Dr. Amanda Birnbaum

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Health and Nutrition Sciences

Dr. Amanda Birnbaum

Office: University Hall 4161
Phone: (973) 655-4154
Email: birnbauma@mail.montclair.edu

           Amanda Birnbaum headshot

 

Degrees

  • Ph.D. University of Minnesota
  • MPH Columbia University
  • B.A. University of Bridgeport

 

Career Appointments 

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Publications

Resume/CV

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Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles 

Goeke J, Klein EJ, Garcia-Reid P, Birnbaum AS, Brown TL, DeGennaro D. Deepening roots: building a task-centered peer mentoring community. Feminist Formations (formerly National Women's Studies Association Journal ), 2011;23(1):212-234. 

Evenson KR, Murray D, Birnbaum AS, Cohen DA. Examination of perceived neighborhood characteristics and transportation on changes in physical activity and sedentary behavior: The trial of activity in adolescent girls. Health and Place, 2010;16(5):977-985. 

Nichols TR, Birnbaum AS, Bryant K, Botvin GJ. Lunchtime practices and problem behaviors among multi-ethnic urban youth. Health Education and Behavior, 2009;36(3):570-582. 

Evenson KR, Motl RW, Birnbaum AS, Ward DS. Measurement of perceived school climate for active travel in children. American Journal of Health Behavior, 2007;31(1):86-97. 

Evenson KR, Birnbaum AS, Bedimo-Rung AL, Sallis JF, Voorhees CC, Ring K, Elder JP. Girls' perception of physical environmental factors and transportation: reliability and association with physical activity and active transport to school. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 2006;3:28:1-16. 

Phillips GA, Shadish WR, Murray DM, Kubik M, Lytle LA, Birnbaum AS. The Center for Epidemiologic Studies Depression Scale with a young adolescent population: a confirmatory factor analysis. Multivariate Behavioral Research, 2006;41(2):147-163. 

Lytle LA, Kubik MY, Perry CL, Story M, Birnbaum AS, Murray DM, Snyder P. Influencing healthful food choices in school and home environments: Results from the TEENS study:. Preventive Medicine, 2006;42(1):8-13. 

Nichols TR, Birnbaum AS, Birnel S, Botvin GJ. Perceived smoking environment and smoking initiation among multi-ethnic urban girls. Journal of Adolescent Health, 2006;38:369-375. 

Staten LK, Birnbaum AS, Jobe JB, Elder JP. A typology of middle school girls: audience segmentation related to physical activity. Health Education and Behavior, 2006;33(1):66-80. 

Griffin KW, Nichols TR, Birnbaum AS, Botvin GJ. Social competence among urban minority youth entering middle school: Relationships with alcohol use and antisocial behaviors. International Journal of Adolescent Medicine and Health, 2006;18(1):97-106. 

Motl RW, McAuley E, Birnbaum AS, Lytle LA. Naturally occurring changes in time spent watching television are inversely related to frequency of physical activity during early adolescence. Journal of Adolescence, 2006;29(1):19-32. 

Dishman RK, Motl RW, Sallis JF, Dunn AL, Birnbaum AS, Welk GJ, Bedimo-Rung AL, Voorhees CC, Jobe JB. Self-management strategies mediate self-efficacy and physical activity. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 2005;29(1):10-18. 

Birnbaum AS, Evenson KR, Motl RW, Dishman RK, Voorhees CC, Sallis JF, Elder JP, Dowda M. Scale development for perceived school climate for girls? physical activity. American Journal of Health Behavior, 2005;29(3):250-257. 

Carter BJ, Birnbaum AS, Hark L, Vickery B, Potter C, Osborne MP. Using media messaging to promote healthy eating and physical activity among urban youth. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, 2005;37(2): 98-99. 

Blitstein JL, Murray DM, Lytle LA, Birnbaum AS, Perry CL. Predictors of violent behavior in an early adolescent cohort: similarities and differences across genders. Health Education and Behavior, 2005;32(2):175-194. 

Motl RW, Dishman RK, Birnbaum AS, Lytle LA. Longitudinal invariance of the Center for Epidemiologic Studies Depression Scale among girls and boys in middle school. Educational and Psychological Measurement, 2005;65(1):90-108. 

Voorhees CC, Murray DM, Welk G, Birnbaum AS, Pfeiffer KA, Johnson CC, Saksvig B, Jobe JB. The role of peer social networks and physical activity in adolescent girls. American Journal of Health Behavior, 2005;29(2):183-190. 

