Mary Hearst

Program Director for Master of Public Health/Associate Professor


My public health experience ranges from local to international, community to academic. I spent several years working at a local health department in a very challenged community. My role included internal functions of grant writing and assessment and external functions of community board and intervention participation related to reducing the effects of racism and social inequities on health. I received my PhD in Epidemiology in 2007, with an emphasis in Social Epidemiology. I spent five years focused on research before joining St. Catherine University.

Equitable and true opportunity for all.

I am committed to address the mechanisms by which social, political and economic factors negatively impact health outcomes in order to promote a just society, challenging injustice and valuing diversity.

The mission is accomplished by:

  1. Efforts to change or develop policies and programs aimed at eliminating racial and economic disparities;
  2. Advancing methodologies to accurately, ethically and respectfully assess conditions;
  3. Equipping a diverse and talented student body with the tools to become change agents for the world’s most pressing issues.

My research is focused on two primary avenues. Family and community based childhood obesity prevention in low income, multi-ethnic populations. I am particularly interested in advancing methodology and translational science. The second area of research is optimizing early life chances through interventions aimed at the intersection of health and education. My work is both international and domestic. See my publications and grants for more detail.

Ph.D. in Epidemiology
University of Minnesota School of Public Health, Division of Epidemiology and Community Health, Minneapolis, MN, 2007

Master of Public Health
University of Minnesota School of Public Health, Minneapolis, MN, 1999
Area of concentration: Public Health Administration

Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, 1990

Faculty mentor recognition by All-University Student Leadership Awardees, Undergraduate Research and Teaching Excellence (2017)

Faculty mentor recognition by All-University Student Leadership Awardees (2016)

Faculty mentor recognition by All-University Student Leadership Awardees (2015)

Faculty mentor recognition by All-University Student Leadership Awardee (2014)

Transdisciplinary Research on Energetics and Cancer Career Training Award (2008–2010)

Children, Youth and Families Consortium: 2007-2008 Advancing Interdisciplinary Research and Action on Health and Education Disparities (2008)

Travel Scholarship and invitation to Methodological Workshop, Society for Epidemiologic Research (2007)

Graduate School Dissertation Fellowship, University of MN Graduate School (2006–2007)

HLTH 3150 Epidemiology
HLTH 4800 Senior Seminar
HLTH 4994/6993 Enhancing Futures through Service and Learning in Zambia
HLTH 6390 Global Noncommunicable Diseases
HLTH 6720 Social Determinants of Health in the Caribbean
HLTH 7100 MPH Practicum
HLTH 7200 MPH Capstone

Pending Research Support

NIH NHLBI: The home food environment: Enhancing methodology (PI: Fukerson, co-I Hearst)
Under preparation. Submission June, 2016.

6/1/2016-9/1/2016/ 9/1/2016-8/31/2020 (Hearst)
Better Way Foundation: Serving the Whole Child
Under preparation. Planning grant and implementation extension. Submission April, 2016/August, 2016
Role: Principal Investigator

Ongoing Research Support

10/1/2017-6/30/2018 (Hearst) $15,000
Global Innovation Funds from St. Catherine University: Nourish Plus Nurture: Impacting the double child development burden in the first 1000 days
This grant is for formative assessment/exploration of developing a group randomized trial in Indonesia with Hellen Keller International aimed at testing community based interventions to improve child outcomes.

7/1/2017-6/30/2019 (Hearst, Rabaey) $247,984
GHR Foundation: Kusamala+
This grant is a pilot intervention grant. It consists of enumerating CWD in the Kanyama district and developing and implementing a TOT model. This is an interprofessional team includes OT, PT, PA, SW, Public Health, nutrition, SPOON Foundation and Dr. Dana Johnson. This is the product of the planning grant from 2016-17.

10/18/2016-12/31/2020 (Hearst) $1.1 million
Better Way Foundation: Serving the Whole Child
Four year community-university program implementation and evaluation project. The aims of this grant are to provide high quality health and education interventions for children aged 3-5 from diverse, low income backgrounds, provide parent enrichment activities and connect families to needed resources.
Role: Principal Investigator

4/1/2016-11/1/2016 (Hearst)
GHR Foundation: Children with Disabilities in Zambia
This $43,165 grant is a planning grant to assess the conditions of children with disabilities living in community and institutional settings in Zambia. The interprofessional team includes OT, PT, PA, Nursing, SW, Public Health, nutrition, SPOON Foundation and Dr. Dana Johnson. The planning grant is expected to yield a multi-year implementation grant.

