Researcher Profile

Researcher Profile

Jennifer Kraschnewski, MD, MPH

Jennifer Kraschnewski, MD, MPH

Professor and Vice Chair for Research, Department of Medicine
Division of General Internal Medicine
Professor, Department of Public Health Sciences
Professor, Department of Pediatrics
Scientific Program:Cancer Control
jlk59@psu.edu
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Research Interests

Dr. Jennifer Kraschnewski joined the faculty of Penn State College of Medicine in July 2009. She is a clinician-investigator with a research focus on behavioral interventions for healthy lifestyles in both clinical and community settings. She has more than 70 peer-reviewed publications, and her research has been presented and awarded at both the regional and national levels.

Dr. Kraschnewski serves as director of Penn State Project ECHO, part of a national movement to democratize medical knowledge to improve and save lives in rural and underserved communities. Under her leadership, Penn State Project ECHO has robust funding support from the Department of Health and Human Services/Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, with two grants focused on opioid use disorder and alcohol use in youth within central Pennsylvania. Dr. Kraschnewski is also Principal Investigator of the REACH Project, funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, "Enhancing Hispanic Health in Rural Pennsylvania through healthy lifestyle strategies" (Better Together). She also leads a five-year PCORI-funded study to investigate the impact of obesity counseling on diabetes outcomes utilizing the electronic health records from Penn State, University of Pittsburgh, Johns Hopkins, Temple Health System, University of Utah and Geisinger Health System.

In her prior role as executive director of Penn State PROWellness, she had funding from organizations including PCORI, HRSA, Merck, Boy Scouts of America, Kohl's Cares and the Highmark Foundation.

  • Exercise
  • Health
  • Weights and Measures
  • Obesity
  • Overweight
  • Primary Health Care
  • Weight Loss
  • Body Mass Index
  • Gestational Weight Gain
  • Counseling
  • Public Health
  • Pregnancy

Recent Publications

2021

Gupta, N & Kraschnewski, J 2021, 'Addressing Public Health Needs With Health Technologies During COVID-19: A Medical Student Perspective', American journal of public health, vol. 111, no. 5, pp. 826-828. https://doi.org/10.2105/AJPH.2021.306197
Hoke, AM, Stuckey, H, Keller, CM, Lu, Z, Hivner, EA, Calo, WA, Strick, JM & Kraschnewski, J 2021, 'In Their Own Words: Resources Needed by School Nurses to Facilitate Student Immunization Compliance', Journal of School Health, vol. 91, no. 3, pp. 218-226. https://doi.org/10.1111/josh.12993
Spanos, KE, Kraschnewski, JL, Moss, JL, Wong, A & Calo, WA 2021, 'Parent support for social media standards combatting vaccine misinformation', Vaccine, vol. 39, no. 9, pp. 1364-1369. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.vaccine.2021.01.005
Hoke, AM, Keller, CM, Calo, WA, Sekhar, DL, Lehman, EB & Kraschnewski, JL 2021, 'School Nurse Perspectives on COVID-19', Journal of School Nursing, vol. 37, no. 4, pp. 292-297. https://doi.org/10.1177/1059840521992054
Lee, YJ, Brazile, T, Galbiati, F, Hamm, M, Bryce, C, Jain, S, Kraschnewski, J & McTigue, K 2021, 'Understanding shared decision-making experience among vulnerable population: Focus group with food bank clients', Journal of Clinical and Translational Science. https://doi.org/10.1017/cts.2020.530
Stuckey, H, Hivner, EA, Kraschnewski, JL, Molinari, AM, Costigan, HJ & Sekhar, DL 2021, '“I wouldn't even know what to do,” Adolescent and Parent Perspectives on Identifying, Understanding, and Seeking Help for Adolescent Depression', Psychiatric Quarterly. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11126-021-09918-7

