Mary Larson, PhD, MPH, RD, CDE, CHES

Associate Professor
640P Aldevron Tower


Doctor of Philosophy, Foundations of Education and Research, Research Methodologies, 2008
University of North Dakota 

Master of Public Health, 1996
University of Minnesota 

Bachelor of Arts, Biology, Health and Fitness, 1988
Gustavus Adolphus College 


Registered Dietitian
Diabetes Educator
Health Education Specialist 

Fellowship Award 

Bush Foundation Leadership Fellowship (2011-2013) 


Associate Professor, Master of Public Health, Community Health Sciences Specialization 

Areas of Expertise and Research Interests  

  • Lifestyle Medicine
  • Patient-Centered Care (e.g. patient activation, patient self-management, providers’ use of Empathy)
  • Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Academic Detailing
  • College Health and Academic Success
  • Diverse Populations
  • Mixed Methods
  • Group Training and Facilitation (e.g. Art of Hosting) 

Memberships and Associations 

American Public Health Association
American College of Lifestyle Medicine
Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers
North Dakota Public Health Association
American Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics 


HNES 721           Health Promotion Programs
HNES/PH 725      Promoting Health through Policy, Systems, and Environment
HNES/PH 745     Community Health Leadership 

Selected Publications 

Skoy E, Rubinstein E, Nagel L, Preugshas AH, Larson M. Preparedness for a pandemic: Independent community pharmacists’ experiences delivering COVID-19 vaccines. J Am Pharm Assoc (2003). 2023; S1544-3191(23)00076-6. doi:10.1016/j.japh.2023.03.008.

Preparedness for a pandemic: Independent community pharmacists’ experiences delivering COVID-19 vaccines - PMC (

Meyer, S. & Larson, M. (in press). Physical activity, stress, and academic performance in college: Does exposure to stress reduction information make a difference? College Student Journal

David, S. & Larson, M. (in press). Athlete’s perception of athletic trainer empathy: How important is it? Journal of Sport Rehabilitation

Lewis, T. F., Larson, M. F., & Korcuska, J. S. (2017). Strengthening the planning process of motivational interviewing using goal attainment scaling. Journal of Mental Health Counseling, 3 (3), 195-210. 

Gold, A., Larson, M., Strang, M., & Tucker, J. (2017). Classroom nutrition education combined with fruit and vegetable taste testing improves children's dietary intake. Journal of School Health, 87(2), 106-113.

Myrdal, M., Gold, A., Deal, J., Larson, M., & Strang, M. (2016). Relationship between personality type and fruit and vegetable preference in third and fourth grade students. Journal of Childhood Obesity. 

Larson M, Orr M, & Warne DK. (2016). Using student health data to understand and promote academic success in higher education settings. College Student Journal, 50(4). 

Pattanaik, S., McKay, L, Azure, L., Larson, M., & Gold, A. (2014, December). Using a participatory research method to understand the food environment on Spirit Lake Reservation. Tribal College Journal. 

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