Jayne Fulkerson

NURS - Content - 180x270 - Jayne FulkersonJayne A. Fulkerson, PhD
Director, Center for Child and Family Health Promotion Research
Director, Graduate Studies
Director, PhD Program

Telephone Number:

Fax Number:

Email Address:

Office Location:
6-107 Weaver-Densford Hall

Mailing Address:
School of Nursing
University of Minnesota
5-140 Weaver-Densford Hall
308 Harvard Street SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Center Memberships:

Children and Family Health Cooperative
Center for Child and Family Health Promotion Research, Director
Minnesota Obesity Prevention Center, Member
Minnesota Obesity Center, Member
International Society of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, Member
Deborah E. Powell Center for Women's Health, Research Committee Member
Prevention Science Program (Advisory Committee), Member

Educational Background:
B. A., 1984, Child Psychology, University of Minnesota
M. A., 1988, Psychology, San Diego State University
Ph.D., 1997, Psychology, University of Minnesota

Teaching Interests/Courses Taught:
Program Evaluation
Childhood Obesity Prevention

Research Interests:
Family-based health promotion in community settings; child and adolescent obesity prevention, particularly through the home food environment and family meals; research methodology, program evaluation, measurement, and instrument development

Current Funded Research Grants:

R01 Fulkerson (PI) 7/01/2010-6/30/2015
Healthy Home Offerings via the Mealtime Environment (HOME) Plus
Purpose: To test the efficacy of a family-based obesity prevention program with families of school-age children.
Role: Principal Investigator

R01 Kubik (PI) 2013-2018
School Nurse-Directed Secondary Obesity Prevention for Elementary School Children
Purpose: To reduce excessive weight gain among 8 to 11 year old children who are overweight or at risk of overweight by increasing healthy dietary practices and physical activity levels and decreasing sedentary practice with a school-based, school nurse-directed weight management program.
Role: Co-Investigator

T32 Jeffery (PI) 2010-2015
Minnesota Obesity Prevention Training
Purpose: To train students in obesity prevention research and treatment.
Role: Co-Investigator/Mentor


Recent Past Funding:

CTSI Blazar (PI) 2011-2013
University of Minnesota Clinical and Translational Science Institute (UMN CTSI)
Purpose: To create an academic home and infrastructure for clinical translational research, and to train interdisciplinary teams at UMN and community.
Role: Co-Director, Evaluation and Monitoring

R01 Neumark-Sztainer (PI) 2009-2012 
Families and Eating and Activity in Teens (Project F-EAT)
Purpose: To explore how the familial and home environments of adolescents are related to weight-related outcomes.
Role: Co-Investigator

SBIR Olsen (PI) 2011-2012
Clinician Role Play Simulation to Reduce the Occurrence of Childhood Obesity
Purpose: Develop a prototype simulation program that will allow health care providers to practice addressing obesity concerns with the parents of overweight children and conduct expert reviews to evaluate the feasibility of the program.
Role: Co-investigator (PI on subcontract)

T80 MC00021 Bearinger (PI) 2008-2013
Maternal and Child Health Bureau/HRSA/DHHS
Center for Adolescent Nursing
Purpose: To narrow the disparity that exists between the needs of youth and the preparedness of nurses to address these needs.
Role: Co-Investigator/Faculty

R01 HL078846-01 Story (PI) 2005–2011
Bright Start: Obesity Prevention in American Indian Children
Purpose: To test an environmental obesity prevention study with American Indian kindergarten children on the Pine Ridge and Rosebud Reservations in South Dakota.
Role: Co-Investigator

Fulkerson (PI) 2008-2011
UMN Obesity Prevention Center
Observational Ratings of Child Feeding Practices Among Preschoolers
Purpose: To comprehensively assess current child feeding practices and develop a coding methodology.
Role: Principal Investigator

