Christopher Long, Ph.D.


Assistant Professor, Division of Health Services Research, Department of Psychiatry, College of Medicine, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences



Phone: (479) 713-8675

Research Expertise

Dr. Long completed his doctoral degree in social psychology at the University of Massachusetts, and he completed post-doctoral training in emotion, cognition, and health psychology at Universite Catholique de Louvain, Belgium. At UAMS, much of Dr. Long’s work involves community-engaged program evaluation and research. He has designed and implemented program evaluations for multi-year projects funded by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to improve the health of communities across northwest Arkansas. In addition, Dr. Long studies interventions to improve access to healthy food in food pantries and food banks, and he works on projects investigating best practices for sharing health research results with study participants. He has served as co-investigator on projects assessing the effectiveness of chronic disease prevention and management interventions with the Marshallese community in Arkansas. Dr. Long is also an affiliated investigator with the Arkansas Children’s Research Institute’s Center for Childhood Obesity Prevention.

Research Interests: Food insecurity and improving the health of food pantry patrons; Obesity prevention; Pacific Islander health; Dissemination of research results; Community-engaged program evaluation

Recent Publications

Current publications (2009-2016)

  1. Long CR, Stewart MK, Cunningham TV, Warmack TS, & McElfish PA. Health research participants’ preferences for receiving research results. Clinical Trials. 2016:13(6); 582-591.Purvis, RS, Abraham TH,
  2. Long CR, Stewart MK, Warmack TS, Mcelfish PA. Qualitative study of participants’ perceptions and preferences regarding research dissemination. AJOB Empirical Bioethics. 2017:8(2); 69-74.Yeary KHK,
  3. Long CR, Bursac Z, McElfish PA. Design of a randomized, controlled, comparative-effectiveness trial testing a Family Model of Diabetes Self-Management Education (DSME) vs. standard DSME for United States Marshallese Islanders. Contemporary Clinical Trials Communications. 2017:6; 97-104.
  4. McElfish PA, Rowland B, Long CR, Hudson J, Piel M, Buron B, Riklon S, Bing WI, Warmack TS. Diabetes and hypertension in Marshallese adults: results from faith-based health screenings. Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities. In press.
  5. McElfish PA, Long CR, Rowland B, Moore S, Wilmoth R, Ayers B. Improving culturally appropriate care using a community-based participatory approach: evaluation of a multi-component cultural competency training program, Arkansas. Preventing Chronic Disease. In press.
  6. Felix H, Li X, Rowland B, Long CR, Yeary KHK, McElfish PA. Physical activity and diabetes-related health beliefs of Marshallese adults. American Journal of Health Behavior. In press.
  7. McElfish PA, Narcisse MR, Long CR, Ayers BL, Hawley NL, Aitaoto N, Riklon S, Su LJ, Ima SZ, Wilmoth RO, Schulz TK, Kadlubar S. Leveraging community-based participatory research capacity to recruit Pacific Islanders into a genetics study. Journal of Community Genetics. In press.
  8. McElfish PA, Moore R, Buron B, Hudson J, Long CR, Purvis RS, Schulz TK, Rowland B, Warmack TS. Integrating interprofessional education and cultural competency training to address health disparities. Teaching and Learning in Medicine. In press.