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Public Health


Abby Gold, Ph.D., MPH, RD

Vice Chair and Associate Professor
Research 2 


Doctor of Philosophy, Health Communication, 2007
North Dakota State University

Master of Public Health, Nutrition 1993
University of Minnesota

Bachelor of Science, Human Nutrition, 1987
University of Massachusetts, Amherst


Vice Chair, NDSU Department of Public Health
Associate Professor, MPH Public Health in Clinical Systems Specialization 

Areas of Expertise

Nutrition and Health Education
Healthy Food Access and Community Food Systems
Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
Health Communication
Interpersonal and Family Communication
Intercultural Communication
Diverse Populations
Social Change
Qualitative Research and Mixed Methods 

Memberships and Associations

American Public Health Association
North Dakota Public Health Association
Society of Nutrition Education and Behavior 

Current Research

Local Foods Leadership Training and Curriculum
Communities Preventing Childhood Obesity Community Coaching Intervention Research
Personal Belief Exemptions for Immunizations in North Dakota


MPH 755: Integrating Primary Care and Public Health
MPH 794: Practicum in Public Health


Registered Dietitian, Commission on Dietetic Registration

Recent Publications

Peters, P, Gold, A., Abbott, A., Contreras, D., Keim, A., Oscarson, R., Procter, P., Remig, V., Smathers, C., & Mobley, A. (accepted for publication). A quasi-experimental study to mobilize rural low-income communities to assess and improve the ecological environment to prevent childhood obesity. BMC Public Health.

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.

Buro, B. L., Gold, A., Contreras, D., Keim, A., Mobley, A., Oscarson, R., Peters, P., Procter, S., & Smather, C. (2015). A Social-Ecological Approach to Exploring Rural Food Access and Active Living for Families with Preschoolers. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, 47(6), 548-554. 

Foster. J.S., Contreras, D., Gold, A., Keim, A., Oscarson, R., Peters, P., Procter, S., Remig, V/, Smather, C,. & Mobley, A.R. (2015). Evaluation of nutrition and physical activity policies and practices in child care center within rural communities. Childhood Obesity, 11, 1-7.

Lim, S. S., Gold, A. L., Gaillard, P. R. Wey, A., & Reicks, M. (2015). Validation of two brief fruit and vegetable assessment instruments among 3rd grade students. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, 47, 449-451. 

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. 

Lim, S., Gold, A., Roth-Yousey, L. Reicks, M. (2014). Validation of two measures of fruit and vegetable intake in third-grade students [Abstract]. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, 46(4S), S114.

Peters, P., Mobley, A. R., Procter, S. Contreras, D., Gold, A. L., Smathers, C., Oscarson, R., & Keim. A. (2014). Mobilizing rural low-income communities to assess and improve the ecological environment to prevent childhood obesity [Abstract]. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, 46(4S), S197. 

Gold, A. L., Yu, N., Buro, B., & Garden-Robinson, J. (2014). Discussion map and cooking classes: Testing the effectiveness of teaching food safety to immigrants and refugees. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, 46, 547-553.  

Leines, D., Gold, A. L., VanOffelen, S. (2014). Go Wild with Fruits & Veggies! Curriculum encourages children to eat more fruits and vegetables. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, 46, 82-84. 

Gold, A. L., Barno, T. A., Sherman, S., Lovett, K., & Hurtado, G. A. (2013). Creating a statewide Minnesota SNAP-Ed program evaluation. Journal of Extension, 51, 2RIB3. Retrieved 

Chopra, V., Gold, A. L., Reicks, M. (2012). Barriers to healthful eating among midlife women during eating occasions focused on nurturing family. Forum for Family and Consumer Issues, Retrieved reicks.php  

Yu, N., Crawford, E., & Gold, A. L. (2011). Combating childhood overweight: Effects of informational and narrative radio messages on parents of children and teenagers. Journal of Health and Mass Communication, 3, 258-275. Retrieved 

Gold, A. L., Cohen, E. L., & Shumate, M. D. (2008). Proscriptive models and evidence of smoking in anti-smoking advertising. Health Communication, 23, 259-269. 

Cohen, E. L., Shumate, M. D., & Gold, A. L. (2007). Anti-smoking media campaign messages: Content analysis and critical evaluation Health Communication, 22, 91-102. 

Garden-Robinson, J. A., Gold, A. L., Lipetzky, K. (2005). The Kids’ Calcium Project: An in-school educational intervention. The Journal of Child Nutrition and Management, 29(2),  

Gold, A. L. (2004). Talk to me about condoms: What college students know and do about STDs. North Dakota Journal of Speech and Theatre, 17, 52-65.

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