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Marian L. Fitzgibbon, PhD
Professor of Medicine and Health Policy and Administration
Dr. Fitzgibbon has focused primarily on health risk reduction interventions in minority and underserved populations. She has received consistent federal funding through NIH for more than a decade and regularly publishes in peer-reviewed journals. She serves as an ad hoc reviewer on a number of journals, including Health Psychology, The Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, American Journal of Public Health, The Journal of The American Medical Association, and Ethnicity and Disease.
Dr. Fitzgibbon has mentored pre-doctoral, postdoctoral, and junior faculty for more than a decade. She has chaired 12 dissertation committees and is the primary mentor for two recipients of career development K awards through the National Cancer Institute (NCI). She recently received a minority supplement for a grant awarded from the NCI and is a mentor for a Career Development Awardee. Dr. Fitzgibbon is a member of the NIH Psychosocial Risk and Disease Prevention Study Section and has served on a number of NIH Special Emphasis Panels. She chairs the Health Policy Committee of the Society of Behavioral Medicine.
Dr. Fitzgibbon’s research focuses primarily on health risk reduction in minority and underserved populations. She has conducted obesity prevention trials with preschool children and their parents as well as obesity treatment interventions with women.
Recent and Noteworthy Publications
Smith-Ray RL, Fitzgibbon ML, Tussing-Humphreys L, Schiffer L, Shah A, Huber GM, Braunschweig C, Campbell RT, Hughes SL. Fit and Strong! Plus: Design of a Comparative Effectiveness Evaluation of a Weight Management Program for Older Adults with Osteoarthritis. Contemp Clin Trials. 2013 Dec 5;37(2):178-188. [Epub ahead of print] [See abstract.]
Kong A, Jones BL, Fiese BH, Schiffer LA, Odoms-Young A, Kim Y, Bailey L, Fitzgibbon ML. Parent-child mealtime interactions in racially/ethnically diverse families with preschool-age children. Eat Behav. 2013 Dec;14(4):451-5. [See abstract.]
Zenk SN, Powell LM, Odoms-Young AM, Krauss R, Fitzgibbon ML, Block D, Campbell RT. Impact of the revised Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) food package policy on fruit and vegetable prices. J Acad Nutr Diet. 2014 Feb;114(2):288-96. [See abstract.]
Odoms-Young AM, Kong A, Schiffer LA, Porter SJ, Blumstein L, Bess S, Berbaum ML, Fitzgibbon ML. Evaluating the initial impact of the revised Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) food packages on dietary intake and home food availability in African-American and Hispanic families. Public Health Nutr. 2013 Apr 2:1-11. [Epub ahead of print] [See abstract.]
Joo MJ, Sharp LK, Au DH, Lee TA, Fitzgibbon ML. Use of spirometry in the diagnosis of COPD: a qualitative study in primary care. COPD. 2013 Aug;10(4):444-9. Epub 2013 Mar 28. [See abstract.]
Fitzgibbon ML, Stolley MR, Schiffer L, Kong A, Braunschweig CL, Gomez-Perez SL, Odoms-Young A, Van Horn L, Kaufer Christoffel K, Dyer AR. Family-based Hip-Hop to Health: outcome results. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2013 Feb;21(2):274-83. [See abstract.]
Kong A, Odoms-Young AM, Schiffer LA, Berbaum ML, Porter SJ, Blumstein L, Fitzgibbon ML. Racial/ethnic differences in dietary intake among WIC families prior to food package revisions. J Nutr Educ Behav. 2013 Jan;45(1):39-46. [See abstract.]
Tussing-Humphreys LM, Fitzgibbon ML, Kong A, Odoms-Young A. Weight loss maintenance in African American women: a systematic review of the behavioral lifestyle intervention literature. J Obes. 2013;2013:437369. [See abstract.]
Fitzgibbon ML, Tussing-Humphreys LM, Porter JS, Martin IK, Odoms-Young A, Sharp LK. Weight loss and African-American women: a systematic review of the behavioural weight loss intervention literature. Obes Rev. 2012 Mar;13(3):193-213. [See abstract.]
