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Wendy L. Hellerstedt, Ph.D.



Maternal and Child Health
Division of Epidemiology
School of Public Health
University of Minnesota
1300 South Second Street, Suite 300
Minneapolis, MN 55454
Phone: (612) 626-2207
Fax: (612) 625-0315


Education | Professional Experience | Consultant
Teaching Experience | Professional Affiliations | Honors and Memberships
Publications in Peer Reviewed Journals | Presentations


EDUCATION

Doctor of Philosophy. Division of Epidemiology, Graduate School, University of Minnesota. December, 1992. Dissertation: The association of adolescent parity and infant mortality in Minnesota, 1980-1988.

Master of Public Health. Division of Epidemiology, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota. July, 1989.

Bachelor of Arts, Psychology. University of Minnesota, July, 1979.


PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Assistant Professor. Division of Health Management and Policy, Maternal and Child Health Program, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota, April 1995 present.

Research Associate. Division of Epidemiology, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota. January 1993 - March 1995.

Graduate Research Assistant/Teaching Assistant. Division of Epidemiology and Division of Human Development and Nutrition, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota. September 1986 - December 1992

Assistant Scientist. Lipid Research Clinic, Department of Medicine, University of Minnesota. August, 1985 - August, 1986.

Data Coordinator and Health Planner. Renal Network Coordinating Council of the Upper Midwest, Inc., Minneapolis, MN. March, 1980 - March, 1984.


CONSULTANT

Communities Caring For Children. Evaluation of this 10 county public health intervention to improve prenatal care adequacy and wellbaby and wellchild exams. 1995-present.

Itasca Heart Project. Evaluation of this community-wide heart disease prevention program, 1990-1991; Advisory Board member, April 1995 - present.

School of Nursing, University of Minnesota. Designed and performed analysis for the Child Victim as Witness study, under the direction of Dr. Barbara Leonard. October 1992 - January 1993.

Hazelden Foundation. Prepared literature reviews of smoking cessation techniques, smoking and women, and smoking cessation in conjunction with other drug dependency treatments. 1990.


TEACHING EXPERIENCE

  • Lecturing Experience
    ·Epidemiology I: Lectures on bias, clinical trials design, and confounding.
    ·Maternal Nutrition: Lectures on study design, chronic disease and parity.
    ·Principles of Public Health: Lecture on reproductive health.

  • University-based Course Direction/Co-direction
    ·Perinatal Health and Family Planning: Course director.
    ·Race, Class and Family Formation: Seminar co-director.


    PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

  • American College of Epidemiology
  • American Public Health Association (Abstract reviewer, Maternal and Child Health Section, 1995 - present; Member, MCH Data Committee, 1995 - present)
  • Minnesota Organization on Adolescent Pregnancy, Prevention and Parenting (Member, InfoExchange Advisory Committee, 1997)
  • National Organization on Adolescent Pregnancy, Prevention and Parenting
  • Society of Epidemiologic Research (Abstract reviewer, 1995 - present)
  • Society of Perinatal Epidemiologic Research (Abstract reviewer, 1995 - present)


    HONORS and MEMBERSHIPS

  • Manuscript reviews (1997-98) for: American Journal of Health Promotion, American Journal of Preventive Medicine, American Journal of Public Health, International Journal of Epidemiology, International Journal of Obesity, Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation, Journal of Perinatology, Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Preventive Medicine, and Public Health Reports.
  • Review Board, American Journal of Health Behavior (formerly Health Values) 1994 - present.
  • Invited commentator, Evidence-based Nursing, April 1998 (Vol. 1, No. 2, p 56).
  • Member, National Advisory Council on Health Professions Education, Department of Health and Human Services. 1989-1990.
  • Member, Delta Omega Society (nominated in 1997).


    PUBLICATIONS in PEER REVIEWED JOURNALS

    Hellerstedt WL, Story M. Adolescent satisfaction with postpartum contraception and body weight concerns. J Adol Health 1998;22:446-52.

    Hellerstedt WL, Pirie PL, Lando HA, Curry SJ, McBride CM, Grothaus L, Clark Nelson, J. Differences in preconceptional and prenatal behaviors in women with intended and unintended pregnancies. Am J Public Health 1998;88:663-6.

    Leonard BJ, Hellerstedt WL, Josten L. The association of maternal psychological function to pathology in child sexual abuse victims. Issues in Mental Health Nurs 1997;18:587-601.

    Hellerstedt WL, Jeffery RW. The association of job strain and health behaviors in men and women. Int J Epidemiol 1997;26:575-83.

    Hellerstedt WL, Himes JH, Story M, Alton I, Edwards LE. Effects of cigarette smoking and gestational weight change on birth outcomes in obese and normal-weight women. Am J Public Health 1997;87:591-6.

    Hellerstedt WL, Jeffery RW. The effects of a telephone-based intervention on weight loss. Am J Health Promotion 1997;11(3):177-82.

