Assistant Professor

Public Health Sciences

Sparkle Springfield
  • As a nutritionist, Dr. Springfield’s research focuses on understanding and improving diet quality and diet-related outcomes in African American women through culturally tailored lifestyle interventions. She is currently working on projects that include studies to understand individual and community-level predictors of resilience and examine its relationship with CVD-related health behaviors, including diet quality. Her previous research examined socio-demographic and psychosocial predictors of dietary quality in African American breast cancer survivors enrolled in a community-based randomized weight-loss intervention trial. Dr. Springfield completed a NIH/NHLBI Cardiovascular Disease Prevention postdoctoral fellowship in the Prevention Research Center in the School of Medicine at Stanford University. She obtained a doctorate in Kinesiology, Nutrition, and Rehabilitation at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Springfield is a former pre-doctoral fellow of the NIH/NCI Cancer Education Career Development Program. Dr. Springfield received her undergraduate degree in Chemistry/Biology with a minor in Computer Science from Grambling State University, a historically black college and university (HBCU). She is a former undergraduate fellow of the NIH/NIGMS Maximizing Access to Research Careers (MARC) Undergraduate Student Training in Academic Research (U-STAR) program.

    • Grambling State University, Bachelors           
    • University of Illinois at Chicago, Ph.D.               

    What prompted you to pursue your field?

    I have always been interested in health and nutrition. When I was 15 years old, I moved from the West Coast to the Deep South. This transition motivated me to learn more about diet-related disease, health disparities, and how social determinants of health influenced health promotion among different subpopulations in the Black community

    What does your department's focus mean to you?

    To me, public health means everything! I believe everything that we do individually affects our health as well as the health of our neighbors.

    Why is this area of study important at this point in time?

    To build on my previous comment, I believe public health is being highlighted at this time because people are acknowledging the ways in which we are all connected.