6/1/2013-5/30/2016 (Hearst)
Better Way Foundation: Community-Academic Partnership: Montessori Partners Serving All Children
This is a $513,000 grant aimed at establishing a community university partnership between Montessori Training Center, affiliate Montessori schools and St. Catherine University. The goal is to improve child health and education outcomes among high risk youth by addressing health, education and social support for children, parents and Interprofessional staff.
Role: Principal Investigator

12/1/2012 – 11/30/2017 (Nanney)
NIH: Addressing Obesity Among Young Adults in Rural Communities. This study will use a group randomized cohort study of rural schools and students to improve participation in a school breakfast program. My role has been for methodological consultation, development of process evaluation and recruitment and retention procedures.
Submitted: June, 2011
Role: Co-Investigator

6/1/2014-5/30/2016 (Hearst)
Better Way Foundation: Serving the Whole Child
This is a $53,000 grant aimed at establishing a comparison sample as part of the Montessori Partners Serving All Children grant.
Role: Principal Investigator

Completed Research Support (of which I was Principal Investigator)

7/1/2014-5/30/2015 (Hearst)
Academic Professional Development Grant: Using technology for data collection among low-literacy populations.
This grant is a $7,500 grant aimed at developing a technology application for data collection among low literacy populations. The grant was used for development and field testing.

8/11-7/12 (Hearst)
Obesity Consortium of Minnesota: Validation of the Home Food Inventory among Spanish and Somali Families. ($20,000)
This study aimed to refine and validate a home food inventory tool for low-income Somali and Hispanic families. The study was successfully implemented, and the instrument showed good criterion validity, particularly with a summative variable that categorized the home food healthfulness. The obesogenic score had a kappa = 0.57, sensitivity = 97.8%, specificity = 70.6% and Spearman correlation = 0.78.
Role: Principal Investigator

1/1/2012-12/2012 (Hearst)
Obesity Consortium of Minnesota: Increasing Fruit and Vegetable Consumption Among Somali Families: The FAV-S study ($20,000)
This study aimed to determine the feasibility, acceptability and impact of an education intervention to increase overall number of servings of fruits and vegetables Somali mothers provided their children 3-10 years old. The intervention was an Academic-Community Partnership with WellShare International. The intervention consisted of a community health worker home visiting model with nutrition education, skill development and field trips. The intervention was completed in September 2012. Preliminary results suggest the program is feasible with high participant acceptability.
Role: Principal Investigator

6/1/09-5/31/14 (Hearst)
UMN Children, Youth and Families Consortium Scholars program: Social Determinants of Child Well-Being: Opportunity, health and school readiness disparities (Total: $90,000 over 4 years)
The purpose of this funding was to support academic growth around community based participatory research and research around health and education disparities.
Role: Principal Investigator and Scholar

Un-funded research

Robert Wood Johnson, Healthy Eating Research: Eighteen year trends in dietary quality of menu items of fast food restaurants using the HEI-2010. (PI: Hearst)
This is a $83,137 grant aims to examine trends in the nutritional quality of menu offering over the past 18 years for five fast food restaurants, 16 years for three and begin baseline analysis for seven additional restaurants using the HEI-2010. Submitted October, 2015. If accepted, grant to begin February 1, 2016.

Teaching Experience

  • St. Catherine University: Senior Seminar, Epidemiology, Independent Study, Social Determinants of Health in the Caribbean: An Interprofessional Experience, Global Studies, 2012–Present
  • Walden University: Epidemiology, 2011–2012
  • University of Minnesota: Fundamentals of Social and Behavioral Science (online); Fundamentals of Alcohol and Drug Abuse for Teacher Education (online), 2010–2012
  • College of St. Catherine: Program Development and Evaluation, 2007–2010
  • Teaching Assistant, University of Minnesota Division of Epidemiology and Community
    Health Classes include: Fundamentals of Epidemiology (online) Secondary Data Analysis using Stata; SAS; Complex Survey Data Analysis, 2004–2007

Work Experience

SPOON Foundation
Senior Advisor, 2015–Present

St. Catherine University
Associate Professor, Director of Public Health Program, 2012–Present

University of Minnesota, Division of Epidemiology
Adjunct Instructor, 2012–Present

University of Minnesota, Division of Epidemiology
Research Associate, 2007–2012

University of MN, Division of Epidemiology and Community Health
Research Assistant, 2003–2007

