Jerica Berge, PhD, MPH, LMFT, CFLE

Professor, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health

Jerica Berge

Contact Info

jberge@umn.edu

Office Phone 612-626-3693

Office Address:
717 Delaware St SE, Rm 425
Minneapolis, MN 55414

Administrative Assistant Name
Doreen Gruebele

Administrative Phone
612-625-0931

Administrative Email
doreen@umn.edu

Administrative Fax Number
612-624-1466

Professor, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health

Vice Chair for Research, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health

Director, Healthy Eating and Activity across the Lifespan (HEAL), Department of Family Medicine and Community Health

Director, Center for Women in Medicine and Science (CWIMS)

Director, Women’s Health Research Program/Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health (BIRCWH)


Post-doctoral Research and Integrated Care Fellowship, Regions Family Physicians

PhD, University of Minnesota

MPH, University of Minnesota

Summary

Dr. Berge is a Professor and Vice Chair for Research in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at the University of Minnesota Medical School. Dr. Berge is both a researcher and behavioral medicine clinician. She is a licensed mental health therapist and supervisor who specializes in integrated care and community-based partnerships to address family health issues. Her NIH research agenda focuses on conducting both childhood obesity prevention and treatment studies within primary care settings with the ultimate goal of decreasing childhood obesity disparities in low-income and minority households. She is also the director of the Healthy Eating and Activity across the Lifespan (HEAL) Center and the Principal Investigator of the Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health (BIRCWH) K-12 grant. Additionally, she is the director of the Center for Women in Medicine and Science (CWIMS) at the University of Minnesota Medical School.

Expertise

Obesity Prevention and Treatment across the Lifecourse, Integrated Care, Behavioral Medicine, Women’s Health, Health Disparities, Mixed-methods

Awards & Recognition

BIRCWH Alumni, Danone Mid-Career Leadership Scholar, Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine Scholar

Professional Associations

ISBNPA, AAMFT, NCFR, Obesity Society, SBM, STFM, NAPCRG, CFHA

Research

Research Summary/Interests

Dr. Berge’s NIH research agenda focuses on weight and weight-related health behaviors across the lifespan, families and health, women’s health, and integrated care. She conducts both childhood obesity prevention and treatment studies within primary care settings with the ultimate goal of decreasing childhood obesity disparities in low-income and minority households. Dr. Berge has expertise in conducting mixed methods studies that include observational methods such as, ecological momentary assessment (EMA) and video-recorded family tasks, as well as quantitative survey data to more fully understand the complex family dynamics and processes related to physical activity and dietary behaviors in children and adolescents. Dr. Berge is one of the most cited authors on family dynamics and childhood obesity with over 125 publications, 300 presentations and 20 book chapters on related topics. She has an impressive funding trajectory including NIH K12, R03, R13, R21, R56, and R01 grants funded across several different institutes including NHLBI, NIDDK, and NICHD. Dr. Berge also serves on several NIH study sections including the Psychosocial Risk and Disease Prevention study section at NIH and several special interest study sections.

Research Funding Grants

Ongoing Research Support

NIH R01 HL126171
12/1/15-11/30/20
Addressing Unanswered Questions about the Home Environment and Childhood Obesity Disparities: A two-phased mixed-methods observational study to examine risk and protective factors for childhood obesity disparities in the home environment of diverse families. State-of-the art measurements including ecological momentary assessment and video-recorded observations are used in combination with community-based participatory research methods.
Role: PI
NIH R03 HD084897
1/1/16-4/30/19
The Association Between Family Meals and Child Health and Well-Being : Secondary data analysis using direct observational data to examine important unanswered methodological and analytical questions regarding the quality and quantity of family meals and childhood obesity.
Role: PI

NIH R35 HL139853
Neumark-Sztainer (PI)
1/19/20-11/30/2025
Eating, Activity, and Weight-Related Problems Across the Life Course in Diverse Populations: Identify short- and long-term multi-level predictors of weight-related problems in adolescents that will guide the development of interventions to reduce the burden of these problems on marginalized populations.
Role: Co-I

NIH K12 HD055887
12/1/17-11/30/22
Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health (BIRCWH): Program grant to mentor early stage investigators to be independent researchers.
Role: Co-I; Co-Program Director, Co-Research Director 

Publications

Note: Ten recent publications are listed.