Melissa Nelson Laska (PI) 2010-2011
Minnesota Medical Foundation
Improving Young Adult Meal Patterns: Development of a Peer-Led Social Network Intervention
Purpose: Conduct formative research to develop a peer-led social network intervention for young adults to improve eating habits.
Role: Co-Investigator

R01 HL085978 Lytle (PI) 2006-2011
Etiology of Childhood Obesity (ECHO)
Purpose: To examine the etiology of childhood obesity using a socio-ecological approach considering possible risk and protective factors at individual, family, school, and neighborhood levels.
Role: Co-Investigator

Mary Hearst (PI) 2010-2011
Minnesota Obesity Prevention Center
Assessing the Home Food Environment of Somali and Hispanic Immigrant Families with Preschool-Aged Children
Purpose: Refine and validate an existing home food inventory for low-income Somali and Hispanic families with preschool-aged children.
Role: Co-Investigator, senior mentor

Temple (PI) 2009-2010
Healthy Foods, Healthy Lives Institute
The Effects of Federal Food Assistance Programs on Food Insecurity and the Healthy Development of Young Children Under Age 5
Purpose: To investigate the relationship between two major types of federal food assistance programs, household food insecurity and the subsequent health and well-being of young children.
Role: Co-Investigator

U54 CA116849 Jeffery (PI) 2005-2010
Examining the Obesity Epidemic Through Youth, Family, and Young Adults
Purpose: To examine the etiology of childhood obesity using a socio-ecological approach considering possible risk and protective factors at individual, family, school and neighborhood levels.
Role: Co-Investigator, Statistics Core

Selected Publications: 

Fulkerson JA, Loth K, Bruening M, Berge J, Eisenberg M, Neumark-Sztainer D. (in press). Time 2 tlk 2nite: Youths’ use of electronic media during family meals and associations with demographic characteristics, family mealtime characteristics and foods served. Journal of the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics.

Fulkerson JA, Larson N, Horning M, Neumark-Sztainer D. (2013). A review of associations between family or shared meal frequency and dietary and weight status outcomes across the lifespan. Journal of Nutrition Education & Behavior, pii: S1499-4046(13)00579-4.

Loth K, MacLehose R, Fulkerson J, Crow S, Neumark-Sztainer D. (2013). Food-related parenting practices and adolescent weight status: A population-based study. Pediatrics, 131:e1443-50.

Fruh SM, Mulekar MS, Hall HR, Fulkerson JA, Stoval Hanks R, Lemley T, Evans B, Dierking J. (2013).Perspectives of community health advocates: Barriers to healthy family eating patterns. The Journal for Nurse Practitioners, 9:416-421.

Fruh SM, Mulekar MS, Hall HR, Fulkerson JA. (2013). Perspectives and observations of graduate nursing students related to family meals. The Journal for Nurse Practitioners, 9:17-27.

Fulkerson JA, Hannan P, Holy Rock B, Smyth M, Himes JH, Story M. (2013). Food responsiveness and parental food control and anthropometric outcomes among young American Indian children: cross-sectional and prospective findings. Ethnicity & Disease, 23:136-142.

Neumark-Sztainer D, Wall M, Fulkerson JA, Larson N. (2013). Changes in the frequency of family meals from 1999-2010 in the homes of adolescents: Trends by sociodemographic characteristics. Journal of Adolescent Health, 52:201-206.

Hearst MO, Fulkerson JA, Parke M, Martin L. (2013). Validation of a home food inventory among low-income Spanish and Somali speaking families. Public Health Nutrition, 16(7):1151-8

Larson N, Fulkerson J, Story M, Neumark-Sztainer D. (2012). Shared meals among young adults are associated with better diet quality and predicted by family meal patterns during adolescence. Public Health Nutrition, 3:1-11.

Neumark-Sztainer D, Loth K, Fulkerson JA, MacLehose R, Eisenberg M, Berge J. (2012). What's for dinner? Types of food served at family dinner differ across parent and family characteristics. Public Health Nutrition, 19:1-11.

