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Associate Professor, Public Health Sciences

Health Sciences Campus

Faculty photo for Sparkle Springfield

I am a nutritionist. My research focuses on understanding and improving diet quality in young African-American women through culturally tailored interventions. My broader research interests include structural and social determinants of diet and diet-related disease in this population. I am excited and grateful that I will be completing my first year as a full-time faculty in the department of Public Health Science. I enjoy hiking, Zumba, and cooking – particularly vegan dishes.


Education
  • BS in Chemistry, Grambling State University
  • PhD in Nutrition and Health Promotion, University of Illinois at Chicago

What would you tell a student about why your field is exciting or important?

Health promotion research, specifically in underserved populations like the African-American community, is important to adding diverse perspectives to current and future public health literature.

What called you to or attracted you to Loyola?

I was attracted to the school- and university-wide focus on education, social justice, and community community service.