Maria Duarte-Gardea

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El Paso Texas, 79968
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Maria Ofelia Duarte-Gardea
Professor, Public Health Sciences - Interdisciplinary Health Sciences
Department Chair, Public Health Sciences

Dr. Duarte’s research focuses on nutrition interventions and chronic disease prevention in Mexican-Americans. Additionally, her research combines physical activity with nutrition intervention to result in a healthier community. She conducts community-based participatory research and has participated in multi-institutional transborder chronic disease prevention projects. Dr. Duarte has served as a reviewer in multiple study sections from the National Institutes of Health and Center for Disease Control, and in the Robert Wood Foundation’s Salud America initiative. She has been a member of the expert panel in gestational diabetes of the American Dietetic Association.


  1. Nutrition
  2. Chronic disease prevention
  3. Community based participatory research