Genesee County Health Department
Community Health Analyst, 2000–2003

College of St. Catherine, St. Paul, MN
Clinical Coordinator, 1998–1999

Fairview University Medical
Clinical Specialist and Occupational Therapist, 1996–1998

Caritas Albania, Tirane, Albania
Program Development Consultant, 1995–1996

Occupational Therapy Acute Rehabilitation, Samaritan Rehabilitation Institute
Neurospecialist, 1993–1995

Occupational Therapy, McKay Dee Rehabilitation Center, Ogden, UT
Caseload Coordinator, 1991–1992



  • Chair Faculty and Staff Search Committees (2013–Present)
  • Public Health Club Advisor (2012–2014)
  • EpiCH P&A Promotions Committee (2008–2011)
  • PhD Student Group Coordinator, Division of Epidemiology and Community Health, University of MN (2005–2006)
  • Division Advisory Committee Representative, Division of Epidemiology and Community Health, University of MN (2005–2006)
  • Social Epidemiology Workgroup Administrator (2003–2007)


  • University Faculty Committee (2013–Present)
    Visibility and ACC
  • IPE Developmental Task Force (2013–14)
    EWO ad hoc
    Search committees (business, economics)
  • Program in Health Disparities Research, University of Minnesota School of Public Health (2009–2012)
  • Health Disparities Workgroup member; participant on Research Subcommittee, University of MN (2008–2012)

Professional Community

  • MPHA: Global Subcommittee, MPHA Annual Conference Planning Committee
  • APHA: International and Food and Nutrition subcommittee
  • Medical Advisory Board, SPOON Foundation (2011–Present) Travel to Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Beijing (partnership development, data collection, training)
  • Ad Hoc Reviewer for Social Science and Medicine (2006–current); Addiction (2007), Pediatrics and Perinatal Epidemiology (2008–Present), Community Engaged Scholarship for Health (2009–Present), Youth and Society (2010–Present), Public Health Nutrition (2010–Present), Health and Place (2009–Present), Medicine in Science in Sports and Exercise (2009–Present), American Journal of Public Health (2010–Present), Preventive Medicine (2010–Present)
  • National Council for Scientific Research Grant Reviewer (2011)
  • Minnesota State Department of Health, Statewide Health Improvement Program grant reviewer (2011)
  • NIH Grant Reviewer: Conference (R13) Grant Review (2009)
  • NIH Grant Reviewer: Statistical and Computational Approaches for Childhood Obesity Special Panel (2009)
  • Grant reviewer: General Mills Youth Nutrition and Fitness Grants (2005–2009)

Under review and in progress

Grannon, K, Wang, Q, Larson, N, Hearst, M.O., Berge, J, Nanney, MS, Caspi, C. Second Chance Breakfast. (in progress)

Hearst, M.O., Kehm, B., Jimbo, F., Wang, Q., Grannon, K., Nanney, M.S., Caspi, C. Breakfast is Brain Food? The effect on GPA of a rural group randomized to promote school breakfast. (in progress)

Walsh, M., Adams, S., Ferguson, S., Hearst, M.O., Jones, J., Wall, S., Theodorakakis, M., Petsagourakis, D., Chung, A. The Influence of Contextual Variables on the Implementation of Best Practices in University-Community Partnerships. (under review) Journal of Community Engagement and Scholarship

Hearst, M.O., Kehm, R., Muegge, J., SPOON Foundation, Johnson, D., Miller, B., HealthProm. Growth disparities among children with disabilities living in institutions versus home settings in Central Asia. (under review) Maternal and Child Health Journal.

Nanney, M.S., Leduc, R., Hearst, M.O., Shanafelt, A., Wang, Q., Schroeder, M., Grannon, K., Kubik, M.,Harnack, L. A group randomized intervention trial increases participation in the School Breakfast Program in 16 rural high schools in Minnesota. JAMA Pediatrics (under review)

Hearst, M.O. Wang, Q., Young, K., Davey, C., Nanney, M.S. Does parent and community involvement with school physical activity policy development matter for adolescent physical activity, school connectedness and grades? JOSH (under review)

Hearst, M.O., Harnack, L, Wang, Q, Nanney, MS. Dietary quality of diverse, rural adolescents using the Healthy Eating Index -2010 Health Behavior and Policy Review (under review)

Hearst, M.O. Addressing Health and Education Disparities in Low-income Families with Young Children: Lessons Learned as a Community Engaged Scholar. JCEHE (under review)

Martin, L, Fan, Y., Duke, N. Hearst, M. O., Jordan, C. The CYFC Learning Circle: An Example of Capacity Building in the Academy for Engaged Team Science JCEHE (under review)

