Past Projects


Clinic-based study examining the effectiveness of using 5-2-1-0 messages during well-child visits to address population-level childhood obesity.

All in the Family

Examines the relationship between family members' weight and weight-related behaviors and adolescents' body mass index (BMI), dietary intake, and physical activity.


A secondary data analysis answering important questions regarding the quality of family meals, both in regards to meal dietary healthfulness and the emotional atmosphere at the meal.

Family Meals, LIVE!

Uses innovative mixed-methods data collection (e.g., iPad video recording of family meals) to examine factors within the home food environment that are associated with risk and protective factors for childhood obesity.

Family Meals, LIVE: Sibling Edition

Examines parent feeding behaviors with more than one child in the home.


Integrates primary care, homes, and community-based intervention strategies to promote change in food intake, physical activity, and body weight in children.

Paha Sapa: Play it Forward

Uses the Citizen Health Care model to deliver a community-based participatory research initiative targeting childhood and adolescent obesity in the Paha Sapa Park area of Burnsville, Minnesota.

Prenatal Group Visits Study

Examines the feasibility and initial effectiveness of prenatal group visits in a family medicine residency program.

SuperShelf (Site PI: Rebekah Pratt)

Through partnerships, SuperShelf transforms food shelves to provide welcoming and respectful environments to access healthy food.


Delivers adolescent obesity prevention/intervention to girls ages 10 to 14 and their mothers, using a health care home model in a primary care setting.