2020

Upham, K, Auer, BJ, Sciamanna, CN, Mowen, AJ, Smyth, JM, Conroy, DE, Silvis, M, Kraschnewski, JL, Rovniak, LS, Lehman, E, Kearcher, K, Vizzini, M & Cesarone, L 2020, 'Adults want to play too: Feasibility of an adult physical activity program designed to maximize enjoyment', Journal of Physical Activity and Health, vol. 17, no. 2, pp. 230-235. https://doi.org/10.1123/jpah.2018-0306
McTigue, KM, Wellman, R, Nauman, E, Anau, J, Coley, RY, Odor, A, Tice, J, Coleman, KJ, Courcoulas, A, Pardee, RE, Toh, S, Janning, CD, Williams, N, Cook, A, Sturtevant, JL, Horgan, C, Arterburn, D, McBride, CL, McClay, J, Clark, JM, Inge, TH, Lent, MR, Schlundt, DG, Duke, M, Smith, SR, Odegaard, AO, Desai, NK, Tavakkoli, A, Cirelli, E, Xanthakos, SA, Rasmussen-Torvik, LJ, Michalsky, MP, Daley, MF, Purcell, G, Murali, S, Emiliano, A, Kost, RG, Apovian, CM, Hess, D, Blalock, CA, Malanga, E, Desai, JR, Nadglowski, J, Holmes, JH, Vitello, J, Horberg, MA, Greenlee, RT, Fitzpatrick, SL, Zeiger, R, Conroy, MB, Bell, DS, Ard, J, Bian, J, Chan, B, Edwards, MA, Wee, C, Jones, DB, Kraschnewski, JL, Reichard, K, Gordon, HS, Meltzer, DO, Roe, ED, Richardson, W, Malhotra, S, Cowell, LG, Bazzano, LA, Brown, JS & Cook, AJ 2020, 'Comparing the 5-year diabetes outcomes of sleeve gastrectomy and gastric bypass the national patient-centered clinical research network (PCORNet) bariatric study', JAMA Surgery, vol. 155, no. 5, e200087. https://doi.org/10.1001/jamasurg.2020.0087
Henao, MP, Kraschnewski, JL, Bolton, MD, Ishmael, F & Craig, T 2020, 'Effects of inhaled corticosteroids and particle size on risk of obstructive sleep apnea: A large retrospective cohort study', International journal of environmental research and public health, vol. 17, no. 19, 7287, pp. 1-9. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17197287
Kraschnewski, JL, Kong, L, Francis, E, Yeh, HC, Bryce, C, Poger, J & Lehman, E 2020, 'Erratum: A patient-centered path to address diabetes: Protocol for a study on the impact of obesity counseling (JMIR Research Protocols (2019) 8:4 (e12054) DOI: 10.2196/12054)', JMIR Research Protocols, vol. 9, no. 3, e17437. https://doi.org/10.2196/17437
Hoke, AM, Poger, JM, Lehman, EB & Kraschnewski, JL 2020, 'Feasibility of an Online, Interactive Body Mass Index Parental Notification Letter (e-BMI)', Journal of School Nursing. https://doi.org/10.1177/1059840520930071
Poger, JM, Mayer, V, Duru, OK, Nauman, B, Holderness, H, Warren, N, Vasquez, C, Bibi, S, Rasmussen-Torvik, LJ, Hosseinian, Z, Shi, L, Wallace, J, Goytia, CN, Horowitz, CR & Kraschnewski, JL 2020, 'Network Engagement in Action: Stakeholder Engagement Activities to Enhance Patient-centeredness of Research', Medical care, vol. 58 Suppl 6 Suppl 1, pp. S66-S74. https://doi.org/10.1097/MLR.0000000000001264
Sekhar, DL, Gebremariam, A, Waxmonsky, JG, Walker-Harding, LR, Stuckey, H, Batra, E, Rosen, P, Kraschnewski, JL & Clark, SJ 2021, 'Parent Views on School-Based Depression Screening: Findings From a National Survey', Journal of Adolescent Health, vol. 68, no. 2, pp. 403-406. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jadohealth.2020.08.023
Jain, S, Rothenberger, SD, Bennett, WL, Clark, JM, Conroy, MB, Herring, SJ, Kraschnewski, JL, Lent, MR, Bramante, CT, Cappella, N & McTigue, KM 2020, 'Provider Advice and Patient Perceptions on Weight Across Five Health Systems', American Journal of Preventive Medicine, vol. 59, no. 3, pp. e105-e114. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.amepre.2020.03.013
Marquis-Gravel, G, Roe, MT, Robertson, HR, Harrington, RA, Pencina, MJ, Berdan, LG, Hammill, BG, Faulkner, M, Munõz, D, Fonarow, GC, Nallamothu, BK, Fintel, DJ, Ford, DE, Zhou, L, Daugherty, SE, Nauman, E, Kraschnewski, J, Ahmad, FS, Benziger, CP, Haynes, K, Merritt, JG, Metkus, T, Kripalani, S, Gupta, K, Shah, RC, McClay, JC, Re, RN, Geary, C, Lampert, BC, Bradley, SM, Jain, SK, Seifein, H, Whittle, J, Roger, VL, Effron, MB, Alvarado, G, Goldberg, YH, Vanwormer, JL, Girotra, S, Farrehi, P, McTigue, KM, Rothman, R, Hernandez, AF & Jones, WS 2020, 'Rationale and Design of the Aspirin Dosing-A Patient-Centric Trial Assessing Benefits and Long-term Effectiveness (ADAPTABLE) Trial', JAMA cardiology, vol. 5, no. 5, pp. 598-607. https://doi.org/10.1001/jamacardio.2020.0116
Calo, WA, Murray, A, Francis, E, Bermudez, M & Kraschnewski, J 2020, 'Reaching the Hispanic Community About COVID-19 Through Existing Chronic Disease Prevention Programs', Preventing Chronic Disease, vol. 17, pp. 1-7. https://doi.org/10.5888/pcd17.200165
Francis, E, Bowers, KS, Buchberger, G, Ryan, S, Milchak, W & Kraschnewski, J 2020, 'Reducing alcohol and opioid use among youth in rural counties: An innovative training protocol for primary health care providers and school personnel', JMIR Research Protocols, vol. 9, no. 11, 21015. https://doi.org/10.2196/21015
Brignone, E, George, DR, Sinoway, L, Katz, C, Sauder, C, Murray, A, Gladden, R & Kraschnewski, JL 2020, 'Trends in the diagnosis of diseases of despair in the United States, 2009-2018: A retrospective cohort study', BMJ open, vol. 10, no. 10, e037679. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2020-037679

