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

Sabina B. Gesell, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor,

Office of Research

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
Office of Women in Medicine and Science
Center on Diabetes, Obesity, and Metabolism
Office of Research

Research Interests

Hispanic Americans; Social Support; Parents; Patient Satisfaction; Motor Activity
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Contact Information

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


Recent Publications

Feasibility of a friendship network-based pediatric obesity intervention. Giannini CM, Irby MB, Skelton JA, Gesell SB.. Child Obes. 2017;13(1):18-24.

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

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

Analyzing heterogeneity in the effects of physical activity in children on social network structure and peer selection dynamics. Henry T, Gesell SB, Ip EH.. Netw Sci (Camb Univ Press). 2016;4(3):336-363.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Comparative effectiveness of after-school programs to increase physical activity. 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.. J Obes. 2013;2013():576821.

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

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

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

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

Patient-centeredness: a best practice for HBCU health professional education programs. Aragon S, Vereen SS, Slazyk DE, Hooker TJ, McGuinn LJ, Gesell SB.. 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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