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Nefertiti H. Durant, M.D., M.P.H. (RWJ)

Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics
University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine
2009-2012 Cohort
Project Title:  “Weight Loss and Physical Activity in Young Adult African American Women:  Harnessing the Power of Technology”

About the Project:

The objective of this project was to develop and test a culturally relevant, technology based intervention to promote weight loss and physical activity among overweight and obese young African American women.


Nefertiti H. Durant, M.D., M.P.H. is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB).  She has a secondary appointment within the UAB Division of Preventive Medicine.  She received her undergraduate degree in Interdisciplinary Studies at the University of Maryland Baltimore County where she was a Meyerhoff Scholar.  She then graduated from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and completed residency training in Pediatrics at Duke University Medical Center. Following residency, her postdoctoral training included three unique fellowships (at Harvard Medical School and associated hospitals):  1) Adolescent Medicine; 2) the Commonwealth Fund Harvard Minority Health Policy Fellowship; and the 3) Pediatric Health Services Research Fellowship. During her fellowship training, she obtained a Master’s degree in Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health.

Dr. Durant is committed to health promotion in young African American women and other underserved populations.  Her clinical practice is located within the UAB Division of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine.  Her research focuses on promotion of physical activity and reduction of health disparities in obesity using innovative internet technology based interventions.

Dr. Durant’s Physician Faculty Scholar Program project was entitled, “Weight Loss and Physical Activity in Young African American Women: Harnessing the Power of Technology.”  This study sought to utilize the benefits of information technology to advance the science of culturally appropriate behavior modification.

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