Kristine A. Madsen MD, MPH

Division Head, Interdisciplinary
Associate Professor, Joint Medical Program and Public Health Nutrition
Division of Community Health Sciences
Courses: 
  • PH 206C: Nutrition Epidemiology
  • PH 214: Eat. Think. Design.
  • HMS 266: Joint Medical Program Thesis Seminar
Research Interests: 
  • Pediatric obesity
  • Health disparities
  • Policy approaches to reducing cardiovascular disease
  • Physical activity
  • School health
  • Community-based participatory research
Current Projects: 

With funding from the NIH, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, American Heart Association, and other agencies, Dr. Madsen works to identify programs and policies that will reduce childhood obesity and its attendant health disparities. Her team is currently conducting research to:

  • Explore the impact of soda tax legislation on soda consumption. This longitudinal study is comparing changes in prices and consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages between Berkeley and Oakland and San Francisco from 2014 to 2016.
  • Identify impactful policies in schools to reduce obesity and weight-related disparities, including the use of BMI screening and reporting. In this NIH-funded multi-site cluster-randomized controlled trial, 76 schools across California are participating in a 3-year study to look at the impact of BMI reporting on childhood obesity at the population level.
  • Discover innovative approaches to improve child nutrition in schools. With funding from the USDA and in partnership with the San Francisco Unified School District, this controlled trial examines the impact of a student-friendly app, distributed points of sale, and a staff wellness curriculum on student dietary quality and plate waste in 12 intervention and 12 control schools across San Francisco.
  • Determine the impact of the Kaiser Thriving Schools initiative. The Kaiser Thriving Schools initiative is an important example of translating evidence from existing studies into practice. This longitudinal study will examine dose-response to the evidence-based Thriving Schools program in 330 schools implementing the program across the nation. 
  • Disseminate a medical group-visit model to reduce obesity among Latino children and their families and African American families. In partnership with the Contra Costa Health Services, this study follows on the successful results of a randomized controlled trial of the Active Healthy Families program, examining implementation of the program in new clinical sites and in schools.
  • Understand how to link pediatric clinics to community organizations that promote physical activity. With funding from the American Heart Association and the Safeway Foundation, this controlled trial examines changes in cardiovascular health among youth referred to community-based physical activities.
  • Improve the quality and quantity of physical education (PE), particularly in elementary schools. Ongoing qualitative and quantitative studies examine methods to improve adherence to existing PE policies.
Selected Publications: 

Complete list of citations available on My Bibliography

Falbe J, Rojas N, Grummon AH, Madsen KA. Higher Retail Prices of Sugar-Sweetened Beverages 3 Months After Implementation of an Excise Tax in Berkeley, California. Am J Public Health. 2015 Nov;105(11):2194-201.


Thompson HR, Vittinghoff E, Linchey JK, Madsen KA. Public Disclosure to Improve Physical Education in an Urban School District: Results From a 2-Year Quasi-Experimental Study. J Sch Health. 2015 Sep;85(9):604-10. 

Falbe J, Cadiz AA, Tantoco NK, Thompson HR, Madsen KA. Active and Healthy Families: A Randomized Controlled Trial of a Culturally Tailored Obesity Intervention for Latino Children. Acad Pediatr. 2015 Jul-Aug;15(4):386-95. 


Madsen KA, Cotterman C, Crawford P, Stevelos J, Archibald A. Effect of the Healthy Schools Program on prevalence of overweight and obesity in California schools, 2006-2012. Prev Chronic Dis. 2015 May 21;12:E77. 


Madsen K, Linchey J, Gerstein D, Ross M, Myers E, Brown K, Crawford P. Energy Balance 4 Kids with Play: Results from a Two-Year Cluster-Randomized Trial. Child Obes. 2015 May 19. [Epub ahead of print] 

Madsen K, Garber A, Martin M, Gonzaga M, Linchey J. The feasibility of a physical activity referral network for pediatric obesity. Child Obes. 2014 Apr;10(2):169-74. 

Beck AL, Patel A, Madsen K. Trends in sugar-sweetened beverage and 100% fruit juice consumption among California children. Acad Pediatr. 2013 Jul-Aug;13(4):364-70. 


Madsen K, Thompson H, Adkins A, Crawford Y. School-community partnerships: a cluster-randomized trial of an after-school soccer program. JAMA Pediatr. 2013 Apr;167(4):321-6. 


Madsen KA. School-based body mass index screening and parent notification: a statewide natural experiment. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2011 Nov;165(11):987-92. 


Madsen KA, Weedn AE, Crawford PB. Disparities in peaks, plateaus, and declines in prevalence of high BMI among adolescents. Pediatrics. 2010 Sep;126(3):434-42. 

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