Jennifer M. Ohlendorf, Ph.D., RN

Jennifer Ohlendorf
Jennifer M. Ohlendorf, Ph.D., RNMarquette University

Clark Hall, 316

MilwaukeeWI53201United States of America
(414) 288-4676

Assistant Professor of Nursing

Highest Degree

Ph.D., Marquette University


Courses Taught

  • NURS 6000: Theoretical Foundations of Practice
  • NURS 3964: Family/Community Practicum
  • NURS 1001: Nursing in the Jesuit Tradition
  • HEAL 1931: Healthcare of Vulnerable Populations

Research Interests

My research area focuses on weight self-management through the childbearing transition. I am specifically interested in studying ways that health care providers can influence the weight self-management process of pregnant, postpartum, and interconceptional women. In the future, I would like to expand my program of research to examine ways that women’s weight self-management behaviors and early infant and childhood feeding choices interact to influence childhood weight management.

Professional Affiliations

  • Wisconsin Association for Perinatal Care (WAPC)
  • Midwest Nurses Research Society (MNRS)
  • Sigma Theta Tau, Delta Gamma At-Large Chapter
    Board Member: Leadership and Succession Committee 2007-2009


  • Obstetrical Nursing
  • Women’s Health
  • Community Health Nursing

Selected Publications

Ohlendorf, J. M., Weiss, M. E., & Oswald, D. (2015) Predictors of engagement in postpartum weight self-management behaviors in the first 12 weeks after birth. Journal of Advanced Nursing. doi: 10.1111/jan.12640

Ohlendorf, J. M. (2013) Postpartum weight self-management: A concept analysis. Research and Theory for Nursing Practice, 27(1), 35-52. doi: 10.1891/1541-5677.27.1.35

Ohlendorf, J. M. (2012). Stages of change in the trajectory of postpartum weight self-management. Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, & Neonatal Nursing, 41(1), 57-70. doi: 10.1111/j.1552-6909.2011.01323.x

Ohlendorf, J. M., Weiss, M. E., & Ryan, P. (2012). Weight-management information needs of postpartum women. MCN: The American Journal of Maternal-Child Nursing, 37(1). 56-63.


  • Marquette University Committee on Research: $5,000 Regular Research Grant
  • Southeastern Wisconsin Research Consortium Research Grant: $2,500 to fund dissertation research. Awarded 5/12.
  • Sigma Theta Tau small grant: $5,000 to fund the research project entitled, Stages of Change in the Trajectory of Postpartum Weight Management. Awarded 4/09.