Nancy Sherwood, PhD

Professor, Division of Epidemiology and Community Health

Nancy Sherwood

Contact Info

Office Phone 612-625-4567

Office Address:
300 West Bank Office Building

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

PhD, Clinical Psychology, Kent State University, 1996

MA, Clinical Psychology, Kent State University, 1993

BS, Human Development and Family Studies, Cornell University, 1990


My research focuses on the development and evaluation of behavioral obesity prevention and treatment interventions across the lifespan with a focus on reaching engaging lower income, ethnically diverse children and their parents. A prominent theme of my work is integrating obesity treatment and prevention interventions into health care settings and creating connections between health system and community-based interventions to enhance efficacy and increase the potential for sustainability and dissemination. Additionally, I am interested in newer intervention science methodologies that improve our ability to tailor interventions in order to deliver “the right intervention to the right person at the right time."


Obesity prevention and treatment, maternal and child health, food & nutrition, chronic diseases, intervention design

Awards & Recognition

  • Member, Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health


Research Funding Grants

  • 2014-2019, NCI, "Evaluating Options for Non-Responders: A SMART Approach to Enhancing Weight Loss (BestFIT)," Principal Investigator
  • 2010–2017, NICHD, "Minnesota Center for Childhood Obesity Prevention: Linking Primary Care, Community & Family (NET-Works)," Co-Principal Investigator
  • 2014-2017, CDC/DHHS: "Virtual Role-Plays to Reduce the Occurrence of Childhood Obesity," Co-Investigator
  • 2012–2017, NIH NHLBI, "EHR-Based Clinical Decision Support to Improve BP Management in Adolescents," Co-Investigator



In The News

SPH News

In The Media

  • University of Minnesota Study Suggests Support for Parents Can Help Trim Child Obesity (Minneapolis StarTribune)
  • Skipping breakfast is not a good idea in the long run, study finds (StarTribune)