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Nangel M. Lindberg, PhD

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DepartmentCenter for Health Research
Address3800 N. Interstate Avenue
Portland OR 97227
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    Dr. Nangel Lindberg studies weight loss, women's health, psychological aspects of cancer and cancer prevention, and the impact of culture on health behaviors. Dr. Lindberg is bicultural and has extensive research experience implementing behavioral interventions with diverse populations in the United States in clinical and community settings.

    She is currently the principal investigator on a study that is testing a weight loss program to reduce diabetes risk among Hispanic women at the Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center in Hillsboro, Oregon. She has also contributed her expertise in developing culturally competent interventions to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s Diabetes Prevention Program curricula for both Spanish and English speakers. In further work with Hispanic populations, she recently implemented and tested a program to prevent excessive gestational weight gain among pregnant Hispanic patients at the Virginia Garcia clinic. She is also directing the cultural adaptation of a computer-based, cognitive-behavioral intervention for depression for Hispanic individuals.

    Dr. Lindberg recently completed a study of a culturally tailored weight loss program—De Por Vida—designed for women of Mexican origin, which was successful in helping participants lose weight.

    Dr. Lindberg is trained as a clinical psychologist. She attended the University of California, Los Angeles, completing her PhD in clinical psychology and postdoctoral training in health psychology and behavioral medicine. Current and past research includes factors affecting weight-loss maintenance, sociocultural factors involved in self-care behaviors and adherence to medical recommendations among at-risk individuals, and cultural elements facilitating dietary and physical activity change among Hispanic populations.

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    R01DK099277     (LINDBERG, NANGEL M.)Apr 1, 2014 - Mar 31, 2019
    Culturally Competent Behavioral Intervention for Diabetes Risk Reduction
    Role: Principal Investigator

    R21HL094965     (LINDBERG, NANGEL M)Jun 15, 2009 - May 31, 2012
    Culturally-Sensitive Weight Loss Intervention for Women of Mexican Origin
    Role: Principal Investigator