Nutescu EA, Bathija S, Sharp LK, Gerber BS, Schumock GT, Fitzgibbon ML. Anticoagulation patient self-monitoring in the United States: considerations for clinical practice adoption. Pharmacotherapy. 2011 Dec;31(12):1161-74. [See abstract.]
Joo MJ, Au DH, Fitzgibbon ML, McKell J, Lee TA. Determinants of spirometry use and accuracy of COPD diagnosis in primary care. J Gen Intern Med. 2011 Nov;26(11):1272-7. [See abstract.]
Fisher EB, Fitzgibbon ML, Glasgow RE, Haire-Joshu D, Hayman LL, Kaplan RM, Nanney MS, Ockene JK. Behavior matters. Am J Prev Med. 2011 May;40(5):e15-30. [See abstract.]
Lown DA, Fitzgibbon ML, Dyer A, Schiffer L, Gomez S, Braunschweig CL. Effect of variable energy served on 24-hour energy intake in 16 preschools, Chicago, Illinois, 2007. Prev Chronic Dis. 2011 May;8(3):A58. [See abstract.]
Fitzgibbon ML, Stolley MR, Schiffer LA, Braunschweig CL, Gomez SL, Van Horn L, Dyer AR. Hip-Hop to Health Jr. Obesity Prevention Effectiveness Trial: Postintervention Results. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2011 May;19(5):994-1003. [See abstract.]
Fitzgibbon ML, Stolley MR, Schiffer L, Sharp LK, Singh V, Dyer A. Obesity Reduction Black Intervention Trial (ORBIT): 18-month results. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2010 Dec;18(12):2317-2325. [See abstract.]
Joo MJ, Au DH, Fitzgibbon ML, Lee TA. Inhaled corticosteroids and risk of pneumonia in newly diagnosed COPD. Respir Med. 2010 Feb;104(2):246-52.
Fitzgibbon ML, Beech BM. The role of culture in the context of school-based BMI screening. Pediatrics. 2009 Sep;124 Suppl 1:S50-62. [See abstract.]
Gerber BS, Stolley MR, Thompson AL, Sharp LK, Fitzgibbon ML. Mobile phone text messaging to promote healthy behaviors and weight loss maintenance: a feasibility study. Health Informatics J. 2009 Mar;15(1):17-25. [See abstract.]
Stolley MR, Fitzgibbon ML, Schiffer L, Sharp LK, Singh V, Van Horn L, Dyer A. Obesity Reduction Black Intervention Trial (ORBIT): Six-month Results. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2009 Jan;17(1):100-6. [See abstract.]
Lee TA, Au DS, Fitzgibbon ML, Weiss KB. Medication use patterns associated with spirometry in diagnosing COPD. COPD. 2008 Dec;5(6):360-368.
Sharp LK, Fitzgibbon ML, Schiffer L. Recruitment of obese black women into a physical activity and nutrition intervention trial. J Phys Act Health. 2008 Nov;5(6):870-81.
Pulvers KM, Kaur H, Nollen NL, Greiner KA, Befort CA, Hall S, Born W, Fitzgibbon ML, Ahluwalia JS. Comparison of body perceptions between obese primary care patients and physicians: implications for practice. Patient Educ Couns. 2008 Oct;73(1):73-81.
Fitzgibbon ML, Stolley M, Schiffer L, Sharp L, Singh V, Van Horn L, Dyer A. Obesity Reduction Black Intervention Trial (ORBIT): design and baseline characteristics. J Womens Health (Larchmt). 2008 Sep;17(7):1099-110.
Fitzgibbon ML, Hayman LL, and Haire-Joshu D. Childhood obesity: can policy changes affect this epidemic? Society of Behavioral Medicine, July 2008. Available from: http://www.sbm.org/about/public-policy/statements/childhood-obesity
Banitt AA, Kaur H, Pulvers KM, Nollen NL, Ireland M, Fitzgibbon ML. BMI percentiles and body image discrepancy in black and white adolescents. Obesity. 2008 May;16(5): 987-991.
