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Dr. LaToya O'Neal

Assistant Professor
and Health and Wellness Extension Specialist

Dr. LaToya J. O’Neal is an assistant professor and health and wellness extension specialist who holds extension, research, and teaching appointments. Prior to joining the Department of Family, Youth and Community Sciences at the University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, she completed a postdoctoral research fellowship in Minority Health and Health Disparities in the Division of Preventive Medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine. She also served as a postdoctoral scholar, studying the impacts of digital inequality on STEM-related career intention among urban minority youth at Michigan State University from 2014-2015.

Dr. O’Neal’s extension and research programs focus on the advancement of health and health equity through the development of sustainable, high-impact, community-based health and wellness programs to increase health at every stage of life. Her current extension and research efforts include community-based approaches to promote weight-related chronic disease prevention and management, especially among health vulnerable populations. Specifically, the programs seek to develop targeted educational programming and behavioral lifestyle interventions to improve health outcomes throughout the state of Florida and beyond.   

Dr. O’Neal teaches FYC 3112 - Contemporary Family Problems and Interventions in odd springs and she is currently developing a course in community-based research and interventions. 

Dr. O’Neal earned a B.A. in Psychology from Tougaloo College, a M.A. in Counseling Psychology from Assumption College, a graduate certificate in Nonprofit Management from Tennessee State University, and a Ph.D. in Medical Sociology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. 

Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her family, visiting parks, and traveling to nearby beaches.