Obesity Research and Education Initiative

Sharon Tucker, PhD, RN, PMHCNS-BC, appointed to the Steering Committee of the University of Iowa Obesity Research and Educational Initiative

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Sharon Tucker, PhD, RN, PMHCNS-BC, to the Steering Committee of the University of Iowa Obesity Initiative. Dr. Tucker is the Director for Research and Evidence-Based Practice in the Department of Nursing Services & Patient Care at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics (UIHC). She is also an alumna of the Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellows Program. Dr. Tucker joined UIHC one year ago after serving for nine years as the Nurse Administrator for Research and Evidence-Based Practice at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Dr. Tucker’s clinical, teaching and research experiences are primarily in mental and behavioral health. She has been awarded federal (NIH and other) and private foundation funding for studies testing interventions that promote health, prevent disease and manage chronic illness. She is currently studying worksite interventions that promote physical activity among working mothers in efforts to prevent/reduce parent and child overweight and obesity. She also has active NIH funding for interventions that use motivational interviewing to promote physical activity, self-management, and child physical and mental health. Her other role activities include providing leadership for implementation of Evidence-Based Practice in nursing; partnering with faculty in the UI College of Nursing in collaborative research and mentoring of graduate students; partnering with external colleagues from Mayo Clinic, Iowa State University and Johns Hopkins University; and participating in parent and child wellness initiatives at the local, state and national levels. Dr. Tucker brings a distinctive background and perspective to the Obesity Initiative Steering Committee and strengthens the partnership between the Obesity Initiative and University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.

Allyn Mark and Charles Brenner
Co-Directors, OREI