Simone French PhD » Faculty

Research Interests:Obesity prevention interventions among children, youth and families; social and environmental influences on eating and physical activity behaviors

Professor, Epidemiology & Community Health

Address Div. Epidemiology & Community Health 1300 S. 2nd Street, Suite 300 Minneapolis MN 55454 United States Work Phone: 612-626-8594
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Biography:

Dr. French’s research focuses on obesity prevention interventions that target children and adults in community settings such as the home, work-sites, schools and neighborhoods.  Her interventions target change in both individual-level behavior and the environments that shape behavior. She is interested in developing and evaluating new methodologies for the measurement of the home food environment and food shopping behaviors; and in examining food policies that can shape population eating behaviors and diet quality.

  • Ph.D. in Psychology, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
  • B.A. in Psychology, Macalester College

Expertise:

Behavior & Health, Child / Adolescent Health, Community Intervention, Community-Based Research, Nutrition / Diet, Obesity, Obesity: Adult, Obesity: Child, Physical Activity, Policy / Politics

Professional Experience:

  • 2004-present Professor, Division of Epidemiology & Community Health, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota
  • 2012-2015  Director, University of Minnesota Obesity Prevention Center
  • 2004-2012 Associate Director, University of Minnesota Obesity Prevention Center
  • 2002-2006 Editor (founding), International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity
  • 1998-2004 Associate Professor, Division of Epidemiology, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota
  • 1994-1998 Assistant Professor, Division of Epidemiology, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota
  • 1992-1994 Research Associate, Division of Epidemiology, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota
  • 1990-1992 Postdoctoral Fellow, Cardiovascular Health Behavior, Division of Epidemiology, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota

Honors:

  • Editor, International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity (2003 – 2006)
  • Institute of Medicine, National Academies of Research, Member of the Committee on Prevention of Obesity in Childhood and Youth (2002-2004)
  • International Society of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity (ISBNPA); Fellow Society of Behavioral Medicine (SBM); Fellow

Selected Publications:

159 Peer-Reviewed scientific publications

  • French SA, Sherwood NE, JaKa MM, Haapala JL, Ebbeling CB, Ludwig DS. Physical changes in the home environment to reduce television viewing and sugar sweetened beverage consumption among 5-12 year old children: A randomized pilot study. Pediatr Obes. 2015 Aug 28. [Epub ahead of print]
  • Appelhans BM, French SA, Pagoto SL, Sherwood NE. Managing temptation in obesity treatment: a neurobehavioral model of intervention strategies. Appetite. 2016 Jan 1;96: 268-279. PMCID:PMC4684710 [Available on 2017-01-01]
  • Das K, Fan YL, French SA. Park use behavior and perceptions by race, hispanic origin and immigrant status in Minneapolis MN: Implications on park strategies for addressing health disparities. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health. 2016 Jan 2. [Epub ahead of print]
  • Gollust SE, Tang X, White JM, French SA, Runge CF, Rothman AJ. Young adults’ responses to alternative messages describing a sugar-sweetened beverage price increase. Public Health Nutrition, in press.
  • French SA, Gerlach AF, Mitchell NR, Hannan PJ, Welsh EM. Household obesity prevention Take Action: A group randomized trial. Obesity 2011 Oct;19(10):2082-8.  PMCID# Not Available 
  • French SA, Wall M, Mitchell N, Shimotsu ST, Welch E.  Annotated receipts capture food purchases from a broad range of sources. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity. 2009 Jul 1;6:37. PMCID:PMC2714491