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    1. Joseph G, Lindberg NM, Guerra C, Hernandez C, Karliner LS, Gilmore MJ, Zepp J, Rolf BA, Caruncho M, Riddle L, Kauffman TL, Leo MC, Wilfond BS. Medical interpreter-mediated genetic counseling for Spanish preferring adults at risk for a hereditary cancer syndrome. J Genet Couns. 2023 Mar 20. PMID: 36938783.
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    2. Fitzpatrick SL, Papajorgji-Taylor D, Schneider JL, Lindberg N, Francisco M, Smith N, Vaughn K, Vrany EA, Hill-Briggs F. Bridge to Health/Puente a la Salud: a pilot randomized trial to address diabetes self-management and social needs among high-risk patients. Transl Behav Med. 2022 Jul 18; 12(7):783-792. PMID: 35849138; PMCID: PMC9291384.
      Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    3. Lindberg NM, Mittendorf KF, Duenas DM, Anderson K, Koomas A, Kraft SA, Okuyama S, Shipman KJ, Vandermeer ML, Goddard KA, Wilfond BS, McMullen C. Engaging Patient Advisory Committees to Inform a Genomic Cancer Risk Study: Lessons for Future Efforts. Perm J. 2022 06 29; 26(2):28-39. PMID: 35933674; PMCID: PMC9662241.
      Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    4. Mittendorf KF, Lewis HS, Duenas DM, Eubanks DJ, Gilmore MJ, Goddard KAB, Joseph G, Kauffman TL, Kraft SA, Lindberg NM, Reyes AA, Shuster E, Syngal S, Ukaegbu C, Zepp JM, Wilfond BS, Porter KM. Literacy-adapted, electronic family history assessment for genetics referral in primary care: patient user insights from qualitative interviews. Hered Cancer Clin Pract. 2022 Jun 10; 20(1):22. PMID: 35689290; PMCID: PMC9188215.
      Citations: 1     
    5. O'Daniel JM, Ackerman S, Desrosiers LR, Rego S, Knight SJ, Mollison L, Byfield G, Anderson KP, Danila MI, Horowitz CR, Joseph G, Lamoure G, Lindberg NM, McMullen CK, Mittendorf KF, Ramos MA, Robinson M, Sillari C, Madden EB, CSER Stakeholder and Engagement Work Group. Integration of stakeholder engagement from development to dissemination in genomic medicine research: Approaches and outcomes from the CSER Consortium. Genet Med. 2022 Feb 25. PMID: 35227608.
      Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    6. Mittendorf KF, Kauffman TL, Amendola LM, Anderson KP, Biesecker BB, Dorschner MO, Duenas DM, Eubanks DJ, Feigelson HS, Gilmore MJ, Hunter JE, Joseph G, Kraft SA, Lee SSJ, Leo MC, Liles EG, Lindberg NM, Muessig KR, Okuyama S, Porter KM, Riddle LS, Rolf BA, Rope AF, Zepp JM, Jarvik GP, Wilfond BS, Goddard KAB, CHARM study team. Corrigendum to "Cancer Health Assessments Reaching Many (CHARM): A clinical trial assessing a multimodal cancer genetics services delivery program and its impact on diverse populations" [Contemporary Clinical Trials 106 (2021) 106432]. Contemp Clin Trials. 2022 Mar; 114:106682. PMID: 35123916.
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    7. Mittendorf KF, Knerr S, Kauffman TL, Lindberg NM, Anderson KP, Feigelson HS, Gilmore MJ, Hunter JE, Joseph G, Kraft SA, Zepp JM, Syngal S, Wilfond BS, Goddard KAB. Systemic Barriers to Risk-Reducing Interventions for Hereditary Cancer Syndromes: Implications for Health Care Inequities. JCO Precis Oncol. 2021; 5. PMID: 34778694; PMCID: PMC8585306.
      Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    8. Lindberg NM, Gutierrez AM, Mittendorf KF, Ramos MA, Anguiano B, Angelo F, Joseph G. Creating accessible Spanish language materials for Clinical Sequencing Evidence-Generating Research consortium genomic projects: challenges and lessons learned. Per Med. 2021 Sep; 18(5):441-454. PMID: 34448595.
      Citations: 4     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    9. Mittendorf KF, Kauffman TL, Amendola LM, Anderson KP, Biesecker BB, Dorschner MO, Duenas DM, Eubanks DJ, Feigelson HS, Gilmore MJ, Hunter JE, Joseph G, Kraft SA, Lee SSJ, Leo MC, Liles EG, Lindberg NM, Muessig KR, Okuyama S, Porter KM, Riddle LS, Rolf BA, Rope AF, Zepp JM, Jarvik GP, Wilfond BS, Goddard KAB, CHARM study team. Cancer Health Assessments Reaching Many (CHARM): A clinical trial assessing a multimodal cancer genetics services delivery program and its impact on diverse populations. Contemp Clin Trials. 2021 07; 106:106432. PMID: 33984519; PMCID: PMC8336568.
      Citations: 7     Fields:    Translation:HumansCTClinical Trials
    10. Papajorgji-Taylor D, Francisco M, Schneider JL, Vaughn K, Lindberg N, Smith N, Fitzpatrick SL. Bridge to Health/ Puente a la Salud: Rationale and design of a pilot feasibility randomized trial to address diabetes self-management and unmet basic needs among racial/ethnic minority and low-income patients. Contemp Clin Trials Commun. 2021 Jun; 22:100779. PMID: 34013093; PMCID: PMC8114052.
      Citations: 1     
    11. Mittendorf KF, Ukaegbu C, Gilmore MJ, Lindberg NM, Kauffman TL, Eubanks DJ, Shuster E, Allen J, McMullen C, Feigelson HS, Anderson KP, Leo MC, Hunter JE, Sasaki SO, Zepp JM, Syngal S, Wilfond BS, Goddard KAB. Adaptation and early implementation of the PREdiction model for gene mutations (PREMM5™) for lynch syndrome risk assessment in a diverse population. Fam Cancer. 2021 Mar 23. PMID: 33754278.