2019

Kraschnewski, JL, Kong, L, Francis, E, Yeh, HC, Bryce, C, Poger, J & Lehman, E 2019, 'A patient-centered path to address diabetes: protocol for a study on the impact of obesity counseling', JMIR Research Protocols, vol. 8, no. 4, e12054. https://doi.org/10.2196/12054
Pattison, KL, Kraschnewski, JL, Lehman, E, Savage, JS, Downs, DS, Leonard, KS, Adams, EL, Paul, IM & Kjerulff, KH 2019, 'Breastfeeding initiation and duration and child health outcomes in the first baby study', Preventive Medicine, vol. 118, pp. 1-6. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ypmed.2018.09.020
Sekhar, DL, Pattison, KL, Confair, A, Molinari, A, Schaefer, EW, Waxmonsky, JG, Walker-Harding, LR, Rosen, P & Kraschnewski, JL 2019, 'Effectiveness of Universal School-Based Screening vs Targeted Screening for Major Depressive Disorder Among Adolescents: A Trial Protocol for the Screening in High Schools to Identify, Evaluate, and Lower Depression (SHIELD) Randomized Clinical Trial', JAMA network open, vol. 2, no. 11, pp. e1914427. https://doi.org/10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2019.14427
RELISH Consortium 2019, 'Large expert-curated database for benchmarking document similarity detection in biomedical literature search', Database, vol. 2019, pp. 1-67. https://doi.org/10.1093/database/baz085
Kawasaki, S, Francis, E, Mills, S, Buchberger, G, Hogentogler, R & Kraschnewski, J 2019, 'Multi-model implementation of evidence-based care in the treatment of opioid use disorder in Pennsylvania', Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, vol. 106, pp. 58-64. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jsat.2019.08.016
Poger, JM, Yeh, HC, Bryce, CL, Carroll, JK, Kong, L, Francis, EB & Kraschnewski, JL 2020, 'PaTH to partnership in stakeholder-engaged research: A framework for stakeholder engagement in the PaTH to Health Diabetes study', Healthcare, vol. 8, no. 1, 100361. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.hjdsi.2019.05.001
Francis, E, Hogentogler, R, Hoke, A, Buckley, J, Hwang, G, Lehman, E & Kraschnewski, JL 2019, 'The Healthy Champions program in Pennsylvania schools: Assessment, awareness, and improvement of school wellness', Preventive Medicine Reports, vol. 16, 101018. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pmedr.2019.101018
Hivner, EA, Hoke, AM, Francis, EB, Lehman, EB, Hwang, GW & Kraschnewski, JL 2019, 'Training teachers to implement physical activity: Applying social cognitive theory', Health Education Journal, vol. 78, no. 4, pp. 464-475. https://doi.org/10.1177/0017896918820558
Bramante, CT, McTigue, KM, Lehmann, HP, Clark, JM, Rothenberger, S, Kraschnewski, J, Lent, MR, Herring, SJ, Conroy, MB, McCullough, J & Bennett, WL 2019, 'Understanding Primary Care Patients’ Self-weighing Habits: Cohort Analysis from the PaTH Clinical Data Research Network', Journal of general internal medicine, vol. 34, no. 9, pp. 1775-1781. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11606-019-05153-w
