Nicole Larson, PhD, MPH, RDN

Instructor, Division of Epidemiology and Community Health

Nicole Larson

Contact Info

Office Phone 612-625-5881

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


I am a nutritional epidemiologist and registered dietitian with expertise in the eating behaviors of child, adolescent, and young adult populations. My research focuses on the identification of factors within social and physical environments that may be modified to promote healthy lifestyle behaviors and reduce barriers to the attainment of health equity among diverse populations. Much of my work is designed to inform the development of population-based strategies to help young people and their families prevent excess weight gain. 


Eating behavior, child and adolescent nutrition, weight-related health, health equity, child nutrition policy



See a full list of my publications on PubMed

  • Larson N, Wang Q, Grannon K, Wei S, Nanney MS, Caspi CE. A low-cost, grab-and-go breakfast intervention for rural high school students: changes in School Breakfast Program participation among at-risk students in Minnesota. J Nutr Educ Behav. In press.
  • Larson N, Looby AA, Frost N, Nanney MS, Story M. What can be learned from existing investigations of weight-related practices and policies with the potential to impact disparities in U.S. child care settings? A narrative review and call for surveillance and evaluation efforts. J Acad Nutr Diet. In press.
  • Larson N, Davey CS, Caspi CE, Kubik MY, Nanney MS. School-based obesity-prevention policies and practices and weight-control behaviors among adolescents. J Acad Nutr Diet. 2017;117(2):204-213.
  • Larson N, Miller JM, Eisenberg ME, Watts AW, Story M, Neumark-Sztainer D. Multicontextual correlates of energy-dense, nutrient-poor snack food consumption by adolescents. Appetite. 2017;112:23-34.
  • Larson N, Story M, Eisenberg ME, Neumark-Sztainer D. Secular trends in meal and snack patterns among adolescents from 1999 to 2010. J Acad Nutr Diet. 2016;116(2):240-250.



  • PubH 3950/6950, From Kid to Community: Personal, Social, and Environmental Influences on Youth Obesity

  • PubH 3955/6955, Using Policy to Address Child and Adolescent Obesity Prevention


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