      Citations: 4     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    12. Lindberg NM, Vega-López S, LeBlanc ES, Leo MC, Stevens VJ, Gille S, Arias-Gastelum M, Meenan R. Lessons Learned From a Program to Reduce Diabetes Risk Among Low-Income Hispanic Women in a Community Health Clinic. Front Endocrinol (Lausanne). 2020; 11:489882. PMID: 33488511; PMCID: PMC7821047.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
    13. Avilés-Santa ML, Monroig-Rivera A, Soto-Soto A, Lindberg NM. Current State of Diabetes Mellitus Prevalence, Awareness, Treatment, and Control in Latin America: Challenges and Innovative Solutions to Improve Health Outcomes Across the Continent. Curr Diab Rep. 2020 10 10; 20(11):62. PMID: 33037442; PMCID: PMC7546937.
      Citations: 24     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    14. Kraft SA, Porter KM, Duenas DM, Guerra C, Joseph G, Lee SS, Shipman KJ, Allen J, Eubanks D, Kauffman TL, Lindberg NM, Anderson K, Zepp JM, Gilmore MJ, Mittendorf KF, Shuster E, Muessig KR, Arnold B, Goddard KAB, Wilfond BS. Participant Reactions to a Literacy-Focused, Web-Based Informed Consent Approach for a Genomic Implementation Study. AJOB Empir Bioeth. 2021 Jan-Mar; 12(1):1-11. PMID: 32981477; PMCID: PMC7785634.
      Citations: 8     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    15. Arias-Gastélum M, Lindberg NM, Leo MC, Bruening M, Whisner CM, Der Ananian C, Hooker SP, LeBlanc ES, Stevens VJ, Shuster E, Meenan RT, Gille S, Vaughn KA, Turner A, Vega-López S. Dietary Patterns with Healthy and Unhealthy Traits Among Overweight/Obese Hispanic Women with or at High Risk for Type 2 Diabetes. J Racial Ethn Health Disparities. 2021 04; 8(2):293-303. PMID: 32495304.
      Citations: 4     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    16. Kraft SA, McMullen C, Lindberg NM, Bui D, Shipman K, Anderson K, Joseph G, Duenas DM, Porter KM, Kauffman TL, Koomas A, Ransom CL, Jackson P, Goddard KAB, Wilfond BS, Lee SS. Integrating stakeholder feedback in translational genomics research: an ethnographic analysis of a study protocol's evolution. Genet Med. 2020 06; 22(6):1094-1101. PMID: 32089547; PMCID: PMC7275883.
      Citations: 9     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    17. Thornton PL, Kumanyika SK, Gregg EW, Araneta MR, Baskin ML, Chin MH, Crespo CJ, de Groot M, Garcia DO, Haire-Joshu D, Heisler M, Hill-Briggs F, Ladapo JA, Lindberg NM, Manson SM, Marrero DG, Peek ME, Shields AE, Tate DF, Mangione CM. New research directions on disparities in obesity and type 2 diabetes. Ann N Y Acad Sci. 2020 02; 1461(1):5-24. PMID: 31793006; PMCID: PMC7159314.
      Citations: 25     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    18. Lindberg NM, Vega-López S, Arias-Gastelum M, Stevens VJ. Alternative Medicine Methods Used for Weight Loss and Diabetes Control by Overweight and Obese Hispanic Immigrant Women. Hisp Health Care Int. 2020 06; 18(2):49-54. PMID: 31234651.
      Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    19. Lindberg NM, Vega-López S, LeBlanc ES, Leo MC, Stevens VJ, Gille S, Arias-Gastélum M, Shuster E, Meenan R, Vaughn KA, Shaw MC, Turner A. High Prevalence of Undiagnosed Hyperglycemia in Low-Income Overweight and Obese Hispanic Women in Oregon. J Racial Ethn Health Disparities. 2019 Mar 11. PMID: 30859515.
      Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    20. Valdez LA, Morrill KE, Griffith DM, Lindberg NM, Hooker SP, Garcia DO. Mexican Origin Hispanic Men's Perspectives of Physical Activity-Related Health Behaviors. Am J Mens Health. 2019 Jan-Feb; 13(1):1557988319834112. PMID: 30819068.
      Citations: 9     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    21. Vega-López S, Lindberg NM, Eckert GJ, Nicholson EL, Maupomé G. Association of added sugar intake and caries-related experiences among individuals of Mexican origin. Community Dent Oral Epidemiol. 2018 08; 46(4):376-384. PMID: 29659041.
      Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    22. Avilés-Santa ML, Colón-Ramos U, Lindberg NM, Mattei J, Pasquel FJ, Pérez CM. From Sea to Shining Sea and the Great Plains to Patagonia: A Review on Current Knowledge of Diabetes Mellitus in Hispanics/Latinos in the US and Latin America. Front Endocrinol (Lausanne). 2017; 8:298. PMID: 29176960.
      Citations: 17     Fields:    
    23. Alexander GL, Lindberg N, Firemark AL, Rukstalis MR, McMullen C. Motivations of Young Adults for Improving Dietary Choices: Focus Group Findings Prior to the MENU GenY Dietary Change Trial. Health Educ Behav. 2018 08; 45(4):492-500. PMID: 29068724.
      Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    24. Avilés-Santa ML, Heintzman J, Lindberg NM, Guerrero-Preston R, Ramos K, Abraído-Lanza AL, Bull J, Falcón A, McBurnie MA, Moy E, Papanicolaou G, Piña IL, Popovic J, Suglia SF, Vázquez MA. Personalized medicine and Hispanic health: improving health outcomes and reducing health disparities - a National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute workshop report. BMC Proc. 2017; 11(Suppl 11):11. PMID: 29149222.
      Citations: 11     
    25. Coleman KJ, Stewart C, Waitzfelder BE, Zeber JE, Morales LS, Ahmed AT, Ahmedani BK, Beck A, Copeland LA, Cummings JR, Hunkeler EM, Lindberg NM, Lynch F, Lu CY, Owen-Smith AA, Trinacty CM, Whitebird RR, Simon GE. Racial-Ethnic Differences in Psychiatric Diagnoses and Treatment Across 11 Health Care Systems in the Mental Health Research Network. Psychiatr Serv. 2016 07 01; 67(7):749-57. PMID: 27079987.
      Citations: 36     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    26. Leo MC, Lindberg NM, Vesco KK, Stevens VJ. Validity of medical chart weights and heights for obese pregnant women. EGEMS (Wash DC). 2014; 2(1):1051. PMID: 25848585.
      Citations: 11     
    27. Lindberg NM, Stevens VJ, Elder C, Funk K, Debar L. Use of alternative medicine for weight loss among Mexican-American women. J Immigr Minor Health. 2013 Oct; 15(5):982-5. PMID: 22773011.
      Citations: 5     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    28. Lindberg NM, Stevens VJ, Halperin RO. Weight-loss interventions for Hispanic populations: the role of culture. J Obes. 2013; 2013:542736. PMID: 23533725.
      Citations: 29     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    29. Elder CR, Debar LL, Funk KL, Vollmer WM, Lindberg NM, Ritenbaugh C, Meltesen G, Gallison C, Stevens VJ. Adherence to, and Satisfaction with, the Self-Acupressure Intervention in the LIFE Weight-Loss Maintenance Study. Med Acupunct. 2013 Feb; 25(1):43-47. PMID: 24761167.
      Citations: 2     
    30. Lindberg NM, Stevens VJ, Vega-López S, Kauffman TL, Calderón MR, Cervantes MA. A weight-loss intervention program designed for Mexican-American women: cultural adaptations and results. J Immigr Minor Health. 2012 Dec; 14(6):1030-9. PMID: 22460538.
      Citations: 13     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    31. Elder CR, Gullion CM, Debar LL, Funk KL, Lindberg NM, Ritenbaugh C, Meltesen G, Gallison C, Stevens VJ. Randomized trial of Tapas Acupressure Technique for weight loss maintenance. BMC Complement Altern Med. 2012 Mar 15; 12:19. PMID: 22417316.
      Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    32. Funk KL, Elder CR, Lindberg NM, Gullion CM, DeBar LL, Meltesen G, Stevens VJ. Comparison of characteristics and outcomes by initial study contact (website versus staff) for participants enrolled in a weight management study. Clin Trials. 2012 Apr; 9(2):226-31. PMID: 22273589.
      Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    33. Elder CR, Gullion CM, Funk KL, Debar LL, Lindberg NM, Stevens VJ. Impact of sleep, screen time, depression and stress on weight change in the intensive weight loss phase of the LIFE study. Int J Obes (Lond). 2012 Jan; 36(1):86-92. PMID: 21448129.
      Citations: 46     Fields:    Translation:HumansCTClinical Trials
    34. Lindberg NM, Stevens VJ. Immigration and weight gain: Mexican-American women's perspectives. J Immigr Minor Health. 2011 Feb; 13(1):155-60. PMID: 19859807.
      Citations: 26     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    35. Elder C, Gallison C, Lindberg NM, DeBar L, Funk K, Ritenbaugh C, Stevens VJ. Randomized trial of Tapas Acupressure Technique for weight loss maintenance: rationale and study design. J Altern Complement Med. 2010 Jun; 16(6):683-90. PMID: 20569037.
      Citations: 6     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    36. Lindberg NM, Stevens VJ, Smith KS, Glasgow RE, Toobert DJ. A brief intervention designed to increase breast cancer self-screening. Am J Health Promot. 2009 May-Jun; 23(5):320-3. PMID: 19445434.
      Citations: 5     Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
    37. Lindberg NM, Stevens VJ. Review: weight-loss interventions with Hispanic populations. Ethn Dis. 2007; 17(2):397-402. PMID: 17682376.
      Citations: 17     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    38. Lindberg NM, Wellisch DK. Identification of traumatic stress reactions in women at increased risk for breast cancer. Psychosomatics. 2004 Jan-Feb; 45(1):7-16. PMID: 14709756.
      Citations: 7     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    39. Wellisch DK, Lindberg NM. A psychological profile of depressed and nondepressed women at high risk for breast cancer. Psychosomatics. 2001 Jul-Aug; 42(4):330-6. PMID: 11496022.
      Citations: 9     Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
    40. Lindberg NM, Wellisch D. Anxiety and compliance among women at high risk for breast cancer. Ann Behav Med. 2001; 23(4):298-303. PMID: 11761347.
      Citations: 16     Fields:    Translation:Humans
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