Adolescent health

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  • Professor, School of Nursing
  • Director, Center for Child and Family Health Promotion Research
  • Director, Graduate Studies
  • Director, PhD Program 

Jayne Fulkerson, PhD, a professor in the School of Nursing, is available to discuss healthy mealtime behaviors among families and children, childhood obesity prevention and healthy home food environments. As principal investigator of HOME Plus, a researcher with the Project EAT team and several health-related centers at the University of Minnesota and Academic Health Center, Fulkerson is uniquely qualified to discuss the relationship between family, food and child health. 

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  • Associate Professor, Department of Biomedical Sciences, Medical School
  • Associate Director, Center for Rural Mental Health Studies

Jane Hovland, RN-MS, PhD, LP, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biomedical Sciences at the University of Minnesota Duluth. Dr. Hovland implements research involving chronic illnesses and mental health including stress and coping with chronic illness, alternative delivery systems for mental health care and interaction of physical and mental illnesses. She has worked as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in pediatric oncology and neurology, focusing on helping children and their families manage health challenges in a manner that enhances growth. She now maintains a private practice through the Center for Rural Mental Health Studies of the Medical School, Duluth, where she is recognized for her expertise in cognitive behavioral interventions in anxiety and depression. She has had numerous grants related to using and evaluating technology in rural settings, particularly integrating mental health services in rural primary care clinics.

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  • Associate Professor, Division of Epidemiology and Community Health, School of Public Health

Toben F. Nelson, ScD, is an associate professor in the School of Public Health's Division of Epidemiology and Community Health.  Dr. Nelson’s research is focused in health policy, organizational change, health behavior during developmental transitions, influence of sports participation on health, social determinants of health, program evaluation, prevention of alcohol attributable harm, physical activity promotion, obesity prevention, and motor vehicle safety. His research recognizes the importance of environmental conditions for health and the value of combining a population perspective with an individual perspective for improving health.      

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  • Professor, Division of Epidemiology and Community Health, School of Public Health

Dianne Neumark-Sztainer, PhD, MPH, RD, is professor in the School of Public Health's Division of Epidemiology and Community Health.  Dr. Neumark-Sztainer’s research focuses on adolescent health, nutrition, obesity and eating disorder prevention. She is the lead investigator of Project EAT, a study aimed at identify the socio-environmental, personal, and behavioral determinants of nutritional intake and weight status among a large and ethnically diverse adolescent population. Neumark-Sztainer is the author of I'm, Like, SO Fat! Helping Your Teen Make Healthy Choices about Eating and Exercise in a Weight-Obsessed World (Guilford Press 2005). 

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  • Associate Professor, School of Nursing
  • Member, Center for Child and Family Health Promotion Research
  • Member, Center for Adolescent Nursing

Renee Sieving, PhD, RN, PNP, is available to discuss opportunities for improvements in the health and well-being of vulnerable groups of teens and pre-teens. Her areas of expertise include the prevention of teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases, dropping out of school and youth violence.