Marilyn Frenn, Ph.D., RN, CNE, ANEF, FTOS, FAAN

Marilyn Frenn
Marilyn Frenn, Ph.D., RN, CNE, ANEF, FTOS, FAANMarquette University

Clark Hall, 353

MilwaukeeWI53201United States of America
(414) 288-3845

Professor of Nursing and Director of the Ph.D. Program

Highest Degree

Postdoctoral research fellowship, University of Michigan

Courses Taught

  • Nursing Education Research, Policy and Leadership
  • Health Promotion
  • Research and Evidence as a Foundation For Nursing
  • Culture and Health

Research Interests

My research is with 4-8th grade children and their parents to prevent obesity, using a tailored online intervention and testing a prebiotic. I also have investigated teaching excellence qualitatively.

Professional Affiliations

  • Chair, Family Research Interest Group, Midwest Nursing Research Society
  • International Society of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity member
  • National League for Nursing Membership Committee

Specialization

  • Obesity prevention in youth, nursing education.
      • Fellow, The Obesity Society
      • Fellow, American Academy of Nursing
      • Fellow, Academy Nursing Education
      • Certified Nurse Educator

Selected Publications

Davison, K.K.,  Mâsse, L.C., Timperio, A., Frenn, M.D., Saunders, J.,  Mendoza, J.A., Gobbi, E., Hanson, P.,  & Trost, S.G. (2013). Physical activity parenting measurement and research: Challenges, explanations, and solutions. Childhood Obesity, 9, S103-9.

Frenn, M., Pruszynski, J.,  Felzer,H., & Zhang, J. (2013). Authoritative feeding behaviors to reduce child BMI through online interventions. Journal for Specialists in Pediatric Nursing, 18 (1), 65-77.

Polfuss, M., & Frenn. M. (2012). Parenting and feeding behaviors associated with school-aged African American and Caucasian children. Western Journal of Nursing Research, 34,677-96.

Frenn, M., Felzer,H., Zhang, J. & Pruszynski, J. (In press). Authoritative feeding behaviors to reduce child BMI through online interventions. Journal for Specialists in Pediatric Nursing.

Polfuss, M., & Frenn. M. (in press). Parenting and feeding behaviors associated with school-aged African American and Caucasian children. Western Journal of Nursing Research. First published online ahead of print on March 22, 2011 as doi:10.1177/0193945911402225.

Polfuss, M., & Frenn. M. (2012). Parenting Behaviors of African American and Caucasian Families:  Parent and Child Perceptions, Associations with Child Weight and Ability to Identify Abnormal Weight Status. Journal of Pediatric Nursing. 27 (3), 195-20.

Frenn, M., Heinrich, A., Schmidt, C. , & Pruszynski, J.E.  (2011). What can parents do to reduce youth obesity? An initial study with a diverse sample. Journal of Pediatric Nursing. 26, 428–434.

Lerret, S & Frenn, M. (2011). Challenge with care: Reflections on Teaching Excellence. Journal of Professional Nursing, 27, 378-384.

Johnson, N., Frenn, M., Feetham, S. & Simpson, P. (2011). Autism spectrum disorder: Parenting stress, family functioning and health related quality of life. Families, Systems and Health, 29(3), 232-252.

Duffy, J., Frenn, M., Patterson, B. (2011). Advancing Nursing Education Science: An Analysis of NLN's Grant Program 2008-2010. Nursing Education Perspectives, 32(1),10-13.

Farmer, B.J., & Frenn, M. (2009). Teaching Excellence: What Great Teachers Teach Us.  Journal of Professional Nursing, 25, 267-272.

Havice, M., Malin, S., Schweizer, H., & Frenn, M. (2007). Engaging students through collaboration: How Project FUN works.  Nursing Education Perspectives, 28, 203–208.

Frenn, M., Malin, S., Villarruel, A.M., Pearson, K., McCarthy, S., Freeman, J., & Nee, E. (2005). Determinants of physical activity and low-fat diet among low income African American and Hispanic middle school students. Public Health Nursing, 22, 89-97.

Frenn, M., Malin, S., Brown, R.L., Greer, Y., Fox, J. Greer, J., & Smyczek, S. (2005). Changing the tide: An Internet/video exercise and low fat diet intervention with middle school students. Applied Nursing Research, 18, 13-21.       

Frenn, M., Malin, S., Bansal, N., Delgado, M., Greer, Y., Havice. M., Ho, M., & Schweizer, H. (2003). Addressing health disparities in middle school students' nutrition and exercise. Journal of Community Health Nursing, 20(1), 1-14.

Frenn, M., & Malin, S. (2003).  Diet and exercise in low income, culturally diverse middle school students. Public Health Nursing, 20, 361-368.     

Frenn, M., Malin, S., & Bansal, N.K. (2003). Stage based interventions for low fat diet with middle school students. Journal of Pediatric Nursing, 18, 1-10.

Robbins, L.B., Pender, N.J., Conn, V.S.,  Frenn, M.D.,  Neuberger, G.B., Nies, M.A., Topp, R.B., & Wilbur, J.E. (2001). Physical activity research in nursing. Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 33, 315-321.

Grants

  • The effect of combining prebiotic treatment with a diet/physical activity educational program on body composition and intestinal microbiota among predominately overweight and obese children. Clinical and Translational Science Institute of SE Wisconsin
  • Family Health Through Worksite Wellness: A Planning Grant. Northwestern Mutual Foundation subaward through the Clinical and Translational Science Institute of SE WI
  • Improving health through support for nursing education among highly qualified nursing students: LPN through Doctoral levels.
  • Regner Research Award to Advance Faculty Research with High Potential: Pilot Testing of the Project FUN with Parents online intervention
  • Will an Online Exercise and Nutrition Program Work with 4th and 5th Grade Students in Urban and Rural settings? Delta Gamma Chapter Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society.
  • Exercise and Nutrition: What Works Best for Low Income, Culturally Diverse Middle School Students? Children’s Hospital Foundation
  • Disparity Elimination Using Care and Exercise, U.S. Tennis & Education Foundation
  • Guiding Health Professions Students in Preparing Peer Models for Low Fat Diet and Physical Activity in Middle Schools. Milwaukee Area Health Education Center