November 20, 2018

Karen Yeary, Ph.D.

Professor, Health Behavior and Health Education Department
UAMS Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health

Research Interest Statement

Dr. Yeary’s work focuses on translational research to prevent chronic disease and its risk factors (obesity, dietary intake, cancer screening) in underserved groups. She uses a community-based participatory research approach to conduct multidisciplinary research in the context of addressing health inequities. Through collaborating with underserved communities, researchers and health practitioners representing multiple disciplines, she uses mixed-methodology to develop and implement culturally appropriate interventions. Her overall aim is to reduce health inequities through creating practical behavioral interventions that can be widely implemented and sustained in low-resource settings.


UAMS Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute, Cancer Prevention and Population Sciences
Online survey on knowledge and attitude toward HPV vaccination among young adults in the Arkansas Delta through social media promotion

Arkansas Breast Cancer Research Program
THRIVE (Together On The Highway To Rejoice In Health As Victors Enfolded In Strength): Test of two evidence-based programs to develop weight loss and quality of life interventions for breast cancer survivors.
Principal Investigator

UAMS Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute, Cancer Prevention and Populations Sciences
THRIVE (Together On The Highway To Rejoice In Health As Victors Enfolded In Strength): Adaptation of two evidence-based programs to develop weight loss and quality of life interventions for breast cancer survivors
Principal Investigator

*cancer-related annual direct costs

Dr. Yeary’s UAMS Collaborators

Note from Dr. Yeary: I am grateful to have the opportunity to work with many so many wonderful scholars in academia and the community. I’m certain that I’ve left out several colleagues, so please forgive me if I have.

Joseph Su, Ph.D.
Shelly Lensing, M.S.
Ellen Hutchins, MPH
Tamier Wells, B.S.
Tiffany Haynes, Ph.D.
Keneshia Bryant, Ph.D., R.N.
Carol Cornell, Ph.D.
Page Moore, Ph.D.
Elaine Prewitt, Ph.D.
Heath Gauss, M.S.
Song Ounpraseuth, Ph.D.
Geoff Curran, Ph.D.
Mick Tilford, Ph.D.
Pebbles Fagan, Ph.D.
Fei Wan, Ph.D.
M. Kate Stewart, M.D.
Steve Sullivan, M.Div.
Brooke Montgomery, Ph.D.
Emily Whittington, R.D., MPH
Martha Carle, Ph.D.
Appathurai Balamurugan, M.D.
Judy Webber, Ph.D.
Britni Ayers, Ph.D.
Pearl Mcelfish, Ph.D.
Chris Long, Ph.D.
Cynthia Maxwell
Marie-rachelle Narcisse Jean-louis, Ph.D.
Seongkum Ho, R.N., Ph.D.
Christina Hamilton
Sherri Morris
Joni Pharis
Jean McSweeney, RN, Ph.D.
Peter Goulden, M.D.
Ronda Henry-Tillman, M.D.
Paul Greene, Ph.D.
Ted Brasfield

Dr. Yeary’s External Collaborators

Laura Linnan, Sc.D. (UNC-Chapel Hill)
Deborah Tate, Ph.D. (UNC-Chapel Hill)
Paul Estabrooks, Ph.D. (University of Nebraska Medical Center)
Jeffery Sobal, Ph.D. (Cornell University)
Elaine Wethington, Ph.D. (Cornell University)
Xiaofei Chi, M.S., Biostatistics (St. Jude Children’s Hospital)
Ilana Graetz, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Health Policy Management (Emory University)
Jerome Turner, MDiv (BGACDC)
Johnny Smith, B.S. (10,000 Black Men)
Deborah Erwin, Ph.D. (Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center)
Dee Johnson, MPH (Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center)
Fannie Fields (Faith Task Force)
Lucille Seals (Faith Task Force)
Leroy Carter (Faith Task Force)
Anna Huff-Davis (Faith Task Force)
Sarah Jackson (Faith Task Force)
Jennifer Hulett (University of South Carolina)
Monica Wang (Boston University)
Jill Bormann, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, Clinical Professor, Hahn School of Nursing and Health Sciences/Beyster Institute of Nursing Research, University of San Diego
Zoran Bursac (Florida)
Linda Ko (Fred Hutchinson Cancer Institute)
Samuel Towne (Central Florida)
Donna Williams (LSUHSC School of Public Health)
Rachel Benz (U of Alabama)
Gwenndolyn Porter (University of Nebraska Medical Center),
Elisa Rodriguez (Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center)
Brook Harmon (Memphis)
Charlene Niemi R.N., Ph.D. (Southern California)
Hal Strelnick (Albert Einstein College of Medicine)
Morgan Lee (University of Colorado – Colorado Springs)
Andrea Kozak (Oakland)
Noel Kulik, Ph.D. (Wayne State)
Robert Newton, Ph.D. (Pennington)
Usha Menon, Ph.D. (Southern Florida)
Amos Newell

Opportunities for Collaboration

I believe collaboration is necessary to move science forward and welcome collaboration with anyone who is interested in behavioral interventions, health disparities, translational research, obesity, nutrition and community-engaged research.

You Might Not Know That

I am a Nutritional Scientist with a horrible sweet tooth. I try to mitigate the excess sugar I intake through running, down-hill skiing and rock climbing.

Cancer-Related Publications

Menon U, Ashing K, Alcaraz K, Chang MW, Christy S, Felsted K, Gil Rivas V, Gwede C, Lu Q, Meade C, Sly J, Wang M, Yanez B, Yeary KH, Yi JC (In Press) Precision Medicine Application of the Behavioral Medicine ConNECT Framework to Target Health Disparities. Nursing Research.

