Jennifer M. Ohlendorf, Ph.D., RN

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

Clark Hall, 331

MilwaukeeWI53201United States of America
(414) 288-4676

Associate Professor

Highest Degree and Institution

Ph.D., Marquette University

Courses Taught

NURS 3800:  Maternity Nursing and Women's Health

NURS 6000:  Theoretical Foundations of Practice

NURS 6700: Maternity Nursing and Women's Health

NURS 8000:  Knowledge Development in Nursing

Research Interests

Dr. Ohlendorf's research centers around how nurses use their health promotion skills to act as health coaches for women to promote uptake of physical activity and healthy eating behaviors during life transitions. She working to develop and test a theory-based coaching intervention helping pregnant women set their own attainable physical activity and healthy eating goals throughout all 3 trimesters. The hope is that women will set up habits that may impact their health and the health of their families. Additionally, she engages in qualitative inquiries to understand the meaning movement, exercise, and athletic endeavors like running have in the lives of women.

Professional Affiliations

Midwest Nurses Research Society (MNRS)

Wisconsin Association for Perinatal Care (WAPC)


Women’s Health

Health Promotion

Self-Management and Self-Regulation


 Link to Marquette University E-Publications - Ohlendorf


2021   $50,000.  Milwaukee Lift:  Building a Sustainable, Community Engaged Partnership for Healing through Strength Team Member, along with Bridgen, N. (PI), Efford, A., Hlavka, H., Tucker, A.  del Torre, E., & Bekhet, A.Marquette University Presidential Challenge Grant. 

2021   $15,000.  Restorative Justice in Movement (RJM): Exploring the embodiment of healing and gender empowerment. Team Member, along with Hlavka, H. (PI), Bridgen, N., & Tucker, A.  Institute of Women’s Leadership Summer Grant Program.

2019-2020   $2,800.  The Lived Experience of Overweight Women Runners and Athletes.  PI. Marquette University College of Nursing Regner Award.

2018-2020:  PI (Co-I:  Scherer, M. and Malloy, E.)  “Pilot Testing a Technology-Enhanced Coaching Intervention to Promote Healthy Pregnancy Weight Gain for Overweight and Obese Women.” American Nurses Foundation, Virginia R. Kelley Award and Marquette University College of Nursing Wallace Faculty Award.