1. Berge, J.M., Fertig, A., Trofholz, A., Tate, A., Neumark-Sztainer, D. (in press). Who is meeting the Healthy People 2020 Objectives?: Comparisons between racially/ethnically diverse and immigrant child and adult populations. Families, Systems and Health.

2. Berge, J.M., Tate, A., Trofholz, A., Fertig, A., Miner, M., Crow, S., Neumark-Sztainer, D. (in press). Ecological momentary assessment of the family meal environment for racially/ethnically diverse and immigrant households. Journal of Nutritional Education and Behavior.

3. Berge, J.M., Tate, A., Trofholz, A., Loth, K.*, Miner, M., Crow, S., Neumark-Sztainer, D. (2018). Examining Variability in Parent Feeding Practices within a Low-Income, Racially/Ethnically Diverse, and Immigrant Population using Ecological Momentary Assessment. Appetite, 127, 110-118

4. Berge, J.M., Winkler, M., Eisenberg, M., Folsey, A., Larson, N., Miller, J., Neumark-Sztainer, D. (2018). Intergenerational transmission of parent encouragement to diet from adolescence into adulthood. Pediatrics, ePub ahead of print.

5. Berge, J.M., Adamek, M., Caspi, C., Loth, K., Trofholz, A., Grannon, K., Nanney, M. (2018). The Mastery Matrix for Integration Praxis: The Development of a Rubric for Integration Practice in Addressing Weight-related Health Disparities. Preventive Medicine, 111:78-86.

6. Berge, J.M., Tate, A., Trofholz, A., Fertig, A., Miner, M., Crow, S., Neumark-Sztainer, D. (2018). Examining within- and across-day relationships between transient and chronic stress and parent food-related parenting practices in a racially/ethnically diverse and immigrant population: Stress types and food-related parenting practices, International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 15(1):77-91.

7. Berge, J.M., Tate, A., Trofholz, A., Fertig, a., Miner, M., Crow, S., Neumark-Sztainer, D. (2017). Momentary parental stress and food-related parenting practices.Pediatrics, 140(6):2295-2302.

8. Berge, J.M., Trofholz, A., Tate, A., Miner, M., Crow, S., Fertig, A., Culhane-Perra, K., Pergamente, S., Neumark-Sztainer, D. (2017). Examining unanswered questions about the home environment and childhood obesity disparities using an incremental, mixed-methods, longitudinal study design: The Family Matters study. Contemporary Clinical Trials, 62:61-76.

9. Berge, J.M., Miller, J., Watts, A., Larson, N., Loth, K., Neumark-Sztainer, D. (2017). Intergenerational Transmission of Family Meal Patterns from Adolescence to Parenthood: Longitudinal Associations with Parents’ Dietary Intake, Weight-related Behaviors, and Psychosocial Well-being. Public Health Nutrition, 21(2):299-308.

10. Berge, J.M., Caspi, C., Loth, K., Trofholz, A., Young. K., Shanafelt, A., Adamack, M. Stovitz, S., Nanney, M.S. (2017). Healthy Eating and Activity Across the Lifespan (HEAL): A Call to Action to Integrate Research, Clinical Practice, Policy and Community Resources to Address Weight-related Health Disparities. Preventive Medicine, 101:199-203. 

*CV also attached

Teaching

Academic Interests and Focus

Public Health, Behavioral Medicine/Mental Health, Interprofessional Education

Teaching Areas

Public Health, Integration to Reduce Health Disparities, Health Behavior Change

Courses

PubH 6060 Motivational Interviewing: Strategies to Effect Behavioral Change

PubH 7200 Matchmaking in Public Health: Intentional Integration Across Research, Clinical Practice, Community, and Policy to Promote Health Equity in Public Health Research and Practice

PubH 7200 Where is “Family” in Public Health?: Managing Chronic Health Conditions through Relationships and Family Systems

GCC Harnessing the Power of Research, Community, Clinic and Policy to Build a Culture of Health


Clinical

Board Certifications

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Minnesota

Clinical Interests

Depression, Anxiety, PTSD/stress response, Weight-related Behaviors

Community Engagement

WellShare International, CUHCC, NAAC, People Incorporated, West Side Clinic