Assistant Professor of Nutrition and Human Development
Human Development & Family Studies
Interests: Culture/Neighborhood/Society, Healthy Retail, Intervention Research, Media, Nutrition, Obesity, Food Policy, Prevention Research, School, Sleep
Life Phases: Early Childhood, Middle Childhood, Adolescence, Adulthood
Dr. Falbe’s research focuses on studying programmatic, policy, and environmental interventions to prevent chronic disease and reduce health disparities. Dr. Falbe led an evaluation of the nation’s first soda tax in Berkeley, California. She has also examined primary care nutrition and physical activity interventions for underserved youth, healthy retail programs, multi-sector community interventions to address childhood obesity, and the impact of screen time on adolescent sleep and health. Dr. Falbe’s research employs quantitative and qualitative methods; experimental and observational designs; and primary data collection in clinical and community settings, such as in schools, child care centers, and grocery stores.
Dr. Falbe is accepting applications from undergraduate and graduate students who are interested in gaining research experience in her lab.
Falbe J*, Friedman L*, Thompson H, Tantoco N, Madsen KA. “She gave me the confidence to open up”: A qualitative study of bridging communication by promotoras in a childhood obesity intervention for Latino families. Health Education and Behavior. 2017: 1090198117727323. [E-pub ahead of print]
Falbe J, Madsen KA. Growing Momentum for Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Campaigns and Policies: Costs and Considerations. American Journal of Public Health. June 2017;107(6):835-838.
Franckle RL, Falbe J, Gortmaker S, Barrett JL, Giles C, Ganter C, Blaine RE, Buszkiewicz J, Taveras EM, Kwass J, Land T, Davison KK. Student obesity prevalence and behavioral outcomes for the Massachusetts Childhood Obesity Research Demonstration Project.Obesity. In press, 2017.
Blaine RE, Franckle RL, Ganter C, Falbe J, Giles C, Criss S, Kwass J, Land T, Gortmaker SL, Chuang E, Davison KK, and the MA-CORD study group. Using school staff to implement a childhood obesity prevention intervention in low-income school districts: a mixed methods process evaluation from the Massachusetts Childhood Obesity Research Demonstration (MA-CORD), 2012-14. Preventing Chronic Disease. 2017;14:E03
Falbe J, Thompson H, Becker CM, Rojas N, McCulloch CE, Madsen KA. Impact of the Berkeley excise tax on sugar-sweetened beverage consumption. American Journal of Public Health. 2016; 106(10):1865-71.
Falbe J, Willett WC, Rosner B, Field AE. Body mass index, new modes of TV viewing, and active video games. Pediatric Obesity. 2016; Epub ahead of print.
Martin-Calvo N, Chavarro J, Falbe J, Hu FB, Field AE. The adherence to the Mediterranean dietary pattern and annual BMI change among adolescents. International Journal of Obesity. 2016; 40(7):1103-8
Falbe J, Cotterman C, Linchey J, Madsen KA. Ethnic disparities in trends in high BMI among California adolescents, 2003–2012. American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 2016; 51(2):e45-55.
Falbe J, Rojas N, Grummon AH, Madsen KA. Higher retail prices of sugar-sweetened beverages 3 months after implementation of an excise tax in Berkeley, California. American Journal of Public Health. 2015; 105(11):2194-201.
Falbe J, Cadiz AA, Tantoco NK, Thompson HR, Madsen KA. Active and Healthy Families: A randomized controlled trial of a culturally-tailored obesity intervention for Latino children. Academic Pediatrics. 2015; 15(4):386-95.
Flood J, Minkler M, Lavery SH, Estrada J, Falbe J. The Collective Impact Model and its potential for health promotion: Overview and case study of a healthy retail initiative in San Francisco. Health Education and Behavior. 2015; 42(5):654-68.
Franckle RL, Falbe J, Gortmaker S, Blaine RE, Ganter C, Giles C, Taveras EM, Land T, Davison KK. Insufficient sleep among elementary and middle school students is linked with elevated soda consumption and other unhealthy dietary behaviors. Preventive Medicine. 2015; 74C:36-41.
Davison KK, Falbe J, Taveras EM, Gortmaker SL, Kulldorff M, Perkins M, Blaine R, Franckle R, Gehre C, Woo Baidal JA, Kwass J, Budkiewicz J, Smith L, Land T. Evaluation overview for the Massachusetts Childhood Obesity Demonstration (CORD) Study. Childhood Obesity. 2015; 11(1):23-36.
Falbe J, Davison KK, Franckle RL, Gehre C, Gortmaker SL, Smith L, Land T, Taveras EM. Screens in children’s sleep environments, sleep duration, and perceived insufficient rest. Pediatrics. 2015; 135(2):e367-75.
Taveras EM, Blaine R, Davison KK, Gortmaker SL, Anand S, Falbe J, Kwass J, Perkins M, Giles CM, Criss S, Colchamiro R, Woo Baidal JA, Land T, Smith L. Design and implementation of the Massachusetts Childhood Obesity Research Demonstration (MA-CORD) Study. Childhood Obesity. 2015;11(1):11-22.
Falbe J, Willet WC, Rosner B, Sonneville KR, Gortmaker SL, Field AE. Longitudinal relations of television, electronic games, and digital versatile discs with changes in diet among adolescents. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 2014; 100(4): 1173-81.
Field AE, Sonneville KR, Falbe J, Flint A, Haines J, Rosner B, Camargo CA. Association of sports drinks with weight gain among adolescents and young adults. Obesity. 2014; 22(10):2238-43.
Falbe J and Davison KK. “Theories of Behavior Change and Their Application to Public Health Nutrition.” Natalie Stein, ed. Public Health Nutrition: Principles and Practice in Community and Global Health. Sudbury: Jones & Bartlett Learning, LLC. 2014.
Falbe J, Rosner B, Willett WC, Sonneville KR, Hu FB, Field AE. Adiposity and different types of screen time. Pediatrics. 2013; 132(6):e1497-1505.
Schwartz MB, Henderson KE, Falbe J, Novak SA, Wharton CM, Long MW, O'Connell ML, Fiore SS. Strength and comprehensiveness of district school wellness policies predict policy implementation at the school level. Journal of School Health. 2012; 82(6):262-7.
Falbe J, Kenney EL, Henderson KE, Schwartz MB. The wellness child care assessment tool: a measure to assess the quality of written nutrition and physical activity policies. Journal of the American Dietetic Association. 2011; 111(12):1852-60.
Henderson KE, Grode GM, Middleton AE, Kenney EL, Falbe J, Schwartz MB. Validity of a measure to assess the child-care nutrition and physical activity environment. Journal of the American Dietetic Association. 2011; 111(9):1306-13
Sc.D., Nutrition. Harvard University
Sc.D., Epidemiology (dual degree). Harvard University
M.P.H, Public Health Nutrition. University of California, Berkeley
B.A., Public Health. University of California, Berkeley