Sabrina Noel Feldeisen is an Assistant Professor, Director for Community Engagement, Center for Population Health, UMOVE Center Researcher in the Biomedical and Nutritional Sciences, Center for Population Health, UMOVE Departments at UMass Lowell.

Sabrina E. Noel, Ph.D., R.D.

Associate Professor, Director for Community Engagement, Center for Population Health, UMOVE Center Researcher

Zuckerberg College of Health Sciences
Biomedical & Nutritional Sciences
(978) 934-6459
Dugan Hall - 110L


Nutritional Epidemiology, Nutritional Sciences

Research Interests

Relation between diet and chronic disease, such as cardiovascular disease and osteoporosis; Community-based dietary behavior change interventions; Health disparities; Impact of gut microbiome on bone health.


  • Postdoc, (2011), Boston University School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, BMC - Boston, MA
  • Ph D: Doctoral Program in Nutritional Epidemiology, (2009), Tufts University - Boston, MA
  • MS: Health Promotion Sciences, (2004), University of Connecticut - Storrs, CT
  • BS: Coordinated Program in Dietetics, (2002), University of Connecticut - Storrs, CT


Sabrina Noel, Ph.D, R.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biomedical and Nutritional Sciences and Associate Director for Community Engagement for the Center for Population Health at UMass Lowell. She is also Director of the Health Assessment Laboratory in the Zuckerberg College of Health Sciences. Her research focuses on studying the role of diet on age-related chronic diseases, such as cardiovascular disease and osteoporosis and on health disparities in disadvantaged populations. She partners with surrounding communities to understand the multiple factors that influence healthy aging and quality of life to inform local programs, policies and infrastructure.

Selected Awards and Honors

  • Certified Reframing Aging Facilitator (2020) - Tufts Health Plan Foundation
  • Dr. Martin Luther King Distinguished Service Award (2020) - University of Massachusetts Lowell
  • Department of Biomedical and Nutritional Sciences Teaching Excellence Award (2018) - University of Massachusetts Lowell
  • Loan Repayment Program Award (2018) - National Institutes of Health
  • Recognition of highest number of peer-reviewed publications (2017) - University of Massachusetts Lowell