Hivner, E, Hoke, A, Francis, E, Ricci, T, Zurlo, C & Kraschnewski, J 2019, 'When a “One Size” Model Doesn't Fit All: The Building Healthy Schools Program', Journal of Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, vol. 90, no. 2, pp. 8-16. https://doi.org/10.1080/07303084.2018.1546629

2018

Duru, OK, Mangione, CM, Rodriguez, HP, Ross-Degnan, D, Wharam, JF, Black, B, Kho, A, Huguet, N, Angier, H, Mayer, V, Siscovick, D, Kraschnewski, JL, Shi, L, Nauman, E, Gregg, EW, Ali, MK, Thornton, P & Clauser, S 2018, 'Introductory Overview of the Natural Experiments for Translation in Diabetes 2.0 (NEXT-D2) Network: Examining the Impact of US Health Policies and Practices to Prevent Diabetes and Its Complications', Current diabetes reports, vol. 18, no. 2, 8. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11892-018-0977-5
Hoke, AM, Francis, EB, Hivner, EA, Lipsett Simpson, AJ, Hogentogler, RE & Kraschnewski, JL 2018, 'Investigating the effectiveness of webinars in the adoption of proven school wellness strategies', Health Education Journal, vol. 77, no. 2, pp. 249-257. https://doi.org/10.1177/0017896917734017
Sekhar, D, Ba, DM, Liu, G & Kraschnewski, J 2019, 'Major Depressive Disorder Screening Remains Low Even Among Privately Insured Adolescents', Journal of Pediatrics, vol. 204, pp. 203-207. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jpeds.2018.07.086
Adams, EL, Marini, ME, Leonard, KS, Downs, DS, Paul, IM, Kraschnewski, JL, Kjerulff, KH & Savage, JS 2019, 'Patterns of Gestational Weight Gain and Infants Born Large-for-Gestational Age Across Consecutive Pregnancies', Women's Health Issues, vol. 29, no. 2, pp. 194-200. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.whi.2018.10.008
Francis, E, Hivner, E, Hoke, A, Ricci, T, Watach, A & Kraschnewski, J 2018, 'Quality of local school wellness policies for physical activity and resultant implementation in Pennsylvania schools', Journal of Public Health (United Kingdom), vol. 40, no. 3, pp. 591-597. https://doi.org/10.1093/pubmed/fdx130
Shifler Bowers, K, Francis, E & Kraschnewski, JL 2018, 'The dual burden of malnutrition in the United States and the role of non-profit organizations', Preventive Medicine Reports, vol. 12, pp. 294-297. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pmedr.2018.10.002
Heerman, WJ, Bennett, WL, Kraschnewski, JL, Nauman, E, Staiano, AE & Wallston, KA 2018, 'Willingness to participate in weight-related research as reported by patients in PCORnet clinical data research networks', BMC Obesity, vol. 5, no. 1, 10. https://doi.org/10.1186/s40608-018-0187-3
Sciamanna, C, Ballentine, NH, Bopp, M, Brach, JS, Chinchilli, VM, Ciccolo, JT, Conroy, MB, Fisher, A, Fox, EJ, Greenspan, SL, Jan De Beur, Suzanne, M, Kearcher, K, Kraschnewski, JL, McTigue, KM, McAuley, E, Morone, NE, Paranjape, A, Rodriguez-Colon, S, Rosenzweig, A, Smyth, JM, Stewart, KJ & Stuckey, HL 2018, 'Working to Increase Stability through Exercise (WISE): Study protocol for a pragmatic randomized controlled trial of a coached exercise program to reduce serious fall-related injuries', Contemporary Clinical Trials, vol. 74, pp. 1-10. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cct.2018.09.006

