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Dr. Berge’s research expertise includes: (1) identifying multi-level determinants of whole-person health equity; (2) developing and testing innovative mixed-methods for measuring and intervening on home environment factors of importance to child and adolescent health and wellbeing (e.g., ecological momentary assessment (EMA)/intervention (EMI), direct video-recorded observations); and (3) testing family-based and culturally tailored interventions to reduce cardiovascular disease risk disparities by race/ethnicity delivered through primary care settings.  Dr. Berge has received several NIH-funded grants (i.e., R03, R13, R21, R56, R01) to utilize her multidisciplinary expertise and innovative mixed methods in both observational and intervention studies. She has published over 200 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 Development 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 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

External Positions

Co-Director; Community Engagement to Advance Research and Community Health (CEARCH)

Oct 1 2020 → …

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 Interest Keywords

  • Childhood and adolescent 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
  • Childhood obesity
  • Health equity
  • Community-engaged research
  • Weight Stigma/Teasing
  • Social determinants of health
  • Parenting
  • Food Parenting Practices
  • Family
  • Family Meals
  • Mental Health
  • Behavioral Medicine
  • Behavioral Health
  • Siblings
  • Parenting style
  • Adverse Childhood Experiences
  • Stressful Life Events
  • Stress
  • Dietary Intake
  • Physical Activity
  • Intergenerational transmission
  • Life course


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