Dr. Campbell’s research focused on nutrition behavior change for health promotion and disease prevention. Her research focused on investigating health communication strategies aimed at reducing risk factors for cancer and chronic diseases in minority and under-served communities. Approaches include testing effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of computer-generated, individually tailored interventions on diet, physical activity, and cancer screening behaviors for health promotion and disease prevention in diverse populations; impact of multi-level interventions including individual, social, organization and environmental approaches to address social and economic determinants and encourage healthy behaviors; and dissemination research using evidence-based interventions for obesity prevention and health promotion on a population-wide level.
I worked closely with Marci when I took my first steps in research. I was fortunate enough to spend a few months at the University of North Carolina in the early 1990’s when Marci and I were both working on our PhD theses in which we studied the development, implementation and effects of computer-tailored nutrition education. Marci published the first paper on this topic in the American Journal of Public Health. Since then Marci and I kept collaborating on a number of studies, including a reviews in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition and in Patient Education and Counceling, and as co-advisors for the PhD research of Dr. Willemieke Kroeze, who went on to further explore and improve computer-tailored health education.
Marci was a great friend and colleague and I am grateful that I could work and spent time with her.