Dianne Neumark-Sztainer, PhD, MPH

Professor and Division Head, Division of Epidemiology and Community Health

Dianne Neumark-Sztainer

Contact Info

neuma011@umn.edu

Office Phone 612-624-0880

Office Address:
West Bank Office Building, 300

Mailing Address:
1300 S. 2nd St.
Minneapolis, MN 55454

Administrative Assistant Name
Kathy Kosiak

Administrative Phone
612-626-0709

Administrative Email
kosia001@umn.edu

PhD, Behavioral Sciences and Nutrition, Hebrew University-Hadassah

MPH, Health Behavior, Hebrew University-Hadassah

BA, Biology and Nutrition, Cornell University

Summary

My research focuses on the prevention and reduction of weight-related problems, including obesity, poor dietary intake, inadequate physical activity, disordered eating behaviors, and body dissatisfaction. My qualitative, epidemiological, and intervention research has primarily focused on young people from ethnically/racially diverse and low-income backgrounds. As the Principal Investigator for the Project EAT studies, I lead a team of researchers who have greatly contributed to what we know about eating and weight-related problems in young people. More recently, I have begun to explore the potential for using yoga as a tool for addressing weight-related problems. 

As Head of the Division of Epidemiology and Community Health I have overall responsibility for ensuring that our faculty are engaging in state-of-the art research that is highly relevant in terms of addressing important public health concerns. Additionally, I am responsible for ensuring that our various training programs prepare our students to go out into the world with the skills and the passion to meet the health needs of the public. In the division, we are dedicated to ensuring that our research is being translated into action, and that our teaching program is highly relevant and applicable, in order to ensure that we are building a healthier future for all.

Expertise

Food & nutrition, mental health, mother & children, adolescent health, nutrition, obesity, eating disorders, body image

Awards & Recognition

  • Mayo Professor of Public Health, School of Public Health, 2016
  • Thompson Reuters Highly Cited Researcher, 2014
  • Leonard M. Schuman Award for Excellence in Teaching, University of Minnesota School of Public Health, 2012
  • Leadership Award in Research: Academy for Eating Disorders, 2010
  • Distinguished Women Scholars Award in Humanities, Social Sciences and Arts: University of Minnesota, 2009

Research

Research Summary/Interests

Research Funding Grants

  • 1/25/2016-12/31/2019, National Institutes of Health, NHLBI, "EAT 2010-2018: A Longitudinal, Multi-Contextual Study of Weight-Related Problems," Principal Investigator 
  • 8/12/13-6/30/17, National Institutes of Health, NHLBI, "Project EAT-IV: Eating and Activity in Adolescents and Young Adults," Principal Investigator
  • 12/1/14-11/30/19, National Institutes of Health, NHLBI, "Addressing Unanswered Questions About the Home Environment and Childhood Obesity Disparities," Co-Investigator
  • 7/1/12-6/30/17, Department of Health and Human Services, HRSA, "Leadership Education in Adolescent Health," Training Faculty/Co-Investigator
  • 4/1/10-4/30/20, National Institutes of Health, NIDDK-Ruth L. Kirschtein National Research Service Award, "Minnesota Obesity Prevention Training (MnOPT)," Program Faculty/Mentor

Publications

See a full list of my publications on PubMed

Books

  • “I’m, Like, SO Fat!”: Helping Your Teen Make Healthy Choices about Eating and Exercise in a Weight Obsessed World." New York: The Guilford Press, 2005.

Select Publications

  • Neumark-Sztainer D. "Eating disorders prevention: Looking backward, moving forward; looking inward, moving outward." Eating Disorders. 2016;24(1):29-38.
  • Neumark-Sztainer D. "Yoga and eating disorders: is there a place for yoga in the prevention and treatment of eating disorders and disordered eating behaviours?" Advances in Eating Disorders. 2014;2(2):136-45. 
  • Neumark-Sztainer D, Larson NI, Fulkerson JA, Eisenberg ME, Story M. "Family meals and adolescents: what have we learned from Project EAT (Eating Among Teens)?" Public Health Nutrition. 2010;13(7):1113-21. 
  • Neumark-Sztainer D, Friend SE, Flattum CF, Hannan PJ, Story MT, Bauer KW, Feldman SB, Petrich CA. "New Moves--Preventing weight-related problems in adolescent girls a group-randomized study," American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 2010;39(5):421-32. 
  • Neumark-Sztainer D. "Preventing obesity and eating disorders in adolescents: What can health care providers do?" Journal of Adolescent Health. 2009;44(3):206-13. 

Teaching

Academic Interests and Focus

My teaching experience includes a course on community nutrition intervention in which students learn how to develop community-based interventions to improve the nutritional health of the public and a separate course on program evaluation. I am interested in the intersection between the practice of yoga and eating and weight-related concerns and plan to teach a course on yoga and public health in the future.

Community Engagement

Through New Moves, an evidence-based physical education program designed to promote positive self-image, healthy eating, and physical activity in adolescent girls, my research team has collaborated with physical education teachers, school administrators and community groups to incorporate our research findings into their curriculum, including an interactive workbook for students and teacher guidebook. Also, through Project EAT (Eating and Activity Among Teens), we have worked in partnership with area schools, adolescents and young adults in the community, building a body of research that has greatly informed our knowledge base on weight-related problems in diverse young people. We do all this through collaborative research, teaching and service with partners both locally, across Minnesota, and around the world.

I am driven to improve global and community health by fostering partnerships that promote student and faculty engagement, community service, and collaborative and community-based research.

Media

Video

U of MN Health Sciences Expert Link

Health Experts

In The News

SPH News

In the Media

  • Teasing teens about weight may do lasting harm. U.S. News & World Report
  • Weight Bias is a Bigger Problem than Some May Think. CNN
  • It's Far Too Early to Label a Young Girl as "Plus" Size. Newsweek
  • Body Positive Yoga: "My Belly is There, I'm Still Strong." The Guardian
  • Should Parents Avoid Commenting on their Child's Weight? Wisconsin Public Radio