Hearst, M.O. Wang, Q., Young, K., Davey, C., Nanney, M.S. It Takes a Village: Promoting parent and family education on healthy lifestyles for Minnesota secondary students. JOSH (under review)

Shanafelt, A, Hearst, M.O. Wang, Q, Nanney, MS. Food Insecurity and Rural Adolescent Personal Health, Home and Academic Environments. Journal of Adolescent Health (under review)

Kehm, R., Hearst, M.O., Sherman, S., Lechner, K.E. The FAV-S pilot study: Increasing self-efficacy and fruit and vegetable intake among Somali women and children. Health Behavior Health Education (under review)


Hearst, M. O., Shanafelt, A., Wang, Q., Leduc, R., Nanney, M.S. "Altering the School Breakfast Environment Reduces Barriers to School Breakfast Participation Among Diverse Rural Youth." J Sch Health (2018). 88(1): 3-8.


Caspi, C. E., Wang, Q., Shanafelt, A., Larson, N., Wei, S., Hearst, M. O., Nanney, M. S. "School Breakfast Program Participation and Rural Adolescents' Purchasing Behaviors in Food Stores and Restaurants." J Sch Health (2017) 87(10): 723-731.

Mumm, J.M., Hearst, M.O., Shanfelt, A, Wang, Q, Nanney, M.S. Change is social support of school breakfast through policy and environmental changes. June 4, 2017 Health Promotion Practice

Hearst, M.O., Wang, Q., Young, K., Davey, C., Nanney, M.S. School physical activity policy is associated with student physical activity outcomes. Health Behavior and Policy Review, Volume 4, Number 3, May 2017, pp. 265-273(9)


Nanney M, Shanafelt A, Wang Q, LeDuc R, Hearst M, Kubik MY, et al. Project BreakFAST: Rationale, design, and recruitment and enrollment methods of a randomized controlled trial to improve access to the School Breakfast Program in rural high schools. Contemporary Clinical Trials 2016.

Hearst M.O., Shanafelt A, Wang Q, Leduc R, Nanney MS. Barriers, Benefits, and Behaviors Related to Breakfast Consumption Among Rural Adolescents. J Sch Health 2016;86(3):187-94.


Kroupina, M., Vang, S, Aidjanov, M, Georgieff, M Hearst, M.O. Himes, J., Johnson, D, Miller, Bradley, Syzdykova, A, Sharmanov, T (2014). Predictors of developmental status in young children living in institutional care in Kazakhstan. Maternal and Child Health Journal: 1-9. PMID: 25480471.

Laska, M. N., Hearst, M.O., et al. (2014). How we eat what we eat: identifying meal routines and practices most strongly associated with healthy and unhealthy dietary factors among young adults. Public Health Nutrition: 1-11. PMID: 25439511.

Anderson, J, Newby, R, Kehm, R, Barland, P, Hearst, M.O. Taking steps together: a family- and community-based obesity intervention for urban, multiethnic children. Health Educ Behav published online 22 August 2014 DOI: 10.1177/1090198114547813. PMID: 25150275

Hearst, M.O., Himes, J.H., SPOON Foundation, Johnson, D.E., Kroupina, M., Syzdykova, A., Adjinov, M., Sharmonov, T. Growth, nutritional, and developmental status of young children living in orphanages in Kazakhstan. IMHJ Vol. 35(2), 94–101 (2014). PMID: 25798515.

Hearst, M.O., Kehm, R., Sherman, S., Lechner, K.E. Increasing fruit and vegetable consumption and offerings to Somali children: The FAV-S Pilot Study. Primary Care and Community Health 2014 5(2) 139-43. PMID: 24334726.

Bonuck, D. Hearst, M.O., Hyden, C., Shulman. S. Is overweight at 12 months associated with differences in eating behaviour or dietary intake among children selected for inappropriate bottle use? Maternal & Child Nutrition 2014 10(2) 234-44. PMID: 23556429.


Hearst, M.O., Sirard, J.R., Forsyth, A., Parker, E.D. Klein, E.C., Green, C.G., Lytle, L.A. The relationship of area deprivation, individual-level SES and walking behavior among adults. Transportation Research Part A 50 (2013) 149–157. PMID: 23729994.

Hearst, M.O., Harnack, L.J., Bauer, K.W., Earnest, A.A., French, S.A. Oakes, J.M. Assessing 14-year trends in the nutritional quality of menu offerings at eight fast food restaurant chains in the U.S.. AJPM 2013 44(6):589–594. PMID: 23683976.