Sanchez-Johnsen, L, Hogan K, Wilkens LR, Fitzgibbon ML. Correlates of problematic eating behaviors in less acculturated Latinas. Eat Behav. 2008 Apr;9(2):181-189.
Fitzgibbon ML, Ferreira MR, Dolan NC, Davis TC, Rademaker AW, Wolf MS, Liu D, Gorby N, Schmitt BP, and Bennett CL. Process evaluation in an intervention designed to improve rates of colorectal cancer screening in a VA medical center. Health Promot Pract. 2007;8(3):273-281.
Fitzgibbon ML, Gans KM, Evans WD, Viswanath K, Johnson-Taylor WL, Krebs-Smith SM, Rodgers AB, Yaroch AL. Communicating healthy eating: lessons learned and future directions. J Nutr Educ Behav. 2006;39:S63-S71.
Fitzgibbon ML, Stolley MR, Schiffer L, Van Horn L, KauferKristoffel K, Dyer A. Hip-Hop to Health Jr. for Latino preschool children. Obes Res. 2006;14(9):1616-1625.
Fitzgibbon ML, Stolley MR. Commentary: Promoting health in an unhealthful environment: lifestyle challenges for children and adolescents. J Am Diet Assoc. 2006;106(4):518-522.
Nollen N, Kaur H, Pulvers K, Choi W, Fitzgibbon ML, Li C, Nazir N, Ahluwalia, JS. Correlates of ideal body size among Black and White adolescents. J Youth Adol. 2006;35(2):276-284.
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Institute for Health Research and Policy
University of Illinois at Chicago (MC 275)
486 Westside Research Office Bldg.
1747 West Roosevelt Road
Chicago, IL 60608
Deputy Director, IHRP; Director, Section of Health Promotion Research, Department of Medicine; Associate Director, UIC Cancer Center's Population Health, Behavior and Outcomes Program; Director, Health Promotion Research Program, IHRP
Current IHRP Research Studies (Co-I)
Other Research (Non-IHRP)
Dissemination of a Weight Management Program among US Veterans (MOVE*VETS)
Feasibility Study of Modified "Life Over Cancer" Intervention in Breast Cancer Patients
Illinois Prevention Research Center
Impact of a New WIC Food Package Fruit and Vegetable Cash-Voucher on Vendor Participation and Fruit and Vegetable Supply Characteristics
Weight Loss Maintenance in Black Women
Recently Completed Research
- Cancer Education and Career Development Program
- Community Action to Increase Demand for Health Food in African American Communities: Phase 1: Exploratory Research to Inform Community Action
- Clinical Research Training Program
- Evaluating Economic Subsidies to Improve Dietary Intake among Low-income Families
- Faith on the Move: A Faith-Based Weight Loss Breast Health Intervention for Healthy Black Women
- Family-Based Obesity Prevention in Latino Families
- Hip Hop at Home: Pilot
- Low Literacy and Colorectal Screening
- Model-Directed Intervention: Colorectal Cancer Screening; Prevention of Obesity in Latino children: A Pilot Study
- Obesity Reduction Black Intervention Trial
- Postdoctoral Training Program in Cancer Epidemiology and Prevention
- Preschool-Based Obesity Prevention Effectiveness Trial
- Preschool-Based Obesity Prevention Effectiveness Trial: Diversity Supplement
- Prevention of Colorectal Cancer: A Pilot Study of a Combined Screening, Lifestyle, and Weight-Loss Intervention
- Research Training in Cardiovascular Disease Epidemiology and Prevention
- Randomized Trial Comparing Psychosocial Interventions for Cancer Patients
- The Relationship between Perceived and Objective Food Environments, Dietary Intake and Weight Status in Latino Families
- School-based Obesity Prevention
- Telehealth for Weight Management of African American Women