Janega JB, Murray DM, Varnell SP, Blitstein JL, Birnbaum AS, Lytle LA. Assessing intervention effects in a school-based nutrition intervention trial: which model is best? Health Education and Behavior, 2004;31(6):756-774. 

Janega JB, Murray DM, Varnell SP, Blitstein JL, Birnbaum AS, Lytle LA. Assessing the most powerful analysis method for school-based intervention studies with alcohol, tobacco and other drug outcomes. Addictive Behaviors 2004;29(3):595-606. 

Krizek KJ, Birnbaum AS, Levinson DM. A schematic for focusing on youth in investigations of community design and physical activity. American Journal of Health Promotion 2004;19(1):33- 38. 

Lytle LA, Murray DM, Perry CL, Story M, Birnbaum AS, Kubik MY, Varnell S. School-based approaches to affect adolescents? diets: Results from the TEENS study. Health Education and Behavior 2004; 31(2):270-287. 

Motl RW, Birnbaum AS, Kubik MY, Dishman RK. Naturally occurring changes in physical activity are inversely related to depressive symptoms during early adolescence. Psychosomatic Medicine 2004, 66:336-342. 

Birnbaum AS, Lytle LA, Hannan PJ, Murray DM, Perry CL, Forster JL. School functioning and violent behavior among young adolescents: a contextual analysis. Health Education Research, 2003;18(3):389-403. 

Birnbaum AS, Lytle LA, Perry CL, Murray D, Story M. Developing a school functioning index for middle schools. Journal of School Health, 2003;73(6):232-238. 

Boutelle KN, Birnbaum AS, Lytle LA, Murray DM, Story M. Associations between perceived family meal environment and parent intake of fruit, vegetables and fat. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior 2003 Jan-Feb;35(1):24-9. 

Kubik MY, Lytle LA, Birnbaum AS, Murray DM, Perry CL. Prevalence and correlates of elevated depressive symptoms in young adolescents. American Journal of Health Behavior, 2003;27(5):546-553. 

Lytle LA, Varnell S, Murray DM, Story M, Perry CL, Birnbaum AS, Kubik MY. Predicting adolescents? intake of fruits and vegetables. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior 2003; 35(4):170-175. 

Sidebottom AC, Birnbaum AS, Nafstad SS. Decreasing barriers for teens – evaluation of a new teen pregnancy prevention strategy in school-based clinics. American Journal of Public Health 2003;93(11):1890-1892. 

Birnbaum AS, Lytle LA, Murray DM, Story M, Perry, CL, Boutelle KN. Survey development to assess correlates of young adolescents? eating. American Journal of Health Behavior, 2002;26(4):284-295. 

Birnbaum AS, Lytle LA, Story M, Perry CL, Murray DM. Are differences in exposure to a multicomponent school-based intervention associated with varying dietary outcomes in adolescents? Health Education and Behavior, 2002;29(4):427-443. 

Abstracted in: Frenn, M. Peer leaders and adolescents participating in a multicomponent school based nutrition intervention had dietary improvements. Evidence Based Nursing 2003;6(2):427-443. 

Schmitz KH, Lytle LA, Phillips GA, Murray DM, Birnbaum AS, Kubik MY. Psychosocial correlates of physical activity and sedentary leisure habits in young adolescents: the TEENS study. Preventive Medicine 2002;34:266-278. 

Story M, Lytle LA, Birnbaum AS, Perry CL. Peer-led school-based nutrition education for young adolescents: feasibility and process evaluation results from the TEENS study. Journal of School Health 2002;72(3):121-127. 

Boutelle KN, Lytle LA, Murray DM, Story M, Birnbaum AS. Perceptions of the family mealtime environment and adolescent mealtime behavior: do adults and adolescents agree? Journal of Nutrition Education 2001;33(3):128-133. 

Murray DM, Phillips GA, Birnbaum AS, Lytle LA. Intraclass correlation for measures from a school-based nutrition intervention study: estimates, correlates and applications. Health Education and Behavior 2001;28(6):666-679. 

Lytle LA, Birnbaum AS, Boutelle KN, Murray DM. Wellness and risk communication from parent to teenager: the “Parental Energy Index.” Health Education 1999;5:207-214. 

