Jayne A. Fulkerson, PhD

Professor, Child Family Health Cooperative

Jayne A. Fulkerson

Contact Info


Office Phone 612-624-4823

Fax 612-626-6606

Office Address:
6-107 Weaver-Densford Hall

Mailing Address:
School of Nursing
University of Minnesota
5-140 Weaver-Densford Hall
308 Harvard Street SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Professor, Child Family Health Cooperative

Affiliate Professor, Division of Epidemiology, School of Public Health

Cora Meidl Siehl Endowed Chair in Nursing Research

PI and Director of the Clinical and Translational Science Institute's (CTSI's) TL1 Program

Director, Center for Child and Family Health Promotion Research

PhD, University of Minnesota (Psychology), 1997

MA, San Diego State University (Psychology), 1988

BA, University of Minnesota (Child Psychology), 1984


Jayne Fulkerson, PhD, is a professor in the School of Nursing, Dr. Fulkerson was named the Cora Meidl Siehl Chair in Nursing Research for Improved Patient Care. The fund was established in 1982 to celebrate the legacy of Meidl Siehl and was a cornerstone in the creation of the school’s doctoral program. It was among the very first endowed chairs in schools of nursing to focus on research. Dr. Fulkerson is director of the Center for Child and Family Health Promotion Research and an affiliate professor in the School of Public Health’s Epidemiology and Community Health Division. She served as director of the Nursing PhD Program and director of Graduate Studies prior to being named director of the Health Sciences Clinical and Translational Science Institute’s TL1 Program. She is a national and international leader in family-based obesity prevention programs and instrument validation and has published more than 125 articles in academic journals. 

Awards & Recognition

University of Minnesota

  • Cora Meidl Siehl Endowed Chair, School of Nursing, University of Minnesota, 2018.
  • Outstanding Graduate Advisor, School of Nursing, 2015
  • Recipient, summa cum laude honors, 1984.
  • Recipient, award for Out-of-the-Box Thinking from the DAISY Foundation, School of Nursing 2013.
  • Recipient, best poster award, Women’s Health Research Conference, 2005.
  • Recipient, Eva O. Miller Fellowship, 1995-1996

External Sources

  • Nominee, Psychology Department Graduate Fellowship, 1995.
  • Best Randomized Controlled Trial--2015, International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition, and Physical Activity, 2016.
  • Visiting Professor, I-TOPPS Program, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2014.
  • 1987-1988 Recipient, Graduate Equity Fellowship, San Diego State University, San Diego, CA, 1987-1988.

Professional Associations


Research Summary/Interests

Family-based health promotion in community settings; Child and adolescent obesity prevention, particularly through the home food environment and family meals; Research methodology, Program evaluation, Measurement, and Instrument development

Statement of Advising Philosophy

Research Funding Grants

Active Research Grants

Fulkerson, Sunni (Co-PIs)                                                  08/01/2018-12/31/2018
Driven To Discover (UMN)/Olafson MMF
A Family Approach to Preventing Type 2 Diabetes Among Youth
Purpose: To assess health behaviors and interest in intervention programming of parents with Type 2 diabetes.
Role: Co-Principal Investigator

R01 Fulkerson                                                                 03/01/2016-02/28/2021
New Ulm at Home (NU-HOME)
Purpose: To test the effectiveness of the NU-HOME program, a family-based health promotion intervention to prevent excess weight gain among 7-10 year old children in rural communities.  
Role: Principal Investigator

R01 Kubik                                                                 (PI) 09/01/2013-08/30/2018 
School Nurse-Directed Secondary Obesity Prevention for Elementary School Children
Purpose: To reduce excessive weight gain among 8 to 11 year old children who are overweight or at risk of overweight by increasing healthy dietary practices and physical activity levels and decreasing sedentary practice with a school-based, school nurse-directed weight management program. 
Role: Co-Investigator/UMN subcontract site PI

Active Training and Mentorship Grants

TL1 Fulkerson 03/30/2018-02/28/2023
NRSA Training Core
Purpose: To improve human health by catalyzing and accelerating the translation of research to the community by developing, implementing and continually improving a training program for predoctoral and postdoctoral trainees that integrates a mentored research experience, an individualized curriculum, and professional development activities that focus on team-based research and effective collaboration and communication with the larger community.
Role: PI