Duprez, D.A., Hearst, M.O., Lutsey, P.L., Herrington, D, Ouyang, P., Barr, R.G., Bleumke, D.A., Jacobs, D.R. Associations among lung function, arterial elasticity, and circulating endothelial and inflammation markers: the multi-ethnic study of atherosclerosis. Hypertension 2013; 61. PMID: 23283358.

Hearst, M.O., McConnell, S.M., Martin, L., Rafdal, B.H., Bloomgren, R. Early childhood development, food access and screen-time behavior in a low-income community: The five hundred under five social determinants of health pilot study. HEJ March 18, 2013


O’Dougherty, M, Hearst, MO, Syed, Kurzer, MS, Schmitz, KH. Life events, stress and depression and their interactions during a physical activity intervention among young women. Mental Health and Physical Activity, 2012. PMID: 23189088.

Bauer KW, Hearst MO, Earnest AA, French SA, Oakes JM, Harnack LJ. Energy content of U.S. fast-food restaurant offerings: 14-year trends. Am J Prev Med, 2012;43(5):490-7. PMID: 23079171.

Hearst, M.O., Biskeborn, K., et al. Trends of overweight and obesity among white and American Indian school children in South Dakota, 1998-2010. Obesity 5 Sep 2012 08:09AM EST | DOI: 10.1002/oby.20022. PMID: 23404863.

Hearst, M.O., Fulkerson, J., Martin, L., Parke, M. Validation of a home food inventory among low-income Spanish- and Somali-speaking families. PHN 2012 Oct 4:1-8. PMID: 23034097.

Bauer, K.W., Hearst, M.O., Escoto, K, Berge, J, Fulkerson, J, Neumark-Sztainer, D. Parental employment and work-family stress: associations with family food environments. Soc Sci & Med 2012 Aug;75(3):496-504. PMID: 22591825.

Hearst, M.O., Patnode, C., Sirard, J., Farbakhsh, K., Lytle, L. Multilevel predictors of adolescent physical activity: a longitudinal analysis. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity 2012, 9:8. PMID: 22309949.

Hearst MO, Sevcik S, Fulkerson JA, Pasch KE, Harnack LJ, Lytle LA. Stressed out and overcommitted! The relationships between time demands and family rules and parents' and their child's weight status. Health Educ Behav. Mar 8. PMID: 22228775.

Hearst, M.O., Lytle, L.A., Sirard, J., Dengel, D. Berrigan, D. Physical activity, systolic blood pressure and HDLs: Comparison of three measures of physical activity in adolescents. JPAH 2012, 9,78-85. PMID: 22232509.


Jacobs, D.R., Yatsuya, H., Hearst, M.O., Thyagarajan, B., Kalhan, R., Rosenberg, S., Smith, L., Barr, G., Duprez, D. Rate of decline of forced vital capacity predicts future arterial hypertension: The Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults. (CARDIA) Study. Hypertension. PMID: 22203738.

Fulkerson, J, Farbakhsh, K, Lytle, L, Hearst, M.O., Dengel, D, Pasch, K, , Kubik, M. Away-from-home family dinner sources and associations with weight status, body composition, and related biomarkers of chronic disease among adolescents and their parents. JADA 2011; 111:1892-1897. PMID: 22117665.

McDonald K, Hearst M.O., Farbakhsh K, Patnode, C., Forsyth, A. Sirard, J. Lytle, L. Adolescent physical activity and the built environment: a latent class analysis approach. Health Place. 2011 Sep 22. PMID: 21975286.

Hearst MO, Pasch KE, Laska MN. Urban v. suburban perceptions of the neighbourhood food environment as correlates of adolescent food purchasing. Public Health Nutr. Aug 23 2011:1-8. PMID: 21859510.

Martinson BC, Vazquezbenitez G, Patnode CD, Hearst M.O., Sherwood NE, Parker ED, et al. Obesogenic family types identified through latent profile analysis. Ann Behav Med 2011. PMID: 21638195.

O’Dougherty, M., Schmitz, KH, Hearst, M, Covelli, M, Kurzer, MS. Dual Conversations: Body talk among young women and their social contacts. Qualitative Health Research 2011, 21:1191-1204. PMID: 21508251.

Hearst, M.O., Laska, MN, Himes, JH, Butterbrodt, M, Sanaiko, A, Story, M. “The co-occurance of obesity, elevated blood pressure and acanthosis nigricans among American Indian school-children: identifying individual heritage and environmental-level determinants. Journal of Human Biology (2011) Am J Hum Biol 23(3): 346-52. PMID: 21445934.

