June 20, 2017

Carol Cornell, PhD

Professor and Chair of Health Behavior and Health Education


1992 – Ph.D. (Department of Psychology), Yale University
1989 – Clinical, Internship Department of Clinical and Health Psychology, University of Florida
1987 – M. Phil. (Department of Psychology), Yale University
1980 – BA/MA (Department of Psychology),  Johns Hopkins University

Research Interest

Community based public health; cardiovascular behavioral medicine

Current Research Projects

  • 2009-2014 The Arkansas Prevention Research Center (ARPRC). Funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. J. M. Raczynski, Ph.D., Principal Investigator, Carol E. Cornell, Ph.D., Deputy Director for Administration and Center Co-Investigator.
    Direct Costs = $1,719,856; Total Costs = $2,441,741
  • 2007-2013 Establishing an Exploratory NCMHD Research Center of Excellence in Arkansas: The Arkansas Center for Health Disparities (ARCHD). Funded by the National Center for Minority Health Disparities (NCMHD). J. M. Raczynski, Ph.D., Principal Investigator, Carol E. Cornell, Ph.D., Deputy Center Director for Research, Research Core Director, Center Co-Investigator, and Co-Investigator for the Center’s Full Research project, “Healthy Eating and Active Living for Today’s Healthier You” (HEALTHY Ways), Elaine Prewitt, Ph.D., Principal Investigator. Direct Costs = $4,719,930; Total Costs = $6,629,623
  • 2007-2013 Reducing Sexual Risk Behaviors Among Rural African-American Cocaine Users. Funded by the National Institute for Drug Abuse. K. E. Stewart, Ph.D., Principal Investigator, Carol E. Cornell, Ph.D., Co-Investigator.
    Direct Costs = $2,176,225; Total Costs = $3,045,459

Courses Taught

9103 Community Based Program Design and Evaluation I

Recent Publications:

Whittaker, K.S., Krantz, D.S., Rutledge, T., Johnson, B.D., Wawrzyniak, A.J., Bittner, V., Eastwood, J., Eteiba, W., Cornell, C.E., Pepine, C.J., Vido, D.A., Handberg, E.M., & Merz, C.N.B. (2012). Combining psychosocial data to improve prediction of cardiovascular disease risk factors and events: The NHLBI-Sponsored Women’s Ischemia Syndrome Evaluation (WISE) Study. Psychosomatic Medicine, 74 (3): 263-270.

Yeary, K.H.K., Cornell, C.E., Turner, J., Moore, P., Bursac, Z., Prewitt, E., West, D.S. (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##. http://www.cdc.gov/pcd/issues/2011/nov/10_0194.htm.

West, D.S., Bursac, Z., Cornell, C.E., Felix, H.C., Fausett, J.K., Krukowski, R.A., Lensing, S., Love, S., Prewitt, T.E. and Beck, C. (2011). Lay health educators translate a weight loss intervention in senior centers: A randomized controlled trial. American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 41(4):385–391

Cornell, C.E., Littleton, M.A., Greene, P.G., Pulley, L., Brownstein, J. N., Sanderson, B.K., Stalker, V.G., Matson-Koffman, D., Struempler, B., & Raczynski, J.M. (2009). A community health advisor program to reduce cardiovascular risk among rural African American women. Health Education Research, 24(4), 622-633. Advance Access published December 1, 2008, doi:10.1093/her/cyn063. (IF = 2.78)
Perez, A.P., Phillips, M.M., Cornell, C.E., Mays, G., Adams, B. (2009). Promoting dietary change among state health employees in Arkansas through a worksite wellness program: the Healthy Employee Lifestyle Program (HELP). Preventing Chronic Disease, 6(4), A123. http://www.cdc.gov/pcd/issues/2009/oct/08_0136.htm. (IF = N/A)