Non-Refereed Journal Articles

Rivera MD, Birnbaum AS. Health promotion practice and the road ahead: Addressing enduring gaps and encouraging greater practice-to-research translation. Health Promotion Practice, in press. 

Smith K, Birnbaum AS. Small grants can have a big impact. NJAHPERD Reporter 2009;80(1):65-66. 

Nichols TR, Birnbaum AS. Why Girls? The importance of developing gender-specific health promotion programs for adolescent girls. Harvard Health Policy Review 2005;6(1):48-56. 

Book Reviews

Birnbaum AS. Educational Material Review: “The Rules of „Normal? Eating” by Karen R. Koenig. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior 2006;38(1):66-67. 

Birnbaum AS. Educational Material Review: “Breakfast: Most Important Meal of the Day” by Meridian Education Corporation. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior 2003;35(6):344- 345.

 

Presentations

Scholarly Presentations

Birnbaum AS, Kessel W, Carter BJ. The Healthy GrandFamilies Initiative: Engaging grandparent caregivers in child obesity prevention. Oral presentation at American Public Health Association annual meeting, Philadelphia, PA, November 2009. 

Nichols TR, Birnbaum AS, Birnel S. "If it’s just one person and you have a bunch of boys then you’re obviously gonna have to walk off the court": Challenges to gender equity in after-school physical activity promotion. Oral presentation at American Public Health Association annual meeting, Philadelphia, PA, November 2009. 

Smith KW, Birnbaum AS, Scott P, Stern M, Hara I, Isaacson D, Cherence RA. Team Health TAP: TAPping into local resources to improve program outcomes. Oral presentation at American Public Health Association annual meeting, Philadelphia, PA, November 2009. 

Birnbaum AS, Carter BJ, Kessel W. Pediatricians’ perspectives on a health promotion program for grandparents. Poster presentation at Society of Behavioral Medicine annual meeting, Quebec, Canada, April 2009. 

Birnbaum AS, Nichols TR, Birnel S. Reflecting whose reality? Images of adolescent physical activity in commercial image banks. Poster presentation at Society of Behavioral Medicine annual meeting, Quebec, Canada, April 2009. 

Nichols TR, Birnbaum AS, Birnel S. "I Already See the Alienation Coming and It's Like...Oh My God She's Getting Ready to Hate Me" Poster presentation at Society for Research on Adolescents annual meeting, Chicago, IL, March 2008. 

Goeke J, Klein EJ, Garcia-Reid P, Birnbaum AS, Brown TL, DeGennaro D. Building a task- centered community to support female scholars' transitions to faculty roles: Support and accountability for work-life balance. Oral presentation at American Educational Research Association annual meeting, New York, NY, March 2008. 

Birnbaum AS, Nichols TR, Birnel S, Mahadeo M. What makes physical activity fun for urban adolescents? Listening to youth and opening Pandora’s Box. Oral presentation at American Public Health Association annual meeting, Washington, DC, November 2007. 

Birnbaum AS, Nichols TR, Birnel S, Shefchik M. Refining a physical activity promotion model through formative evaluation: The Good Fit Project for multiethnic urban adolescents. Oral presentation at American Public Health Association annual meeting, Washington, DC, November 2007. 

Birnel S, Birnbaum AS, Nichols TR, Mahadeo M.Applying Durkheim’s theory of solidarity to health promotion for multiethnic youth. Poster presentation at American Public Health Association annual meeting, Washington, DC, November 2007. 

Nichols TR, Birnbaum AS, Birnel S, Durham DD. Lived mothering: Examining how daily care- giving affects health among working-class women. Poster presentation at American Public Health Association annual meeting, Washington, DC, November 2007. 

Nichols TR, Birnbaum AS, Birnel S, Mahadeo M. Motivating adolescents to be physically active: After-school program providers’ perceptions of gender and class constraints. Oral presentation at American Public Health Association annual meeting, Washington, DC, November 2007. 

Shefchik M, Birnbaum AS, Birnel S, Nichols TR. Representations of adolescent eating in commercial image banks. Poster presentation at American Public Health Association annual meeting, Washington, DC, November 2007. 

Birnbaum AS, Nichols TR, Birnel S. “The thing that made it fun was because we?re all really bad…”: Gender perspectives on physical activity experiences among young adolescents. Oral presentation at American Public Health Association annual meeting, Boston, MA, November 2006. 

