Trina Aguirre, PhD, RN

Associate Professor


University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC)
College of Nursing - West Nebraska Division
1601 East 27th St.
Scottsbluff, NE 69361

Phone: 308-632-0429



  • 2005, BSN, UNMC
  • 2010, PhD, UNMC


Aguirre, T., Joshi, A., Koehler, A., Rodriguez, E. and Wilhelm, S. (2018). Impact of a computer-based breastfeeding education program on breastfeeding self-efficacy and duration in rural Hispanic women. Health and Primary Care, 2 (4) 5-5. doi: 10.15761/HPC.1000144

Aguirre, T., Bowman, R., Kreman, R., Holloway, J., LaTowksy, J., Stricker, M., Struwe, L., Schulte, E., Koehler, A., Pierce, K., and Bloodgood, M. (2018). Pre-intervention characteristics in weight loss participants scoring positive and negative for food addiction. Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism, 1 (1), 1-3. doi: 10.15761/CNM.1000102.

Aguirre, T., Struwe, L., Koehler, A., Kreman, R., Bowman, R., Schulte, E., Pierce, K., Bloodgood, M., and Holloway, J. (2018). Impact of four obesity interventions on biometric measures of individuals positive and negative for food addiction. Archives of Psychiatry and Mental Health, 2, 001-005.

Kattelmann, K., Hofer, E., Merfeld, C., Meendering, J. Olfert, M., White, J., Colby, S., Meade, R., Franzen-Castle, L., Aguirre, T., Mathews, D., Moyer, J., and White, A., (2018). Quality of life associated with physical activity but not sedentary time in youth. Journal of Childhood Obesity, 3 (s1) 001. DOI: 10.21767/2572-5394.100052

Aguirre, T., Koehler, A., Struwe, L., and Reifsnider, E. 2017. Promotora-to-Mother Motivational Interviewing Obesity Intervention and Effect on Diet and Biometrics in Mexican-American Children. Annals of Public Health, 4 (3) 1066.

Aguirre, T., Koehler, A., Wilhelm, S., Rodriguez, E., Kamphaus, A., (2017). Feasibility of Measuring Biometrics in Mexican- American Children for a Childhood Obesity Intervention Study. Annals of Public Health and Research, 4 (1) 1056.

Gould, T., Yerxa, K., Franzen-Castle, L., Brison, C., Aguirre, T., Kattelmann, K., Wilson-Sweebe, K., Colby, S., McElrone, M., Olfert, M., Hagedom, R., & White, A. (2017) Efficacy of the iCook 4-H Dissemination Using Outcome and Fidelity of Implementation Measures. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior 49, (7) S27-28 DOI 10.1016/j.jneb.2017.05.299

White, J., Famodu, O., Barr, M., Merfeld, C., Kattelmann, K., Franzen-Castle, L., Aguirre, T., Colby, S., et al. (2015). Cooking, Mealtime and Physical Activities Incorporated in the Home Environment One Year After Initial Intervention: iCook 4-H. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, 47(4):S38-39.

Olfert, M., Famodu, O., White, J., Barr, M., Hagedorn, R., Meade, R., Colby, S., Franzen-Castle, L., Aguirre, T., et al. (2016). Blood Pressure and Quality of Life in 9-11 year old youth and adult dyad pairs over one year: iCook 4-H. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, 47(4):S83-84.

Aguirre, T.M., Wells, W.L., Koehler, A.E. (2016) Prevalence of Underhydration and its Association to Cardiovascular Risk Factors in a Rural Community Setting. Annals of Public Health and Research 3(4): 1048.

Aguirre, T., Koehler, A., Joshi, A. & Wilhelm, S. (2016) Recruitment and Retention Challenges. Ethnicity and Health. Oct 22:1-9.

Joshi, A., Amadi, C., Meza, J., Aguirre, T. & Wilhelm, S. (2016). Evaluation of a computer-based bilingual breastfeeding educational program on breastfeeding knowledge, self-efficacy and intent to breastfeed among rural Hispanic women. International Journal of Medical Informatics.

Miller, A., Franzen-Castle, L., Aguirre, T., and White, A. (2016). Food-Related Behavior and Intake of Adult Main Meal Preparers of 9-10 Year-Old Children Participating in iCook 4-H: A Five-State Childhood Obesity Prevention Pilot Study. Appetite 101 DOI: 10.1016/j.appet.2016.03.006

Aguirre, T., Kuster, J. & Koehler, A. (2015). "Relationship between Eating Behavior and Dietary Intake in Rural Mexican-American Mothers". Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, DOI: 10.1007/s10903-015-0324-8.

