Lisa Harnack DrPH, RD, MPH » Faculty

Research Interests: Evaluating public health and policy approaches to improving diet for obesity prevention. Developing improved methods for assessing food and nutrient intake.

Professor, Epidemiology & Community Health

Home Div. Epidemiology & Community Health 1300 S. 2nd Street, Suite 300 Minneapolis MN 55454 United States Work Phone: 612-626-9398
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Biography:

Lisa Harnack is professor and director of the Nutrition Coordinating Center in the Division of Epidemiology and Community Health. She also co-directs the University of Minnesota Obesity Prevention Center. She received her doctorate in public health nutrition from the University of California-Berkeley and received postdoctoral training in cancer epidemiology at the University of Minnesota. Her research focuses on evaluating public health and policy approaches to improving diet for obesity prevention.

  • Dr.P.H. in Public Health Nutrition, University of California, Berkeley, CA
  • M.P.H. in Public Health Nutrition, University of California, Berkeley, CA
  • B.S. in Dietetics, University of Wisconsin at Stout, Menomonie, WI

Director, Nutrition Coordinating Center

Co-Director: Obesity Prevention Center

Member: University of Minnesota Cancer Center

Expertise:

Nutrition / Diet, Obesity, Obesity: Adult, Obesity: Child, Outcomes / Measures

Courses:

Professional Experience:

  • 2010 – Present: Professor, Division of Epidemiology, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
  • 2007- Present: Director, Nutrition Coordinating Center, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN 2003-2010 Associate Professor, Division of Epidemiology, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
  • 1998-2003: Assistant Professor, Division of Epidemiology, and Assistant Director, Nutrition Coordinating Center, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
  • 1996-1998: Research Associate, Division of Epidemiology, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
  • 1989-1991: Clinical Dietitian, Mayo Medical Center, Rochester, MN

Selected Publications:

Over 125 peer-reviewed publications

  • Honors MA, Harnack LJ, Zhou X, Steffen LM. Trends in fatty acid intake of adults in the Minneapolis-St Paul, MN Metropolitan area, 1980-1982 through 2007-2009. J Am Heart Assoc. 2014 Oct 22;3(5):e001023.
  • Rudelt A, French S, Harnack L. Fourteen-year trends in sodium content of menu offerings at eight leading fast-food restaurants in the USA. Public Health Nutrition. 2014 Aug;17(8):1682-8.
  • Meyer K, Harnack LJ, Luepker RV, Zhou X, Jacobs D, Steffen L. Twenty-two year population trends in sodium and potassium consumption: the Minnesota heart survey. Journal of the American Heart Association. 2013;2(5):e000478. PMCID:PMC3835264
  • Hearst MO, Harnack L, Bauer KW, Earnest AA, French SA, Oakes JM. Nutritional quality at eight U.S. fast-food chains: 14-year trends. American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 2013; 44(6):589-94.
  • Harnack LJ, Oakes JM, French A, Rydell SA, Farah FM, Taylor GL. Results from an experimental trial at a Head Start center to evaluate two meal service approaches to increase fruit and vegetable intake of preschool aged children. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity. 2012;9:51. PMCID:PMC3419662
  • Harnack LJ, French SA, Oakes JM, Story MT, Jeffery RW, Rydell SA. Effects of calorie labeling and value size pricing on fast food meal choices: Results from an experimental trial. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity. 2008;5(1): 63. PMCID: PMC2621234
  • Harnack LJ, Stevens M, Van Heel N, Schakel S, Dwyer J, Himes J. A computer-based approach for assessing dietary supplement use in conjunction with dietary recalls. Journal of Food Composition and Analysis. 2008;21:S78-S82. PMCID: PMC2151738
  • Harnack LJ, Lytle L, Story M, Galuska DA, Schmitz K, Jacobs DR, Gao S. Reliability and validity of a brief questionnaire to assess calcium intake of middle-school-age children. Journal of the American Dietetic Association. 2006;106(11):1790-1795.
  • Harnack LJ, Himes JH, Anliker J, Clay T, Gittelsohn J, Jobe JB, Ring K, Snyder P, Thompson J, Weber JL. Intervention-related bias in reporting of food intake by fifth-grade children participating in an obesity prevention study. American Journal of Epidemiology. 2004;160(11):1117-1121.
  • Harnack LJ, Steffen L, Arnett DK, Gao S, Luepker RV. Accuracy of Estimation of large food portions. Journal of the American Dietetic Association. 2004;104:804-806.