Nashville Collaborative Publications by Year


Rachal SS, Heerman WJ, Sommer EC, Martin NC, Barkin SL. A longitudinal analysis of relationships between neighborhood context and underserved children's physical activity in a rapidly growing city. Prev Med Rep. 2021;23:101437. Published 2021 Jun 11.

Gesell SB, Barkin SL, Ip EH, et al. Leveraging Emergent Social Networks to Reduce Sedentary Behavior in Low-Income Parents with Preschool-Aged Children. SAGE Open. 2021;11(3).

Teeters LAP, Burgess LE, Escarfuller J, Cole J, Schlundt D, Singer-Gabella M, Heerman WJ. Relational approaches to community-based health promotion across scales of practice. Mind, Culture, and Activity. 2021;1-12.

Tracy JD, Donnelly T, Sommer EC, Heerman WJ, Barkin SL, Buchowski MS. Identifying bedrest using waist-worn triaxial accelerometers in preschool children. PLoS One. 2021;16(1):e0246055. Published 2021 Jan 28.

Shinall JB, Schlundt DG, Sullivan MH, et al. Identifying meaningful dietary intake and physical activity questions for individual and population health. Clin Obes. 2021;11(3):e12435.

Heerman WJ, Samuels LR, González Peña T, van Wyk C, Mayberry LS, Lounds Taylor J, Martin NC. Family Resilience and Childhood Obesity Among Children Exposed to Adverse Childhood Experiences in a National Survey. Obes Sci Pract. 2021.


Gesell SB, Sommer EC, Barkin SL. The ‘GROW Social Network’ datasets. Connections. 2020;40(1):123-128.

LeCroy MN, Nicastro HL, Truesdale KP, et al. Dietary patterns and associations with BMI in low-income, ethnic minority youth in the USA according to baseline data from four randomised controlled trials. Br J Nutr. 2021;126(1):81-91.

Heerman WJ, Elsakary Y, Sommer EC, Escarfuller J, Barkin SL. Assessing the scale and spread of an experiential teaching kitchen in after-school programming among school-age children. Public Health Nutr. 2021;24(12):3937-3944.

Heerman WJ, Samuels LR, Barr L, Burgess LE, Hartmann KE, Barkin SL. The Effect of a General Healthy Lifestyle Intervention Delivered Around Pregnancy on Gestational Weight Gain and Infant Growth. Matern Child Health J. 2020;24(11):1404-1411.

Sullivan MH, Sommer EC, Schlundt D, et al. Development of Brief Child Nutrition and Physical Activity Screening Questions for Electronic Health Record Use. Child Obes. 2020;16(7):488-498.

JaKa MM, Wood C, Veblen-Mortenson S, et al. Applying the Behavior Change Technique Taxonomy to Four Multicomponent Childhood Obesity Interventions. Western Journal of Nursing Research. 2020;43(5):468-477.

Gesell SB, de la Haye K, Sommer EC, Saldana SJ, Barkin SL, Ip EH. Identifying Social Network Conditions that Facilitate Sedentary Behavior Change: The Benefit of Being a "Bridge" in a Group-based Intervention. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2020;17(12):4197. Published 2020 Jun 12.

Heerman WJ, Sommer EC, Qi A, et al. Evaluating dose delivered of a behavioral intervention for childhood obesity prevention: a secondary analysis. BMC Public Health. 2020;20(1):885. Published 2020 Jun 8.

Heerman WJ, Wilkins CH, Barkin SL. Disseminating aggregate research findings to participants. Pediatr Res. 2021;89(4):714-715.

Rushing A, Sommer EC, Zhao S, Po'e EK, Barkin SL. Salivary epigenetic biomarkers as predictors of emerging childhood obesity. BMC Med Genet. 2020;21(1):34. Published 2020 Feb 14.


Heerman WJ, Cole J, Teeters L, et al. Qualitative analysis of COACH: A community-based behavioral intervention to reduce obesity health disparities within a marginalized community [published correction appears in Contemp Clin Trials Commun. 2020 Dec 10;20:100689]. Contemp Clin Trials Commun. 2019;16:100452. Published 2019 Sep 25.

Truesdale KP, Matheson DM, JaKa MM, McAleer S, Sommer EC, Pratt CA. Baseline diet quality of predominantly minority children and adolescents from households characterized by low socioeconomic status in the Childhood Obesity Prevention and Treatment Research (COPTR) Consortium. BMC Nutr. 2019;5:38. Published 2019 Sep 9.

Heerman WJ, Teeters L, Sommer EC, et al. Competency-Based Approaches to Community Health: A Randomized Controlled Trial to Reduce Childhood Obesity among Latino Preschool-Aged Children. Child Obes. 2019;15(8):519-531.

