Candice Myers, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor - Research


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2017 - Postdoctoral Fellow, Pennington Biomedical Research Center, Baton Rouge, LA
2012 - Ph.D. (Sociology) Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA
2007 - M.A. (Sociology) Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA
2005 - B.A. (Sociology) Louisiana Tech University, Ruston, LA


Dr. Myers is director of the Social Determinants and Health Disparities Laboratory. Her research currently focuses on food insecurity as a key social determinant and source of health disparities, with a specific focus on its complex relationship with obesity. Dr. Myers also studies the impact of place on health disparities and intervention response using multilevel theories and methodologies. She also has extensive research expertise in spatially modeling geographic disparities in obesity and diabetes prevalence across the United States.


Myers, C.A., Martin, C.K., Apolzan, J.W. Food Cravings and Body Weight: A Conditioning Response. Current Opinion Endocrinology Diabetes and Obesity. 2018 Jul 25. DOI: 10.1097/MED.0000000000000434. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 30048258.

Apolzan, J.W., Myers, C.A., Champagne, C.M., Beyl, R.A., Raynor, H.A., Anton, S.A., Williamson, D.A., Sacks, F.M., Bray, G.A., & Martin, C.K. Frequency of Consuming Foods Predicts Changes in Cravings for those Foods during Weight Loss: The POUNDS Lost Study. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2017 Aug;25(8):1343-1348. DOI: 10.1002/oby.21895. PubMed PMID: 28618170; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5529244.

Myers, C.A., Slack, T., Martin, C.K., Broyles, S.T., Heymsfield, S.B., Church, T.S., & Martin, C.K. (2017). Diabetes Prevalence and Its Association with Different Community Factors between the Diabetes Belt and the Remainder of the United States. Obesity (Silver Spring). Feb; 25(2):452-459. DOI: 10.1002/oby.21725. PubMed PMID: 28009108; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5269515.

Myers, C.A. (2016). Influence of the Civic Community Religious Environment on Family Poverty: A Multilevel Analysis. Cogent Social Sciences. 2(1), 1234670. DOI: 10.1080/23311886.2016.1234670. NIHMSID: NIHMS828022.

Myers, C.A., Denstel, K.D., & Broyles, S.T. (2016). The Context of Context: Examining the Associations between Healthy and Unhealthy Measures of Neighborhood Food, Physical Activity, and Social Environments. Preventive Medicine. Dec:93:21-26. DOI: 10.1016/j.ypmed.2016.09.009. PubMed PMID: 27612577; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5118080.

Broyles, S.T., Myers, C.A., Drazba, K., Marker, A., & Church, T.S. (2016) The Influence of Neighborhood Crime on Increases in Physical Activity during a Pilot Physical Activity Intervention in Children. Journal of Urban Health Apr;93(2):271-8. DOI: 10.1007/s11524-016-0033-1. PubMed PMID: 26951242; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4835351.

Apolzan J.W., Myers C.A., Cowley A.D., Brady H., Hsia D.S., Stewart T.M., Redman L.M., & Martin C.K. (2016). Examination of the Reliability and Validity of the Mindful Eating Questionnaire in Pregnant Women. Appetite. May 1;100:142-51. DOI: 10.1016/j.appet.2016.02.025. Epub 2016 Feb 12. PubMed PMID: 26879222; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4814227.

Myers, C.A., Slack, T., Martin, C.K., Broyles, S.T., & Heymsfield, S.B. (2016). Change in Obesity Prevalence across the United States is Influenced by Recreational and Healthcare Contexts, Food Environments, and Hispanic Populations. PLoS One. Feb 5;11(2):e0148394. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0148394. eCollection 2016. PubMed PMID: 26849803; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4743954.

Myers, C.A., Slack, T., Martin, C.K., Broyles, S.T., & Heymsfield, S.B. (2015). Regional Disparities in Obesity Prevalence in the United States Associated with Varying Factors: A Spatial Regime Analysis. Obesity (Silver Spring). Feb;23(2):481-7. DOI: 10.1002/oby.20963. PubMed PMID: 25521074; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4310761.

Slack, T, & Myers, C.A. (2014). The Great Recession and the Changing Geography of Food Stamp Receipt. Population Research and Policy Review. 33(1):63-79. DOI: 10.1007/s11113-013-9310-

Slack, T., Myers, C.A., Martin, C.K., & Heymsfield, S.B. (2014).The Geographic Concentration of U.S. Adult Obesity Prevalence and Associated Social, Economic, and Environmental Factors. Obesity (Silver Spring). Mar;22(3):868-74. DOI: 10.1002/oby.20502. PubMed PMID: 23630100.

Slack, T., & Myers, C. A. (2012). Understanding the Geography of Food Stamp Program Participation: Do Space and Place Matter?. Social Science Research. 41(2), 263-275.

Slack, T., Myers, C. A., Singelmann, J., & Doucet, J. (2010). Impacts and Activities Following Disaster: Narratives on Recovery in Hurricane-Affected Communities. International Journal of Mass Emergencies and Disasters. 28(1), 1-32.

Myers, C. A. (2010). Black-White Wage Inequality among Women in the South. International Journal of Sociological Research. 3(1-2), 47-63.

Myers, C. A., Slack, T., & Singelmann, J. (2008). Social Vulnerability and Migration in the Wake of Disaster: The Case of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Population and Environment. 29(6), 271-291.
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