Loth KA, MacLehose RF, Fulkerson J, Crow S, Neumark-Sztainer D. (2012). Eat this, not that! Demographic correlates of food-related parenting practices. Appetite, 60-140-147.

Arcan C, Hannan PJ, Fulkerson JA, Himes HJ, Holy Rock B, Smyth M, Story M. (2012). Associations of home food availability, dietary intake, screen time, and physical activity with BMI in young American Indian children. Public Health Nutrition, 16:146-55.

Story M, Hannan PJ, Fulkerson JA, Holy Rock B, Smyth M, Arcan C, Himes JH. (2012). Bright Start: Description and main outcomes from a group-randomized obesity prevention trial in American Indian children. Obesity, 20:2241-9. PMCID: PMC3407274.

Fruh S, Mulekar M, Hall H, Fulkerson J, King A, Jezek K, & Roussel L. (2012). Benefits of Family Meals with Adolescents: Nurse Practitioners’ Perspective. The Journal for Nurse Practitioners, 8:280-287.

Fulkerson JA, Lytle LA, Story M, Moe S, Samuelson A, Weymiller A. (2012). Development and validation of a screening instrument to assess the types and quality of foods served at home meals. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 9:10. PMCID: PMC3298474.

Arcan C, Hannan PJ, Himes JH, Holy Rock B, Smyth M, Story M, Fulkerson JA (2012). American Indian parents’ assessment of and concern about their kindergarten child’s weight status. South Dakota, 2005-2006. Preventing Chronic Disease, 9:E56. PMCID: PMC3359100.

Berge JM, MacLehose R, Loth KA, Eisenberg ME, Fulkerson JA, Neumark-Sztainer D. (2012). Family meals: Associations with weight and eating behaviors among mothers and fathers. Appetite, 58:1128-1135.

Hearst M, Sevcik S, Fulkerson J, Pasch K, Harnack L, Lytle L. (2012). Stressed out and overcommitted! The relationships between time demands and family rules and parents’ and their child’s weight status. Health Education & Behavior, 39(4):446-54.

Neumark-Sztainer D, Wall M, Larson N, Story M, Fulkerson JA, Eisenberg M. (2012). Secular trends in weight status and weight-related attitudes and behaviors in adolescents from 1999-2010. Preventive Medicine, 54:77-81. PMCID: PMC3266744.

Lytle L, Hearst MO, Fulkerson J, Martinson B, Klein E, Murray D, Pasch K, Samuelson A. (2011). Examining the relationships between family meal practices, family stressors and the weight of youth in the family. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 41:353-362.

Fulkerson JA, Farbakhsh K, Lytle LA, Hearst MO, Dengel DR, Pasch KE, Kubik MY. (2011). Away-from-home family dinner sources and associations with weight status, body composition and related biomarkers of chronic diseas among adolescents and their parents. Journal of the American Dietetic Association, 111:1892-1897. PMCID: PMC3230299.

Ackard DM, Fulkerson JA, Neumark-Sztainer D. (2011). Stability of eating disorder diagnostic classifications in adolescents: Five-year longitudinal findings from a population-based study. Eating Disorders, 19:303-322.

Eisenberg ME, Berge JM, Fulkerson JA, Neumark-Sztainer D. (2011). Associations between hurtful weight-related comments by family and significant other and the development of disordered eating behaviors in young adults. Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 8(1):12-19.

Fuxa A, Fulkerson JA. (2011). Adolescent obesity and school performance and perceptions of the school environment among Minnesota high school students. School Mental Health, 3:102-110.

Barr-Anderson DJ, Fulkerson JA, Smyth M, Himes JH, Hannan PJ, Holy Rock B, Story M. (2011). Associations of American Indian children’s screen time behavior with parental television behavior, parental perceptions of children’s screen time and media-related resources in the home. Preventing Chronic Disease, 8:A105.

