Researcher Profile

Researcher Profile

Jennifer Kraschnewski, MD, MPH

Jennifer Kraschnewski, MD, MPH

Associate Professor and Vice Chair for Research, Department of Medicine
Chief, Division of General Internal Medicine and Hospital Medicine
Associate Professor, Department of Public Health Sciences
Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics
Scientific Program:Cancer Control

Research Interests

Dr. Jennifer Kraschnewski joined the faculty of Penn State College of Medicine in July 2009. Dr. Kraschnewski is a clinician-investigator with a research focus on behavioral interventions for, and electronic health record investigations of, healthy lifestyles in both clinical and community settings. Her research has received funding through the NIH through Penn State Clinical and Translational Science Institute, Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services, and the Pennsylvania Department of Health. She has also been supported by foundations and organizations including the Boy Scouts of America, Kohl's Cares and Highmark Foundation. She has more than 60 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. Her research leadership roles include serving as the co-lead of the Clinical and Translational Science Institute Community-Engaged Research Core. She is also the vice chair of clinical research for the Department of Medicine. In addition to her research and administrative roles, she enjoys teaching internal medicine resident physicians and medical students while caring for patients in the primary care setting. 

  • Health
  • Exercise
  • Weights and Measures
  • Obesity
  • Research
  • Primary Health Care
  • Weight Loss
  • Weight Gain
  • Pregnancy
  • Body Mass Index
  • Guidelines
  • Counseling

Recent Publications


Kraschnewski, J, 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', Journal of medical Internet research, vol. 21, no. 4, e12054.
Pattison, KL, Kraschnewski, J, Lehman, E, Williams, JS, Downs, DS, Leonard, KS, Adams, EL, Paul, I & Kjerulff, K 2019, 'Breastfeeding initiation and duration and child health outcomes in the first baby study' Preventive Medicine, vol. 118, pp. 1-6.
Poger, JM, Yeh, HC, Bryce, CL, Carroll, JK, Kong, L, Francis, EB & Kraschnewski, J 2019, 'PaTH to partnership in stakeholder-engaged research: A framework for stakeholder engagement in the PaTH to Health Diabetes study', Healthcare.
Hivner, EA, Hoke, AM, Francis, EB, Lehman, EB, Hwang, GW & Kraschnewski, J 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.
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, J, 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, J 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, I, Kraschnewski, J, Kjerulff, K & Williams, 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, J 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, J, 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, N, Bopp, MJ, Brach, JS, Chinchilli, V, Ciccolo, JT, Conroy, MB, Fisher, A, Fox, E, Greenspan, SL, Jan De Beur, Suzanne, M, Kearcher, K, Kraschnewski, J, McTigue, KM, McAuley, E, Morone, NE, Paranjape, A, Rodriguez-Colon, S, Rosenzweig, A, Smyth, JM, Stewart, KJ & Stuckey, H 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, J, Lehman, EB & Chuang, C 2017, 'Does body mass index or weight perception affect contraceptive use?', Contraception, vol. 95, no. 1, pp. 59-64.
Kraschnewski, J & Schmitz, K 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, J, Poger, JM, Smyth, JM, Stuckey, H, Craig, T, Lehman, EB, Yang, C & Sciamanna, C 2017, 'Impact of online patient reminders to improve asthma care: A randomized controlled trial', PloS one, vol. 12, no. 2, e0170447.
Sekhar, D, Kraschnewski, J, Stuckey, H, Witt, PD, Francis, EB, Moore, GA, Morgan, P & 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, C, Mowen, AJ, Kraschnewski, J, Smyth, JM, Rovniak, L, Conroy, DE, Kearcher, K, Redman, C, Silvis, M, Auer, B, 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, J & Sciamanna, C 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.


Henao, MP, Kraschnewski, J, Kelbel, T & Craig, T 2016, 'Diagnosis and screening of patients with hereditary angioedema in primary care', Therapeutics and Clinical Risk Management, vol. 12, pp. 701-711.
Rovniak, L, Kong, L, Hovell, MF, Ding, D, Sallis, JF, Ray, CA, Kraschnewski, J, Matthews, SA, Kiser, E, Chinchilli, V, George, D & Sciamanna, C 2016, 'Engineering Online and In-Person Social Networks for Physical Activity: A Randomized Trial', Annals of Behavioral Medicine, vol. 50, no. 6, pp. 885-897.
George, D, Manglani, M, Minnehan, K, Chacon, A, Gundersen, A, Dellasega, C & Kraschnewski, J 2016, 'Examining Feasibility of Mentoring Families at a Farmers' Market and Community Garden', American Journal of Health Education, vol. 47, no. 2, pp. 94-98.
Kraschnewski, J, Sciamanna, C, Poger, JM, Rovniak, L, Lehman, EB, Cooper, A, Ballentine, N & Ciccolo, JT 2016, 'Is strength training associated with mortality benefits? A 15 year cohort study of US older adults', Preventive Medicine, vol. 87, pp. 121-127.


George, D, Rovniak, L, Kraschnewski, J, Hanson, R & Sciamanna, C 2015, 'A growing opportunity: Community gardens affiliated with US hospitals and academic health centers' Preventive Medicine Reports, vol. 2, pp. 35-39.
Hoke, AM, Kephart, D, Dillon, JF, McCullough, JR, Blatt, BJ & Kraschnewski, J 2015, 'Improving community health while satisfying a critical community need: A case study for nonprofit hospitals', Preventing Chronic Disease, vol. 12, no. 10, E185.
Henao, MP, Bewtra, M, Osterman, MT, Aberra, FN, Scott, FI, Lichtenstein, GR, Kraschnewski, J & Lewis, JD 2015, 'Measurement of Inflammatory Bowel Disease Symptoms: Reliability of an Abbreviated Approach to Data Collection' Inflammatory bowel diseases, vol. 21, no. 10, pp. 2262-2271.
Kraschnewski, J & Chuang, C 2015, Prenatal Physical Activity and Gestational Weight Gain. in Handbook of Fertility: Nutrition, Diet, Lifestyle and Reproductive Health. Elsevier Inc., pp. 173-182.
Jones, SA, Evenson, KR, Johnston, LF, Trost, SG, Samuel-Hodge, C, Jewell, DA, Kraschnewski, J & Keyserling, TC 2015, 'Psychometric properties of the modified RESIDE physical activity questionnaire among low-income overweight women', Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, vol. 18, no. 1, pp. 37-42.

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