Blakely Brown

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Mailing Address:

  • Department of Health and Human Performance (HHP)
  • 32 Campus Drive
  • Missoula, MT 59812

Education

  • Ph.D. - Nutritional Biochemistry, 2000, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN
  • B.S. - Home Economics, Foods and Nutrition, 1995, Montana State University , Bozeman, Bozeman, MT
  • RD - Commission on Dietetic Registration

Professional Organizations

  • American Diabetes Association
  • Montana Dietetic Association
  • American Society for Nutritional Sciences
  • Phi Upsilon Omicron
  • American Dietetic Association

Areas of Specialization

  • Behavioral health and chronic disease prevention
  • Childhood obesity and diabetes prevention
  • Native American health disparities research
  • Community based participatory research, mixed methods research
  • Food security and food environment/systems
  • Maternal/child environmental and dietary exposures, epigenetic responses, and respiratory health 

Current Projects

National Institute of Child Health and Development
1R13HD080904-01                                       
Partnerships to Prevent Childhood Obesity on the Flathead Indian Reservation
This 3-year study is developing partnerships between the University of Montana and community organizations and residents on the Flathead Indian Reservation to implement interventions that decrease risk of obesity in children living on the Flathead Reservation.
Role on Project: Principal Investigator

National Institute of General Medical Sciences/Montana INBRE
P20GM103474
Generations Health Project: An after-school and home-based childhood obesity prevention program
This 1-year project is conducting a pilot study of a nutrition and physical activity after-school and home-based childhood obesity prevention for Native and non-Native children ages 6 to 11 and their caregiver/guardian (n=24 family groupings).
Role on Project: Principal Investigator

National Institute of General Medical Sciences/Montana INBRE
P20GM103474          
Indoor exposure and dietary determinants of DNA methylation in asthmatic children
This study determines the association between indoor PM and endotoxin exposure due to biomass combustion and DNA methylation among asthmatic and non-asthmatic children and the effect of dietary factors on epigenetic profiles and respiratory health.
Role on Project: Co-Principal Investigator

National Science Foundation
1432694                                                                                             
Collaborative Research: AGEP-T: Pacific Northwest Collaborative Opportunities for Success in Mentoring of Students (PNW-COSMOS).
The PNW-COSMOS project will develop, implement, and study a model of STEM graduate education focusing on American Indians and Native Alaskans.
Role on Project: Co-Principal Investigator

National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive and Kidney Diseases
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Tribal Turning Point: Pilot Study of Prevention of Type 2 Diabetes in American Indian Youth
This study develops and pilot tests an adapted version of the adult-based Diabetes Prevention Program to be developmentally relevant for American Indian youth.
Role on Project: Consultant 

Completed Projects (in the past 5 years)

National Institute of General Medical Sciences/Mountain West CTR-IN
1U54 GM104944-01                                                 
Fully developing and piloting a high-intensity nutrition and exercise after-school program
This study developed family-based intervention materials and test the feasibility of a high-intensity nutrition and exercise intervention for children attending an after-school program.
Role on Project: Principal Investigator

National Institute of General Medical Sciences/Mountain West CTR-IN
1U54 GM104944-01                                                 
CTR-IN Visiting Scholars Exchange
This 4 month visiting scholars exchange allowed Blakely Brown to participate in research activities with her primary mentor, Dr. Marjorie Mau and the Center for Native and Pacific Health Disparities Research at the University of Hawaii, to learn more about their community-based, diabetes and obesity prevention research being implemented in native communities on Oahu.
Role on Project: Principal Investigator

Montana Department of Transportation                                                                                
Improving Participation in the Safe Routes to Schools Programs on a Northern Plains Indian Reservation
This study assisted K-8 elementary and middle schools on a Northern Plains Indian Reservation to assess ways to increase children walking and biking to school. 
Role on Project: Principal Investigator

National Institute of Health; Montana State University Center for Native Health Partnerships
SP20MD002317-03                                                                                                               
Impact of a gardening program on mental health indicators and diabetes-related outcomes in American Indian adults
This study determined the effect of a community garden program for American Indian adults with pre-diabetes and diabetes on clinical measures associated with glycemic control and mental health indicators. A secondary aim of the study assessed the acceptability of foods produced in the garden program in food environments on a Montana Indian reservation.
Role on Project: Principal Investigator

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Active Living Research                                                 
Improving Participation and Evaluation of Safe Routes to Schools Programs for American Indian Communities
This study utilized qualitative research methods to determine barriers and enhancers to Montana tribal communities applying for SRTS funding, and developed policy change recommendations and disseminate findings.
Role on Project: Co-Principal Investigator

National Institute of Health/UM-COBRE
P20 RR017670-09     
Gestational exposures, epigenetics and respiratory health
The focus of this pilot study was to identify genome methylation patterns that are associated with in utero biomass smoke exposure and maternal diet (Aim 1) and to determine how these exposures are associated with early life respiratory outcomes in children (Aim 2).
Role on Project: Co-Investigator

Indian Health Service/MT-WY Tribal Epicenter                               
Child Health Measures in Northern Plains Children and Adolescents
This project collaborated with nine Montana-Wyoming Northern Plains Indian reservations and the Montana-Wyoming Epidemiology Center to establish a longitudinal, cohort database for pediatric health measures in Northern Plains Indian children and adolescents.
Role: Project Director

National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive and Kidney Disease         
R34DK7446-01A2
Journey to Native Youth Health: A Diabetes Prevention Program in American Indian Youth.
This three year study developed and tested community-based, culturally specific diet and exercise strategies for Northern Plains Indian youth, ages 10 -14 on two Montana reservations.
Role: Principal Investigator

