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

Statement of Advising Philosophy and Expectations for PhD Students

Statement of Advising Philosophy

Research Funding Grants

Research and Educational Grants:

Project Title: Estimating the Prevalence of Sexual Exploitation among Adolescents in Minnesota and Exploring Risk and Protective Factors: Implications for Prevention and Early Intervention
Funding Agency: Carlson Family Foundation
Role: co-Principal Investigator
Project Date(s): 1/20 – 12/21

Project Title: Evaluation of Re-entry for Juveniles using Restorative Family Group Conferencing at Schools
Funding Agency: Legal Rights Center, Minnesota Office of Justice Programs
Role: Principal Investigator
Project Date(s): 10/19-9/21

Project Title: Multi-year, Whole School Implementation of Restorative Practices in Saint Paul Public Schools: Relationships as Key to Improvements in School Climate and Student Behavior
Funding Agency: Saint Paul Public Schools, US Department of Education EIR
Role: Principal Investigator
Project Date(s): 10/18-9/23

Project Title: Leadership Education in Adolescent Health (LEAH) Training Program
Funding Agency: Health Resources & Services Administration: Maternal & Child Health
Role: Faculty
Project Date(s): 7/17-6/22

Project Title: Healthy Youth Development * Prevention Research Center
Funding Agency: CDC
Role: Investigator
Project Date(s): 9/19-9/24

Completed Projects:

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

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:

  • Forster M, McMorris BJ, Gower AL, & Borowsky IW. (2020). Adverse childhood experiences and school-based victimization and perpetration. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 35(3-4): 662-681. PMID: 29294639
  • Rider GN, McMorris BJ, Gower A, Coleman E, & Eisenberg M. (2019). Gambling Involvement and Problem Gambling: A Population-Based Comparison of Transgender/Gender Diverse and Cisgender Adolescents. Journal of Gambling Studies, 35(1): 79-92.
  • Rider GN, Brown C, Eisenberg ME, Coleman E, Gower AL, & McMorris BJ. (2019). Perspectives from Nurses and Physicians on Training Needs and Comfort Working with Transgender and Gender Diverse Youth. Journal of Pediatric Health Care, 33(4): 379-385.
  • Doty J, Weiler L, Mehus C, & McMorris BJ. (2019). Young Mentors’ Relationship Capacity: Relationships between parent-child connectedness, attitudes toward mentees, empathy, and match quality. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 36(2): 462-658.
  • Prendergast L, Toumbourou J, McMorris BJ, & Catalano RF. (2019). Outcomes of early adolescent sexual behavior in Australia: Longitudinal findings in Young Adulthood. Journal of Adolescent Health, 64: 516-522. ttps:// PMID: 30578117
  • McMorris BJ, Doty J, Weiler L, Beckman KJ, Plowman S, & Garcia-Huidobro D. (2018). A typology for school-based mentoring relationships: Implications for mentor recruitment and retention. Child and Youth Services Review, 90: 147-159. ttps://
  • Rider GN, McMorris BJ, Gower AL, Coleman E, & Eisenberg ME. (2018). Health and Healthcare Utilization among Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Adolescents. Pediatrics, 141(3): e20171683. Doi: 10.1542/peds.2017-1683 PMID: 29437861
  • Gloppen K, Gower AL, McMorris BJ, & Eisenberg ME. (2018). Associations between peer harassment and school risk and protection profiles. Journal of School Health, 87(11): 832-841. PMID: 29023840
  • Doty J, Gower A, Rudi, J, McMorris BJ, & Borowsky I. (2017). Patterns of bullying and sexual harassment involvement: connections with parents and teachers as direct protective effects. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 46 (11): 2289-2304. PMID: 28584921
  • Eisenberg M, Gower Al, McMorris BJ, Rider GN, & Coleman E. (2017). Risk and Protective Factors in the Lives of Transgender/Gender Non-Conforming Adolescents. Journal of Adolescent Health, 61: 521-526. PMID: 28736148
  • Secor-Turner M, McMorris BJ, & Scal PB. (2017). Improving the sexual health of youth with mobility impairments. Journal of Pediatric Health Care, 31, 578-587. doi: 0.1016/j.pedhc.2017.03.002 PMID: 28526485
  • Eisenberg ME, McMorris BJ, Gower AL, & Chattergee D. (2016). Bullying victimization and emotional well-being: Is there strength in numbers? Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 86, 13-19.
  • Eisenberg ME, Gower AL, & McMorris BJ. (2016). Emotional Health of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Questioning Bullies: Does It Differ from Straight Bullies? Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 45(10): 105-116. Doi: 10.1007/s10964-015-0316-y
  • Seburg EM, McMorris BJ, Garwick AW, & Scal PB. (2015). Discussions of health-promotive behaviors with health care providers during the transition to adulthood: A comparison of youth and emerging adults with and without mobility limitations. Journal of Adolescent Health, 57(1): 81-86.
  • Eisenberg ME, Gower AL, McMorris BJ, & Bucchianeri MM. (2015). Vulnerable bullies: Perpetration of peer harassment in youth across sexual orientation, weight and disability status. American Journal of Public Health, 105(9): 1784-1791. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2015.302704
  • 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

Grant Writing; Statistics; Research Methods; Professional Development/Leadership


In The News

New study assesses extent of sexual exploitation among Minnesota Youth

At least 5,000 Minnesota teens have traded sex for payment

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