserved. 2013;24(2):777-787.

Beech BM, Calles-Escandon J, Hairston KG, Langdon SE, Latham-Sadler BA, Bell RA. Mentoring programs for underrepresented minority faculty in academic medical centers: a systematic review of the literature. Acad Med. 2013;88(4):541-549.

Ahmad T, Song E, Russell G, Howard-McNatt M, Bell RA, Stewart JH. An analysis of disparities in surgical oncology trials for lung cancer [abstract]. Ann Surg Oncol. 2013;20(Suppl 1):S117.

Bell RA, Arcury TA, Ip E, Grzywacz JG, Nguyen H, Kirk JK, Saldana S, Quandt SA. Correlates of physician trust among rural older adults with diabetes. Am J Health Behav. 2013;37(5):660-666.

Nguyen HT, Kirk JK, Arcury TA, Ip EH, Grzywacz JG, Saldana SJ, Bell RA, Quandt SA. Cognitive function is a risk for health literacy in older adults with diabetes. Diabetes Res Clin Pract. 2013;101(2):141-147.

Arcury TA, Bell RA, Altizer KP, Grzywacz JG, Sandberg JC, Quandt SA. Attitudes of older adults regarding disclosure of complementary therapy use to physicians. J Appl Gerontol. 2013;32(5):627-645.

Bell RA. Foreward: understanding and addressing disparities in diabetes and obesity. Fam Community Health. 2013;36(4):282-283.

Quandt SA, Reynolds T, Chapman C, Bell RA, Grzywacz JG, Ip EH, Kirk JK, Arcury TA. Older adults' fears about diabetes: using common sense models of disease to understand fear origins and implications for self-management. J Appl Gerontol. 2013;32(7):783-803.

Barnes TL, Crandell JL, Bell RA, Mayer-Davis EJ, Dabelea D, Liese AD. Change in DASH diet score and cardiovascular risk factors in youth with type 1 and type 2 diabetes mellitus: the SEARCH for Diabetes in Youth Study. Nutr Diabetes. 2013;3():e91.

Altizer KP, Quandt SA, Grzywacz JG, Bell RA, Sandberg JC, Arcury TA. Traditional and commercial herb use in health self-management among rural multiethnic older adults. J Appl Gerontol. 2013;32(4):387-407.

Jaiswal M, Lauer A, Martin CL, Bell RA, Divers J, Dabelea D, Pettitt DJ, Saydah S, Pihoker C, Standiford DA, Rodriguez BL, Pop-Busui R, Feldman EL. Peripheral neuropathy in adolescents and young adults with type 1 and type 2 diabetes from the SEARCH for Diabetes in Youth follow-up cohort: a pilot study. Diabetes Care. 2013;36(12):3903-3908.

Arnold EM, McCall WV, Anderson AA, Golden S, Langdon S, Bryant A, Bell R. Sleep problems, suicidality and depression among American Indian youth. J Sleep Disord: Treat Care. 2013;2(3):.

Ip EH, Saldana S, Chen SH, Kirk JK, Bell RA, Nguyen H, Grzywacz JG, Arcury TA, Quandt SA. Unreliable item or inconsistent person? A study of variation in health beliefs and belief-anchors to biomedical models. J Health Psychol. 2013;():.

Arcury TA, Nguyen HT, Sandberg JC, Neiberg RH, Altizer KP, Bell RA, Grzywacz JG, Lang W, Quandt SA. Use of complementary therapies for health promotion among older adults. J Appl Gerontol. 2013;():.

Yi-Frazier JP, Hood K, Case D, Waitzfelder B, Anderson A, Bloch CA, Naughton M, Seid M, Imperatore G, Loots B, Bell R, Lawrence JM. Caregiver reports of provider recommended frequency of blood glucose monitoring and actual testing frequency for youth with type 1 diabetes. Diabetes Res Clin Pract. 2012;95(1):68-75.

