Faculty Biography | Bernice Garnett
Bernice Garnett, S.c.D.Assistant Professor
Bernice Garnett is a public health prevention scientist interested in childhood obesity and eating disorders prevention, bullying, discrimination and harassment, youth health disparities, food access and food security, community based participatory research and comprehensive school health. School based health promotion and community strategies to promote health and wellness are a central focus of her work. She is interested in integrating interdisciplinary public health undergraduate training in teacher education and other traditional undergraduate disciplines. Bernice Garnett is a faculty member of the Food Systems Initiative at the University of Vermont.
Areas of Expertise:
Adolescent Development; Mental Health; Race and Racism; Research Methods; Sport, Fitness and Health
- Adolescent Health and Public Health: Research focused on comprehensive, place-based and theoretically informed interventions to promote childhood healthy weight across racially/ethnically diverse populations. Bullying prevention and the intersection with discrimination and harassment among youth.
- Garnett, B.R., Buelow, R., Franko, D.L., Becker, C., Rodgers, R.F., Austin, S.B. (2013). The Importance of Campaign Saliency as a Predictor of Attitude and Behavior Change: A Pilot Evaluation of Social Marketing Campaign Fat Talk Free Week. Health Communication, Epub ahead of print [abstract]
- Carman, C., Raveche Garnett, B., Wendel, J., Hyde, J., & Rall Chomitz, V. (2013). Community Asset Identification in Support of a Place-Based, Early Childhood Obesity Prevention and School Readiness Initiative. Frontiers in Public Health Services and Systems Research, 2(3), 5. [abstract]
- Garnett B.R., Masyn K.E., Bryn S.B., Miller M, Williams D.R., Viswanath, K., (2013). The Intersectionality of Discrimination Attributes and Bullying among Youth: An Applied Latent Class Analysis. Journal of Youth and Adolescence (Epub, ahead of print) [abstract]
- Chomitz, V.R., Garnett, B.R., Arsenault, L.N., Hudson, D., (2013) Shape Up Somerville: Building and Sustaining a Healthy Community, Reflections over 15 years (1998-2013). City of Somerville. Available at: http://www.somervillema.gov/sites/default/files/SUS%20Story%20FINAL2c.pdf
- Garnett, B. R., Rosenberg, K. D., & Morris, D. S. (2013). Consumption of soda and other sugar-sweetened beverages by 2-year-olds: findings from a population-based survey. Public Health Nutrition, 16(10), 1760-1767. [abstract]
- Garnett, B.R., & Brion-Meisels, G., (April 2014). Toward and Integrated and Transdisciplinary Theory of Bullying and Discrimination Prevention. Paper presented at the meeting of the New England Educational Research Organization, West Dover, VT.
- Garnett, B.R. (2013, November) Coping styles of adolescents experiencing multiple forms of discrimination: Evidence from a sample of ethnically diverse urban youth. Paper presented at the American Public Health Association Annual Meeting, Boston, MA.
- Garnett, B.R., (November 2013). Integrating public health, education and traditional health related disciplines to create a transdisciplinary undergraduate education structure within a College of Education and Social Work. Paper presented at the Undergraduate for Public Health Education Summit, Boston, MA
- Garnett, B.R. & Brion-Meisels, G., (March 2013). Preventing Bullying & Discrimination in Schools: Theoretical, Empirical Applied Lessons that Information Policy and Practice. Paper presented at the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA.
- Garnett, B.R., (November 2012). Utilizing latent class analysis to explore the intersectionality of multiple forms of discrimination among ethnically diverse youth: Highlighting Racial and Weight Based Discrimination. Paper presented at the American Public Health Association Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA.
- A Community-based Pilot Evaluation of Move It Move It!: A Before School Physical Activity Program at the Integrated Arts Academy at HO Wheeler [$6,500] from University of Vermont, College of Education and Social Services : This project seeks to conduct a pilot evaluation of the Integrated Arts Academy at HO Wheeler (IAA)s Move it Move it! to systematically assess the impact of a before school physical activity program on three domains of child health and development: academic, social, and physical. Through the application of community based participatory evaluation methods (Braithwaite et al., 2013), this project aims to collaboratively assess the impact of Move it Move it!, partnering with key school stakeholders and community members to ensure reciprocity in research activities, community engagement and ownership and applicability of evaluation findings. Our research design is informed by two specific research aims:
1) To assess the impact of a before school physical activity program on youth: a) academic achievement and school success, b) social relationships and classroom behavior and, c) physical health indicators including body mass index (BMI) and self-esteem.
2) To examine a dose-response relationship between the levels of student engagement with Move it Move it!, as measured by student miles walked/run, across three domains of child health and development: social, physical and academic.
Role: Principal Investigator
- EDHE 150, Bullying and Youth Violence Prevention (Spring 2014)
- EDHE 046, Personal Health (Spring 2014)
Courses Taught in the Last 5 Years
Bullying and Youth Violence Prevention; Personal Health
- S.c.D. in Social and Behavioral Sciences from Harvard School of Public Health
- M.P.H in Health Promotion from Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health
- B.A. in Health and Society from University of Pennsylvania
Awards & Honors
- Center for Rural Studies Research Fellow from Center for Rural Studies, University of Vermont : The Center for Rural Studies works with people and communities to address social, economic, and resource-based challenges through applied research, community outreach, program evaluation, and consulting. The Center for Rural Studies (CRS) appointed an inaugural cohort of 2 year research Fellows in 2013. The goal of the Fellows Program is to facilitate faculty productivity in CRS's mission areas. Bernice Garnett joins the second cohort of CRS research fellows. (2014)
- Strategic Training Initiative for the Prevention of Eating Disorders, Dissertation Writing Award from Harvard School of Public Health: In September each year, doctoral students at the Harvard School of Public Health may apply for the STRIPED Dissertation Award in Eating Disorders Prevention Research. Doctoral students who have passed their oral exam and whose dissertation research is focused on a topic related to prevention of eating disorders or disordered weight- and shape-control behaviors are eligible to apply. The STRIPED Dissertation Award in Eating Disorders Prevention Research is made possible by the generous support of the Ellen Feldberg Gordon Fund for Eating Disorders Research. (2012)
- Academy of Eating Disorders (AED), American Public Health Association (APHA), Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine (SAHM), Society for Prevention Research (SPR)