Aguirre, T., Koehler, A., & Tovar, A., (2015). Relationships among hypertension, waist circumference, and body composition in a rural Mexican-American population. Journal of Family Medicine and Community Health, 2 (7) 1057.

Joshi, A., Amadi, C., Meza, J., Aguirre, T., & Wilhelm, S. (2015) Comparison of Socio-Demographic Characteristics of a Computer Based Breastfeeding Educational Intervention Among Rural Hispanic Women. Journal of Community Health, 40(5) 993-1001.PMID 25868495

Wilhelm, S., Aguirre, T., Koehler, A., & Rodehorst, T.K.(2015) Evaluating motivational interviewing to promote breastfeeding by rural Mexican-American mothers: The challenge of attrition. Issues in Comprehensive Pediatric Nursing 38 (1) 7-21. PMID 25373565

Aguirre, T., Wilhelm, S., Backer, S., Schoeneman, S., EBP students.,(2015). Implementation of a red light intervention to decrease nurse interruptions during medication administration in an acute care rural hospital. Online Journal of Rural Nursing and Health Care. Winter 2015.

Wilhelm, S., Aguirre, T., Koehler, A., & Rodehorst, T.K. (2014). Motivational Interviewing to Promote Breastfeeding by Rural Mexican-American Mothers: Challenges and Opportunities. Comprehensive Issues in Pediatric Nursing. 10.3109/01460862.2014.971977

Merfeld, C., Kattelman, K., Meendering, J., Mathews, D.R., Olfert, M.D., White, J., Colby, S.E. , Meade, R., Franzen-Castle, L., Aguirre, T. , & White, A. (2014). iCook 4-H: Report of correlation between quality of life measures and physical activity in 9-to10-year-old children. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, 46 (4):S134-S135.. DOI:10.1016/j.jneb.2014.04.101

Smith, E. Root, A., Flanagan, S., Colby, S., Meade, R., Franzen-Castle, L., Aguirre, T., Kattelmann, K., Kabala, C., White, A., Mathews, D., & Olfert, M. (2014). Assessing blood pressure and quality of life in 9- to-10-year-old children: iCook 4-H pilot study. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, 46(4) S123-S124

Joshi, A., Trout, K., Aguirre, T., and Wilhelm, S. (2014). Exploration of factors influencing initiation and continuation of breastfeeding among Hispanic women living in rural settings: a multi-methods study. Rural and Remote Health 14(3) 2955. PMID 25170852

Aguirre, T., Brage-Hudson, D., Weber, T. K., Boeckner, L., Wilhelm, S. (2012). Mexican American Mothers’ Eating and Child Feeding Behaviors. Issues in Comprehensive Pediatric Nursing,35 (1)4-23.

Wilhelm, S.L., Weber, T.K., Aguirre, T.M., Stepans, M.B.F., Hertzog, M., Clarke, M., and Herboldsheimer, A. (2012). Lessons learned conducting breastfeeding intervention research in two northern plains Tribal communities. Breastfeeding Medicine, 3, 167-172 .

Aguirre, T., Wilhelm, S., and Joshi, A. (2012). Assessment of technology access and preference for health education in a rural Hispanic community. Technology and Healthcare, 20, 521-525.

Joshi, A., Wilhelm, S., Aguirre, T., Meza, J., and Britigan, D. (2012). A quasi-experimental study to evaluate impact of a touch screen computer based breastfeeding educational support program. BMJ open. Accepted for publication.

Franzen-Castle, L., Aguirre, T., Boci, A. (2014). Perceptions of body image and cultural health among Hispanic adults. Accepted by Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health. (DOI) 10.1007/s10903-014-0064-1

Aguirre, T., Koehler, A., & Wilhelm, S. (2013). Bio-Impedance Analysis Measures in a Rural Latina Community. Public Health Frontier, March 2014, 1 -. DOI: 10.5963/PHF0301001

Aguirre, T., Wilhelm, S., & Koehler, A. (2013). Abuela to Mother Motivational Interviewing Intervention Study. Journal of Integrative Psychology and Therapeutics. DOI :

Joshi, A. Wilhelm, S., Aguirre, T., Trout, K. Amadi, C. (2013). Evaluation of an Interactive, Bi-Lingual Touch Screen enabled breastfeeding educational program for Hispanic rural women. BMIJ Research Protocols,