The nutritional concerns of women, infants, and children and developing effective interventions to address these concerns are the focus of my scholarly work. Our research group is using e- and m-health communications technologies to help pregnant and postpartum women develop and maintain behaviors that promote healthy body weights. This project involves faculty and students in the Communications Department, as well as, the Division of Nutritional Sciences at Cornell and faculty collaborators at the University of Rochester Medical Center. Data analysis is underway to determine the effectiveness of the integrated mobile phone and interactive web site interventions that were tested in a randomized controlled trial.
Our research group is currently conducting data analysis for the following studies:
A randomized controlled trial on the effects of electronically-mediated educational and behavior change programs for pregnant and postpartum women; and
A process evaluation of the use of various features of a web-based nutrition and weight management intervention for pregnant and postpartum women.
Olson CM, Strawderman MS, Graham ML. Association between consistent weight gain tracking and gestational weight gain: Secondary analysis of a randomized trial. Obesity 25 (7):1217-1227, 2017.
Graham ML, Strawderman MS, Demment M, Olson CM. Does usage of an e-health intervention reduce the risk of excessive gestational weight gain? A secondary analysis from a randomized controlled trial. J Med Internet Res 19(1):e6, 2017. PMID: 28069560.
Hanson KL, Connor L, Olson CM, Mills G. Household instability and unpredictable earnings hinder coping in households with food insecure children. Journal of Poverty 20 (4):464-483, 2016.
Olson CM. Behavioral nutrition interventions using e- and m-health communication technologies: A narrative review. Annu Rev Nutr 36:647-64, 2016. PMID: 27022772.
Kim HK, Niederdeppe J, Guillory J, Graham M, Olson C, Gay G. Determinants of pregnant women's online self-regulatory activities for appropriate gestational weight gain. Health Communication 30:922-932, 2015.
Kim HK, Niederdeppe J, Graham M, Olson C, Gay G. Effects of online self-regulation activities on physical activity among pregnant and ealy postpartum women. J Health Commun 20(10):1115-24, 2015. PMID: 26132887.
Fernandez ID, Groth SW, Reschke JE, Graham ML, Strawderman M, Olson CM. eMoms: Electronically-mediated weight interventions for pregnant and postpartum women. Study design and baseline characteristics. Contemp Clin Trials 43:63-74, 2015. PMID: 25957183.
Demment M, Wells N, Olson C. Rural middle school nutrition and physical activity environments and the change in body mass index during adolescence. J Sch Health 85(2):100-8, 2015. doi: 10.1111/josh.12227. PMID: 25564978.
Carling SJ, Demment MM, Kjolhede CL, Olson CM. Breastfeeding duration and weight gain trajectory in infancy. Pediatrics 135(1):111-9, 2015. doi: 10.1542/peds.2014-1392. PMID: 25554813
Graham ML, Uesugi KH, Niederdeppe J, Gay GK, Olson CM. The theory, development, and implementation of an e-intervention to prevent excessive gestational weight gain: e-Moms Roc. Telemed J E Health 20(12):1135-42, 2014. doi: 10.1089/tmj.2013.0354. PMID: 25354350.
Lytle LA, Svetkey LP, Patrick K, Belle SH, Fernandez ID, Jakicic JM, Johnson KC, Olson CM, Tate DF, Wing R, Loria CM. The EARLY trials: a consortium of studies targeting weight control in young adults. Transl Behav Med 4(3):304-13, 2014. doi: 10.1007/s13142-014-0252-5. PMID: 25264469.
Demment MM, Graham ML, Olson CM. How an online intervention to prevent excessive gestational weight gain is used and by whom: a randomized controlled process evaluation. J Med Internet Res 20;16(8):e194, 2014. doi: 10.2196/jmir.3483. PMID: 25143156.
Guillory J, Niederdeppe J, Kim H, Pollak JP, Graham M, Olson C, Gay G. Does social support predict pregnant mothers’ information seeking behaviors on an educational website? Matern Child Health J 18:2218-2225, 2014. Doi: 10.1007/s10995-014-1471-6.
Kim HK, Niederdeppe J, Guillory J, Graham M, Olson C, Gay G. Determinants of pregnant women's online self-regulatory activities for appropriate gestational weight gain. Health Commun 10:1-11, 2014. PMID: 25205417.
Graham M, Uesugi K, Olson C. Barriers to weight-related health behaviours: a qualitative comparison of the socioecological conditions between pregnant and post-partum low-income women. Matern Child Nutr Jul 18, 2014. doi: 10.1111/mcn.12135. PMID: 25040706.
Demment MM, Haas JD, Olson CM. Changes in family income status and the development of overweight and obesity from 2 to 15 years: a longitudinal study. BMC Public Health14:417, 2014. doi: 10.1186/1471-2458-14-417. PMID: 24886200.
Olson CM, Baker IR, Demment MM, Graham ML, May JJ, Strawderman MS, Wells NM. The Healthy Start Partnership: An approach to obesity prevention in young families. Family and Community Health 37(1):74-85, 2014.
Paul KH, Graham ML, Olson CM. The web of risk factors for excessive gestational weight gain in low income women. Maternal and Child Health Journal 17(2):344-51, 2013.
Hanson KL, Olson CM. Chronic health conditions and depressive symptoms strongly predict persistent food insecurity among rural low-income families. Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved. 23:1174-1188, 2012.
Lipsky LM, Strawderman MS, Olson CM. Maternal weight change between 1 and 2 years postpartum: The importance of 1 year weight retention. Obesity 20(7):1496-1502, 2012.
Gantner LA, Olson CM. Evaluation of public health professionals' capacity to implement environmental changes supportive of healthy weight. Evaluation and Program Planning 35:407-416, 2012.
Stark CM, Graham-Kiefer ML, Devine CM, Dollahite JS, Olson CM. Online course increases nutrition professionals’ knowledge, skills, and self-efficacy in using an ecological approach to prevent childhood obesity. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior 43:316-322, 2011.
Carroll JD, Demment MM, Stiles SB, Devine CM, Dollahite JS, Sobal J, Olson CM. Overcoming barriers to vegetable consumption by preschool children: A child care center buying club. Journal of Hunger and Environmental Nutrition 6:153-165, 2011.
I am currently an active member in the American Society for Nutrition, the International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, the American Public Health Association, The Obesity Society, and the Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior.