Researcher Profile

Researcher Profile

Jennifer Kraschnewski, MD, MPH

Jennifer Kraschnewski, MD, MPH

Associate Professor and Vice Chair for Research, Department of Medicine
Division of General Internal 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. 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
  • Gestational Weight Gain
  • Body Mass Index
  • Pregnancy
  • Public Health
  • Income

Recent Publications


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.
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.


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', Journal of medical Internet research, vol. 21, 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.


Henao, MP, Kraschnewski, JL, Kelbel, T & Craig, TJ 2016, 'Diagnosis and screening of patients with hereditary angioedema in primary care', Therapeutics and Clinical Risk Management, vol. 12, pp. 701-711.
Rovniak, LS, Kong, L, Hovell, MF, Ding, D, Sallis, JF, Ray, CA, Kraschnewski, JL, Matthews, SA, Kiser, E, Chinchilli, VM, George, DR & Sciamanna, CN 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, JL, Sciamanna, CN, Poger, JM, Rovniak, LS, Lehman, EB, Cooper, AB, Ballentine, NH & 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.

Clinical Trials Search

Children (age < 18 years)
Adults (age >= 18 years)