Jerica Berge, PhD, MPH

Associate Professor, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health

Jerica Berge

Contact Info

Office Phone 612-626-3693

Office Address:
717 Delaware St SE, Rm 424
Minneapolis, MN 55414

PhD, University of Minnesota

MPH, University of Minnesota


Jerica Berge, PhD, MPH, LMFT, CLFE, is a tenured associate professor at the University of Minnesota Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, where she also serves as the Vice Chair for Research. Her primary research interest is is examining risk and protective factors for childhood and adolescent obesity in the home environment.

Berge is the co-director of the Healthy Eating and Activity across the Lifespan (HEAL) center, which focuses on integration across research, clinical practice, policy, and community resources to inspire a culture of health.

She also serves as an associate director of the University of Minnesota Citizen Professional Center, which conducts and promotes community-based participatory research on problems of concern to communities and professionals.


Behavioral medicine, childhood and adolescent obesity, mixed-methods research, community-based participatory action research, motivational interviewing, integrated care


Research Funding Grants

2014-19, NIH/NHLBI, PI, "Addressing Unanswered Questions About the Home Environment and Childhood Obesity Disparities"

2013-18, NIH/NHLBI, co-investigator, "Eating and Activity Among Teens and Young Adults"

2016-18, NICHD, PI, "The Association Between Family Meals and Child Health and Well-Being"

2010-17, NIH/NHLBI, co-investigator, "Linking Primary Care Communities and Families to Prevent Obesity among Preschool Children: NET-Works"


Note: Ten recent publications are listed.

Trofholz AC, Tate AD, Draxten ML, Rowley SS, Schulte AK, Neumark-Sztainer D, MacLehose RF, Berge JM. What’s being served for dinner? An exploratory investigation of the associations between the healthfulness of family meals and child dietary intake [published online ahead of print Sep 22, 2016]. J Acad Nutr Diet.

Buffington A, Wenner P, Brandenburg D, Berge J, Sherman M, Danner C. The art of listening. Minnesota Medicine. 2016;99(5):46-8.

Garcia-Huidobro D, Berge J. Are intimate relationships good for your health? In: Mendenhall T, Plowman E, and Trump L, eds. Intimate Relationships: Where have we been? Where are we going? 2nd ed. Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt Publishing. 2016:298-304.

Berge JM, MacLehose RF, Larson N, Laska M, Neumark-Sztainer D. Family food preparation and its effects on adolescent dietary quality and eating patterns. J Adolesc Health. 2016;59(5):530-36.

Berge JM, Tate AD, Trofholz A, Conger K, Neumark-Sztainer D. Sibling eating behaviours and parental feeding practices with siblings: similar or different? Public Health Nutr. 2016;19(13):2415-23.

Berge JM, Pratt K, Miller L. Weight conversations in romantic relationships: what do they sound like and how do partners respond? Fam Syst Health. 2016;34(3):213-20.

Berge JM, Trofholz A, Schulte A, Conger K, Neumark-Sztainer D. A qualitative investigation of parents' perspectives about feeding practices with siblings among racially/ethnically and socioeconomically divers households. J Nutr Educ Behav. 2016; 48(7):496-504.

Berge JM, Hanson-Bradley C, Tate A, Neumark-Sztainer D. Do parents or siblings engage in more negative weight-based talk with children and what does it sound like? A mixed-methods study. Body Image. 2016;18:27-33.

Larson N, Wang Q, Berge JM, Shanafelt A, Nanney MS. Eating breakfast together as a family: mealtime experiences and associations with dietary intake among adolescents in rural Minnesota, USA. Public Health Nutr. 2016;19(9):1565-74.

Truesdale KP, Roberts A, Cai J, Berge JM, Stevens J. Comparison of eight equations that predict percent body fat using skinfolds in American youth. Child Obes. 2016;12(4):314-23.