Nangel M. Lindberg, PhD

Meet Nangel Lindberg

For Nangel Lindberg, research is like detective work, allowing her to solve the mysteries behind cultural differences in health and to design interventions tailored to specific ethnic groups.

Nangel Lindberg, PhD, studies the impact of culture on self-care and health-related behaviors. She is an expert on culturally tailored interventions for Hispanic populations. Her expertise spans cultural factors in diet and self-care behaviors, weight loss, diabetes prevention and management, tailoring interventions and materials for individuals of limited literacy, psychological aspects of cancer, and cancer prevention. 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 as a lead developer of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’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, behavioral medicine, and psycho-oncology. 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.

Selected Publications

 
  • 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. Psychiatric services (Washington, D.C.). 2016; 67(7):749-57.
  • Leo MC, Lindberg N, Vesco KK, Stevens VJ. Validity of medical chart weights and heights for obese pregnant women. eGEMs (Generating Evidence & Methods to improve patient outcomes) 2014 May;2(1):7.
  • 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 Trial. Medical Acupuncture. 2013 Feb;25(1):43-47. PMCID: PMC3584503
  • Lindberg NM, Stevens VJ. Identification de riesgo de depression ante la susceptibildad familiar al cancer de mama. Psicologia y Salud 2013;17(1):69-75.
  • Lindberg NM, Stevens VJ, Elder C, Funk K, Debar L. Use of alternative medicine for weight loss among Mexican-American women. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health. 2013;15(5):982-985. [Epub 2012 Jul 7]
  • Lindberg NM, Stevens VJ, Halperin R. Weight-loss interventions for Hispanic populations: The role of culture. Journal of Obesity 2013; 2013:542736. [Epub 2013 Feb 26] PMCID: PMC3600335
  • 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 Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2012 Mar 15;12:19. PMCID: PMC3375195
  • 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. International Journal of Obesity (Lond) 2012 Jan; 36(1):86-92. [Epub 2011 Mar 29]
  • Funk K, Elder C, Lindberg N, Gullion C, DeBar L, Meltesen G, Stevens V. Comparison of characteristics and outcomes by initial study contact (website versus staff) for participants enrolled in a weight-management study. Clinical Trials 2012; 9(2):226-31. [Epub 2012 Jan 24.]
  • Lindberg NM, Stevens VJ, Vega-López S, Kauffman TL, Calderón MR, et al. A weight-loss intervention program designed for Mexican-American women: cultural adaptations and results. Journal of immigrant and minority health / Center for Minority Public Health. 2012; 14(6):1030-9.
  • Lindberg N, Stevens V, Calderon MR, Cervantes M, Gullion C. Developing a culturally appropriate weight-loss intervention program for Spanish-speaking Mexican-American women. Clinical medicine & research. 2011 November 09; 9(3-4):166. PMCID: PMC3251440.
  • Lindberg NM, Stevens VJ . Immigration and weight gain: Mexican-American women's perspectives. Journal of immigrant and minority health / Center for Minority Public Health. 2011; 13(1):155-60. NIHMSID: NIHMS468271.

Press Release

Culturally Tailored Program Helps Mexican-American Women Lose Weight

Kaiser Permanente Study Pilots “De Por Vida” Program

Apr 30 2012

Press Release

De Por Vida Study— Spanish Version

Un proyecto de un año de duración para ayudar a mujeres mexicano-americanas a bajar de peso y no recuperar el peso perdido.

Stories

De Por Vida - A Mexican-American women weight loss study

A one-year study to help Mexican-American women lose weight and keep it off. The study is unique because it is specifically designed for Spanish-speaking women of Mexican origin.