Jerica M Berge

PhD, MPH, LMFT, CFLE, Tenured Professor, University of Minnesota Medical School

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Dr. Berge’s research expertise includes: (1) identifying risk and protective factors for childhood and adolescent obesity in the home environment; (2) developing and testing innovative mixed-methods for measuring and intervening on home environment factors of importance to child and adolescent weight and weight-related behaviors (e.g., ecological momentary assessment (EMA)/intervention (EMI), direct video-recorded observations); and (3) testing family-based and culturally tailored interventions to reduce childhood and adolescent obesity disparities by race/ethnicity delivered through primary care settings.  Dr. Berge has received several NIH-funded grants (i.e., R03, R21, R56, R01) to utilize her multidisciplinary expertise and innovative mixed methods in both observational and intervention studies. She has published over 150 articles in high impact journals on these topics. Many of her published findings have also received considerable media attention, allowing for the general public to be informed of her research findings. Dr. Berge is also a behavioral health clinician at the family medicine/primary care residency clinics in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health. She is a core faculty member who trains both medical residents and behavioral health interns in integrated care to provide more holistic care for patients. The clinical research she conducts is translational so that results can be immediately useful for patient care. 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Devlopment Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

External Positions

Vice Chair for Research, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, University of Minnesota

Director, Center for Women in Medicine and Science, University of Minnesota

Director, Women's Health Research Program, University of Minnesota

Director, Healthy Eating and Activity across the Lifespan, University of Minnesota

Research interests

  • Childhood obesity prevention
  • Women's Health
  • Integrated clinical care
  • Mixed-methods
  • Food insecurity
  • Ecological momentary assessment
  • Stress and trauma
  • Weight and weight-related behaviors
  • Direct observational methods
  • Health disparities


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