Barbara J. McMorris, PhD

Associate Professor, Population Health and Systems Cooperative

Barbara J. McMorris

Contact Info

Office Phone 612-624-9909

Fax 612-625-7091

Office Address:
6-195B Weaver-Densford Hall

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

Post-doctoral Fellowship, National Research Service Award – Sociology, University of Minnesota, 1999

PhD, University of Nebraska-Lincoln (Sociology), 1997

MA, University of Nebraska-Lincoln (Sociology), 1993

BA, University of Montana, Davidson Honors College (Sociology), 1991


Professional Associations


Research Summary/Interests

Youth violence and risk prevention; Community-based intervention projects; Prevention of risky health behaviors in adolescence; Promotion of health among vulnerable populations; Program evaluation, research methods, and statistical modeling

Research Funding Grants

Research and Educational Grants:

Project Title: Partnering for Healthy Student Outcomes (PHSO) – Healthy Youth Development – Prevention Research Center
Funding Agency: CDC
Role: Principal Investigator, Core Research Project
Project Date(s): 09/14 – 09/19

Project Title: School Based Risk and Protective Factors and Peer Harassment of Vulnerable Youth
Funding Agency: HRSA-MCHB
Role: Co-Investigator
Project Dates: 04/14 – 03/15

Project Title: Evaluation of the Big Brothers Big Sisters School-based Mentoring Program
Funding Agency: Department of Justice: OJJDP
Role: Principal Investigator
Project Date(s): 10/12 – 01/15

Completed Projects:

Project Title: Transition to Adulthood and Adult Care for Youth with Mobility Limitations
Funding Agency: CDC, National Center for Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities
Role: Principal Statistician, Co-Investigator
Project Date(s): 09/09 – 09/14

Project Title: Evaluation of a Restorative Justice Program for Youth
Funding Agency: Minnesota Department of Public Safety
Role: Principal Investigator
Project Date(s): 01/10 – 12/13


Selected Publications:

  • Gewirtz AH, McMorris BJ, Hanson S, & Davis L. (2014). Family adjustment of deployed and non-deployed mothers in families with a parent deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice. Online First:
  • Sieving RE, McMorris BJ, Secor-Turner M, Garwick AW, Shlafer, R, Beckman KJ, Pettingell SL, Oliphant JA, Seppelt, AM. (2014). Prime Time: 18-month outcomes of a clinic-based intervention. Prevention Science, 15, 460-472. Online First: doi 10.1007/s11121-013-0397-5
  • Johnson KE, McMorris BJ, & Kubik MY. (2013). Comparison of health-risk behaviors among students attending alternative and traditional high schools in Minnesota. Journal of School Health, 29(5), 343-352.
  • Johnson KE, McMorris BJ, Raynor L, & Monsen KA. (2013). What big size you have? Using effect sizes to determine the impact of public health nursing interventions. Applied Clinical Informatics 4(3), 445-453.
  • Secor-Turner M, McMorris BJ, Sieving RE, & Bearinger LH. (2013). Are life experiences of instability related to sexual risk behavior among high risk adolescent girls? Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, 45(2), 101-107. doi: 10.1363/4510113
  • Polan JC, Sieving RE, & McMorris BJ. (2013). Are young adolescents’ emotional and social skills protective against involvement in violence and bullying behaviors? Health Promotion Practice, 14(4), 599-606.
  • Borowsky IW, Taliaferro LA, & McMorris BJ. (2013). Suicidal Thinking and Behavior Among Youth Involved in Bullying: Risk and Protective Factors. Journal of Adolescent Health, 52, Suppl 1: S4-S12.
  • Shlafer R, McMorris BJ, Sieving RE, & Gower AL. (2013). The Impact of Family and Peer Protective Factors on Girls’ Violence Perpetration and Victimization. Journal of Adolescent Health, 52, 365-371. doi:10.1016/j.jadohealth.2012.07.015
  • Agius PA, Taft AJ, Hemphill SA, Toumbourou JW, McMorris BJ. (2013). Alcohol as a factor for risky sexual behaviors: a cross-sectional analysis of data from Victorian secondary school students. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 37(1), 76-82.
  • Wells CK, McMorris BJ, Horvath KJ, Garwick AW, & Scal PB. (2012). Youth report of healthcare transition counseling and autonomy support from their rheumatologist. Pediatric Rheumatology, 10, 36. Online Access:
  • Duke NN, Borowsky IW, Pettingell SL, Skay CL & McMorris BJ. (2011). Adolescent early death perception: links to behavioral and life outcomes in young adulthood. Journal of Pediatric Health Care, 25(4), 224-234.
  • Sieving RE, McMorris BJ, Beckman KJ, Pettingell SL, Secor-Turner M, Kugler K, Garwick AW, Resnick MD, & Bearinger LH. (2011). Prime Time: 12-month sexual health outcomes of a clinic-based intervention to prevent pregnancy risk behaviors. Journal of Adolescent Health, 49, 172-179. PMCID: 3143373
  • McMorris BJ, Catalano RF, Kim M-J, Toumbourou JW, & Hemphill SA. (2011). The influence of family factors and supervised alcohol use on adolescent alcohol use and harms: Similarities between youth in different alcohol policy contexts. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 72, 418-428. PMCID: 3084357
  • McMorris BJ, Downs KE, Panish JM, & Dirani R. (2010). Workplace productivity, employment issues, and resource utilization in patients with bipolar I disorder. Journal of Medical Economics, 13(1), 23-32.
  • McMorris BJ, Petrie R, Catalano RF, Fleming CB, Haggerty KP, & Abbott RB. (2009). Use of web and in-person survey modes to gather data from young adults on sex and drug use: An evaluation of cost, time, and survey error based on a randomized mixed-mode design. Evaluation Review, 33(2), 138-158. PMCID: 2652511
  • Hemphill SA, McMorris BJ, Toumbourou JW, Herrenkohl TI, Clements J, Mathers M, & Catalano RF. (2007). Rates of adolescent antisocial behavior, school suspensions and arrests in Victoria, Australia relative to Washington State, USA.Journal of School Health, 77(6), 303-311. PMCID: 2830014
  • McMorris BJ, Hemphill SA, Toumbourou JW, Catalano RF, & Patton GC. (2007). Prevalence of substance use and delinquent behavior in adolescents from Victoria, Australia and Washington, USA. Health Education & Behavior, 34(4), 634-650. First published online on May 31, 2006 as doi:10.1177/1090198106286272 


Applying restorative practices to Minneapolis Public Schools students recommended for possible expulsion: A pilot program evaluation of the Family and Youth Restorative Conference Program.

Ending student expulsions: Minneapolis Public Schools, Legal Rights Center partner for restorative justice
Twin Cities Daily Planet

Adult-supervised drinking in young teens may lead to more alcohol use, consequences
Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs

International Youth Development Study page


Teaching Areas

Statistics; Research Methods; Professional Development/Leadership