Dianne Neumark-Sztainer PhD, MPH, RD » Community Intervention

Research Interests:Adolescent health and nutrition, Obesity and eating disorder prevention, Health behavior change, Nutrition education program design and evaluation.

Professor and Division Head, Epidemiology & Community Health

Address Div. Epidemiology & Community Health 1300 S. 2nd Street Suite 300 Minneapolis MN 55454 Work Phone: 612-624-0880
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Dianne Neumark-Sztainer received her Ph.D. and M.P.H. degrees from the Hadassah School of Public Health at Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Her research interests focus on adolescent health, nutrition, and obesity, and eating disorder prevention. She has been the Principal Investigator for the Project EAT studies, which have greatly contributed to our knowledge base on eating and weight-related problems in young people. She has been involved with numerous intervention studies aimed at improving the weight-related health of youth. Teaching experience includes a course on community nutrition intervention in which students learn how to develop community-based interventions to improve the nutritional health of the public and a separate course on program evaluation. Dr. Neumark-Sztainer is interested in the intersection between the practice of yoga and eating and weight-related concerns and plans to teach a course on yoga and public health in the future.

  • Ph.D. in Behavioral Sciences and Nutrition, Hebrew University-Hadassah, Jerusalem, Israel
  • M.P.H. in Health Behavior, Hebrew University-Hadassah, Jerusalem, Israel
  • B.A. in Biology and Nutrition, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY


Kathy Kosiak


  • Behavior & Health, Child / Adolescent Health, Community Intervention, Nutrition / Diet, Obesity

Professional Experience:

  • December 2014-Present Division Head, Division of Epidemiology and Community Health, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota
  • 1995-Present Full Professor (Previously Assistant and Associate), Division of Epidemiology and Community Health, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota
  • 1999-Present Adjunct Professor (Previously Associate) Division of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Health, Department of Pediatrics, University of Minnesota
  • 2000-2003 Chair, Public Health Nutrition Major, Division of Epidemiology, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota
  • 1994-95 Post-doctoral fellow, Adolescent Health Program Division of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Health University of Minnesota
  • 1990-94 Nutritionist, Adolescent Health Services, Department of Social Medicine-Hadassah, Department of Public Health-Jerusalem Municipality
  • 1987-90 Co-Coordinator, International MPH Program, School of Public Health and Community Medicine, Hebrew University-Hadassah, Jerusalem
  • 1986-94 Instructor in Health Behavior and Health Education, School of Public Health and Community Medicine, Hebrew University-Hadassah, Jerusalem.


  • Mayo Professor of Public Health, 2015
  • Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, Platinum Author, 2015, 2016
  • 2014 Thompson Reuters Highly Cited Researcher
  • 2012 Leonard M. Schuman Award for Excellence in Teaching, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota
  • 2010 Leadership Award in Research Academy for Eating Disorders
  • 2009 Distinguished Women Scholars Award in Humanities Social Sciences and Arts University of Minnesota
  • 2008 Research Award Eating Disorders Coalition for Research, Policy & Action
  • 2008 Outstanding Faculty Mentor of Postdoctoral Scholars Award, University of Minnesota
  • 2003 Award for Excellence, Lori Irving Award for Excellence in Eating Disorders Prevention and Awareness, National Eating Disorders Association
  • 2002 Dannon Institute Early Career Sabbatic Program Award
  • 2001 Academy for Eating Disorders Fellow
  • 1997 Elected to Delta Omega Honorary Public Health Society
  • 1989 Rosita and Esteban Herczeg Fellowship for work in the area of Women’s Studies
  • 1986 Eliezar Kaslar Prize for Outstanding Studies, Hadassah-Hebrew University


Member: Obesity Prevention Center

Websites of Interest:

Selected Publications:

