Jennifer Linde, PhD

Associate Professor, Division of Epidemiology and Community Health

Jennifer Linde

Contact Info

Office Phone 612-624-0065

Office Address:
372 West Bank Office Building

Mailing Address:
1300 S 2nd St
300 West Bank Office Building
Minneapolis, MN 55454

PhD, Clinical Psychology, University of Iowa

MA, Psychology, University of Iowa

AB, Psychology, University of Michigan


My work focuses on weight-related health, with specific interests in intervention development, public health messaging around weight-related health, and behavior monitoring during weight control. I was trained as a clinical psychologist and have additional experience in psychiatric diagnosis, psychotherapy, psychometrics, and questionnaire development.


Food & Nutrition, obesity intervention, eating disorders, equity, mental health, assessment

Awards & Recognition

  • Member, Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health


Research Funding Grants

  • 2012–2017, NIH/NIDDK, "Weight Tracking and Weight Loss Outcomes: Establishing the Standard of Care," Principal Investigator
  • 2016–2021, NIH/NHLBI, "New Ulm at HOME (NU-HOME)," Co-investigator
  • 2010–2020, NIH/NIDDK, "Minnesota Obesity Prevention Training Grant," Program faculty


See all of my publications on PubMed

Select Recent Publications

  • Pacanowski CR, Pisetsky EM, Berg KC, Crosby RD, Crow SJ, Linde JA, Mitchell JE, Engel SG, Klein MH, Smith TL, Le Grange D, Wonderlich SA, Peterson CB. "Self-weighing Behavior in Individuals with Eating Disorders," International Journal of Eating Disorders, Sept 2016
  • Laska MN, Lytle LA, Nanney MS, Moe SG, Linde JA, Hannan PJ. "Results of a 2-year Randomized, Controlled Obesity Prevention Trial: Effects on Diet, Activity and Sleep Behaviors in an At-risk Young Adult Population," Preventive Medicine, Aug 2016
  • Linde JA, Jeffery RW, Crow SJ, Brelje KL, Pacanowski CR, Gavin KL, Smolenski DJ. The Tracking Study: Description of a randomized controlled trial of variations on weight tracking frequency in a behavioral weight loss program. Contemporary Clinical Trials 2015;40:199-211
  • Linde JA, Sevcik SM, Petrich CA, Gardner JK, Laska MN, Lozano P, Lytle LA. Translating a health behavior change intervention for delivery to two-year college students: The importance of formative research. Translational Behavioral Medicine 2014;4(2):160-169


Teaching Areas

I teach courses in social and behavioral approaches to public health, including an MPH core course and critical intervention courses related to nutrition and obesity. I advise students in the Community Health Promotion and Public Health Nutrition MPH programs and the Epidemiology PhD program. I serve on master's project and doctoral dissertation committees across majors, and I am program faculty with the Minnesota Obesity Prevention Training Grant.


  • PubH 6020, Fundamentals of Social and Behavioral Science
  • PubH 6094, Obesity and Eating Disorder Interventions
  • PubH 6914, Community Nutrition Intervention

Community Engagement

My work requires collaboration across the University and with the community. I am a member of the Health Equity Work Group in the School of Public Health and a board member of the University of Minnesota Healthy Foods, Healthy Lives Institute. I have done community-engaged work and consulting with Black and Latino communities and with care providers and program developers in clinical, commercial, and nonprofit settings.


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In The News

In The Media

  • Here's How Treating Obesity and Depression at the Same Time Can Help (Healthline)