Delores James, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Department of Health Education & Behavior

  • Ph.D. in Health Behavior, University of Florida (1993)
  • M.S. in Health Science Education, University of Florida (1990)
  • B.S. in Allied Medical Professions (major in Medical Dietetics), The Ohio State University (1984)

James CV

Contact Info

FLG 10
P.O. Box 118210
Gainesville, FL 32611-8210
(352) 294-1806 |


Dr. James is an alumna of the College of Health and Human Performance (HHP), having received both her master’s and doctoral degrees from the Department of Health Education and Behavior (HEB). After completing her education, she accepted a faculty position with HEB. Dr. James earned a certificate in Qualitative Research from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and a certificate in Distance Education Leadership and Management from the University of West Georgia. She is also a certified focus group moderate.

Dr. James is both a health educator and a registered dietitian with extensive background in public health and private practice. She is a fellow in the American School Health Association and the Weight Management Dietetic Practice Group of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She also is past president of the Gainesville District Dietetic Association and a past research delegate to the House of Delegate for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She was the lead author of two position papers on promoting and supporting breastfeeding for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Dr. James is the Editor-in-Chief of the International Council for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, Sport, and Dance (ICHPER-SD) Journal of Research. In addition to her publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals, she has published several creative works. Her recent book, Right Size for Me: A Weight Management Guide for African Americans was published by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She is currently writing Human Nutrition: A Consumer Approach. She was the editor-in-chief for a two-volume encyclopedia, Nutrition and Well-Being A to Z (Macmillan Reference USA).

Throughout her academic career, Dr. James has engaged in research focused on understanding the socio-cultural causes of health disparities, particularly among African Americans, low income children and adolescents, and residents of rural communities. She also has extensive training in community based participatory research, program evaluation, and qualitative and mixed methods research methodologies.

Dr. James has been recognized by her colleagues for her teaching and research. Dr. James is a past Teacher of the Year for HHP, has received the HEB Faculty Research Award four times, and the HEB Faculty Leadership Award twice. In addition to her research and teaching, Dr. James serves on several advisory groups on campus and the Gainesville community. She currently serves on the State Housing Initiative Partnership (SHIP) Advisory Board for the City of Gainesville.

Research Interests

  • Obesity and Weight Management
  • Nutrition Education
  • Health Disparities (ethnic and gender)
  • mHealth and eHealth
  • Community-engagement Research

Research Populations

  • African Americans
  • Hispanics
  • Men
  • Rural
  • Urban
  • Children and adolescents

Research Methods

  • Qualitative and mixed methods
  • Community-based participatory research


  • HSC 3574 Nutrition Education for Special Populations
  • HSC 4905 Health Promotion in Gerontology
  • HSC 5576 Nutrition Education for Special Populations
  • HSC 6567 Health Promotion in Gerontology
  • HSC 6629 Health Promotions for Priority Populations
  • HSC 6735 Research Methods