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Faculty Biography

Faculty Biography | Bernice Garnett

Bernice Garnett

Bernice Garnett, S.c.D.Assistant Professor

Contact Information:
Waterman 539A
(802) 656-2187

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 school climate. 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 and a member of the Vermont Harassment, Hazing and Bullying Prevention Advisory Council.

Areas of Expertise:

Adolescent Development; Mental Health; Race and Racism; Research Methods; School Transformation

  • 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.


Selected Publications

  • Garnett, B.R., Masyn, K.E., Austin, S.B., Williams, D.R., Viswanath, K., (2015). Coping styles of adolescents experiencing multiple forms of discrimination and bullying: Evidence from a sample of ethnically diverse urban youth, Journal of School Health, 85(2) 109-117.  [abstract]
  • Garnett, B.R., Wendel, J., Banks, C., Goodridge A., Harding R., Harris, R., Hacker, K., Chomitz V.R., (2015). Challenges of Data Dissemination Efforts within a Community Based Participatory Project About Persistent Racial Disparities in Excess Weight. Progress in Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education and Action, 9(2):289-298.  [abstract]
  • Kroshus, E., Garnett, B.R., Hawrilenko, M., Baugh, C.M., Calzo, J., (2015). Concussion under-reporting and pressure from coaches, teammates, fans, and parents. Social Science and Medicine, 134; 66-75.  [abstract]
  • Garnett, B.R., Buelow, R., Franko, D.L., Becker, C., Rodgers, R.F., Austin, S.B. (2014). 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, 29(10) 984-995.  [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., (2014). The Intersectionality of Discrimination Attributes and Bullying among Youth: An Applied Latent Class Analysis. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 43(8) 1225-1239  [abstract]
  • 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]

Selected Presentations

  • Garnett, B.R., Vierling, D., Gleason, C., Becker, K., DiCenzo, D., Mongeone, L. A Pilot Evaluation of a Before School Incentive-based Physical Activity Program at the Integrated Arts Academy in Burlington, VT. Poster Presentation at the 2015 Society for Research on Child Development (SRCD) Biennial Meeting, Philadelphia, PA: March 2015.
  • Garnett, B.R., Vierling, D., Gleason, C., Becker, K., DiCenzo, D., Mongeon, L., (October 2014). A pilot evaluation of Move it Move it! A before school incentive-based physical activity program at the Integrated Arts Academy in Burlington, VT. Poster Presented at the Vermont Center on Behavior and Health Annual Conference, Burlington, VT
  • 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


  • Strengthening the Capacity of Schools and Primary Care Physicians to Promote Youth Mental and Behavioral Health through Positive School Climate [$23,000] from State of Vermont Department of Health : Goal: Aligned with the goals of Vermont's State Health Improvement Plan and key adolescent health objectives as stated by Healthy People 2020, including AH-5.5, "Increase the proportion of adolescents who consider their school work to be meaningful and important", there are three main goals of this project: 1) strengthen partnerships among state agencies, serving Medicaid-eligible youth and their families, including the Agency of Education (AOE), Vermont Department of Health (VDH) and Department of Mental Health, (DMH), as it relates to promoting school climate and school based behavioral health, 2) leverage the school climate improvement process and potential changes to the AOE's balanced, accountability model as an opportunity to integrate student social-emotional and behavioral health with academic achievement and 3) assess the landscape of school based health centers in Vermont. (2015-07-01)
    Role: Principal Investigator

Current Courses

  • EDLP 380, Mixed Methods Research (Spring 2015)

Courses Taught in the Last 5 Years

Bullying and Youth Violence Prevention; Mixed Methods Research; 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

  • Sustainability Faculty Fellowship from University of Vermont : Supported by the Office of the Provost, this fellowship seeks to develop a learning community—a multidisciplinary faculty cohort engaged in a year-long exploration of sustainability, the scholarship of teaching, learning, collaboration, and community building. The goals of the fellowship are: 1) create a community of faculty who are committed to integrating interdisciplinary approaches to sustainability into the UVM curriculum; 2) enhance the understanding of sustainability concepts among faculty and students, particularly those not trained in environmental fields and; 3) explore teaching and course design strategies that will engage students in sustainability from a multidisciplinary approach. (2015)
  • 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)

Professional Associations

  • Academy of Eating Disorders (AED), American Public Health Association (APHA), Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine (SAHM), Society for Prevention Research (SPR)