Nicolette Teufel-Shone, PhD

Associate Professor
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Professional Bio: 

Dr. Teufel-Shone has more than 30 years of experience with American Indians (AIs) on community norms and behaviors related to food choice and physical activity patterns and the role in chronic disease prevention. She has formal training in nutrition, anthropology, and family and child health and serve as Academic Program Director of Family and Child Health at the Department of Health Promotion Sciences at the University of Arizona’s College of Public Health.

Dr. Teufel-Shone is a past recipient of an NCI K07 award focused on the development of scientifically valid, culturally relevant methods to document food choices and activities in AIs. She has been actively engaged in community driven, community based intervention research and in 2009, published a seminal, systematic analysis of the peer reviewed and gray literature describing physical activity programs in Indian Country. Currently, she is the Co-PI of an NIH-NIMHD funded P20 Exploratory Center of Excellence, entitled The Center for American Indian Resilience (CAIR) and she is Co-Director of the Research Core that provides formal mentoring to community-university research teams.

Dr. Teufel-Shone has published in the areas of qualitative data collection and analysis, community-based participatory research (CBPR), community-based intervention efficacy and cultural adaptation. She has skills and experience to mentor partnership development, infrastructure change, professional and community dissemination and manuscript development. She is long-time member of the University of Arizona Cancer Center in the Cancer Prevention and Control Program.

Research Information

Research Program: 
Cancer Prevention and Control
Member Status: 
Research Member
Year of Membership Acceptance: 
Selected Publications: 

Dr. Teufel-Shone's NCBI bibliography

  1. Teufel-Shone, NI, Jiang, L, Beals, J, Henderson, HG, Zhang, L, Acton, KJ, Roubideaux Y, and Manson, S. Demographic Characteristics and Food Choices of Participants in the Special Diabetes Program for American Indians Diabetes Prevention Demonstration Project.  Ethnicity and Health 2014; June 23:1-14. (PMID: 24954106)
  2. Teufel-Shone, NI, Fitzgerald, C, Teufel-Shone, L and Gamber, M. Systematic Review of Physical Activity Interventions Implemented among American Indian and Alaska Native Populations in the United States and Canada.  AJHP 2009, 23(6): S8-S32. (PMID: 19601485)
  3. Teufel-Shone, NI. Promising Strategies for Obesity Prevention and Treatment within American Indian Communities. J Trans-cultural Nursing 2006; 17(3):1-6. (PMID: 16757660)
  4. Sanderson, PR, Teufel-Shone, NI, Baldwin, JA, Sandoval, N and Robinson F. Breast Cancer Education for Navajo Women: a Pilot Study Evaluating a Culturally Relevant Video.  J of Cancer Educ 2010:25   (2):217-223. (PMID 2881164)
Collaborative Research: 
1P50 ES026089-01                 (Burgess, PI)                                                                                                                           08/01/15 – 05/31/20
Center for Indigenous Environmental Health Research
The goal of this project is to partner with American Indian and Alaska Native communities to build capacity to determine the contribution of environmental exposures to health inequities and support policy development. 
Role: Investigator and Director of Community Engagement Core
5P20 MD006872-04                           (Sanderson/Teufel-Shone, MPIs)                   08/28/12 - 02/28/17
Center for American Indian Resilience (CAIR)                      
The goal of CAIR is to reduce health disparities by identifying, assessing, applying and teaching models of resilience associated with positive health outcomes in American Indians (AIs). The Center is collaboration between Northern Arizona University (NAU), University of Arizona and Diné College and uses a multi-principal investigator leadership.
Role: MPI
5R25 HL126140                      (Garcia/Moreno, MPI)                               09/15/14 – 05/31/18
Arizona PRIDE-25: Advance Health Disparities Training Program in Heart, Lung, Blood and Sleep Cond.
This training program will enhance diversity and capacity for health disparities research in early career clinical and nascent translational health science academics from under-represented minority backgrounds.
Role: Co-Investigator
H1D9400516                                                   (Irwin, PI)                        09/30/04 - 10/01/16
Special Diabetes Program for American Indians, Competitive Grant Program
Hualapai Cardiovascular Disease Risk Reduction Program (Hualapai Healthy Heart)
The goal of this study is to reduce cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk among individuals with diabetes.
Role: Investigator
5U01 CA154300                                             (Leischow, PI)                   09/01/11 - 07/31/14
Networks among Tribal Organizations for Clean Air Policies
The goal of this community participatory research is to track and explain barriers to tobacco free policy change with the Navajo Nation.  The project involves an assessment of current policies and practices, opinions and attitudes of formal and informal local leaders and quantitative social network analysis of the internal and external relationship of a grassroots coalitions working for change.
Role: Investigator/Director of Qualitative Research
5T76MC 4925-02-00                           (Gerald, PI)                                 07/01/10 - 06/30/15
Decreasing Maternal and Child Health Disparities through Graduate Education
The purpose of this training grant is to improve the health status of women and children by providing graduate education, continuing education, technical assistance, and applied research.  These activities will focus on enhancing the cultural sensitivity and competence of the Maternal and Child Health (MCH) workforce to better conduct community-based participatory research (CBPR) for the development, implementation and evaluation of MCH policies and programs. 
Role: Co-Investigator

Professional Information

Positions and Honors: 
2013-Present   Professor, Mel & Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health (MEZCOPH), The University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
2003-Present   Adjunct Faculty, Department of Health Professions, Northern Arizona University (NAU), Flagstaff, AZ
2003-Present   Adjunct Faculty, Department of Anthropology, The University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
2001-13          Associate Professor, Mel & Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health (MEZCOPH), The University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
1993-Present   Joint Approved Faculty Nutritional Sciences, The University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
1993-01          Assistant Professor, College of Medicine (1993-2000), Mel & Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health (2000-2001), The University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
1993-Present   Member, University of Arizona Cancer Center, Tucson, AZ
1989-92          Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Baylor University, Waco, TX
2012    Outstanding Teaching Award, MEZCOPH, University of Arizona
2011    Outstanding Public Health Service and Community Outreach Award, MEZCOPH, University of Arizona
2010    John Pipe Voices For Change Award. Advocacy Award presented by the American Diabetes; Association and the National Indian Health Board
2008    Public Health Impact Award, US Department of Health and Human Services, Indian Health Service.
2007    Member, Alpha Nu Chapter of Delta Omega, the National Public Health Honorary
2007    Local Impact Award, National Indian Health Board
2007    Fellow, Society for Applied Anthropology
2006    Distinguished Alumni, University of Colorado Department of Anthropology. 50th Anniversary invited guest speaker, Boulder, CO
2006    Recognition of Appreciation.  San Juan Regional Medical Ctr, Farmington, NM
2004    Health Education Multi-Media Award an award of the Arizona Public Health Association, for La Diabetes y La Unión Familiar (Diabetes and the Family), family-based diabetes education
1997    Exemplary Group Performance Award, Indian Health Service
1993    Fellow, American Anthropological Association
1973    Phi Kappa Phi, lifetime member

Academic Information

Anthropology/Nutrition, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO
Master's Degree: 
Anthropology/Biology, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ
Undergraduate School: 
Anthropology/Sociology, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