  • Neumark-Sztainer D. Eating disorders prevention: Looking backward, moving forward; looking inward, moving outward. Eating Disorders. 2016;24(1):29-38.
  • Neumark-Sztainer D. Higher weight status and restrictive eating disorders: An overlooked concern. (Guest Editorial) Journal of Adolescent Health. 2015;56(1).
  • Neumark-Sztainer D,  Eisenberg ME.  Body image concerns, muscle-enhancing behaviors, and eating disorders in males. JAMA. 2014;312(20):2156-2157.
  • Neumark-Sztainer D, MacLehose R, Loth K, Fulkerson JA, Eisenberg ME, Berge J. What’s for dinner? Types of food served at family dinner differ across parent and family characteristics. Public Health Nutrition. 2014;17(1):145-155.
  • Neumark-Sztainer D. Yoga and eating disorders: is there a place for yoga in the prevention and treatment of eating disorders and disordered eating behaviors? Advances in Eating Disorders. 2014;2(2):136-145.
  • Neumark-Sztainer D, Wall M, Fulkerson JA, Larson N. Changes in the frequency of family meals from 1999 to 2010 in the homes of adolescents: trends by sociodemographic characteristics. Journal of Adolescent Health. 2013;52(2):201-206.
  • Neumark-Sztainer D. Integrating messages from the eating disorders field into obesity prevention. Adolescent Medicine: State of the Art Reviews. 2012;23(3):529-543.
  • Neumark-Sztainer D, Wall M, Larson N, Story M, Fulkerson JA, Eisenberg ME, Hannan PJ. Secular trends in weight status and weight-related attitudes and behaviors in adolescents from 1999-2010. Preventive Medicine. 2012;54(1):77-81.
  • Neumark-Sztainer D, Wall M, Story M, Standish AR. Dieting and unhealthy weight control behaviors during adolescence: Do they predict changes in weight ten years later? Journal of Adolescent Health. 2012;50(1):80-86.
  • Neumark-Sztainer D, Wall M, Larson N, Eisenberg M, Loth K. Dieting and disordered eating behaviors from adolescence to young adulthood: Findings from a 10-year longitudinal study. Journal of the American Dietetic Association. 2011;111(7):1004-1111.
  • Neumark-Sztainer D, Eisenberg ME, Wall M, Loth KA. Yoga and Pilates: Associations with body image and disordered eating in a population-based sample of young adults. International Journal of Eating Disorders. 2011;44(3):276-280.
  • Neumark-Sztainer D, Friend SE, Flattum CF, Hannan PJ, Story MT, Bauer KW, Feldman SB, Petrich CA. New Moves-Preventing weight-related problems in adolescent girls: A group-randomized study. American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 2010;39(5):421-432.
  • Neumark-Sztainer D, Bauer KW, Friend S, Hannan PJ, Story M, Berge JM. Family weight talk and dieting: How much do they matter for body dissatisfaction and disordered eating behaviors in adolescent girls? Journal of Adolescent Health. 2010;47(3):270-276.
  • Neumark-Sztainer D, Larson NI, Fulkerson JA, Eisenberg ME, Story M. Family meals and adolescents: What have we learned from Project EAT (Eating Among Teens)? Public Health Nutrition. 2010;13(7):1113-1121.
  • Neumark-Sztainer D, Wall M, Story M, Sherwood ME. Five-year longitudinal predictive factors for disordered eating in a population-based sample of overweight adolescents: Implications for prevention and treatment. International Journal of Eating Disorders. 2009;42(7):664-672.
  • Neumark-Sztainer D. The interface between the eating disorders and obesity fields: Moving toward a model of shared knowledge and collaboration. Eating and Weight Disorders. 2009;14(1):51-58.
  • Neumark-Sztainer D. Preventing obesity and eating disorders in adolescents: What can health care providers do? Journal of Adolescent Health. 2009;44(3):206-213.
  • Neumark-Sztainer D, Flattum CF, Story M, Feldman S, Petrich CA. Dietary approaches to healthy weight management for adolescents: The New Moves Model. Adolescent Medicine: State of the Art Reviews. 2008;19(3):421-430.