Carter BJ, Birnbaum AS, Hark L, Potter C, Osborne M. Healthy Children Healthy Futures: Using media messaging and parent advocacy to promote healthy eating and activities in families. Oral presentation at American Public Health Association annual meeting, Boston, MA, November 2006. 

Nichols TR, Birnel S, Miller N, Hyden C, Birnbaum AS. Girls Only: An examination of gender- specific programming for adolescent health promotion. Poster presentation at American Public Health Association annual meeting, Boston, MA, November 2006. 

Birnbaum AS, Nichols TR, Birnel S, Shefchik ML, Hyden C. Perceptions of afterschool program leaders and adolescents on promoting afterschool physical activity. Poster presentation at International Society of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity annual meeting, Boston, MA, July 2006. 

Birnbaum AS, Nichols TR, Allen BB, Griffin KW, Botvin GJ. Adolescents? lunchtime practices throughout the middle school years. Poster presentation at American Public Health Association annual meeting, Philadelphia, PA, December 2005. 

Hyden C, Birnbaum AS, Birnel SV, Nichols TR. A new methodology for exploring health images in commercial stock photography. Poster presentation at American Public Health Association annual meeting, Philadelphia, PA, December 2005. 

Birnel SV, Nichols TR, Birnbaum AS, Hyden C, Romero ME. High school students? perceptions of adolescent social skill ability. Poster presentation at American Public Health Association annual meeting, Philadelphia, PA, December 2005. 

Nichols TR, Birnel SV, Crosson KR, Miller NL, Raymond M, Rodriguez A, Tinyuoe E, Williams J, Hyden C, Birnbaum AS. Smoking Stories: Examining Young Women?s Recollections of Their First Smoking Experiences. Poster presentation at American Public Health Association annual meeting, Philadelphia, PA, December 2005. 

Nichols TR, Birnbaum AS, Botvin GJ. Lunch practices and drug use among multi-ethnic urban youth. Presentation at American Public Health Association annual meeting, Philadelphia, PA, December 2005. 

Birnbaum AS. Opportunities for Trans-Disciplinary Research and Action. Invited panelist at Cornell University College of Human Ecology conference, Ecology of Obesity: Linking Science with Action, Ithaca, NY, June 2005. 

Birnbaum AS, Hyden C, Nichols TR, Birnel S. Which adolescents do commercial image banks portray as being physically active? Poster presentation at Society of Behavioral Medicine Annual Meeting, Boston, MA, April 2005.

  • Award for Best Visual Presentation. 

Nichols TR, Birnbaum AS. Lessons Learned from Training the Next Generation of Prevention Professionals. Poster presentation at Society of Behavioral Medicine Annual Meeting, Boston, MA, April 2005. 

Birnbaum AS, Nichols TR, Hyden C, Birnel S. People like me are active and smoke free: audience segmentation for adolescent health messages. Poster presentation at American Public Health Association Meeting, Washington, DC, November 2004. 

Birnbaum AS, Nichols TR. Preparing the next generation of prevention researchers: a summer internship case study. Research/Academic Conference Series, Department of Public Health, Weill Medical College of Cornell University, October 2004. 

Birnbaum AS, Evenson KR, Motl RW, Dishman RK, Voorhees CC, Sallis JF, Elder JP, Dowda M. Scale development for perceived school climate for girls? physical activity. Poster presentation at International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity Annual Meeting, Washington, DC, June 2004. 

Evenson KR, Birnbaum AS, Bedimo-Rung AL, Voorhees CC, Ring K, Sallis JF, Elder JP. Test- retest reliability of girls? perception of environmental factors and transportation for physical activity. Presentation at American College of Sports Medicine Annual Meeting, Indiannapolis, IN, June 2004. 

Motl R, McAuley E, Birnbaum AS, Lytle LA Relationships Among Longitudinal Changes in Television Watching, Video Game Playing, and Physical Activity During Adolescence. Poster presentation at American College of Sports Medicine Annual Meeting, Indiannapolis, IN, June 2004. 

Krizek KJ, Birnbaum AS, Levinson DM. A schematic for focusing on youth in investigations of community design and physical activity. Poster presentation at Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting, Washington, DC, January 2004. 

Dunn AL, Dishman RK, Motl RW, Sallis J, Birnbaum A, Voorhees C, Jobe J. Do Change Processes Mediate the Influence of Self-Efficacy on Adolescent Girls? Physical Activity? Presentation at North American Association for the Study of Obesity Annual Meeting, Fort Lauderdale, FL, October 2003. 