HONORS AND AWARDS

  • International Faculty Exchange, UM Provost Office - 2015/16
  • UM Nancy Borgmann Diversity Award - 2015
  • UM Faculty Appreciation Award, Division of Student Affairs - 2013
  • Merit Award, School of Education and Human Sciences - 2011
  • Sabbatical, School of Education and Human Sciences - 2010/11
  • Merit Award, School of Education and Human Sciences - 2007
  • UM Faculty Appreciation Award, Division of Student Affairs - 2006
  • Excellence Award, Montana State University - 1995

PUBLICATIONS 

  • Brown BD, Thomas W, Hutchins A, Martini MC, Slavin JL. Types of dietary fat and soy minimally affect hormones and biomarkers associated with breast cancer risk in premenopausal women.  Nutr Cancer 2002, 43(1):22-30
  • Campbell C, Brown B, Dufner D and Thorland W. Effects of soy or milk protein during a high fat feeding challenge on oxidative stress, inflammation and lipids in healthy men.  Lipids 2006, 41, L9840:257-265
  • Brown BD and Noonan C. Prevalence of food insecurity and health associated outcomes and food characteristics of Northern Plains Indian households.  J Hunger Environ Nutr 2007, 1:37-44.
  • Brown B, Gohdes D, Amundson H, Oser C, Helgerson SD, Harwell TS. Population surveillance to monitor rates of gestational diabetes mellitus in subsequent populations. Diabetes 2008, 57(June) 2441.
  • Brown B, Burns T. Measuring food purchases, community needs and tribal policy for healthy foods in local grocery stores on and near a Northern Plains Indian reservation. http://www.nptao.arizona.edu/usda.cfm; 2007 Native Peoples Technical Assistance Office, Tucson, AZ.
  • Brown B, Noonan C, Friede P, Giroux J. Acanthosis nigricans and obesity in Northern Plains Indian children and adolescents.  Diabetes 2008, 57(June), SA744.          
  • Brown B, Harris K, Ricci C, Parker M, Harris JL, TopSky W, Wilson T, Friede P, Noonan C. Lessons Learned in Adapting the Diabetes Prevention Program for 10-14 Year Old Northern Plains Indian Youth. Ann Behavioral Med 2009, 37:S51.
  • Noonan C, Brown B, Bentley B, Conway K, Corcoran M, FourStar K, Friede P, Hemlock B, Wagner S, Wilson T. Variability of asthma prevalence across Northern Plains American Indian communities and associations with body mass index. J Asthma  2010, 47:496–500.
  • Brown B, Harris KJ, Harris JL, Parker M, Ricci C, Noonan C. Translating the Diabetes Prevention Program for Northern Plains Indian youth through community-based participatory research methods. Diabetes Educ 2010;36:924-35.
  • Brown B, Noonan C, Bentley B, Conway K, Corcoran M, FourStar K, Gress S and Wagner S. Acanthosis Nigricans among Northern Plains American Indian Children. J School Nurs  2010, 26 450-60.
  • Brown B, Noonan C, Harris KJ, Parker M, Wilson T, Gress S, Harris JL, Gaskill S, Ricci C, Top Sky W, Cobbs G. Diabetes Prevention Program for Native American Youth: The JOURNEY to Native Youth Health Feasibility Study. Diabetes, 2011, 60:S1:A82.
  • Ricci C, Brown B, Noonan, C, Harris KJ, Dybdal L, Parker M, Gress S. Parental influence on obesity in Northern Plains American Indian youth. Fam Comm Health, 2012, 35.1:68-75.
  • Brown B, Noonan C, Harris KJ, Parker M, Gaskill S, Ricci C, Cobbs G, Gress S. Developing and Piloting the Journey to Native Youth Health Program in Northern Plains Indian Communities. Diabetes Educ 2013;39(1): 109-118. 
  • Hutchins A, Brown B, Cunnane S, Domitrovich S, Adams E, Bobowiec C. Daily flaxseed consumption improves glycemic control in obese men and women with pre-diabetes: A randomized, controlled study. Nutrition Research 2013, 33(5):367-75
  • Brown B, Noonan C, Harris KJ, Parker M, Wilson T, Gress S, Harris JL, Gaskill S, Ricci C, Top Sky W, Cobbs G. Developing and Piloting the Journey to Native Youth Health Program in Northern Plains Indian Communities. Diabetes Educ, 2013, 39:109-18.
  • Lommen A, Brown B, Sondag A, Hollist D. Experiential Perceptions of Relactation: A Phenomenological Study. J of Human Lactation, 2015, 1-6.
  • Pedersen M, Christopher S, Brown B. Building capacity to increase health promotion funding to American Indian communities: Recommendations from community members. Health Promotion Practice in review, 2015.
  • Grant V, Hollist D, Noonan C, Swaney G, Harris KJ, Gaskill S, Brown B. Community-identified strategies to increase physical activity during elementary school recess on an American Indian reservation: A pilot study. Preventive Medicine Reports in review, 2015. 
  • Grant V, Swaney G, Harris KJ, Burdeau Z, Brown B. Assessing barriers and enhancers to increasing physical activity during the school day in children on an American Indian Reservation: A qualitative research study. American Journal of Health Promotion in review, 2015.
  • Perline A, Heuscher A, Sondag A, Brown B. Perceptions of local hospitals and food producers on opportunities and barriers to implementing farm-to-hospital programs. Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems and Community Development in review, 2015.