Heerman WJ, Sommer EC, Slaughter JC, Samuels LR, Martin NC, Barkin SL. Predicting Early Emergence of Childhood Obesity in Underserved Preschoolers. J Pediatr. 2019;213:115-120.

Barkin S. It's Not One Thing, It's All Things. Acad Pediatr. 2019;19(6):602.

Cui Z, Truesdale KP, Robinson TN, et al. Recruitment strategies for predominantly lowincome, multi-racial/ethnic children and parents to 3-year community-based intervention trials: Childhood Obesity Prevention and Treatment Research (COPTR) Consortium. Trials. 2019;20(1):296. Published 2019 May 28.


Teeters LA, Heerman WJ, Schlundt D, Harris D, Barkin SL. Community readiness assessment for obesity research: pilot implementation of the Healthier Families programme. Health Res Policy Syst. 2018;16(1):2. Published 2018 Jan 15.

Ruiz RM, Sommer EC, Tracy D, et al. Novel patterns of physical activity in a large sample of preschool-aged children. BMC Public Health. 2018;18(1):242. Published 2018 Feb 13.

Heerman WJ, Schludnt D, Harris D, Teeters L, Apple R, Barkin SL. Scale-out of a community-based behavioral intervention for childhood obesity: pilot implementation evaluation. BMC Public Health. 2018;18(1):498. Published 2018 Apr 13.

Barkin SL, Heerman WJ, Sommer EC, et al. Effect of a Behavioral Intervention for Underserved Preschool-Age Children on Change in Body Mass Index: A Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA. 2018;320(5):450-460.

Teeters L, Singer-Gabella M, Jones S, Escarfuller J, Heerman WJ. Operationalizing Agency: A Personalized Approach to Public Health. International Journal of Community Research and Engagement. 2018;11(1):73-89.

Heerman WJ, Lounds-Taylor J, Mitchell S, Barkin SL. Validity of the toddler feeding questionnaire for measuring parent authoritative and indulgent feeding practices which are associated with stress and health literacy among Latino parents of preschool children. Nutr Res. 2018;49:107-112.

Heerman WJ, Burgess LE, Escarfuller J, et al. Competency Based Approach to Community Health (COACH): The methods of a family-centered, community-based, individually adaptive obesity randomized trial for pre-school child-parent pairs. Contemp Clin Trials. 2018;73:1-7.

Heerman WJ, Berge JM, Barkin SL. Mentoring of Early-Stage Investigators When Funding Is Tight: The Childhood Obesity Prevention and Treatment Research Experience. JAMA Pediatr. 2018;172(1):4-6.


Oelsner KT, Guo Y, To SB, Non AL, Barkin SL. Maternal BMI as a predictor of methylation of obesity-related genes in saliva samples from preschool-age Hispanic children at-risk for obesity. BMC Genomics. 2017;18(1):57. Published 2017 Jan 9.

Barkin SL, Lamichhane AP, Banda JA, et al. Parent's Physical Activity Associated with Preschooler Activity in Underserved Populations. Am J Prev Med. 2017;52(4):424-432.

Heerman WJ, Taylor JL, Wallston KA, Barkin SL. Parenting Self-Efficacy, Parent Depression, and Healthy Childhood Behaviors in a Low-Income Minority Population: A Cross-Sectional Analysis. Matern Child Health J. 2017;21(5):1156-1165.

Berge JM, Truesdale KP, Sherwood NE, et al. Beyond the dinner table: who's having breakfast, lunch and dinner family meals and which meals are associated with better diet quality and BMI in pre-school children?. Public Health Nutr. 2017;20(18):3275-3284.

Heerman WJ, JaKa MM, Berge JM, et al. The dose of behavioral interventions to prevent and treat childhood obesity: a systematic review and meta-regression. Int J Behav Nutr Phys Act. 2017;14(1):157. Published 2017 Nov 15.

Stevens J, Pratt C, Boyington J, et al. Multilevel Interventions Targeting Obesity: Research Recommendations for Vulnerable Populations. Am J Prev Med. 2017;52(1):115-124.

van Bakergem M, Sommer EC, Heerman WJ, Hipp JA, Barkin SL. Objective reports versus subjective perceptions of crime and their relationships to accelerometer-measured physical activity in Hispanic caretaker-child dyads. Prev Med. 2017;95 Suppl:S68-S74.


Heerman WJ, Krishnaswami S, Barkin SL, McPheeters M. Adverse family experiences during childhood and adolescent obesity. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2016;24(3):696-702.