Lytle, L. A., M. O. Hearst, J. Fulkerson, D.M. Murray, B. Martinson, E. Klein, K. Pasch. Examining the relationships between family meal practices, family stressors, and the weight of youth in the family. Ann Behav Med. (2011). PMID: 21136225.

Sirard J, Heitzler, C, Hearst M.O., Laska, M. Dog ownership and family physical activity level. AJPM (2011) 40(3) 334-7. PMID: 21335266.


Hearst M.O., Sherwood NE, Klein E, Pasch K, Lytle L. Parental perceptions of their adolescent's weight status: the ECHO study. American Journal of Health Behavior. 2011;35(2):248-255. PMID: 21204687.

Johnson P, Carlson K, Hearst M.O. Healthcare disparities for American Indian veterans in the United States: a population-based study. Med. 2010;48(6):563-569. PMID: 20473210.

Laska MN, Hearst M.O., Forsyth A, Pasch KE, Lytle L. Neighbourhood food environments: are they associated with adolescent dietary intake, food purchases and weight status?. Public Health Nutr. Jun 8 2010:1-7. PMID: 20529405.

Dengel DR, Hearst M.O., Harmon JH, Sirard J, Heitzler CD, Lytle LA. Association of the home environment with cardiovascular and metabolic biomarkers in youth. Prev Med. Sep-Oct 2010;51(3-4):259-261. PMID: 20637798.

Martin L, Hearst M.O., Widome R. Meaningful differences: comparison of adult women who first traded sex as a juvenile versus as an adult. Violence Against Women. 2010 Nov;16(11):1252-69. PMID: 21097962.


Dengel, D.R., Hearst, M.O., Sirard, JR, Forsyth, A. Lytle, L Does the built environment relate to the metabolic syndrome in adolescents? Health Place, 2009. 15(4): p. 946-51. PMID: 19406682.

Lytle LA, Hearst M.O. Examining the state of the science of prevention of childhood obesity. Current Nutrition and Food Science. 2009; 15(2): 134-148. DOI: 10.2174/157340109788185544.

Hearst M.O., Pasch K, Fulkerson JA, Lylte L. Does weight status influence weight-related beliefs and the consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages and fast food purchases in adolescents?. Health Education Journal. 2009;68(4):284-295. PMID: 21278806.

Oakes, J.M., Forsyth, A, Hearst, M.O., Schmitz, K (2009) Recruiting subjects for neighborhood effects research: Strategies and outcomes of the Twin Cities Walking Study Environment and Behavior. Environment and Behavior 41:787. DOI: 10.1177/0013916508324674.

Pasch, K.E., Hearst, M.O., et al., Does outdoor alcohol advertising around elementary schools vary by the ethnicity of students in the school?. Ethn Health, 2009. 14(2): p. 225-36. PMID: 18821155.

Pasch, K. E., M. O. Hearst, et al. (2009). Alcohol outlets and youth alcohol use: Exposure in suburban areas. Health Place 15(2): 642-6. PMID: 19084464.

Hearst, M.O., et al., Inventory versus checklist approach to assess middle school á la carte food availability. J Sch Health, 2009. 79(12): p. 593-8; quiz 603-5. PMID: 19909423.


Hearst, M.O., Oakes JM, Johnson PJ. (2008). The effect of racial residential segregation on black infant mortality. American Journal of Epidemiology, 168(11):1247-1254. (with discussion). PMID: 18974059.

Widome, R., Seiving, R., Harpin, S., Hearst, M.O. (2008) Measuring Neighborhood connection and the association with violence in young adolescents. Journal of Adolescent Health. Nov; 43 (5): 482-489. PMID: 18848677.

Forsyth, A. Hearst, M.O., Oakes, J.M., Schmitz, K.H. (2008) Design and destinations: Factors influencing walking and total physical activity. Urban Studies, 45, 1973-1996. DOI: 10.1177/0042098008093386


Hearst, M.O., Fulkerson, J.A., Komro, K.A., & Perry, C.L. (2007). Who needs liquor stores when parents will do? The importance of social sources of alcohol among young urban teens. Preventive Medicine. 44(6):471-6. PMID: 17428525.

Pasch, K.E., Komro, K.A., Perry, C.L., Hearst, M.O., Farbakhsh, K. (2007). Outdoor alcohol advertising near schools: what does it advertise and how is it related to intentions and use of alcohol among young adolescents?. J Stud Alcohol Drugs. 68(4): p. 587-96. PMID: 17568965.

