Martha Kubik

Martha KubikMartha (Marti) Kubik, PhD, MSN, RN
Associate Professor
Director of Global Programming

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6-119A Weaver-Densford Hall

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

Co-operative Membership:
Population Health and Systems

Center Memberships:
Center for Child and Family Health Promotion Research, Member
University of Minnesota Obesity Prevention Center, Member
American Public Health Association, Member
International Society of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, Member

Education Background:
B.S.N., 1976, Nursing, Hampton University
M.S.N., 1982, Nursing, University of Pennsylvania
Ph.D., 2002, Epidemiology, University of Minnesota

ANP, 1980, Adult Nurse Practitioner, ANCC

Teaching Interests:
Obesity prevention
Adolescent health
Global health

Research Interests:
Obesity prevention in children and youth
Policy and school food and physical activity environment
Role of school nurses in obesity prevention
Health promotion among at risk youth

Current Funded Research Grants:
R01 Kubik (PI) 04/03/2013-02/28/2018
School nurse-directed secondary obesity prevention for elementary school children

Aim: To test a school-based, school nurse-directed healthy weight management program that aims to reduce the prevalence of overweight and obesity among 8 to 12 year old children with BMI ≥ 75th percentile.
Role: Principal Investigator

R01 Nanney (PI) 02/07/13-02/06/17
Improving High School Breakfast Environments

Aims: To implement best practice strategies to expand the school breakfast program and test impact on student participation rates, total diet and body mass index and percent body fat in high school students in 16 rural Minnesota school districts.
Role: Co-Investigator

R01 Nanney (PI) 04/01/11-03/31/16
Evaluating Impacts of School Policies on Student Diet and Activity Behaviors and Obesity

This project aims to examine the association between the overall school-level obesity prevention policy
and practice environment and student-level characteristics.
Role: Co-Investigator

R01 Fulkerson (PI) 07/01/10-06/30/16
Healthy Home Offerings via the Mealtime Environment (HOME) Plus

This project will test the efficacy of a family-based obesity prevention program with families of school-age children that will focus on making healthful food changes, especially at family meals, and reducing screen time
Role: Co-Investigator


Selected Recent Publications:
Kubik MY, Davey C, MacLehose RF, Coombes B, Nanney MS. (2015). Snacks, beverages, vending machines, and school stores: a comparison of alternative and regular schools in Minnesota, 2002 to 2008. Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. 115(1):101-105.

Nanney MS, MacLehose R, Kubik MY, Davey CS, Coombes B, Nelson TR. (2014). Recommended school policies are associated with student sugary drink and fruit and vegetable intake. Preventive Medicine. May; 62:179-81

Kubik MY, Jennings B, Olivier N. (2014). Assessing Youth Wellbeing in Rural Honduras: A Qualitative Study. Public Health. 128:671-673.

Kubik MY, Davey C, Nanney MS, MacLehose RF, Nelson TF, Coombes B. (2013). Vending and school store snack and beverage trends. Minnesota secondary schools, 2002 to 2010. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 44(6):583-8

Kubik MY, Lee J. (2014). Parent interest in a school-based, school nurse-led weight management program.
Journal of School Nursing; 30(1):68-74.

Lee J, Kubik MY. (2014). Child's Weight Status and Parent's Response to a School-Based Body Mass Index Screening and Parent Notification Program. Journal of School Nursing, Nov 5.

Fulkerson JA, Neumark-Stzainer D, Story M, Gurvich O, Kubik MY, Garwick A, Dudovitz B (2014). The Healthy Home Offerings via the Mealtime Environment (HOME) Plus study: Design and methods. Contemporary Clinical Trials. May; 38(1):59-68.

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