Blitstein JL, Murray DM, Lytle LA, Birnbaum AS, Perry CL. Differences and Similarities in the Predictors of Violent Behavior among Early Adolescent Boys and Girls. Poster presentation at Society for Prevention Research Annual Meeting, Washington, DC, June 2003. 

Sidebottom AC, Birnbaum AS, Nafstad SS, Johnson D. Decreasing Barriers for Teens: Evaluation of a New Teen Pregnancy Prevention Strategy in School-Based Clinics. Poster Presentation at American Public Health Association Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA, November 2002. 

Janega JB, Murray DM, Varnell SP, Lytle LA, Birnbaum AS. A Comparison of Four Analytic Models Applicable to Data from a Nested Cohort Design. Poster Presentation at Society for Prevention Research Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA, May 2002. 

Birnbaum AS, Lytle LA, Perry CL, Story M, Murray DM. Rationale and Development of a School Functioning Index for Middle Schools. Poster Presentation at American Public Health Association Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA, October 2001. 

Story M, Lytle LA, Perry CL, Murray DM, Birnbaum AS, Kubik MY, Snyder MP. What is TEENS? The Rationale, Design, and Conceptual Framework for a Middle School-based Nutrition Intervention Study. Presentation at American Public Health Association Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA, October 2001. 

Lytle LA, Perry CL, Story M, Snyder MP, Birnbaum AS, Kubik MY. Making it Happen: The TEENS Multi-level, Multi-Component Nutrition Intervention. Presentation at American Public Health Association Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA, October 2001. 

Birnbaum AS, Lytle LA, Story M, Murray DM, Perry CL, Kubik MY, Snyder MP. What are They Eating Now? Student and Family Outcomes from TEENS. Presentation at American Public Health Association Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA, October 2001. 

Kubik MY, Lytle LA, Story M, Birnbaum AS, Perry CL, Snyder MP. The School Food Environment: Results from the TEENS Study. Presentation at American Public Health Association Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA, October 2001. 

Birnbaum AS, Lytle LA, Murray DM, Kubik MY, Perry CL. Correlates of fighting and violent behavior in young adolescents. Poster presentation at American Public Health Association Annual Meeting, Boston, MA, November 2000. 

Lytle LA, Birnbaum AS. Selected results and findings from the Teens Eating for Energy and Nutrition at School Project. Poster presentation at Second Meeting of the Health Promotion Research Branch (National Cancer Institute) Grantees, Washington, DC, September 2000. 

Birnbaum AS, Lytle LA, Kubik MY, Story M, Murray DM. Interim results from a school-based study to increase fruit and vegetable intake. Presentation at Society for Nutrition Education Annual Meeting, Charleston, SC, July 2000. 

Kubik MY, Lytle LA, Birnbaum AS, Murray DM. Correlates of depressive symptomatology in young adolescents. Presentation at Society for Behavioral Medicine Annual Meeting, Nashville, TN, April 2000. 

Phillips GA, Murray DM, Birnbaum AS, Lytle LA. Intraclass correlation for measures from a school-based nutrition intervention study: estimates, correlates and applications. Presentation at Society for Behavioral Medicine Annual Meeting, Nashville, TN, April 2000. 

Birnbaum AS, Lytle LA, Boutelle KN, Murray DM. Development of a survey instrument to assess predictors of eating patterns of teens. Presentation at American Public Health Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL, November 1999. 

Lytle LA, Birnbaum AS, Boutelle KN, Murray DM. Parental energy index: salience of health messages for families of adolescents. Poster Presentation at American Public Health Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL, November 1999. 

Boutelle KN, Lytle LA, Murray DM, Birnbaum AS, Story M. The influence of mealtime environment on dietary intake in adults and adolescents. Poster Presentation at American Public Health Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL, November 1999. 

Rowe M, Pauls D, Birnbaum AS, Blaine T, Forster JL. Youth social access to and provision of tobacco: a new course for community interventions. Presentation at Society of Public Health Education Mid-year Conference, Minneapolis, MN, June 1999. 

Boutelle KN, Lytle LA, Story M, Perry CL, Birnbaum AS, Gerlach S, Dudovitz B, Smyth M. A school-based nutrition intervention study with adolescents. Poster Presentation at American Public Health Association Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C., November 1998. 