Selected Publications

  • Ebersole, K.T., Cornell, D.J., Flees, R.J., Shemelya, C.M., Noel, S.E. (2020). Contributions of the autonomic nervous system to recovery in firefighters. Journal of Athletic Training, 55(9) 1001-1008.
  • Feldeisen, S.N., Mangano, K., Mattei, J., Griffith, J.L., Dawson-Hughes, B., Bigornia, S., Tucker, K.L. (2020). Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension, Mediterranean, and Alternative Healthy Eating indices are associated with bone health among Puerto Rican adults from the Boston Puerto Rican Osteoporosis Study. The American journal of clinical nutrition, 111(6) 1267-1277.
  • Zhou, B., Ichikawa, R., Parnell, L.D., Noel, S.E., Zhang, X., Bhupathiraju, S.N., Smith, C.E., Tucker, K.L., Ordovas, J.M., Lai, C. (2020). Metabolomic Links between Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Intake and Obesity (2020: pp. 1-10). Journal of Obesity
  • Mattei, J., Tamez, M., Bigornia, S.J., Noel, S.E., Xiao, R.S., Ríos-Bedoya, C.F., Rodríguez-Orengo, J.F., Tucker, K.L. (2019). Dietary Intake and Its Determinants Among Adults Living in the Metropolitan Area of Puerto Rico. Nutrients, 11(7).
  • Noel, S.E., Arevalo, S.P., Mena, N.Z., Mangano, K., Velez, M., Dawson-Hughes, B., Tucker, K.L. (2019). Knowledge, Attitudes, Beliefs, and Health Behaviors of Bone Health among Caribbean Hispanic/Latino Adults. Archives of osteoporosis, 14(1) 14.
  • Mangano, K., Noel, S.E., Sahni, S., Tucker, K.L. (2019). Higher Dairy Intakes Are Associated with Higher Bone Mineral Density among Adults with Sufficient Vitamin D Status: Results from the Boston Puerto Rican Osteoporosis Study. The Journal of nutrition, 149(1) 139-148.
  • Mattei, J., McClain, A.C., Falcon, L.M., Noel, S.E., Tucker, K.L. (2018). Dietary Acculturation among Puerto Rican Adults Varies by Acculturation Construct and Dietary Measure. The Journal of nutrition, 148(11) 1804-1813.
  • Noel, S.E., Mangano, K., Griffith, J.L., Wright, N.C., Dawson-Hughes, B., Tucker, K.L. (2017). Prevalence of osteoporosis and low bone mass among Puerto Rican older adults. Journal of bone and mineral research : the official journal of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research.
  • Mattei, J., Sotos-Prieto, M., Bigornia, S.J., Noel, S.E., Tucker, K.L. (2017). The Mediterranean Diet Score Is More Strongly Associated with Favorable Cardiometabolic Risk Factors over 2 Years Than Other Diet Quality Indexes in Puerto Rican Adults. The Journal of nutrition, 147(4) 661-669.
  • Noel, S.E., Arevalo, S., Smith, C.E., Lai, C., Dawson-Hughes, B., Ordovas, J.M., Tucker, K.L. (2016). Genetic admixture and body composition in Puerto Rican adults from the Boston Puerto Rican Osteoporosis Study. Journal of Bone and Mineral Metabolism, doi:10.1007/s00774-016-0775-6..
  • Hohl, S.D., Thompson, B., Krok-Schoen, J.L., Weier, R.C., Martin, M., Bone, L., McCarthy, W.J., Noel, S.E., Garcia, B., Calderón, N.E., Paskett, E.D. (2016). Characterizing Community Health Workers on Research Teams: Results From the Centers for Population Health and Health Disparities. American journal of public health, 106(4) 664-70.
  • Zheng, J., Lai, C., Parnell, L.D., Lee, Y., Shen, J., Smith, C.E., Casas-Agustench, P., Richardson, K., Li, D., Noel, S.E. (2014). Genome-wide interaction of genotype by erythrocyte n-3 fatty acids contributes to phenotypic variance of diabetes-related traits. BMC genomics, 15(1) 1.
  • Xiao, R., Reeves, K.W., Bertone-Johnson, E., Noel, S.E., Tucker, K.L. (2013). Acid-lowering Agent Use and Vitamin B12 Status Among Puerto Rican Adults. The FASEB Journal, 27(1 Supplement) 847.22-847.22.
  • Smith, C.E., Tucker, K.L., Arnett, D.K., Noel, S.E., Corella, D., Borecki, I.B., Feitosa, M.E., Aslibekyan, S., Parnell, L.D., Lai, C., Lee, Y., Ordovas, J.M. (2013). Apolipoprotein A2 polymorphism interacts with intakes of dairy foods to influence body weight in 2 U.S. populations. The Journal of Nutrition, (12) 1865.
  • Newby, P., Noel, S.E., Grant, R., Judd, S., Shikany, J.M., Ard, J. (2012). Race and region have independent and synergistic effects on dietary intakes in black and white women. Nutrition journal, 11(1) 1.
  • Mattei, J., Noel, S.E., Tucker, K.L. (2011). Research: A Meat, Processed Meat, and French Fries Dietary Pattern Is Associated with High Allostatic Load in Puerto Rican Older Adults. Journal of the American Dietetic Association, 111 1498 - 1506.
  • Noel, S.E., Newby, P., Ordovas, J.M., Tucker, K.L. (2010). Adherence to an (n-3) fatty acid/fish intake pattern is inversely associated with metabolic syndrome among Puerto Rican adults in the Greater Boston area. The Journal of nutrition, 140(10) 1846-1854.
  • Noel, S.E., Newby, P., Ordovas, J., Tucker, K.L. (2010). Empirically derived dietary fatty acid patterns and metabolic syndrome risk factors: the Boston Puerto Rican Health Study. Journal of Nutrition, 140(10) 1846-1854.
  • Castaneda-Sceppa, C., Price, L.L., Noel, S.E., Midle, J.B., Falcón, L., Tucker, K.L. (2010). Physical function and health status in aging Puerto Rican adults: The Boston Puerto Rican health study. Journal of Aging and Health, 22(5) 653 - 672.
  • Tucker, K.L., Mattei, J., Noel, S.E., Collado, B., Mendez, J., Nelson, J., Griffith, J., Ordovas, J.M., Luis, M. (2010). The Boston Puerto Rican Health Study, a longitudinal cohort study on health disparities in Puerto Rican adults: Challenges and opportunities. BMC Public Health, 10 107-107.
  • Emmett, P., Mattocks, C., Noel, S.E. (2010). Use of accelerometer data in prediction equations for capturing implausible dietary intakes in adolescents.
  • Noel, S.E., Lai, C., Mattei, J., Parnell, L.D., Ordovas, J.M., Tucker, K.L. (2010). Variants of the CD36 gene and metabolic syndrome in Boston Puerto Rican adults. Atherosclerosis, 211(1) 210-215.
  • Noel, S.E., Newby, P., Ordovas, J.M., Tucker, K.L. (2009). A traditional rice and beans pattern is associated with metabolic syndrome in Puerto Rican older adults. The Journal of nutrition, 139(7) 1360-1367.

