Investigators

Obesity Prevention Center Affiliated Faculty

At the University of Minnesota, researchers from a wide range of fields (nutrition, epidemiology, public policy, food science, computer science, economics, biostatstics, psychology, medicine, and more) are internationally known for rigorous research in developing and evaluating innovative obesity prevention strategies. Faculty involved in obesity prevention research at the U of M include:


Daheia Barr-Anderson, PhD—School of Kinesiology

Jerica Berge, PhD, MPH—Department of Family Medicine and Community Health

Caitlin Caspi, ScD—Department of Family Medicine and Community Health

Scott Crow, MD—Department of Psychiatry

Ellen W. Demerath, PhD—Epidemiology & Community Health, School of Public Health

Donald Dengel, PhD—Exercise Physiology, School of Kinesiology

Yingling Fan, PhD—Humphrey School of Public Affairs

Angela Fertig, PhD—Humphrey School of Public Affairs

Simone French, PhD—Epidemiology & Community Health, School of Public Health

Jayne A. Fulkerson, PhD—School of Nursing

Zan Gao, PhD—Behavioral Aspects of Physical Activity, School of Kinesiology

Sarah Gollust, PhD—Health Policy & Management, School of Public Health

Lisa Harnack, DrPH, RD, MPH—Epidemiology & Community Health, School of Public Health

Melissa Horning, PhD, RN, PHN—School of Nursing

Robert Jeffery, PhD—Epidemiology & Community Health, School of Public Health

Alicia Kunin-Batson, PhD—HealthPartners Institute

Mindy Kurzer, PhD—Department of Food Science and Nutrition

Melissa N. Laska, PhD, RD—Epidemiology & Community Health, School of Public Health

Jennifer A. Linde, PhD—Epidemiology & Community Health, School of Public Health

Beth Lewis, PhD—Behavioral Aspects of Physical Activity, School of Kinesiology

Amar Mahgoub, MD— Gastroenterology, Hepatology & Nutrition, Department of Medicine

Traci L. Mann, PhD—Department of Psychology

Susan M Mason, PhD—Epidemiology & Community Health, School of Public Health

Toben F. Nelson, ScD—Epidemiology & Community Health, School of Public Health

Dianne Neumark-Sztainer, PhD—Epidemiology & Community Health, School of Public Health

Michael Oakes, PhD—Epidemiology & Community Health, School of Public Health

Megan Oberle, MD—Department of Pediatrics

Theresa L. Osypuk, SD, SM—Epidemiology & Community Health, School of Public Health

Mark A. Pereira, PhD—Epidemiology & Community Health, School of Public Health

Carol Peterson, PhD—Department of Psychiatry

Hikaru Hanawa Peterson, PhD—Department of Applied Economics

Marla M. Reicks, PhD—Department of Food Science and Nutrition

Alexander J. Rothman, PhD—Department of Psychology

Nancy E. Sherwood, PhD—Epidemiology & Community Health, School of Public Health

Rachel Widome, PhD, MHS—Epidemiology & Community Health, School of Public Health

Julian Wolfson, PhD—Biostatistics, School of Public Health

Marco Yzer, PhD—School of Journalism and Mass Communication


If you are an obesity prevention researcher at the University of Minnesota and would like to  be added as an affiliated faculty, please contact the U of M OPC at 612-626-8570 or umopc@umn.edu.