Department of Health Promotion, Social & Behavioral Health
University of Nebraska Medical Center
College of Public Health

Professional Summary

  • 2009-Current Executive Director, Gretchen Swanson Center for Nutrition, Omaha, NE
  • 2009-Current Professor, Department of Health Promotion, Social and Behavioral Health, UNMC
  • 2009-Current Adjunct Professor, Department of Nutrition and Health Sciences, UNL
  • 2009-Present Affiliate Member, Eppley Cancer Center, UNMC
  • 2002-2009  Program Director/Behavioral Scientist, National Cancer Institute, NIH
  • 1999-2002 Assistant Scientist, AMC Cancer Research Center, Denver CO  


  • PhD, Nutrition and Health Sciences, Emory University, 1999
  • BA, Psychology, State University of New York at Albany, 1990

 Research Interests

My research areas include obesity prevention in youth, local food systems and health, survey development and evaluation, and health disparities.

 Selected Publications

  • Yaroch, A.L., Nebeling, L., Thompson, F.E., et al. Baseline design elements and sample characteristics for seven sites participating in the Nutrition Working Group of the Behavior Change Consortium. Journal of Nutrition. 2008;138(1S-III):183S-192S.
  • McKinnon, R.A., Reedy, J., Morrissette, M.A., Lytle, L.A. & Yaroch, A.L. Measures of the food environment: A compilation of the literature, 1990-2007. American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 2009:36(4 Suppl): S124-33.
  • Colon-Ramos, U., Atienza, A., Weber, D., Taylor, M., Uy, C., & Yaroch, A.L. Practicing what they preach: Health behaviors of those who provide health advice to extensive social networks. Journal of Health Communication. 2009:14(2):119-30.
  • Wolfe, R.L., Lepore, S.J., Vandergrift, J.L., Basch, C.E., & Yaroch, A.L. Tailored telephone education to promote awareness and adoption of fruit and vegetable recommendations among urban and mostly black men: A randomized controlled trial. Preventive Medicine. 2009:48(1):32-8.
  • Shaikh, A.R., Yaroch, A.L., Nebeling, L., Yeh, M-C, & Resnicow, K. Psychosocial predictors of fruit and vegetable consumption in adults: A review of the literature. American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 2008:34(6):535-43.

Professional Affiliations

  • American Public Health Association
  • Society of Behavioral Medicine
  • American Dietetic Association

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Amy Yaroch, College of Public Health at UNMC

505 Durham Research Plaza
Omaha, NE 68105-1313
Phone: 402-559-5500
Fax: 402-559-7302

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