Fulkerson (PI)                                                                 06/01/2018-07/31/2020 
Jonas Center for Nursing & Veterans Healthcare 
Jonas Nurse Scholar Program 
Purpose: To provide funds for leadership and research training for nursing PhD students. 
Role: Principal Investigator

Fulkerson (PI)                                                                   09/01/2018-8/31/2021   
Future Nursing Scholars 
Purpose: To provide funds for research, education and training for nursing PhD students. 
Role: Principal Investigator

Fulkerson (PI)                                                                   09/01/2017-8/31/2020   
Future Nursing Scholars 
Purpose: To provide funds for research, education and training for nursing PhD students. 
Role: Principal Investigator

K12 Vinogradov/Wyman (Co-Pls)                                        09/1/2017-8/31/2022   
University of Minnesota Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health (BIRCWH) 
Purpose: To support the training of assistant professors at the University of Minnesota to become leaders in women’s health research. 
Role: Advisory Committee Member and Primary Mentor

Recently Completed Research Grants

R01 Fulkerson (PI)                                                          07/01/2010-06/30/2016 
Healthy Home Offerings via the Mealtime Environment (HOME) Plus 
Purpose: To test the efficacy of a family-based obesity prevention program with families of school-age children. 
Role: Principal Investigator

SBIR (Phase 2) Olsen (PI)                                            10/01/2014-12/31/2016
Virtual Role-Plays to Reduce the Occurrence of Childhood Obesity
Purpose: Build on Phase I efforts and develop a training system with interactive e-learning, three role-play simulations, and comprehensive feedback, test the program in an RCT and launch and market the product.
Role: Co-investigator (PI on subcontract)

Fulkerson (PI) 07/01/2014-03/31/2017
University of Minnesota Foundation Parents and Kids Prevent Diabetes Purpose: Develop and pilot test a family-focused Type II diabetes prevention program for children at-risk for diabetes.
Role: Principal Investigator 

K12 Raymond (PI)                                                          09/24/2007-7/31/2017
University of Minnesota Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health (BIRCWH) Purpose: To support the training of assistant professors at the University of Minnesota to become leaders in women’s health research.
Role: Advisory Committee Member and Primary Mentor


 Experts@umn.edu publications

Selected recent publications:

