Departmental Research

The faculty in the Department of Nursing at Temple’s College of Public Health have a wide variety of research emphases, including

  • adolescent health,
  • child welfare,
  • chronic disease prevention,
  • community-based treatment interventions,
  • health disparities,
  • human sexuality,
  • interpersonal violence,
  • minority health,
  • nutrition,
  • obesity and
  • violence prevention.

Students, Nurses and Parents Seeking Health Options Together (SNAPSHOT) Study

Because one in three school-aged children are overweight or obese, a need exists to develop and test school-based programming that aims to prevent progression, and support remission, of childhood obesity. The SNAPSHOT study, led by Martha (Marti) Kubik, is testing a novel elementary school-based, school nurse-led healthy weight management program that intends to reduce the prevalence of overweight and obesity among 8- to 12-year-olds. The study is funded by the National Institute of Nursing Research in the National Institutes of Health.

The nine-month program engages children and parents and includes

  • quarterly parent and child coaching sessions with the school nurse in the home setting.
  • a group where children meet after school one to two times per month to make tasty snacks; play fun, active games; and learn about making healthy food and activity choices from the SNAPSHOT comic characters.
  • a parent group that meets five times for peer support, feedback and information sharing in a supportive, parent-friendly setting.

Kubik has partnered with two school districts in metropolitan Minnesota and a multidisciplinary team of research colleagues at the University of Minnesota and the University of Massachusetts Amherst. If it is successful, the SNAPSHOT program will be a new model of obesity prevention with a high potential for dissemination in schools nationwide. Learn more about SNAPSHOT.

Learn more about research and scholarship in the Department of Nursing.

Research in Temple’s College of Public Health

The College of Public Health is one of the most research-active colleges at Temple University. Research at the college is multidisciplinary and spans both discovery and translation.

Temple is an R1 institution of “highest research activity” as designated by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, placing it in the top 4% of all four-year educational institutions in the nation. Temple’s research enterprise distinguishes itself through its focus on community, and by using advances in technology to make a positive impact on people’s lives.