Sabina B. Gesell, Ph.D.Wake Forest School of Medicine

Sabina B. Gesell, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor,

Contact Information

Academic: 336-713-8738 | Department: 336-713-8738


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Education & Training

  • B.A., Vassar College, 1993
  • M.A., University of Notre Dame, 1997
  • Ph.D., University of Notre Dame, 1999


  • Obesity Society
Sabina B. Gesell, Ph.D.

Sabina B. Gesell, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Social Sciences & Health Policy
Center on Diabetes, Obesity, and Metabolism
Translational Science Institute

Research Interests

fitness/physical, obesity

Contact Information

Academic: 336-713-8738 | Department: 336-713-8738


Recent Publications

Gesell SB, Barkin SL, Sommer EC, Thompson JR, Valente TW. Increases in network ties are associated with increased cohesion among intervention participants. Health Educ Behav. 2016;43(2):208-216.

Arinze NV, Karp SM, Gesell SB. Evaluating provider advice and women's beliefs on total weight gain during pregnancy. J Immigr Minor Health. 2016;18(1):282-286.

Zhang J, Shoham DA, Tesdahl E, Gesell SB. Network interventions on physical activity in an afterschool program: an agent-based social network study. Am J Public Health. 2015;105(Suppl 2):S236-S243.

Fleming GM, Simmons JH, Xu M, Gesell SB, Brown RF, Cutrer WB, Gigante J, Cooper WO. A facilitated peer mentoring program for junior faculty to promote professional development and peer networking. Acad Med. 2015;90(6):819-826.

Gesell SB, Katula JA, Strickland C, Vitolins MZ. Feasibility and initial efficacy evaluation of a community-based cognitive-behavioral lifestyle intervention to prevent excessive weight gain during pregnancy in Latina women. Matern Child Health J. 2015;19(8):1842-1852.

Rau ME, Gesell SB, Atkinson H, Callahan K. Barriers to holding end of life discussions among internal medicine residents [abstract]. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2015;63(Suppl 1):S115.

Karp SM, Gesell SB. Obesity prevention and treatment in school-aged children, adolescents, and young adults-where do we go from here?. Prim Prev Insights. 2015;5():1-4.

Tesdahl E, Gesell SB. Assessing the impact of de novo social ties within health intervention settings: new questions for health behavior intervention research. Clin Transl Sci. 2015;8(6):676-681.

Karp SM, Barry KM, Gesell SB, Po'e EK, Dietrich MS, Barkin SL. Parental feeding patterns and child weight status for Latino preschoolers. Obes Res Clin Pract. 2014;8(1):e88-e97.

Gesell SB, Karp SM. The role of families and providers in preventing childhood obesity when we take a systems approach to ending the epidemic [editorial]. Rev Health Care. 2013;4(1):3-9.

Gesell SB, Sommer EC, Lambert EW, Vides de Andrade AR, Whitaker L, Davis L, Beech BM, Mitchell SJ, Arinze N, Neloms S, Ryan CK, Barkin SL. Comparative effectiveness of after-school programs to increase physical activity. J Obes. 2013;2013():576821.

Gesell SB, Barkin SL, Valente TW. Social network diagnostics: a tool for monitoring group interventions. Implement Sci. 2013;8():116.

Tanner-Smith EE, Steinka-Fry KT, Gesell SB. Comparative effectiveness of group and individual prenatal care on gestational weight gain. Matern Child Health J. 2013;18(7):1711-1720.

Aragon SJ, Richardson LJ, Lawrence W, Gesell SB. Nurses' patient-centeredness and perceptions of care among medicaid patients in hospital obstetrical units. Nurs Res Pract. 2013;():563282.

Barkin SL, Gesell SB, Po'e EK, Escarfuller J, Tempesti T. Culturally tailored, family-centered, behavioral obesity intervention for Latino-American preschool-aged children. Pediatrics. 2012;130(3):445-456.

Aragon S, Vereen SS, Slazyk DE, Hooker TJ, McGuinn LJ, Gesell SB. Patient-centeredness: a best practice for HBCU health professional education programs. J Best Pract Health Prof Diversity: Educ Res Policy. 2012;5(1):725-738.

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Assistant Professor, Social Sciences & Health Policy

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