Bauer KW, Laska MN, Fulkerson JA, Neumark-Sztainer D. (2011). Longitudinal and secular trends in parental encouragement for healthful eating, physical activity, and dieting throughout the adolescent years. Journal of Adolescent Health, 49:306-311.

Fulkerson JA, Kubik MY, Rydell S, Boutelle KN, Garwick A, Story M, Neumark-Sztainer D, Dudovitz B. (2011). Focus groups with working parents of school-age children: What’s needed to improve family meals. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, 43:189-193. PMCID: PMC3217335.

Bauer KW, Neumark-Sztainer D, Fulkerson JA, Hannan PJ, Story M. (2011). Familial correlates of adolescent girls' physical activity, television use, dietary intake, weight, and body composition, International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 8:25.

Bauer KW, Neumark-Sztainer D, Fulkerson JA, Story M. (2011). Adolescent girls’ weight-related family environments, Minnesota. Preventing Chronic Disease, 8:A68.

Arcan C, Kubik MY, Fulkerson JA, Hannan PJ, Story M. (2011). Substance use and dietary practices among students attending alternative high schools: results from a pilot study. BMC Public Health, 11:263.

Bauer KW, Neumark-Sztainer D, Hannan PJ, Fulkerson JA, Story M. (2011). Relationships between the family environment and school-based obesity prevention efforts: Can school programs help adolescents who are most in need? Health Education Research, 26(4):675-688.

Monsen KA, Radosevich DM, Kerr MJ, Fulkerson JA. (2011). Public health nurse tailor interventions for families at risk. Public Health Nursing, 28:119-128.

Eisenberg ME, Berge J, Fulkerson JA, Neumark-Sztainer D. (2011). Weight comments by family and significant others in young adulthood. Body Image, Jan; 8(1):12-19.

Arcan C, Kubik MY, Fulkerson JA, Davey C, Story M. (2011). Association between food opportunities during the school day and selected dietary behaviors of students attending alternative high schools, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota, 2006. Preventing Chronic Disease, 8:A08.

Fruh S, Fulkerson J, Mulekar M,  Kendrick LA, & Clanton C. (2011). The Surprising Benefits of the Family Meal.  The Journal for Nurse Practitioners, 7:18-22.

Laska MN, Graham D, Moe S, Lytle L, Fulkerson JA. (2010). Situational characteristics of young adults’ eating occasions: a real-time data collection using Personal Digital Assistants. Public Health Nutrition, 8:1-8.

Ackard DM, Fulkerson JA, Neumark-Sztainer D. (2011). Psychological and behavioral risk profiles as they relate to eating disorder diagnoses and symptomatology among a school-based sample of youth. International Journal of Eating Disorders, 44:440-446.

Fulkerson JA, Pasch KE, Stigler M, Farbakhsh K, Perry CL, Komro K. (2010). Longitudinal associations between family dinner and adolescent perceptions parent-child communication among racially-diverse urban youth. Journal of Family Psychology, 24:261-270. PMCID: PMC2896222.

Boutelle K, Hannan P, Fulkerson JA, Crow SJ, Stice E. (2010). Obesity as a predictor of depression in adolescent females. Health Psychology, 29:293-298. PMCID: PMC2877273.

Neumark-Sztainer D, Larson NI, Fulkerson JA, Eisenberg ME, Story M. (2010). Family meals and adolescents: What have we learned from Project EAT (Eating Among Teens). Public Health Nutrition, 13:1113-1121.

Fulkerson JA, Rydell S, Kubik MY, Lytle L, Boutelle K, Story M, Neumark-Sztainer D, Dudovitz B, Garwick A. (2010). Healthy Home Offerings via the Mealtime Environment (HOME): Feasibility, acceptability, and outcomes of a pilot study. Obesity (special issue), 18:S69-S74. PMCID: PMC3070470.

  • ©2014 Regents of the University of Minnesota. All rights reserved.
  • The University of Minnesota is an equal opportunity educator and employer
  • Last modified on July 23, 2015