Forsyth, A., Oakes, J.M., Schmitz, K.H., Hearst, M.O. (2007) Does residential density increase walking and other physical activity? Urban Studies, Vol.44, No.4 679-697. DOI: 10.1080/00420980601184729.

Hearst, M.O., Harnack, L, Wang, Q, Nanney, MS. Dietary quality of diverse, rural adolescents using the Healthy Eating Index -2010, ISBNPA Cape Town, June 2016

Rabaey, P., Davis, L. Black, C., Jimbo, F., Hearst, M.O. Serving the Whole Child: A community-university approach to promote optimal health and educational outcomes. CCPH New Orleans May, 2016

Rabaey, P., Williamson, B., Rudzinski, M., Makhoul, Z., Hearst, M.O. Short Assessment of Feeding Elements (SAFE) Tool for At-risk Children Living In Adverse Settings. BMGF Grand Challenges Conference. Beijing, October 2015.

Makhoul, Z., Hearst, M.O., Himes, J.H., Johnson, D., Miller, B., Georgieff, M., Kroupina, M., Kaplan, C. Are All Children Thriving? The Great Divide of Growth and Nutrition among Children without Families. BMGF Grand Challenges Conference. Beijing, October 2015.

Hearst, M.O., Shanafelt, A., Wang, Q., Nanney, M. Barriers, benefits and behaviors related to eating breakfast among rural adolescents ISBNPA: Edinburgh, June 2015

Hearst, M.O., Moon, J., Sieling, J., Tomita, K., Fulkerson, J.A., Elwell, K. A home food inventory app (eHFI) with pictures and audio for low literacy Somali households. ISBNPA: Edinburgh, June 2015

Shanafelt, A., Hearst, M. O., Wang, Q., Nanney, M. Benefits, barriers and behaviors around school breakfast among food insecure, rural adolescents. ISBNPA: Edinburgh, June 2015

Marinelli, J., DeGracia, D, Hearst, M., Mumm, J. New Models of Care: An interprofessional perspective. IPE Summit, St. Catherine University April 29, 2015.

Rabaey, P, Hearst, M.O., O’Shaunessy, M., Black, C., Drennen, A. Addressing occupational disparities in at-risk children and families through collaboration. SSO: St. Paul, 2014.

Kroupina,M, Vang,S, Aidjanov,M, Georgieff, M.K., Hearst, M.O., Himes, J.H., Johnson,D.E., Miller,B., Syzdykova,A.M., Sharmanov, T. and Spoon Foundation Research Team. Predictors of Neurodevelopment Status in Young Children Living in Institutional Care in Kazakhstan. Nutrition and Growth. St. Petersburg, Russia 2013.

Hearst, M.O., Kehm, R., Sherman, S., Lechner, K.E. Increasing fruit and vegetable consumption and offerings to Somali children: The FAV-S Pilot Study ISBNPA Ghent, Belgium, 2013.

Kehm, R., Hearst,M.O., Sherman, S., Lechner, K.E. The FAV-S pilot study: Increasing self-efficacy and fruit and vegetable intake among Somali women and children. ISBNPA Ghent, Belgium (nominated for award), 2013.

Hearst, M.O., Hyden, C., Bonuck, K, Shulman, S. The Feeding Young Children Study: Preliminary Results from a WIC-Based Bottle Weaning Intervention. USDA, 2012.

Hearst, M.O., Harnack, L.J., Bauer, K.W., Earnest, A.A., French, S.A. Oakes, J.M. “Living in a fast food nation: How the nutritional quality of fast food menu offerings have changed (or not). ISBNPA Austin, TX 2012.

Hearst, M.O., Himes, J., Kaplan, C., Erlich, J. “The Orphan Nutrition Project: Kazakhstan ISBNPA Austin, TX 2012.

Hearst, M.O., Fulkerson, J., Martin, L., Parke, M. “Validation of a home food inventory among low-income Spanish and Somali speaking families. ISBNPA Austin, TX 2012.

Hearst, M.O., Sirard, J., Farbakash, K., Lytle, L. Predictors of adolescent physical activity. Oral Presentation, ISBNPA. Melbourne, 2011.

Hearst, M.O., Martin, L., Rafdal, B.H., Bloomgren, R. McConnell, S.M. Early childhood development, food access and screen-time behavior in a low-income community: The Five Hundred under Five Social Determinants of Health Pilot Study. ISBNPA. Melbourne, 2011.

