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
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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.

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

Recent Publications


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.
Jones, WS, Mulder, H, Wruck, LM, Pencina, MJ, Kripalani, S, Muñoz, D, Crenshaw, DL, Effron, MB, Re, RN, Gupta, K, David Anderson, R, Pepine, CJ, Handberg, EM, Manning, BR, Jain, SK, Girotra, S, Riley, D, DeWalt, DA, Whittle, J, Goldberg, YH, Roger, VL, Hess, R, Benziger, CP, Farrehi, P, Zhou, L, Ford, DE, Haynes, K, VanWormer, JJ, Knowlton, KU, Kraschnewski, JL, Polonsky, TS, Fintel, DJ, Ahmad, FS, McClay, JC, Campbell, JR, Bell, DS, Fonarow, GC, Bradley, SM, Paranjape, A, Roe, MT, Robertson, HR, Curtis, LH, Sharlow, AG, Berdan, LG, Hammill, BG, Harris, DF, Qualls, LG, Marquis-Gravel, G, Modrow, MF, Marcus, GM, Carton, TW, Nauman, E, Waitman, LR, Kho, AN, Shenkman, EA, McTigue, KM, Kaushal, R, Masoudi, FA, Antman, EM, Davidson, DR, Edgley, K, Merritt, JG, Brown, LS, Zemon, DN, McCormick, TE, Alikhaani, JD, Gregoire, KC, Rothman, RL, Harrington, RA, Hernandez, AF & Sandu, OA 2021, 'Comparative effectiveness of aspirin dosing in cardiovascular disease', New England Journal of Medicine, vol. 384, no. 21, pp. 1981-1990.
Poger, JM, Murray, AE, Schoettler, EA, Marin, ES, Aumiller, BB & Kraschnewski, JL 2021, 'Enhancing community engagement in Patient-Centered Outcomes Research: Equipping learners to thrive in translational efforts', Journal of Clinical and Translational Science, vol. 5, no. 1, e172.
Nana-Sinkam, P, Kraschnewski, J, Sacco, R, Chavez, J, Fouad, M, Gal, T, Auyoung, M, Namoos, A, Winn, R, Sheppard, V, Corbie-Smith, G & Behar-Zusman, V 2021, 'Health disparities and equity in the era of COVID-19', Journal of Clinical and Translational Science.
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.
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.
Wong, A, Kraschnewski, J, Spanos, KE, Fogel, B & Calo, WA 2021, 'Parental motivations for seeking second medical opinions for their child's HPV vaccine', Preventive Medicine Reports, vol. 24, 101550.
Bennett, WL, Bramante, CT, Rothenberger, SD, Kraschnewski, JL, Herring, SJ, Lent, MR, Clark, JM, Conroy, MB, Lehmann, H, Cappella, N, Gauvey-Kern, M, McCullough, J & McTigue, KM 2021, 'Patient recruitment into a multicenter clinical cohort linking electronic health records from 5 health systems: Cross-sectional analysis', Journal of medical Internet research, vol. 23, no. 5, e24003.
George, DR, Snyder, B, Van Scoy, LJ, Brignone, E, Sinoway, L, Sauder, C, Murray, A, Gladden, R, Ramedani, S, Ernharth, A, Gupta, N, Saran, S & Kraschnewski, J 2021, 'Perceptions of Diseases of Despair by Members of Rural and Urban High-Prevalence Communities: A Qualitative Study', JAMA network open, vol. 4, no. 7, 18134.
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.
Musshafen, LA, Poger, JM, Simmons, WR, Hoke, AM, Hanson, LN, Bondurant, WW, McCullough, JR & Kraschnewski, JL 2021, 'Strengthening the clinical research workforce through a competency-based orientation program: Process outcomes and lessons learned across three academic health institutions', Journal of Clinical and Translational Science, vol. 5, no. 1, e178.
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.
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, vol. 92, no. 4, pp. 1459-1472.


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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.


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.
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.
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.
RELISH Consortium 2019, 'Large expert-curated database for benchmarking document similarity detection in biomedical literature search', Database, vol. 2019, pp. 1-67.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.


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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.


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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.

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