Lisa Harnack DrPH, RD, MPH » Faculty

Research Interests: Primary research interests focus on assessment and evaluation of dietary behaviors and dietary intake, particularly as they relate to prevention of chronic disease and obesity.

Professor, Epidemiology & Community Health

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Biography:

Lisa Harnack received her doctorate in public health nutrition from the University of California-Berkeley. She received postdoctoral training in cancer epidemiology at the University of Minnesota. Her primary research interests focus on assessment and evaluation of dietary behaviors and dietary intake, particularly as they relate to prevention of chronic disease. She teaches Nutritional Epidemiology and Nutritional Assessment.

  • 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

Member: Obesity Prevention Center

Director, Nutrition Coordinating 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
  • 2003- 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.