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Martha Y. Kubik

Martha Kubik, Chair of the Department of Nursing



  • PhD, University of Minnesota, School of Public Health, Division of Epidemiology 
  • MSN, University of Pennsylvania 
  • BSN, Hampton University 


Dr. Kubik is a professor in the Department of Nursing at Temple University's College of Public Health. She has her PhD in behavioral epidemiology from the University of Minnesota, a master’s of science degree in nursing from the University of Pennsylvania and an undergraduate degree in nursing from Hampton University in Hampton, Virginia. Dr. Kubik has a 14 year history of extramurally-funded research with a focus on youth and families and low-income and minority populations. She is nationally recognized in the field of childhood obesity prevention having made a sustained and substantive contribution to an evidence base addressing the multi-factorial and multi-level influences that contribute to energy imbalance. Her work advancing understanding of the school food environment has contributed to school nutrition policy at local, state and federal levels. Other research examines the role of school nursing in obesity prevention, and includes a randomized controlled trial currently underway in Minnesota to test the efficacy of a school nurse-delivered healthy weight management program to reduce excess weight gain among 8-12 year old children, with BMI ≥ 75th percentile. This ground-breaking work has potential to improve health care access and child health, while advancing school nursing practice nationwide. Dr. Kubik is an advanced practice nurse, with over 20 years of primary care clinical practice experience as a nurse practitioner in community settings serving youth and their families.

Research Interests

  • Adolescent Health
  • Chronic Disease Prevention
  • Community Based Treatment Interventions
  • Epidemiology
  • Global Public Health
  • Health Disparities
  • Health Promotion
  • Minority Health
  • Nutrition
  • Obesity
  • Physical Activity
  • Risk Behavior
  • School Based Treatment Interventions