Kristine A. Madsen MD, MPH

Faculty Director, Berkeley Food Institute
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
  • PH 196: Senior Seminar in Research Methods
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. In partnership with UCSF, Stanford and UC Davis, this ongoing research examines the impact of sugar-sweetened beverage taxes in the Bay Area.
  • 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. 
  • 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

Thompson HR, Singh BK†, Reed A†, Garcia R, Lounsbery M, Winig BD, Madsen KA. Impact of litigation on compliance with California PE laws in elementary schools. J Phys Act Health. (in press)

Madsen KA, Linchey J, Thompson H, Ritchie L. The Fit Study: Design and rationale for a cluster randomized trial of school-based BMI screening and reporting. Contemporary Clinical Trials. 2017; 58:40–46.

Falbe J, Thompson HR, Becker CM, Rojas N, McCulloch CE, Madsen KA. Impact of the Berkeley Excise Tax on Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Consumption. Am J of Public Health. 2016:10:1865-71.

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; 105(11):2194-201.


Rodriguez LA†, Madsen KA, Auinger P, Bremer AA, Lustig RH. Added sugar intake and metabolic syndrome risk in US adolescents: cross-sectional analysis of NHANES 2005-2012. Public Health Nutrition. 2016; 19:2424–34.

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; 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; 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; 11(4):375-83.

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 KA. Trends in sugar-sweetened beverage and 100% fruit juice consumption among California children. Acad Pediatr. 2013 Jul-Aug;13(4):364-70. 


Madsen KA, 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.