Jayne A. Fulkerson, PhD

Professor, School of Nursing

Jayne A. Fulkerson

Contact Info


Office Phone 612-624-4823

Fax 612-626-6606

Office Address:
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

Professor, School of Nursing

Affiliate Professor, Division of Epidemiology, School of Public Health

Director, Graduate Studies

Director, PhD Program

Director, Center for Child and Family Health Promotion Research

Associate Editor, International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity

PhD, University of Minnesota (Psychology), 1997

MA, San Diego State University (Psychology), 1988

BA, University of Minnesota (Child Psychology), 1984


Professional Associations


Research Summary/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

Research Funding Grants

Active Research Grants

R01 Fulkerson                                                                 03/01/2016-02/28/2021
New Ulm at Home (NU-HOME)
Purpose: To test the effectiveness of the NU-HOME program, a family-based health promotion intervention to prevent excess weight gain among 7-10 year old children in rural communities.  
Role: Principal Investigator

SBIR (Phase 2) Olsen (PI)                                              10/01/2014-12/31/2016 
Virtual Role-Plays to Reduce the Occurrence of Childhood Obesity 
Purpose: Build on Phase I efforts and develop a training system with interactive e-learning, three role-play simulations, and comprehensive feedback, test the program in an RCT and launch and market the product. 
Role: Co-investigator (PI on subcontract)

Fulkerson (PI)                                                                 07/01/2014-03/31/2017
University of Minnesota Foundation Parents and Kids Prevent Diabetes 
Purpose: Develop and pilot test a family-focused Type II diabetes prevention program for children at-risk for diabetes. 
Role: Principal Investigator 

R01 Kubik                                                                 (PI) 09/01/2013-08/30/2018 
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/UMN subcontract PI

Active Training and Mentorship Grants

Fulkerson (PI)                                                                 06/01/2016-07/31/2018 
Jonas Center for Nursing & Veterans Healthcare 
Jonas Nurse Scholar Program 
Purpose: To provide funds for leadership and research training for nursing PhD students. 
Role: Principal Investigator

Fulkerson (PI)                                                                   09/01/2015-8/31/2018 
Future Nursing Scholars 
Purpose: To provide funds for research, education and training for nursing PhD students. 
Role: Principal Investigator

K12 Raymond (PI)                                                             09/24/2007-7/31/2017 
University of Minnesota Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health (BIRCWH) 
Purpose: To support the training of assistant professors at the University of Minnesota to become leaders in women’s health research. 
Role: Advisory Committee Member and Primary Mentor

Recently Completed Research Grants

R01 Fulkerson (PI)                                                          07/01/2010-06/30/2016 
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

Delaney (PI)                                                                    03/06/2014-09/06/2015 
Greater Plains Collaborative (GPC) 
Purpose: Improve healthcare delivery through ongoing learning, adoption of evidence-based practices, and active research dissemination. 
Role: Obesity Expert (Investigator)

Fulkerson (PI)                                                                 03/01/2014-02/28/2015 
CTSI Community Health Grant 
Cooking with Kids in Rural Minnesota 
Purpose: To conduct an online survey at the Minnesota State Fair to identify unique issues rural families have regarding creating healthful home food environments and healthful family meals, and to assess their interest and potential barriers to the implementation of an adapted family-focused program to prevent childhood obesity. 
Role: Principal Investigator


 Experts@umn.edu publications

Selected recent publications:

