Marilyn Townsend

Title(s)Professor, Nutrition
SchoolCollege of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
Address3150D Meyer Hall
CA 95616-8669
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    1. Obesity Risk Assessment for Spanish-Speaking Immigrant Families with Young Children in the United States: Reliability and Validity with Nutrient Values. Children (Basel). 2023 May 12; 10(5). Townsend MS, Shilts MK, Lanoue L, Drake C, Díaz Rios LK, Keim NL, Styne DM, Ontai LL. PMID: 37238415; PMCID: PMC10217497.
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    2. Cross-Cultural Adaptation and Initial Validation of Mi Niño: A Tool to Measure Food-Related Parenting Practices of Spanish-Speaking Parents with Young Children. Curr Dev Nutr. 2023 Feb; 7(2):100002. Díaz Rios LK, Ontai LL, Shilts MK, Lanoue L, Townsend MS. PMID: 37180080; PMCID: PMC10111596.
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    3. Feasibility of Colocating a Nutrition Education Program into a Medical Clinic Setting to Facilitate Pediatric Obesity Prevention. J Prim Care Community Health. 2021 Jan-Dec; 12:21501327211009695. Shilts MK, Diaz Rios LK, Panarella KH, Styne DM, Lanoue LL, Drake CM, Ontai L, Townsend MS. PMID: 33845676; PMCID: PMC8047825.
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    4. Obesity Risk Assessment Tool for Low-Income Spanish Speaking Immigrant Parents with Young Children: Validity with BMI and Biomarkers of Obesity. Nutrients. 2020 11 22; 12(11). Townsend MS, Shilts MK, Lanoue L, Drake C, Díaz Rios LK, Styne DM, Keim NL, Ontai L. PMID: 33266497; PMCID: PMC7700341.
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    5. Obesity Risk Assessment Tool among 3-5 Year Olds: Validation with Biomarkers of Low-Grade Chronic Inflammation. Child Obes. 2020 08; 16(S1):S23-S32. Townsend MS, Shilts MK, Lanoue L, Drake C, Styne DM, Woodhouse L, Ontai L. PMID: 32857609.
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    6. USDA Research Combats Childhood Obesity: A Collection of Projects that Integrate Research, Education, and Extension Targeting Low-Income, Ethnically Diverse Children and Families. Child Obes. 2020 08; 16(S1):S1-S3. Townsend MS, Shilts MK, Chester D. PMID: 32857608.
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    7. Designing Retrospective Evaluation Tools for Limited-Literacy Adults. J Nutr Educ Behav. 2020 06; 52(6):658-662. Townsend MS, Shilts MK, Diaz Rios LK, Panarella K. PMID: 32291199.
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    8. Parent Food-Related Behaviors and Family-Based Dietary and Activity Environments: Associations with BMI z-Scores in Low-Income Preschoolers. Child Obes. 2020 08; 16(S1):S55-S63. Ontai LL, Sutter C, Sitnick S, Shilts MK, Townsend MS. PMID: 31682151.
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    9. My Child at mealtime parent self-assessment of food related behaviors: Validation with mealtime behaviors. Appetite. 2019 05 01; 136:62-69. Ontai LL, Sutter C, Sitnick S, Shilts MK, Townsend MS. PMID: 30677466.
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    10. An Obesity Risk Assessment Tool for Young Children: Validity With BMI and Nutrient Values. J Nutr Educ Behav. 2018 Jul - Aug; 50(7):705-717. Townsend MS, Shilts MK, Styne DM, Drake C, Lanoue L, Ontai L. PMID: 29567008.
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    11. Vegetable behavioral tool demonstrates validity with MyPlate vegetable cups and carotenoid and inflammatory biomarkers. Appetite. 2016 12 01; 107:628-638. Townsend MS, Shilts MK, Styne DM, Drake C, Lanoue L, Woodhouse L, Allen LH. PMID: 27603783.
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    12. My child at mealtime: A visually enhanced self-assessment of feeding styles for low-income parents of preschoolers. Appetite. 2016 Apr 01; 99:76-81. Ontai LL, Sitnick SL, Shilts MK, Townsend MS. PMID: 26743352.
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    13. A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Words: Customizing MyPlate for Low-Literate, Low-Income Families in 4 Steps. J Nutr Educ Behav. 2015 Jul-Aug; 47(4):394-6.e1. Shilts MK, Johns MC, Lamp C, Schneider C, Townsend MS. PMID: 26003750.