Sendelback, S., Hearst, M.O., Johnson, P.J., Unger, B.T., Mooney, M.R. Effect of variation in temperature management on cerebral performance category scores in patients who received therapeutic hypothermia post cardiac arrest. American Heart Association, 2011 Orlando, Florida.

Dengel, D, Hearst, M.O., Harmon, J, Lytle, L. Impact of Changed in Screen Time on Blood Profiles and Blood Pressure in Adolescents Over a Two-year Period. PWP, Exeter, England. 2011.

Hearst, M.O., Lytle, L, Murray, D. “Cross-Validation and Multi-Site Trials: Assessing consistencies of predictors of adolescent girls’ physical activity.” SER, 2010 Seattle, Washington.

Berrigan D, Atienza A, Hearst M, Lytle LA, Troiano R, Ballard-Barbash R. Associations between self-reported versus objectively measured physical activity, biomarkers, and obesity in adolescents and adults.

Hearst, M.O., Laska, MN, Himes, JH, Butterbrodt, M, Sanaiko, A, Story, M. “Obesity and Weight-Related Risk Factors in American Indian Youth: Individual-, Family- and Environment-Level Correlates of Weight Status.” TREC Scientific Meeting, Seattle, WA October 6, 2009.

Dengel,D.R., Hearst, M.O., Harmon, J.H., Sirard, J.R. , Heitzler, C.D., Lytle, L.A. “Impact of the home environment on markers of the metabolic syndrome” 2009 PWP, Paris, France.

Hearst, M.O., Lytle, L.A. Sherwood N., Pasch, K.A., Fulkerson, J.A., Klein, L “Who are the parents who misclassify their child’s weight?” ISBNPA, 2009 Lisbon, Portugal.

Hearst, M.O., Lytle, L.A., Sirard, J., Dengel, D. Berrigan, D “Physical activity, systolic blood pressure and HDLs: Comparison of three measures of physical activity in adolescents.” ISBNPA, 2009 Lisbon, Portugal [nominated for award].

Hearst, M.O., Johnson, P.J., Carlson, K.F. The effect of county-level deprivation on health risk behaviors in the U.S. 2009 SER, Anaheim, CA.

Hearst, M.O. (2008, Jan.) Structural Confounding, Segregation and Infant Mortality. Advancing Interdisciplinary Research on Health and Education Disparities. Minneapolis, MN.

Hearst, M.O. (2007, June). Methodological approaches to contextual research. Invited oral presentation at the Student Workshop, Congress of Epidemiology, 2007, Boston, MA.

Hearst, M.O., Lytle, L. (2006, Aug) Preventing Childhood Obesity: A Review of Intervention Research. I World Congress on Public Health Nutrition, Barcelona, Spain. Public Health Nutrition 8:7(A) 151.

Hearst, M.O., Johnson, P.J., (2006, June). Cause-specific Infant Mortality by Residential Segregation. Presented at the Congress of Epidemiology, 2006, Seattle, Washington.

Hearst, M.O., Fulkerson, J.A., Komro, K.A., & Perry, C.L. (2006, May). Who needs liquor stores when parents will do? The importance of social sources of alcohol among teens. Presented at the 14th Annual Meeting of the Society for Prevention Research, San Antonio, Texas.

Pasch, K., Perry, C.L., Komro, K.A., Hearst, M.O., Farbakhsh, K., Alfano, K. (2006, June). Alcohol Advertising Around Schools and Youth Drinking Rates. Presented at the 14th Annual Meeting of the Society for Prevention Research, San Antonio, Texas.

Pasch, K., Perry, C.L., Komro, K.A., Alfano, K.A., Farbakhsh, K., & Hearst, M.O. (2005, May). Alcohol advertising and youth alcohol use in inner-city Chicago. Poster presentation at the Society for Prevention Research, Quebec City, Quebec.

Hearst, M.O. (2004, May) Does social capital moderate the effects of discrimination on perceived health status? Poster presentation at the Interdisciplinary Conversations of Social Capital Conference, Minneapolis, MN.

Reischl, T., Kokko, J., Hearst, M.O. (2003, April). Development and Use of a Local Surveillance System for Intentional Injuries to Adolescents. Safety in Numbers Conference, Atlanta, GA.

Kokko, J., Reischl, T., Morrel-Samuels, S., Alaimo, K., Hearst, M.O., and Nair, P. (2003, November). Development and Use of a Local Surveillance System for Intentional Injuries to Adolescents. Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association, San Francisco, CA.