  • Horning ML, Fulkerson JA, Friend SE, Story M. (2016). Reasons parents buy convenience foods: It is more complicated than “I don’t have time”. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior.
  • Loth KA, Friend S, Horning M, Neumark-Sztainer D, Fulkerson JA. (2016). Directive and non-directive food-related parenting practices: Associations between an expanded conceptualization of food-related parenting practices and child dietary intake and weight outcomes. Appetite; 107: 188-195.
  • Horning ML, Fulkerson JA, Friend S, Neumark-Sztainer D. (2016). Associations between nine family dinner frequency measures and child weight, dietary and psychosocial outcomes. Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics; 116: 991- 999.
  • Draxten M, Flattum CF, Fulkerson J. (2016). An example of how to supplement goal setting to promote behavior change for families using motivational interviewing.Health Communication; 3:1-8.
  • Fulkerson JA, Friend S, Flattum C, Horning M, Draxten M, Neumark-Sztainer D, Gurvich O, Story M, Garwick A, Kubik M. (2015). Promoting healthful family meals to prevent childhood obesity: HOME Plus, a randomized controlled trial. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 12:154. Doi: 10.1186/s12966-015-0320- 3.
  • Flattum C, Draxten M, Horning M, Fulkerson JA, Neumark-Sztainer D, Garwick A, KubikM, Story M. (2015). HOME Plus: Program design and implementation of a family-focused, community-based intervention to promote the frequency and healthfulness of family meals, reduce children’s sedentary behavior, and prevent obesity. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 12(1):53. doi: 10.1186/s12966-015- 0211-7.
  • Berge JM, Wall M, Hsueh T, Fulkerson JA, Larson N, Neumark-Sztainer D. (2015). The protective role of family meals for youth obesity: 10-year longitudinal associations. Journal of Pediatrics, 166: 296-201.
  • Horning ML, Fulkerson JA. (2015). A systematic review on the affordability of a healthful diet for families in the United States Public Health Nursing, 32:68-80.
  • Friend S, Fulkerson JA, Neumark-Sztainer D, Garwick A, Flattum CF, Draxten M. (2015). Comparing childhood meal frequency to current meal frequency, routines and expectations among parents. Journal of Family Psychology, 29:136-140.
  • Berge JM, MacLehose RF, Loth KA, Eisenberg ME, Fulkerson JA, Neumark-Sztainer D. (2015). Parent-adolescent conversations about eating, physical activity and weight:Prevalence across sociodemographic characteristics and associations with adolescent weight and weight-related behaviors. Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 38:122-35.
  • Johnson KE, Bearinger LH, Eisenberg ME, Fulkerson JA, Sieving RE, Lando-King EA. (2014). Studying the playbook: Which pathways mediate relationships between sports team participation and health-risk behaviors among alternative high school students? Child and Youth Services Review, 44, 217-224.
  • Johnson KE, Eisenberg ME, Bearinger LH, Fulkerson JA, Sieving RE. (2014). Relationships between sports team participation and health-risk behaviors among Alternative High School Students. American Journal of Health Education, 45, 158- 165.
  • Draxten MP, Fulkerson JA, Friend S, Flattum C, Schow R. (2014). Parental role modeling of fruits and vegetables at meals and snacks is associated with children & adequate consumption Appetite, 78: 1-7. PMCID in process.
  • Fulkerson JA, Neumark-Sztainer D, Story M, Gurvich O, Kubik M, Garwick A, Dudovitz B. (2014). The Healthy Home Offerings via the Mealtime Environment (HOME) Plus study: Design and methods. Contemporary Clinical Trials, 38:59-68. PMCID in process.
  • Larson N, Hannan PJ, Fulkerson JA, Laska MN, Eisenberg ME, Neumark-Sztainer D. (2014). Secular trends in fast-food restaurant use among adolescents and maternal caregivers from 1999-2010. American Journal of Public Health, 104:e62-69. PMCID in process.
  • Loth KA, MacLehose RF, Fulkerson JA, Crow S, Neumark-Sztainer D. (2014). Are food restriction and pressure-to- eat parenting practices associated with adolescent disordered eating behaviors? International Journal of Eating Disorders, 47:310-314. PMCID: PMC3963280.
  • Fruh SM, Fulkerson JA (2014). Calorie awareness related to weight control. Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing, 45:10-11. (non-data- based)
  • Fulkerson JA, Larson N, Horning M, Neumark-Sztainer D. (2014). A review ofassociations between family or shared meal frequency and dietary and weight status outcomes across the lifespan. Journal of Nutrition Education & Behavior, 46: 2-19.(non-data- based)
  • Neumark-Sztainer D, Loth K, Fulkerson JA, MacLehose R, Eisenberg M, Berge J. (2014). Whats for dinner? Types of food served at family dinner differ across parent and family characteristics. Public Health Nutrition, 17:145-155. PMCID:PMC3815492.
  • Fulkerson JA, Loth K, Bruening M, Berge J, Eisenberg M, Neumark-Sztainer D. (2014).Time 2 tlk 2nite: Use of electronic media by adolescents during family meals and associations with demographic characteristics, family mealtime characteristics and foods served. Journal of the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics, 114:1053-1058. PMCID in process.
  • Larson N, MacLehose R, Fulkerson JA, Berge JM, Story M, Neumark-Sztainer D. (2013). Eating breakfast and dinner together as a family: Associations with sociodemographic characteristics and implications for diet quality and weight status. Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 113: 1601-1609. PMCID:PMC3833880.
  • Arcan C, Hannan PJ, Himes JH, Fulkerson JA, Holy Rock B, Smyth M, Story M. (2013). Intervention effects on kindergarten and 1st grade teachers & classroom food practices and food-related beliefs in American Indian reservation schools. Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 113:1076-1083. PMCID in process.
  • Loth KA, MacLehose RF, Fulkerson JA, Crow S, Neumark-Sztainer D. (2013). Food-related parenting practices and adolescent weight status: A population-based study. Pediatrics, 131:e1443-1450. PMCID:PMC3639463.
  • Fruh SM, Mulekar MS, Hall HR, Fulkerson JA, Hanks SR, 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. PMCID:PMC3883505.
  • 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. PMCID:PMC3552297.
  • 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, 16:1151-1158.
  • Loth KA, MacLehose RF, Fulkerson J, Crow S, Neumark-Sztainer D. (2013). Eat this, not that! Parental demographic correlates of food-related parenting practices. Appetite, 60: 140-147. PMCID:PMC3889702.
  • Larson N, Fulkerson J, Story M, Neumark-Sztainer D. (2013). Shared meals among young adults are associated with better diet quality and predicted by family meal patterns during adolescence. Public Health Nutrition, 16: 883-893. PMCID:PMC3624057.
  • Arcan C, Hannan PJ, Fulkerson JA, Himes HJ, Holy Rock B, Smyth M, Story M. (2013). 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. PMCID in process.


Teaching Areas

Program Evaluation; Childhood Obesity Prevention