    Wing RR, Jeffery RW, Hellerstedt WL, Burton L. Effect of frequent phone contacts and optional food provision on maintenance of weight loss. Ann Behav Med 1996;18(3):172-6.

    Wing RR, Jeffery RW, Pronk N, Hellerstedt WL. Effects of a personal trainer and financial incentives on exercise adherence in overweight women in a behavioral weight loss program. Obes Res 1996;4:457-62.

    Edwards LE, Hellerstedt WL, Alton IR, Story M, Himes JH. Pregnancy complications and birth outcomes in obese and normalweight women: effects of gestational weight change. Obstet Gynecol 1996; 87:389-94.

    Hellerstedt WL, Pirie PL, Alexander GR. Adolescent parity and infant mortality, Minnesota, 1980 through 1988. Am J Public Health 1995;85:1139-42.

    Wing RR, Jeffery RW, Hellerstedt WL. A prospective study of effects of weight cycling on cardiovascular risk factors. Arch Int Med 1995;155(13):1416-22.

    Jeffery RW, Gray CW, French SA, Hellerstedt WL, Murray D, Luepker RV, Blackburn H. Evaluation of weight reduction in a community intervention for cardiovascular disease risk: changes in body mass index in the Minnesota Heart Health Program. Int J Obesity 1995;19:309.

    Jeffery RW, Hellerstedt WL, French SA, Baxter JE. A randomized trial of fat restricted versus calorie restricted diets for the treatment of obesity. Int J Obesity 1995;19:1327.

    Pirie PL, McBride CM, Hellerstedt WL, Jeffery RJ, Hatsukami D, Allen, S, Lando H. Smoking cessation in women concerned about weight. Am J Public Health 1992;82:1238-43.

    Lando HA, Hellerstedt WL, Pirie PL, McGovern PG. Brief supportive telephone outreach as a recruitment strategy for smoking cessation. Am J Public Health 1992;82: 41-6.

    Hatsukami D, McBride C, Pirie P, Hellerstedt W, Lando H. Effects of nicotine gum on prevalence and severity of withdrawal in women cigarette smokers. J Substance Abuse 1991;3:427-40.

    Lando HA, Hellerstedt WL, Pirie PL, Fruetel J, Huttner P. Results of a long-term community smoking cessation contest. Am J Health Promotion 1991;5:420-5.

    Lando HA, Pirie PL, Hellerstedt WL, McGovern PG. Survey of smoking patterns, attitudes, and interest in quitting. Am J Prev Med 1991;7:18-23.

    Hellerstedt WL, Jeffery RJ, Murray D. The association between alcohol intake and adiposity in the general population. Am J Epidemiol 1990;132(4):594-611.

    Jeffery RJ, Hellerstedt WL, Schmid TL. Correspondence programs for smoking cessation and weight control. Health Psychology 1990;9(5):585-98.

    Schmid TL, Jeffery RJ, Hellerstedt WL. Direct mail recruitment to home-based smoking and weight control programs: a comparison of strategies. Prev Med 1989;18:503-17.

    Rastam L, Admire JB, Frantz Jr. I, Hellerstedt WL, Hunninghake DB, Kuba K, Luepker R. Evaluation of blood cholesterol measurement by the Reflotron Analyzer. Clinical Chem 1988;34:426.

    Carlson DC, Hellerstedt WL, Anderson J, Sterioff S, Andersen RK, Ascher N. Kidney donor candidacy study. Transplant Proc 1985;17:99.

    Hellerstedt WL, Johnson WJ, Ascher N, Kjellstrand CM, Knutson R, Shapiro FL, Sterioff S. Survival rates of 2728 patients with end-stage renal disease. Mayo Clin Proc 1984;59:776-83.


    PRESENTATIONS

    Hellerstedt WL. Pirie PL. Pregnancy intention and prenatal and postpartum characteristics of rural women. Presented at the annual meeting of the American Public Health Association, Washington DC. November 15-19, 1998.

    Hellerstedt WL. Olson SM, Oswald J. The evaluation of a community-based intervention on infant immunization in rural Minnesota. Presented at the annual meeting of the American Public Health Association, Washington DC. November 15-19, 1998.

    Hellerstedt WL. Pirie PL. Pregnancy intention and prenatal and postpartum characteristics of rural women. Presented at the annual meeting of the American College of Epidemiology, San Francisco, CA. September 27-28, 1998.

    Hellerstedt WL. The association of postpartum Depo-provera use and weight gain. Presented at the annual meeting of Planned Parenthood of Minnesota/South Dakota, St. Paul, MN. June 8, 1998.

    Hellerstedt WL. Olson SM, Oswald J. The evaluation of a community-based intervention on infant immunization in rural Minnesota. Presented at the annual meeting of the Minnesota Public Health Association, Minneapolis, MN. April 30, 1998.

    Hellerstedt WL. Maternal substance abuse. Invited talk, Parent Education Advisory Committee, St. Paul, MN. April 16, 1998.