  • Neumark-Sztainer D, Wall M, Story M, van den Berg P. Accurate parental classification of their overweight adolescents’ weight status: Does it matter? Pediatrics. 2008;121(6):e1495-1502.
  • Neumark-Sztainer D, Eisenberg ME, Fulkerson JA, Story M, Larson NI. Family meals and disordered eating in adolescents: Longitudinal findings from Project EAT. Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine. 2008;162(1):17-22.
  • Neumark-Sztainer D, Wall M, Haines J, Story M, Sherwood NE, van den Berg P. Shared risk and protective factors for overweight and disordered eating in adolescents. American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 2007;33(5):359-369.
  • Neumark-Sztainer D, Wall M, Haines J, Story M, Eisenberg ME. Why does dieting predict weight gain in adolescents? Findings from Project EAT-II: A five-year longitudinal study. Journal of the American Dietetic Association. 2007;107(3):448-455.
  • Neumark-Sztainer D, Wall M, Guo J, Story M, Haines J, Eisenberg M. Obesity, disordered eating, and eating disorders in a longitudinal study of adolescents: How do dieters fare five years later? Journal of the American Dietetic Association. 2006;106(4):559-568.
  • Neumark-Sztainer D, Paxton SJ, Hannan PJ, Haines J, Story M. Does body satisfaction matter? Five-year longitudinal associations between body satisfaction and health behaviors in adolescent females and males. Journal of Adolescent Health. 2006;39(2):244-251.
  • Neumark-Sztainer D, Wall M, Eisenberg ME, Story M, Hannan PJ. Overweight status and weight control behaviors in adolescents: Longitudinal and secular trends from 1999-2004. Preventive Medicine. 2006;43(1):52-59.
  • Neumark-Sztainer D. Can we simultaneously work toward the prevention of obesity and eating disorders in children and adolescents? International Journal of Eating Disorders. 2005;38(3):220-227.
  • Neumark-Sztainer D, “I’m, Like, SO Fat!”: Helping Your Teen Make Healthy Choices about Eating and Exercise in a Weight Obsessed World. New York: The Guilford Press; 2005.
  • Neumark-Sztainer D, Wall M, Story M, Fulkerson J. Are family meal patterns associated with disordered eating behaviors among adolescents? Journal of Adolescent Health. 2004;35(5):350-359.
  • Neumark-Sztainer D, Story M, Hannan PJ, Rex J. New Moves: A school-based obesity prevention program for adolescent girls. Preventive Medicine. 2003;37(1):41-51.
  • Neumark-Sztainer D. Obesity and eating disorder prevention: An integrated approach? Adolescent Medicine: State of the Art Reviews. 2003;14(1):159-173.
  • Neumark-Sztainer D, Wall M, Story M, Perry C. Correlates of unhealthy weight control behaviors among adolescent girls and boys: Implications for the primary prevention of disordered eating. Health Psychology. 2003;22(1):88-98.
  • Neumark-Sztainer D, Story M, Hannan P, Croll J. Overweight status and eating patterns among adolescents: Where do youth stand in comparison with the Healthy People 2010 Objectives? American Journal of Public Health. 2002;92(5):844-851.
  •  Neumark-Sztainer D. Irving L, Integrating the primary prevention of eating disorders and obesity: Feasible or futile?
    Preventive Medicine. 2002;34(3):299-309.
  • Neumark-Sztainer D, Falkner N, Story M, Perry C, Hannan P, Mulert S. Weight-teasing among adolescents: Correlations with weight status and disordered eating behaviors. International Journal of Obesity. 2002;26(1):123-131.
  • Neumark-Sztainer D, Story M, Hannan PJ, Perry CL, Irving LM. Weight-related concerns and behaviors among overweight and non-overweight adolescents: Implications for preventing weight-related disorders. Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine. 2002;156(2):171-178.
  • Neumark-Sztainer D, Sherwood N, Coller T, Hannan P. Primary prevention of disordered eating among pre-adolescent girls: Feasibility and short-term impact of a community-based intervention. Journal of the American Dietetic Association. 2000;100(12):1466-1473.