Research Interests:Health behavior change; dietary intervention; obesity epidemiology, treatment, and prevention.
Robert Jeffery received his Ph.D. from Stanford University. His teaching and research interests are in the area of behavioral epidemiology, with special emphasis on obesity and diet. His ongoing research projects include clinical trials on dietary intervention for disease prevention and control; methodological studies of treatment techniques for obesity and cigarette smoking; obesity prevention in clinical and community settings; and a long-term clinical trial studying the health effects of weight loss among overweight people who have type 2 diabetes. He is director of the University of Minnesota Obesity Prevention Center, an interdisciplinary unit in the Academic Health Center whose mission is to promote interdisciplinary research, teaching, and public service in the area of obesity prevention.
- Ph.D. in Psychology, Stanford University, Stanford, CA
- B.A. in Economics, Stanford University, Stanford, CA
Behavior & Health, Community Intervention, Community-Based Research, Nutrition / Diet, Obesity, Obesity: Adult, Obesity: Child, Physical Activity, Research Methods
- 2004-present: Director, University of Minnesota Obesity Prevention Center, Academic Health Center, Minneapolis, MN
- 2004-05: Interim Division Head, Division of Epidemiology and Community Health, University of Minnesota, School of Public Health, Minneapolis, MN
- 1990-present: Professor, Division of Epidemiology and Community Health, University of Minnesota, School of Public Health, Minneapolis, MN
- 1990-91: Interim Division Head, Division of Epidemiology, University of Minnesota, School of Public Health, Minneapolis, MN
- 1985-90: Associate Professor, Division of Epidemiology, University of Minnesota, School of Public Health, Minneapolis, MN
- 1983-85: Assistant Professor, Division of Epidemiology, University of Minnesota, School of Public Health, Minneapolis, MN
- 1995-11: Core Director, ” Minnesota Obesity Center (MNOC): Epidemiology and Intervention Core,” NIDDK grant.
- 1999-13: Principal Investigator, “Study of Health Outcomes of Weight Loss (Look AHEAD),” NIDDK grant.
- 2004-07: Principal Investigator Subcontract, “Standard Worksite Health Program vs Activated Consumer (ACTIVATE),” CDC/NIH(RFA CD-04-002) grant.
- 2004-09: Principal Investigator, “Maintenance-Tailored Obesity Treatment (LIFE),” NIDDK grant.
- 2005-10: Principal Investigator, “Environmental Interventions for Weight Gain Prevention (HealthWorks),” NIDDK grant.
- 2005-10: Principal Investigator, “Examining the Obesity Epidemic through Youth, Family, & Young Adults (TREC),” NCI (RFA CA-05-010) grant.
- 2006-07: Principal Investigator, “Global Studies on the Prevention of Obesity,” UMN Faculty Research Circle Grant in International Studies.
- 2006-10: Principal Investigator Subcontract, ” Novel Approaches to Weight Loss Maintenance,” NCI/HealthPartners Prime grant.
- 2007-present Associate Editor, International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity.
- Jeffery RW, French SA, Rothman AJ. Stage of change as a predictor of success in weight control in adult women. Health Psychology 18(5):543-546, 1999.
- Jeffery RW, Drewnowski A, Epstein LH, Stunkard AJ, Wilson GT, Wing RR, Hill R. Long-term maintenance of weight loss: Current status. Health Psychology 19(Suppl):5-16, 2000.
- Jeffery RW, Hennrikus DJ, Lando HA, Murray DM, Liu JW. Reconciling conflicting findings regarding concerns about postcessation weight concerns and success in smoking cessation. Health Psychology 19(3):242-246, 2000.
- Jeffery RW. Public health strategies for obesity treatment and prevention. American Journal of Health Behavior 25(3):252-259, 2001.
- Jeffery RW, McGuire MT, French SA. Prevalence and correlates of large weight gains and losses. International Journal of Obesity 26:969-972, 2002.
- Jeffery RW, Utter J. The changing environment and population of obesity. (Commissioned by the International Life Sciences Institute.) Obesity Research 11(suppl):12S-22S, 2003.
- Jeffery RW, Wing RR, Sherwood NE, Tate DF. Physical activity and weight loss: Does prescribing higher physical activity goals improve outcome? American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 78:684-689, 2003.
- The Look AHEAD Research Group. Look AHEAD (Action for Health in Diabetes): Design and methods for a clinical trial of weight loss for the prevention of cardiovascular disease in type 2 diabetes. Controlled Clinical Trials 24:610-628, 2003.
- Jeffery RW, Sherwood NE, Brelje K, Pronk NP, Boyle R, Boucher JL, Hase K. Mail and phone intervention for weight loss in a managed-care Setting: Weigh-To-Be one-year outcomes. International Journal of Obesity 27:1584-1592, 2003.
- Jeffery RW, Kelly KM, Rothman AJ, Sherwood N, Boutelle KN. The weight loss experience: A descriptive analysis. Annals of Behavioral Medicine 27(2):100-106, 2004.
- Jeffery RW, McGuire MT, Brelje K, Pronk NP, Boyle R, Hase K, Boucher JL. Recruitment to mail and telephone interventions for obesity in a managed care environment: The Weigh-To-Be project. American Journal of Managed Care 10(6):378-82, 2004.
- Jeffery RW. How can Health Behavior Theory be made more useful for intervention research? International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity 1:10-19, 2004.
- Jeffery RW, Finch EA, Linde JA, Rothman AJ, King CM. A satisfaction enhancement intervention for improving long-term weight loss. Obesity Research 14(5):863-869, 2006.
- Jeffery RW, Baxter J, McGuire M, Linde J. Are fast food restaurants an environmental risk factor for obesity? International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity 2006, 3:2, doi:10.1186/1479-5868-3-2. On line @ http://www.ijbnpa.org/content/3/1/2.
- Jeffery RW, Rydell S, Dunn CL, Harnack LJ, Levine AS, Pentel P, Baxter J, Walsh EM. Effects of portion size on body weight. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity 2007, 4:27, doi:10.1186/1479-5868-4-27. On line @ http://www.ijbnpa.org/content/4/1/27.
- Jeffery RW, Harnack L. Evidence implicating eating as a primary driver for the obesity epidemic. Diabetes 56:2673-2676, 2007 (invited paper).