Selected Presentations

  • Gaps in Knowledge, Attitudes, and Beliefs of Osteoporosis among Caribbean Origin Hispanic Adults - Federal Working Group on Bone Disease Meeting, May 2020
  • Influence of aerobic fitness on heart rate recovery among active-duty firefighters - American College of Sports Medicine Annual Meeting, May 2020 - San Francisco, CA
  • Metabolomic Links Between Sweetened Beverage Intake and Obesity - Nutrition 2019 Annual Meeting, June 2019 - Baltimore, MD
  • Musculoskeletal Health Influenced by Diet in Older Adults - Nutrition 2019 Annual Meeting, June 2019 - Baltimore, MD
  • Preliminary Findings of Age-Friendly Lawrence and Current Status of Age-Friendly Lowell - 5th Annual Healthy Aging and Living Well Forum, April 2019 - Lowell, MA
  • Dietary Quality among Cambodian Americans: A Community Engaged Project - Community Engagement and Research Symposium, March 2019 - Worcester, MA
  • Metabolomic signatures of high fruit and vegetable intake and reduced prevalence of osteoporosis: The Boston Puerto Rican Osteoporosis Study - American Society for Bone and Mineral Research Annual Meeting, October 2018 - Montreal, CA
  • Associations of Meat Consumption with Insulin Resistance in African American Adults without Diabetes - Nutrition 2018 Annual Meeting, June 2018 - Boston, MA
  • Dietary Quality Indices are Related to Bone Health among Puerto Rican Adults. - Nutrition 2018 Annual Meeting, June 2018 - Boston, MA

Selected Contracts, Fellowships, Grants and Sponsored Research

  • Age-Friendly Lawrence (2018), Grant - Tufts Health Plan Foundation
    Noel, S.E., Velez, M., McMann, H., Melendez, L., Miller, E., Martinez-Dominguez, V.
  • Dietary Quality and Acculturation among 1.5 and 2nd Generation Cambodian Immigrants living in the Greater Lowell Area (2017), Grant -
    Noel, S.E., Bigornia, S.J., Ho, I.K.
  • Identifying mechanisms underpinning the impact of daily yogurt supplementation on the gut microbiome; inflammation and bone biomarker (2017), Grant - International Osteoporosis Foundation, American Society for Nutrition, Dannone
    Mangano, K.M., Noel, S.E., Maldonado-Contreras, A.
  • Diet and Health Behavior Change to Improve Bone Health (2015), Grant - NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH- NIAMS
    Noel, S.E., Tucker, K.L., Dawson-Hughes, B., Griffith, J., Rosal, M., Hannan, M.
  • Bone Microarchitecture, Diabetes and Change in Bone Mineral Density in Puerto Rican Adults (2018), Grant - NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH
    Mangano, K.M. (Co-Investigator), Tucker, K.L. (Principal), Noel, S.E. (Co-Investigator)
  • The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on psychosocial health and other social factors in a longitudinal cohort of Puerto Rican adults living on the US mainland (2020), Grant -
    Mangano, K.M., Feldeisen, S.N., Rajabiun, S., Falcón, L.M., Tucker, K.L.
  • Aging from the inside out (2016), Grant - University of Massachusetts, Lowell Internal Seed Grant
    Mangano, K. (Principal), Noel, S.E. (Co-Principal), (Supporting)

Research Currently in Progress

  • Age-Friendly Lowell, Tufts Health Plan Foundation

    This project aims to build capacity to develop and implement an action and evaluation plan to promote health, independence, and quality of life among older Lowell residents by mobilizing resources at multiple levels to effect system change.
    Feldeisen, S.N. (Principal), Cornell, D. (Co-Principal), Hostetler, A.J. (Co-Investigator), Toof, R. (Co-Investigator), Melillo, K.D. (Co-Investigator)