    Hellerstedt WL. Olson SM, Oswald J. The evaluation of a community-based intervention on infant immunization in rural Minnesota. Presented at the annual meeting of the American College of Preventive Medicine, and Association of Teachers of Preventive Medicine, San Francisco, CA. April 2-5, 1998.

    Hellerstedt WL. Himes JH, Story M. The association of postpartum contraception and weight change among adolescents. Presented at the annual meeting of the Society of Epidemiologic Research, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. June 11-14, 1997.

    Hellerstedt WL. Himes JH, Story M. Weight change and Depo-provera use among postpartum adolescents. Invited talk, Regional Ob-Gyn Update, St. Paul, MN. April 4, 1997.

    Hellerstedt WL, Pirie PL, Curry SJ, Grothaus LJ, McBride CM, Lando HA, Roski J. Pregnancy intention and health behaviors. Presented at the annual meeting of the International Congress of Behavioral Medicine, Washington, DC. March 13-16, 1996.

    Hellerstedt WL, Alton I, Himes J. Do gestational weight gain and smoking influence the birthweight of infants born to obese gravidae? Presented at the annual meeting of American Public Health Association, San Diego, CA. October 29-November 2, 1995.

    Hellerstedt WL. Childbearing and women's longterm health risks. Invited presentation to the U.S. Maternal Child Health Bureau's National Maternal Nutrition Intensive Course, "Applications of Scientific Advances to Practice." July 9-12, 1995, Minneapolis, MN.

    Hellerstedt WL, Alton I, Himes J, Story M, Edwards L. Pregravid obesity: the influences of gestational weight gain and smoking on birthweight. Presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Epidemiologic Research, Snowbird, Utah. June 21-24, 1995. [Abstracted in Am J Epidemiol 1995;11:S23.]

    Hellerstedt WL, Jeffery RW. The effects of a telephonebased intervention on weight loss. Presented at the annual meeting of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, San Diego CA, March 22-25, 1995.

    Hellerstedt WL, Jeffery RW, Wing RR. The effects of telephone contact on weight loss maintenance. Presented at the annual meeting of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, San Diego CA, March 22-25, 1995.

    Edwards LE, Hellerstedt WL, Alton I. Pregnancy course complications and outcomes in obese women: effects of gestational weight change. Presented at the annual meeting of the Society of Perinatal Obstetricians, Atlanta GA, January 23-28, 1995. [Abstracted in Am J Obstet Gynecol 1995;172(1):292.]

    Hellerstedt WL. Small numbers analysis. Presented at the Capacity Building Conference of the Minnesota Department of Health, Brooklyn Park MN, November 16, 1994.

    Hellerstedt WL, Pirie PL. The association of pregnancy interval and infant growth among infants born to adolescents. Presented at the annual meeting of the American Public Health Association, Washington DC, October 30 - November 3, 1994.

    Hellerstedt WL. The effects of prenatal alcohol and tobacco use among adolescents on fetal growth. Presented at the annual meeting of the American Public Health Association, Washington DC, October 30 - November 3, 1994.

    Hellerstedt WL, Jeffery RW. Gender differences in job strain. Presented at the Third International Congress on Behavioral Medicine, Amsterdam, July 6-9, 1994.

    Hellerstedt WL, Alexander GR. Prenatal care and outcome among infants of adolescent primiparas and multiparas. Presented at the Third International Congress on Behavioral Medicine, Amsterdam, July 6-9, 1994.

    Hellerstedt WL, Jeffery RW. The association of job strain and health characteristics and behaviors. Presented at the annual meeting of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, Boston, April 13- 16, 1994.

    Hellerstedt WL, Jeffery RW. The effects of monetary incentives on exercise adherence in the obese. Presented at the annual meeting of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, Boston, April 13- 16, 1994.

    Jeffery RW, Hellerstedt WL, French SA. The efficacy of low fat dietary instruction in the treatment of obesity. Presented at the annual meeting of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, Boston, April 13-16, 1994.

    Hellerstedt WL, Pirie PL, Alexander GR. The association of adolescent maternal race and infant mortality. Presented at the Eighth World Congress on Social Medicine, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, March 20-23, 1994.

    Hellerstedt WL, Alexander GR, Pirie PL. The association of adolescent parity and infant mortality. Presented at the annual meeting of the American Public Health Association, San Francisco CA, October 25-28, 1993.

    Hellerstedt WL, Alexander GR, Pirie PL. The association of parity and mortality among infants born to adolescents. Presented at the annual meeting of the Society of Epidemiologic Research, Keystone, CO, June 16-18, 1993. [Abstracted in Am J Epidemiol 1993;138(8):616.]

    Hellerstedt WL, Lando HA, Pirie PL. A randomized study of a brief supportive intervention for smoking cessation. Presented at the annual meeting of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, Washington DC, March 20-23, 1991.

    Schmid TL, Jeffery RJ, Hellerstedt WL. Community-wide recruitment through direct mail: large-scale correspondence programs for weight control and smoking cessation. Presented at the annual meeting of the American Public Health Association, Boston, November 13-17, 1988.


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