Kylie Schmitt

Mentor: Dr. Michelle Cardel
College of Medicine
 
"I decided to get involved with research in order to advance my academic, professional, and personal growth. I am interested in learning about all aspects of the healthcare field and specifically about how to write and read scholarly publications with a goal of making my own contribution to the scientific community. Additionally, I hope to gain a better understanding of the scientific process through hands-on clinical experiences with my research team."

Major

Nutritional Science

Minor

N/A

Research Interests

  • Nutrition
  • Eating Behaviors
  • Health Disparities

Academic Awards

  • Florida Medallion Scholar 2014-2018
  • Dean's List
  • University Scholars Program 2016

Organizations

  • Gators March for Babies
  • Gators for the Children's Heart Foundation

Volunteer

  • GlamourGals
  • Becca's Closet
  • UF Health

Hobbies and Interests

  • Yoga
  • Cycling
  • Volunteering

Research Description

Exploring the Role of Resiliency in the Health of Hispanic American Adolescents
Studies have shown that psychosocial factors increase the risk of obesity in populations with racial and ethnic minorities and economically disadvantaged groups. Relative to other ethnic groups, Hispanic American adolescents have the highest prevalence of obesity, increasing their risk of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Given the established relationship between socioeconomic status and obesity, the increased prevalence of obesity in Hispanic American adolescents may be due, in part, to the lower socioeconomic status demonstrated in many Hispanic families, but other factors must also be considered. Thus, Dr. Cardel’s research lab is currently investigating the relationships between experimentally manipulated social status, eating behaviors and cardiovascular disease risk factors. My project will focus on examining the extent to which resilience traits influence obesity and eating behaviors in experimentally manipulated high and low social status conditions.