Dr. Jennifer Ohlendorf
Assistant Professor

(414) 288-4676

Specialization / Certification
Obstetrical nursing, women’s health, community health nursing

Highest Degree
PhD, Marquette University

Brief Statement of Scholarly Interests
My research area focuses on weight self-management through the childbearing transition.  I am specifically interested in studying ways that health care providers can influence the weight self-management process of pregnant, postpartum, and interconceptional women.  In the future, I would like to expand my program of research to examine ways that women’s weight self-management behaviors and early infant and childhood feeding choices interact to influence childhood weight management.

Titles of Courses Recently Taught

Selected Publications

Ohlendorf, J. M., Weiss, M. E., & Oswald, D.  (2015)  Predictors of engagement in postpartum weight self-management behaviors in the first 12 weeks after birth.  Journal of Advanced Nursing. doi: 10.1111/jan.12640

Ohlendorf, J. M. (2013)  Postpartum weight self-management: A concept analysis. Research and Theory for Nursing Practice, 27(1), 35-52.  doi:  10.1891/1541-5677.27.1.35

Ohlendorf, J. M.  (2012).  Stages of change in the trajectory of postpartum weight self-management.  Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, & Neonatal Nursing, 41(1), 57-70.  doi:  10.1111/j.1552-6909.2011.01323.x

Ohlendorf, J. M., Weiss, M.  E., & Ryan, P.  (2012).  Weight-management information needs of postpartum women.  MCN:  The American Journal of Maternal-Child Nursing, 37(1). 56-63.

Grants or Awards

Marquette University Committee on Research:  $5,000 Regular Research Grant

Southeastern Wisconsin Research Consortium Research Grant:  $2,500 to fund dissertation research.  Awarded 5/12.

Sigma Theta Tau  small grant:  $5,000 to fund the research project entitled, Stages of Change in the Trajectory of Postpartum Weight Management.  Awarded 4/09.

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Through a transformational Catholic, Jesuit education, Marquette University College of Nursing prepares nurse leaders to promote health, healing and social justice for all people through clinical practice and development of nursing knowledge.