Lytle LA, Perry CL, Story M, Snyder MP, Birnbaum AS, Boutelle KN, Gerlach S. Formative evaluation for a junior high nutrition intervention. Presentation at American Public Health Association Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C., November 1998. 

Pauls D, Rowe M, Alesci N, Birnbaum AS, Forster JL. Teens talking tobacco. Poster Presentation at American Public Health Association Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C., November 1998. 

Birnbaum AS. Methodologic issues in studying the social environment in adolescent health behavior: examples from the TEENS study. Presentation at Student Workshop on Epidemiologic Methods, Society for Epidemiologic Research Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL, June 1998. 

Birnbaum AS, Maine D. Why focus on women?s health? Poster Presentation at American Public Health Association Annual Meeting, New York, NY, November 1996. 

Birnbaum AS, Rosenfield A. Unintended pregnancy, abortion and adolescent pregnancy: an American dilemma. Invited address delivered by Dr. Rosenfield, American Gynecological and Obstetrical Society Annual Meeting, September 1996.

SELECTED WORKSHOPS AND PRESENTATIONS

Birnbaum AS. Promoting physical activity in adolescents. Invited workshop at the MSU Agenda for Education in a Democracy Annual Advance, January 10, 2007. 

Birnbaum AS. Obesity and poverty in the United States. Invited seminar presentation, Student Honor Society, United States Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point, NY, November 16, 2004. 

Birnbaum AS. Public health: targeting different populations. Invited workshop presentation at the Student National Medical Association Region IX Annual Conference, Weill Medical College of Cornell University, New York, NY, October 30, 2004. 

Birnbaum AS, Nichols TR. Prevention methods for health education. Invited workshop for secondary school health teachers, in collaboration with Weill Graduate School of Medical Sciences Outreach Office. New York, NY October 14, 2004. 

Birnbaum AS. Epidemiology in the Middle School Classroom. Invited workshop presentation at Cornell Institute for Biology Teachers, Weill Medical College of Cornell University, New York, NY, April 17, 2004.

 

Service

SERVICE: MONTCLAIR STATE UNIVERSITY 

University Committees

Search Committee chair, Associate Dean of the Graduate School, 2011. Graduate Council, 2008-present. 

  • Vice Chair, 2010-2012
  • Chair, Graduate Council Curriculum Committee, 2010-2011  

College of Education and Human Services Committees

Search Committee, Center for Research and Evaluation in Education and Human Services (CREEHS) Director, 2010-2011.

CEHS Task Force on Advising, 2010-2011. CEHS Research Committee 2009.

CEHS Advisory Group on Faculty Scholarship 2007 - 2010.

  • Co-convener (with Miriam Linver) of Brown Bag Series and Poster Sessions on Faculty Research

CEHS Doctoral Council, 2007-2008. Convocation Committee, Spring 2006. 

Department of Health and Nutrition Sciences Committees

Department Personnel Action Committee, 2011-2014.

Faculty Search Committee co-chair, 2010-2011.

Faculty Search Committee member, 2008-2009.

Faculty Search Committee member, 2006-2007.

Faculty Search Committee member, 2005-2006.

Graduate Curriculum Committee member, 2009-present. 

Center of Pedagogy – Urban Teaching Academy

Consultant – facilitated 2 focus groups with Urban Teaching Academy alumnae and wrote reports 

SERVICE: EDITORIAL REVIEW 

Associate Editor, Circle of Research and Practice

  Health Promotion Practice 

Editorial Board

American Journal of Health Behavior 

Reviewer (Scholarly Journals)

American Journal of Preventive Medicine Annals of Behavioral Medicine 

Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine Health Education and Behavior

Health Education Research

International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior

Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise Preventive Medicine

Prevention Science 

Reviewer (Textbooks)

  • Wilson DK, Baranowski T, Iannotti RJ, Delamater A. Promoting Healthy Diet and Physical Activity in Children and Adolescents. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications. Textbook in development (I have served as reviewer for the textbook proposal and the first draft of the textbook).
  • Pruitt BE, Allegrante JP, Prothrow-Stith D. Health. Boston, MA: Prentice-Hall, 2007.
  • Friedlander M Jr. Outbreak: The Disease Detectives at Work. Minneapolis, MN: Lerner Publications, 2000. 