Grzywacz JG, Neiberg R, Quandt SA, Lang W, Bell RA, Arcury TA. Measuring differential beliefs in complementary therapy research: an exploration of the Complementary and Alternative Medicine Beliefs Inventory (CAMBI). Complement Ther Med. 2012;20(1-2):54-60.

Arcury TA, Grzywacz JG, Neiberg RH, Lang W, Nguyen H, Altizer K, Stoller EP, Bell RA, Quandt SA. Older adults' self-management of daily symptoms: complementary therapies, self-care, and medical care. J Aging Health. 2012;24(4):569-597.

Quandt SA, Grzywacz JG, Neiberg RH, Lang W, Altizer K, Bell RA, Arcury TA. Daily symptom management practices for arthritis used by older adults. J Aging Health. 2012;24(4):598-615.

Bell RA, Arcury TA, Anderson AM, Chen H, Savoca MR, Gilbert GH, Quandt SA. Dental anxiety and oral health outcomes among rural older adults. J Public Health Dent. 2012;72(1):53-59.

Grzywacz JG, Stoller EP, Brewer-Lowry AN, Bell RA, Quandt SA, Arcury TA. Gender and health lifestyle: an in-depth exploration of self-care activities in later life. Health Educ Behav. 2012;39(3):332-340.

Kirk JK, Grzywacz JG, Arcury TA, Ip EH, Nguyen HT, Bell RA, Saldana S, Quandt SA. Performance of health literacy tests among older adults with diabetes. J Gen Intern Med. 2012;27(5):534-540.

Bell R, Arcury T, Ip E, Grzywacz J, Nguyen H, Kirk J, Saldana S, Quandt S. Demographic, health and self-management correlates of physician trust among rural older adults with diabetes [abstract]. Diabetes. 2012;61(Suppl 1):A582.

Bell R, Quandt S, Grzywacz J, Neiberg R, Lang W, Arcury T. Patterns of complementary therapy use among rural older adults with diabetes [abstract]. Diabetes. 2012;61(Suppl 1):A585.

Nguyen HT, Grzywacz JG, Quandt SA, Neiberg RH, Lang W, Altizer K, Stoller EP, Bell RA, Arcury TA. The relationship between cognitive function and non-prescribed therapy use in older adults. Aging Ment Health. 2012;16(5):648-658.

Arcury TA, Grzywacz JG, Ip EH, Saldana S, Nguyen HT, Bell RA, Kirk JK, Quandt SA. Social integration and diabetes management among rural older adults. J Aging Health. 2012;24(6):899-922.

Arcury TA, Savoca MR, Anderson AM, Chen H, Gilbert GH, Bell RA, Leng X, Reynolds T, Quandt SA. Dental care utilization among North Carolina rural older adults. J Public Health Dent. 2012;72(3):190-197.

Nguyen HT, Arcury TA, Grzywacz JG, Saldana SJ, Ip EH, Kirk JK, Bell RA, Quandt SA. The association of mental conditions with blood glucose levels in older adults with diabetes. Aging Ment Health. 2012;16(8):950-957.

Grzywacz JG, Arcury TA, Ip EH, Nguyen HT, Saldana S, Reynolds T, Bell RA, Kirk JK, Quandt SA. Cultural basis for diabetes-related beliefs among low- and high-education African American, American Indian, and White older adults. Ethn Dis. 2012;22(4):466-472.

Fleischhacker S, Byrd RR, Ramachandran G, Vu M, Ries A, Bell RA, Evenson KR. Tools for healthy tribes: improving access to healthy foods in Indian country. Am J Prev Med. 2012;43(3 Suppl 2):S123-S129.

Grzywacz JG, Arcury TA, Saldana S, Kirk JK, Bell RA, Ip E, Quandt SA. Social control in older adults' diabetes self management and well-being. Behav Med. 2012;38(4):115-120.

Bell RA. Understanding and addressing health disparities in North Carolina [invited commentary]. N C Med J. 2012;73(5):389-394.

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