Selected Publications

We invite you to learn more about our research. Explore these selected publications, which are drawn from the more than 300 peer-reviewed articles, scientific reports, white papers, book chapters, presentations, and other publications authored by ChildObesity180 faculty, researchers, staff, and students.

Additional publications related to specific research can be found on our project pages under Current Work and Past Initiatives and Projects.

Appel, J.M., Fullerton, K., Hennessy, E., Korn, A.R., Tovar, A., Allender, S., Hovmand, P.S., Kasman, M., Swinburn, B.A., Hammond, R.A., Economos, C.D. (2019) Design and methods of Shape Up Under 5: Integration of systems science and community-engaged research to prevent early childhood obesity. PLoS One. 2019 Aug 1;14(8): e0220169.

Bailey, C.P., Sharma, S., Economos, C.D., Hennessy, E., Simon, C., & Hatfield, D.P. (2020). College campuses’ influence on student weight and related behaviours: A review of observational and intervention research. Obesity Science & Practice, 6(6), 694–707.

Calancie, L., Fullerton, K., Appel, J. M., Korn, A. R., Hennessy, E., Hovmand, P., & Economos, C. D. (2021). Implementing Group Model Building With the Shape Up Under 5 Community Committee Working to Prevent Early Childhood Obesity in Somerville, Massachusetts. Journal of Public Health Management and Practice. Advance online publication doi: 10.1097/PHH.0000000000001213

Coffield, E., Nihiser, A.J., Sherry, B., & Economos, C. D. (2015). Shape Up Somerville: change in parent body mass indexes during a child-targeted, community-based environmental change intervention. American Journal of Public Health, 105(2), e83–e89.

Cohen, J. F. W., Kraak, V. I., Choumenkovitch, S. F., Hyatt, R. R., & Economos, C. D. (2014). The CHANGE Study: A Healthy-Lifestyles Intervention to Improve Rural Children’s Diet Quality. Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 114(1), 48–53.

Economos, C. D., Brownson, R. C., DeAngelis, M. A., Foerster, S. B., Foreman, C. T., Gregson, J., Kumanyika, S. K., & Pate, R. R. (2001). What Lessons Have Been Learned from Other Attempts to Guide Social Change? Nutrition Reviews, 59(3), S40–S56.

Economos, C.D., & Hammond, R.A. (2017). Designing effective and sustainable multifaceted interventions for obesity prevention and healthy communities. Obesity, 25(7), 1155–1156.

Economos, C. D., Hyatt, R. R., Goldberg, J. P., Must, A., Naumova, E. N., Collins, J. J., & Nelson, M. E. (2007). A community intervention reduces BMI z‐score in children: Shape Up Somerville first year results. Obesity, 15(5), 1325-1336.

Gervis, J.E., Hennessy, E., Shonkoff, E.T., Bakun, P., Cohen, J., Mueller, M.P., Roberts, S.B., Economos, C.D. (2020) Weighed Plate Waste Can Accurately Measure Children’s Energy Consumption from Food in Quick-Service Restaurants. The Journal of nutrition, 150(2), 404-410.

Hatfield, D. P., & Chomitz, V. R. (2015). Increasing Children’s Physical Activity During the School Day. Current Obesity Reports, 4(2), 147–156.

Hatfield, D.P., Chomitz, V.R., Chui, Kenneth K. H, Sacheck, J.M., Brown, A.A., & Economos, C.D. (2017). Impact of a Community-Based Physical Activity Program on Fitness and Adiposity Among Overweight and Obese Children. Health Promotion Practice, 18(1), 75–83.

Hatfield, D., Lynskey, V., Economos, C., Nichols, E., Whitman, N., & Nelson, M. (2016). Crowdsourcing Innovative Physical Activity Programs: Active Schools Acceleration Project Case Study. Translational Journal of the ACSM, 1(1), 1–9.

Hennessy, E., Economos, C.D., Hammond, R.A., Sweeney, L.B., Brukilacchio, L., Chomitz, V.R., Collins, J., Nahar, E., Rioles, N., Allender, S., Swinburn, B., Gillman, M.W., Hovmand, P., Kasman, M., & Nichols, M. (2020). Integrating Complex Systems Methods to Advance Obesity Prevention Intervention Research. Health Education & Behavior, 47(2), 213–223.

Hennessy, E., Korn, A. R., & Economos, C. D. (2019). Using Systems Approaches to Catalyze Whole-of-Community Childhood Obesity Prevention Efforts. Chicago Council on Global Affairs.

Hennessy, E., Ornstein, J.T., Economos, C.D., Herzog, J.B., Lynskey, V., Coffield, E., & Hammond, R.A. (2016). Designing an Agent-Based Model for Childhood Obesity Interventions: A Case Study of ChildObesity180. Preventing Chronic Disease, 13, E04–E04.

Korn, A.R., Hennessy, E., Tovar, A., Finn, C., Hammond, R.A., Economos, C.D. (2018) Engaging Coalitions in Community-Based Childhood Obesity Prevention Interventions: A Mixed Methods Assessment. Childhood Obesity, 14(8), 537-552.

Lynskey, V., Shonkoff, E., Matthews, E., Zaslow, J., Hennessy, E., Callendar, M., Economos, C.D., Harelick, L. (2018) Using a marketing tool to optimize a social marketing campaign: insights from a copy test of a You’re the Mom Campaign Ad. Journal of nutrition education and behavior, 50(9), 937-946.

Naumova, E. N., & Hennessy, E. (2018). Presenting models to policymakers: intention and perception. Journal of public health policy, 39(2), 189-192.

Pufall Jones, E., Hatfield, D.P., & Connolly, N. (2020). Every School Healthy: Creating Local Impact Through National Efforts. The Journal of School Health, 90(12), 995–1003.