2017

Mukadam, S, Zacharias, J, Henao, MP, Kraschnewski, J & Ishmael, F 2018, 'Differential effects of obesity on eosinophilic vs. non-eosinophilic asthma subtypes', Journal of Asthma, vol. 55, no. 7, pp. 720-725. https://doi.org/10.1080/02770903.2017.1365886
Bhuva, K, Kraschnewski, JL, Lehman, EB & Chuang, CH 2017, 'Does body mass index or weight perception affect contraceptive use?', Contraception, vol. 95, no. 1, pp. 59-64. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.contraception.2016.09.003
Kraschnewski, JL & Schmitz, KH 2017, 'Exercise in the Prevention and Treatment of Breast Cancer: What Clinicians Need to Tell Their Patients', Current sports medicine reports, vol. 16, no. 4, pp. 263-267. https://doi.org/10.1249/JSR.0000000000000388
Pool, AC, Kraschnewski, JL, Poger, JM, Smyth, J, Stuckey, HL, Craig, TJ, Lehman, EB, Yang, C & Sciamanna, CN 2017, 'Impact of online patient reminders to improve asthma care: A randomized controlled trial', PloS one, vol. 12, no. 2, e0170447. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0170447
Sekhar, DL, Kraschnewski, JL, Stuckey, HL, Witt, PD, Francis, EB, Moore, GA, Morgan, PL & Noll, JG 2018, 'Opportunities and challenges in screening for childhood sexual abuse', Child Abuse and Neglect, vol. 85, pp. 156-163. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.chiabu.2017.07.019
Sciamanna, C, Smyth, JM, Doerksen, SE, Richard, BR, Kraschnewski, J, Mowen, AJ, Hickerson, BD, Rovniak, L, Lehman, EB & Yang, C 2017, 'Physical Activity Mode and Mental Distress in Adulthood', American Journal of Preventive Medicine, vol. 52, no. 1, pp. 85-93. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.amepre.2016.09.014
Sciamanna, CN, Mowen, AJ, Kraschnewski, JL, Smyth, JM, Rovniak, LS, Conroy, DE, Kearcher, K, Redman, C, Silvis, M, Auer, BJ, Wang, M, Lehman, E & Messina, D 2017, 'Why just exercise if you can play? Interest in a modified sports program to enhance physical activity among primary care patients', Preventive Medicine Reports, vol. 8, pp. 273-278. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pmedr.2017.10.009
Mowen, AJ, Barrett, AG, Graefe, AR, Kraschnewski, JL & Sciamanna, CN 2017, '“Take in two parks and call me in the morning” – Perception of parks as an essential component of our healthcare system', Preventive Medicine Reports, vol. 6, pp. 63-65. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pmedr.2017.02.006

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