SERVICE: PROFESSIONAL AND PUBLIC 

Expert Review and Advisory

Coordinating Council, “Eat. Play. Live… Better” initiative, Partners for Health Foundation, Montclair, NJ, 2011, ongoing.

Steering Committee member, Bergen County Community Health Improvement Partnership, Bergen County Department of Health Services, 2009 - present.

Healthy Lifestyles, Nutrition and Obesity Task Force member, Mountainside Health Foundation, Montclair, NJ, 2008 - 2010.

New Jersey Coordinated School Health Project, Stakeholders Advisory Group, invited member, Trenton, NJ, 2008 - present.

Expert Advisory Panel member, Healthy GrandFamilies Initiative, Healthy Children Healthy Futures, 2008 - present.

Judge, Ruckus Nation online competition to develop ideas for new products to promote physical activity in youth. Sponsored by HopeLab, 2007.

National Evaluation Advisory Board member, America SCORES, national non-profit after- school soccer and literacy program, 2005 - 2006.

National Registry of Effective Programs and Practices reviewer, 2004 - present.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, School Health Policies and Programs Study (SHPPS) 2006, School Climate Expert Panel member, Washington, DC, September 27, 2004. Youth Development Issue Advisory Group member, Minnesota Department of Health, 2001. 

Recent Consulting

Child Health Initiative, Strang Cancer Prevention Center, New York: 2004-present.

City of Minneapolis Department of Health and Family Support: 2000-2002.

Professional Association Memberships

  • American Academy of Health
  • American Public Health Association
  • International Society of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity
  • Society of Behavioral Medicine
  • Society for Public Health Education

Reviewer for the following professional journals

  • American Journal of Health Behavior
  • American Journal of Preventive Medicine
  • Annals of Behavioral Medicine
  • Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine
  • Health Education and Behavior
  • Health Education Research Journal
  • Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior
  • Medicine Science in Sports and Exercise
  • Preventive Medicine
  • Prevention Science

Editorial Board

  • Editorial Board of the American Journal of Health Behavior (the journal of the American Academy of Health Behavior)

Other Types of Reviews

  • Prentice-Hall- Expert reviewer for chapter on adolescent health in a high school textbook.
  • Sage Publications- Reviewed a book proposal.

Work With Schools and Other Agencies

  • Member of the National Evaluation Advisory Board for America SCORES! –“the nation’s only after-school program that uses soccer, creative writing, and community service to build healthy bodies, healthy minds, and healthy communities among at-risk youth.

 

Awards 

Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, Montclair State University, 2011.

Physical Activity and Public Health Research Course, Fellow, Park City, UT, 2004.

Behavioral Aspects of Cardiovascular Disease Predoctoral Fellow, Division of Epidemiology, University of Minnesota School of Public Health, 1998-2000. 

Society for Epidemiologic Research Annual Meeting, Student Workshop Presenter, Chicago, IL, 1998.

Population and Family Health Award for Academic Excellence, Columbia University, 1996.

 

Projects

Scholarly Interests and Specialties

I am trained as a behavioral epidemiologist and consider myself a public health researcher with a focus on adolescent health behaviors. I am very interested in the social and environmental contexts of adolescent behaviors, especially physical activity and eating behaviors. I have skills in experimental/quasi-experimental research, observational research, and measurement development. I have considerable experience in school-based research and am now conducting research in after-school programs in NYC. Although my training has been primarily quantitative and deductive, I have begun pursuing qualitative and inductive research as well and I am very interested in gaining more experience using mixed methods (combining quantitative and qualitative methods).

Specialization

My research interests relate to understanding and intervening on the social contexts and influences on health behaviors. Most of my work has been school-based and focused on early adolescents, though I am also interested in a broad range of populations. 

Currently, I am the principal investigator of the Good Fit Project, a National Cancer Institute-funded study to promote after-school physical activity among multiethnic urban 11-14 year olds. This is a mixed-methods formative evaluation study to promote after school physical activity among multiethnic adolescents living in urban areas. 

I have worked on large-scale intervention studies to promote healthy eating and physical activity in middle school students as well as observational studies of violence and pregnancy prevention. I also am involved with the Healthy Children Healthy Futures Initiative to promote healthy eating and physical activity in young people. I am fascinated by trying to understand how schools and other social environments interact with personal characteristics to affect behavior. For example, I have published papers on assessing school functioning and examining its effect on students' self-reported violent behavior, and measuring middle school girls' perceptions of school climate regarding physical activity.