Barkin SL, Lee C. 2016. Can We Change the Way Our Genes Behave and Pave the Way Forward for Childhood Obesity Prevention? NAM Perspectives. Commentary, National Academy of Medicine, Washington, DC.

Heerman WJ, White RO, Hotop A, et al. A Tool Kit to Enhance the Informed Consent Process for Community-Engaged Pediatric Research. IRB Ethics and Human Research. 2016;38(5):8-14.

Hudnut-Beumler J, Po'e E, Barkin S. The Use of Social Media for Health Promotion in Hispanic Populations: A Scoping Systematic Review. JMIR Public Health Surveill. 2016;2(2):e32. Published 2016 Jul 11.

Mathieu NP, Sommer EC, Mitchell SJ, Barkin SL. Urban Latino Families' Food Built Environment and Young Children's Produce Consumption. J Health Care Poor Underserved. 2016;27(4):1899-1908.

Heerman WJ, Mitchell SJ, Thompson J, et al. Parental perception of built environment characteristics and built environment use among Latino families: a cross-sectional study. BMC Public Health. 2016;16(1):1180. Published 2016 Nov 22.

Gesell SB, Barkin SL, Sommer EC, Thompson JR, Valente TW. Increases in Network Ties Are Associated with Increased Cohesion Among Intervention Participants. Health Educ Behav. 2016;43(2):208-216.

JaKa MM, Haapala JL, Trapl ES, et al. Reporting of treatment fidelity in behavioural paediatric obesity intervention trials: a systematic review. Obes Rev. 2016;17(12):1287-1300.


Heerman WJ, White RO, Barkin SL. Advancing informed consent for vulnerable populations. Pediatrics. 2015;135(3):e562-e564.

Karp SM, Gesell SB. Obesity Prevention and Treatment in School-aged Children, Adolescents, and Young Adults-Where Do We Go from Here?. Prim Prev Insights. 2015;5:1-4.

Gesell SB, Katula JA, Strickland C, Vitolins MZ. Feasibility and Initial Efficacy Evaluation of a Community-Based Cognitive-Behavioral Lifestyle Intervention to Prevent Excessive Weight Gain During Pregnancy in Latina Women. Matern Child Health J. 2015;19(8):1842- 1852.


Karp SM, Barry KM, Gesell SB, Po'e EK, Dietrich MS, Barkin SL. Parental feeding patterns and child weight status for Latino preschoolers. Obes Res Clin Pract. 2014;8(1):e88-e97.

Heerman WJ, Bian A, Shintani A, Barkin SL. Interaction between maternal prepregnancy body mass index and gestational weight gain shapes infant growth. Acad Pediatr. 2014;14(5):463-470.


Barkin S, Schlundt D, Smith P. Community-engaged research perspectives: then and now. Acad Pediatr. 2013;13(2):93-97.

Reinert KR, Po'e EK, Barkin SL. The relationship between executive function and obesity in children and adolescents: a systematic literature review. J Obes. 2013;2013:820956.

Gesell SB, Sommer EC, Lambert EW, et al. Comparative effectiveness of after-school programs to increase physical activity. J Obes. 2013;2013:576821.

Ruiz RM, Tracy D, Sommer EC, Barkin SL. A novel approach to characterize physical activity patterns in preschool-aged children. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2013;21(11):2197-2203.

White RO, Thompson JR, Rothman RL, et al. A health literate approach to the prevention of childhood overweight and obesity. Patient Educ Couns. 2013;93(3):612-618.

Gesell SB, Barkin SL, Valente TW. Social network diagnostics: a tool for monitoring group interventions. Implement Sci. 2013;8:116. Published 2013 Oct 1.

Po'e EK, Heerman WJ, Mistry RS, Barkin SL. Growing Right Onto Wellness (GROW): a family-centered, community-based obesity prevention randomized controlled trial for preschool child-parent pairs. Contemp Clin Trials. 2013;36(2):436-449.


Po'e E, Neureiter C, Escarfuller J, Gesell SB, Tempesti T, Widman P, Barkin SL. Systematic Exposure to Recreation Centers Increases Use by Latino Families with Young Children. Child Obes. 2012;8(2):116-23.

Barkin SL, Gesell SB, Po'e EK, Escarfuller J, Tempesti T. Culturally Tailored, Family Centered, Behavioral Obesity Intervention for Latino-American Preschool-aged Children. Pediatrics. 2012;130(3):445-456. (2019). Pediatrics, 143(6), e20190813.

Karp SM, Barry KM, Gesell SB, Po'e EK, Dietrich MS, Barkin SL. Parental feeding patterns and child weight status for Latino preschoolers. Obes Res Clin Pract. 2014 Jan-Feb;8(1) e88- 97.