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    14. Misreporting of dietary intake affects estimated nutrient intakes in low-income Spanish-speaking women. J Acad Nutr Diet. 2015 Jul; 115(7):1124-33. Banna JC, Fialkowski MK, Townsend MS. PMID: 25132121; PMCID: PMC4677686.
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    15. Improving the quality of data from EFNEP participants with low literacy skills: a participant-driven model. J Nutr Educ Behav. 2014 Jul-Aug; 46(4):309-314. Townsend MS, Ganthavorn C, Neelon M, Donohue S, Johns MC. PMID: 24268971.
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    16. Vegetable variety is a key to improved diet quality in low-income women in California. J Acad Nutr Diet. 2014 Mar; 114(3):430-435. Keim NL, Forester SM, Lyly M, Aaron GJ, Townsend MS. PMID: 24095620.
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    17. Estimating dietary costs of low-income women in California: a comparison of 2 approaches. Am J Clin Nutr. 2013 Apr; 97(4):835-41. Aaron GJ, Keim NL, Drewnowski A, Townsend MS. PMID: 23388658; PMCID: PMC3607657.
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    18. Patient-driven education materials: low-literate adults increase understanding of health messages and improve compliance. Nurs Clin North Am. 2011 Sep; 46(3):367-78, vii-viii. Townsend MS. PMID: 21791271.
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    19. Acculturation, physical activity and television viewing in Hispanic women: findings from the 2005 California Women's Health Survey. Public Health Nutr. 2012 Feb; 15(2):198-207. Banna JC, Kaiser LL, Drake C, Townsend MS. PMID: 21794203; PMCID: PMC4681430.
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    20. Cost-effectiveness model for youth EFNEP programs: what do we measure and how do we do it? J Nutr Educ Behav. 2011 Jul-Aug; 43(4):295-302. Serrano E, McFerren M, Lambur M, Ellerbock M, Hosig K, Franz N, Townsend M, Baker S, Muennig P, Davis G. PMID: 21377936.
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    21. Toddler-feeding practices among Mexican American mothers. A qualitative study. Appetite. 2011 Jun; 56(3):629-32. Chaidez V, Townsend M, Kaiser LL. PMID: 21354235.
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    22. Assessing factorial and convergent validity and reliability of a food behaviour checklist for Spanish-speaking participants in US Department of Agriculture nutrition education programmes. Public Health Nutr. 2011 Jul; 14(7):1165-76. Banna JC, Townsend MS. PMID: 21338552; PMCID: PMC4677684.
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    23. Where is the science? What will it take to show that nutrient profiling systems work? Am J Clin Nutr. 2010 Apr; 91(4):1109S-1115S. Townsend MS. PMID: 20164310.
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    24. Using qualitative methods to improve questionnaires for Spanish speakers: assessing face validity of a food behavior checklist. J Am Diet Assoc. 2010 Jan; 110(1):80-90. Banna JC, Vera Becerra LE, Kaiser LL, Townsend MS. PMID: 20102831; PMCID: PMC4671629.
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    25. Pilot study: EatFit impacts sixth graders' academic performance on achievement of mathematics and english education standards. J Nutr Educ Behav. 2009 Mar-Apr; 41(2):127-31. Shilts MK, Lamp C, Horowitz M, Townsend MS. PMID: 19304258.
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    26. Less-energy-dense diets of low-income women in California are associated with higher energy-adjusted diet costs. Am J Clin Nutr. 2009 Apr; 89(4):1220-6. Townsend MS, Aaron GJ, Monsivais P, Keim NL, Drewnowski A. PMID: 19225114.
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    27. Guided goal setting: effectiveness in a dietary and physical activity intervention with low-income adolescents. Int J Adolesc Med Health. 2009 Jan-Mar; 21(1):111-22. Shilts MK, Horowitz M, Townsend MS. PMID: 19526701.
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    28. A standards-driven evaluation of academic performance: an 8-step process for nutrition educators. J Nutr Educ Behav. 2008 Nov-Dec; 40(6):401-3. Horowitz M, Shilts MK, Lamp C, Townsend MS. PMID: 18984499.
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    29. Improving readability of an evaluation tool for low-income clients using visual information processing theories. J Nutr Educ Behav. 2008 May-Jun; 40(3):181-6. Townsend MS, Sylva K, Martin A, Metz D, Wooten-Swanson P. PMID: 18457787.