  • Lee, J., Kubik, M.Y., Fulkerson, J.A. (2019). Diet quality and fruit, vegetable and sugar-sweetened  beverage consumption by household food insecurity among 8-12 year old children during summer months. Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics; 119: 1695-1702. PMCID: PMC6765424.
  • Fulkerson, J.A., Telke, S., Larson, N., Berge, J., Sherwood, N.E., Neumark-Sztainer, D. (2019). A healthful home food environment: Is it possible amidst household chaos and parental stress? Appetite; 142. PMCID: PMC6779171.
  • Trofholz, A., Tate, A., Fulkerson, J.A., Hearst, M.O., Neumark-Sztainer, D., Berge, J.M. (2019). Description of the home food environment in African American, White, Hmong, Latino, Native American and Somali homes of 5-7 year-old children. Public Health Nutrition; 22: 882-893. PMCID in process.
  • Arcan, C., Fulkerson, J.A., Flattum, C., Friend, S., Story, M. (2019). Fill “half your child’s plate with fruits and vegetables”: Correlations with food-related practices and the home food environment. Appetite; 133:77-82. PMCID: PMC6944192.
  • Utter, J., Larson, N., Berge, J.M., Eisenberg, M.E., Fulkerson, J.A.,
  • Fulkerson, J.A. (2018). Fast food in the diet: Implications and solutions for families. Physiology & Behavior.
  • Myers, M.L., Fulkerson, J.A., Friend, S.E., Horning, M.L., Flattum, C.F. (2018). Case study: Behavior changes in the family-focused, obesity prevention HOME Plus program. Public Health Nursing; 35:299-306.
  • Lee, J., Kubik, M.Y., Fulkerson, J.A. (2018). Media devices in parents’ and children’s bedrooms and children’s media use. American Journal of Health Behavior; 42:135-143.
  • Fulkerson, J.A., Friend, S., Horning, M., Flattum, C., Draxten, M., Neumark-Sztainer, D., Gurvich, O., Garwick, A., Story, M., Kubik, M. (2018). Family home food environment and nutrition-related parent and child personal and behavioral outcomes of the HOME Plus study: A randomized controlled trial. Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics; 118: 240-251.
  • Horning, M.L., Schow, R., Friend, S., Loth, K., Neumark-Sztainer, D., Fulkerson, J.A. (2017). Family dinner frequency interacts with dinnertime context in associations with BMI outcomes. Journal of Family Psychology; 31: 945-951.
  • Loth, K.A., Horning, M., Friend, S., Neumark-Sztainer, D., Fulkerson, J.A. (2017). An exploration of how family dinners are served and how service style is associated with dietary and weight outcomes in children. Journal of Nutrition, Education and Behavior; 49:513-518.
  • Kubik, M.Y., Gurvich, O.V., Fulkerson, J.A. (2017). Association between parent TV-viewing practices and setting rules to limit the television-viewing time of their 8 to 12 year old children, Minnesota, 2011-2015. Preventing Chronic Disease, 14:160235. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5888/pcd14.160235.
  • Horning, M.L., Fulkerson, J.A., Friend, S.E., Story, M. (2017). Reasons parents buy convenience foods: It is more complicated than “I don’t have time”. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior; 49: 60-66.
  • Loth, K.A., Friend, S., Horning, M.L., Neumark-Sztainer, D. Fulkerson, J.A. (2016). Directive and non-directive food-related parenting practices: Associations between an expanded conceptualization of food-related parenting practices and child dietary intake and weight outcomes. Appetite; 107: 188-195.
  • Horning.,M.L., Fulkerson, J.A., Friend, S., Neumark-Sztainer, D. (2016). Associations between nine family dinner frequency measures and child weight, dietary and psychosocial outcomes. Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics; 116: 991-999.
  • Draxten, M., Flattum, C.F., Fulkerson, J.A. (2016). An example of how to supplement goal setting to promote behavior change for families using motivational interviewing. Health Communication; 31:1276-1283. Doi: 10.1016/j.appet.2014.02.017.
  • Fulkerson, J.A., Friend, S., Flattum, C., Horning, M., Draxten, M., Neumark-Sztainer, D., Gurvich, O, Story, M., Garwick, A., Kubik, M. (2015). Promoting healthful family meals to prevent childhood obesity: HOME Plus, a randomized controlled trial. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 12:154. Doi: 10.1186/s12966-015-0320-3.
  • Flattum, C., Draxten, M., Horning, M., Fulkerson, J.A., Neumark-Sztainer, D., Garwick, A., Kubik, M., Story, M. (2015). HOME Plus: Program design and implementation of a family-focused, community-based intervention to promote the frequency and healthfulness of family meals, reduce children’s sedentary behavior, and prevent obesity. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 12(1):53. Doi: 10.1186/s12966-015-0211-7.
  • Berge, J.M., Wall, M., Hsueh, T., Fulkerson, J.A., Larson, N., Neumark-Sztainer, D. (2015). The protective role of family meals for youth obesity: 10-year longitudinal associations. Journal of Pediatrics, 166: 296-201.
  • Horning, M.L., Fulkerson, J.A. (2015). A systematic review on the affordability of a healthful diet for families in the United StatesPublic Health Nursing, 32:68-80.
  • Friend, S., Fulkerson, J.A., Neumark-Sztainer, D., Garwick, A., Flattum, C.F., Draxten, M. (2015). Comparing childhood meal frequency to current meal frequency, routines and expectations among parents. Journal of Family Psychology, 29:136-140.
  • Berge, J.M., MacLehose, R.F., Loth, K.A., Eisenberg, M.E., Fulkerson, J.A., Neumark-Sztainer, D. (2015). Parent-adolescent conversations about eating, physical activity and weight: Prevalence across sociodemographic characteristics and associations with adolescent weight and weight-related behaviors. Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 38:122-35.


Teaching Areas

Program Evaluation; Childhood Obesity Prevention