Toben Nelson, ScD

Associate Professor, Division of Epidemiology and Community Health

Toben Nelson

Contact Info

tfnelson@umn.edu

Office Phone 612-626-9791

Office Address:
300 West Bank Office Building

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

ScD, Public Health, Harvard University

MS, Kinesiology, University of Wisconsin-Madison

BA, Psychology & Physical Education, Hamline University

Summary

I study prevention of alcohol attributable harm, injury and violence prevention, motor vehicle safety, physical activity promotion, obesity prevention, the influence of sports participation on health and social determinants of health. 

Expertise

Food & nutrition, injuries, methods, alcohol, physical activity, substance use, social epidemiology, policy, sport, prevention, motor vehicle safety

Research

Research Summary/Interests

Research Funding Grants

  • 2017, Tulane University, "Alcohol Environmental Assessment," Principal Investigator
  • 2016–2018, University of Minnesota Grand Challenge Research Grant, "Toward a Minnesota Model for Brain Health in Youth Sports," Principal Investigator
  • 2016–2017, Blue Zones, "Community Prevention of Alcohol-related Harms: A Blue Zones Demonstration," Principal Investigator
  • 2015–2017, NIH, "Development of an Alcohol Risk Management Program for College Fraternities," Principal Investigator
  • 2016–2018, NIH, "Mediators and Moderators of a Neighborhood Experiment on Alcohol Abuse," Co-Investigator
  • 2014–2017, USDOD ARMY, "Adapting a Training Program for Military-focused Alcohol Establishments," Co-Investigator
  • 2012–2017, NIH, "Intersection of Local and State Alcohol Policy: The Case of Malt Liquor," Co-Investigator

Publications

See a full list of publications on PubMed

Select Publications

  • Nanney MS, MacLehose RF, Kubik MY, Davey CS, O'Connell MJ, Grannon KY, Nelson TF. "School Obesity Prevention Policies and Practices in Minnesota and Student Outcomes: A Longitudinal Cohort Study," American Journal of Preventative Medicine, Nov 2016
  • Lenk KM, Nelson TF, Toomey TL, Jones-Webb R, Erickson DJ. "Sobriety checkpoint and open container laws in the United States: Associations with reported drinking-driving," Traffic Injury Prevention, Nov 2016
  • Pelletier JE, Laska MN, MacLehose R, Nelson TF, Nanney MS. "State-Level Trends and Correlates for Cross-Sector Collaboration on School Nutrition and Physical Education Activities, 2000-2012," Preventing Chronic Disease, July 2016
  • Rutledge PC, Bestrashniy JR, Nelson TF. "Problematic Drinking Among Postgraduate Students: Binge Drinking, Prepartying, and Mixing Alcohol With Energy Drinks," Substance Use & Misuse, April 2016

Teaching

Courses

  • PubH 6020 Fundamentals of Social and Behavioral Sciences
  • PubH 6078 Public Health Policy as a Prevention Strategy
    (with T. Toomey)
  • PubH 6333 Human Behavior I

Media

Video

U of MN Health Sciences Expert Link

Health Experts Profile

In The News

SPH News

In the Media

  • Toxic drinking culture lead to the Penn State fraternity death (Newsweek, opinion)
  • Study finds alcohol programs have little impact on greek communities. (MN Daily)
  • Does selling beer at college games decrease binge drinking? (The Philadelphia Inquirer)