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    30. Brief psychosocial fruit and vegetable tool is sensitive for the US Department of Agriculture's Nutrition Education Programs. J Am Diet Assoc. 2007 Dec; 107(12):2120-4. Townsend MS, Kaiser LL. PMID: 18060898.
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    31. Development of a tool to assess past food insecurity of immigrant latino mothers. J Nutr Educ Behav. 2006 Nov-Dec; 38(6):378-82. Kuyper EM, Espinosa-Hall G, Lamp CL, Martin AC, Metz DL, Smith D, Townsend MS, Kaiser LL. PMID: 17142195.
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    32. Portrayals of branded soft drinks in popular American movies: a content analysis. Int J Behav Nutr Phys Act. 2006 Mar 09; 3:4. Cassady D, Townsend M, Bell RA, Watnik M. PMID: 16526959; PMCID: PMC1420320.
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    33. Evaluating food stamp nutrition education: process for development and validation of evaluation measures. J Nutr Educ Behav. 2006 Jan-Feb; 38(1):18-24. Townsend MS. PMID: 16595274.
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    34. Evaluation of a USDA nutrition education program for low-income youth. J Nutr Educ Behav. 2006 Jan-Feb; 38(1):30-41. Townsend MS, Johns M, Shilts MK, Farfan-Ramirez L. PMID: 16595276.
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    35. Obesity in low-income communities: prevalence, effects, a place to begin. J Am Diet Assoc. 2006 Jan; 106(1):34-7. Townsend MS. PMID: 16390664.
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    36. Development of a tool to assess psychosocial indicators of fruit and vegetable intake for 2 federal programs. J Nutr Educ Behav. 2005 Jul-Aug; 37(4):170-84. Townsend MS, Kaiser LL. PMID: 16029687.
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    37. Low mineral intake is associated with high systolic blood pressure in the Third and Fourth National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys: could we all be right? Am J Hypertens. 2005 Feb; 18(2 Pt 1):261-9. Townsend MS, Fulgoni VL, Stern JS, Adu-Afarwuah S, McCarron DA. PMID: 15752955.
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    38. Adapting a diet analysis program for an adolescent audience. J Nutr Educ Behav. 2005 Jan-Feb; 37(1):43-4. Horowitz M, Shilts MK, Townsend MS. PMID: 15745656.
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    39. Portrayals of food practices and exercise behavior in popular American films. J Nutr Educ Behav. 2005 Jan-Feb; 37(1):27-32. Bell RA, Berger CR, Cassady D, Townsend MS. PMID: 15745653.
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    40. Goal setting as a strategy for dietary and physical activity behavior change: a review of the literature. Am J Health Promot. 2004 Nov-Dec; 19(2):81-93. Shilts MK, Horowitz M, Townsend MS. PMID: 15559708.
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    41. Choice of instrument influences relations between food insecurity and obesity in Latino women. Am J Clin Nutr. 2004 Nov; 80(5):1372-8. Kaiser LL, Townsend MS, Melgar-Quiñonez HR, Fujii ML, Crawford PB. PMID: 15531689.
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    42. An innovative approach to goal setting for adolescents: guided goal setting. J Nutr Educ Behav. 2004 May-Jun; 36(3):155. Shilts MK, Horowitz M, Townsend MS, Shilts MK, Horowitz M, Townsend MS. PMID: 15202992.
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    43. EatFit: a goal-oriented intervention that challenges adolescents to improve their eating and fitness choices. J Nutr Educ Behav. 2004 Jan-Feb; 36(1):43-4. Horowitz M, Shilts MK, Townsend MS. PMID: 14756982.
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    44. Using a theory-driven approach to design a professional development workshop. J Nutr Educ Behav. 2003 Nov-Dec; 35(6):312-8. Townsend MS, Contento IR, Nitzke S, McClelland JW, Keenan DP, Brown G. PMID: 14642217.
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    45. Food insecurity and food supplies in Latino households with young children. J Nutr Educ Behav. 2003 May-Jun; 35(3):148-53. Kaiser LL, Melgar-Quiñonez H, Townsend MS, Nicholson Y, Fujii ML, Martin AC, Lamp CL. PMID: 12773286.
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    46. Selecting items for a food behavior checklist for a limited-resource audience. J Nutr Educ Behav. 2003 Mar-Apr; 35(2):69-77. Townsend MS, Kaiser LL, Allen LH, Joy AB, Murphy SP. PMID: 12725713.
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