Yeary KH, Moore P, Gauss CH, Cornell C, Prewitt TE, Shakya S†, Turner J*, Scarbrough C†, Porter G, Estabrooks P (In Press) Reach and adoption of a randomized weight loss maintenance trial in rural African Americans of faith: The WORD (Wholeness, Oneness, Righteousness, Deliverance). American Journal of Health Promotion.

Huff A*, Cornell CE, Mcelfish PA, Yeary KH£ (In Press) Strategies to facilitate equitable resource sharing in community-engaged research. Progress in Community Health Partnerships.

Bryant-Moore K, Haynes T, Yeary KH, Turner J*, Smith J*, Curran G, Ounpraseuth S, Kuo D, Sullivan G, McCoy S (2018) Lessons Learned from using an Audience Response System in a Community Setting for Research Data Collection. Public Health Nursing Mar 22 doi:10.1111/phn.12397 [Epub ahead of print].

Mcelfish PA, Long CR, Kaholokula JK, Aitaoto N, Bursac Z, Capelle L, Laelan M, Bing WI, Riklon S, Rowland B, Ayers BL, Wilmoth RO, Langston KN, Schootman M, Selig JP, Yeary KH£ (2018) Design of a comparative effectiveness randomized controlled trial testing a faith-based Diabetes Prevention Program (WORD DPP) vs. a Pacific culturally adapted Diabetes Prevention Program (PILI DPP) for Marshallese in the United States. Medicine 97:19(e0677).

Felix H, Long C, Rowland B, Yeary KH, Mcelfish P (2017) Physical activity and diabetes-related health beliefs of Marshallese adults. American Journal of Health Behavior Sep 1; 41(5):553-560.

Turner J*, Smith J*, Ounpraseuth S, Kuo D, Harris K, Haynes T, Bryant K, Stewart MK, Sullivan G, Yeary KH£ (2017) Community building community: The distinct benefits of community partners building other communities’ capacity to conduct health research. Progress in Community Health Partnerships.11(1):81-86.

Mcelfish P, Bursac Z, Goulden P, Hudson JS, Yeary KH (2016) Engagement practices that join scientific methods with community wisdom to design a patient-centered, randomized control trial with a Pacific Islander community. Nursing Inquiry. 24(2): E12141.

Yeary KH, Greene P, Moore P, Dawson L, Turner J*, Bennett L (2016) Feasibility test of a community-relevant intervention designed to promote African American participation in translational, breast cancer disparities research: Know About Health Options for Women (Know HOW). Journal of Cancer Education.16:1-8.

Yeary KH, Ounpraseuth S, Kuo D, Harris K, Haynes T, Bryant K, Turner J*, Smith J*, Stewart MK, Sullivan G (2016) Examining the impact of perceived personal health issues and concerns on community identified concerns in community health assessments. Journal of Public Health 38(3):502-510.

Yeary KH, Cornell C, Turner J*, Prewitt E, Bursac Z, Tilford M, Harris K, Eddings K, Love SJ, Whittington E (2015) The WORD (Wholeness, Oneness, Righteousness, Deliverance): Design of an evidence-based weight loss and maintenance intervention translated for a faith-based, rural, African American population using a community-based participatory approach. Contemporary Clinical Trials 40:63-73.

Zhang S, Madidi M, Henderson L, Yeary KH (2014) Analyzing factors associated with women’s attitudes and behaviors toward screening mammography using design-based logistic regression. Breast Cancer Research and Treatment 144(1): 193-204.

Greene P, Mehta P, Yeary KH, Bursac Z, Zhang J, Goldsmith G, Henry-Tillman R (2012) Using population data to reduce disparities in colorectal cancer screening, Arkansas, 2006. Preventing Chronic Disease. 9: E138

Torrence W, Yeary KH, Stewart C, Mehta P, Duke K, Greer-Williams N, Guidry J, Erwin D, Greene P, Henry-Tillman R. (2011) Evaluating community capacity to address Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR). Journal of Cancer Education 26(4):658-63.

Yeary KH, Cornell CE, Turner J*, Moore P, Bursac Z, Prewitt E, West D (2011) The WORD (Wholeness, Oneness, Righteousness, Deliverance): Feasibility test of an evidence-based weight loss intervention translated for a faith-based, rural, African American population. Preventing Chronic Disease. 8(6):A##.

Yeary KH, Flowers E†, Ford G, Burroughs D, Burton J*, Woods D*, Stewart C, Mehta P, Greene P, Henry-Tillman R (2011) Development of a community-based participatory colorectal cancer screening intervention addressing disparities: Empowering Communities for Life. Preventing Chronic Disease. 8(2).

Yeary KH, Mason M, Turner J*, Kieber-Emmons T, Chow M, Hine JR, Henry-Tillman R, Greene P. (2011) A community-based approach to translational research addressing breast cancer disparities. Translational Behavioral Medicine. 1(2): 224-233.

Greene P, Mays G, Kim KH, Hager B, Goldsmith G, Bursac Z, Carter D, Duke K, Mehta P, Henry-Tillman R. (2009) Colorectal cancer screening in Arkansas: Implications for cancer prevention in primary care. The Journal of the Arkansas Medical Society 106(3): 66-68.

Kim KH, Linnan L, Campbell MK, Brooks C*, Koenig HG, Wiesen C. (2008) The WORD (Wholeness, Oneness, Righteousness, Deliverance): A faith-based weight loss program utilizing a participatory approach. Health Education and Behavior 35(5):634-650.

Kim KH, Linnan L, Kulik N, Carlisle V, Enga Z, Bentley M. (2007) Linking beauty and health Among African-American women: Using focus group data to build culturally and contextually appropriate interventions. Journal of Social, Behavioral, and Health Sciences 1(1):