Mari Wilhelm, PhD

Associate Professor Emerita, Department of Nutritional Sciences

EDUCATION & TRAINING

  • Ph.D., Family Ecology, Michigan State University
  • M.A., Family Studies, Michigan State University
  • B.A., Vocational Home Economics Education, University of Nebraska

AREAS OF RESEARCH INTEREST

National Children’s Study (NCS) – The NCS is a longitudinal prospective cohort study that will examine the effects of environmental influences on the health and development of approximately 100,000 children across the United States following them from before birth until age 21. The Study is designed to answer scientific questions regarding the ways in which the environment, broadly defined, and genetics affect children’s growth, development, and health from the pre-natal period to age 21 years. Dr. Wilhelm is Co-Principal Investigator for the Arizona Study Center and Principal Investigator for the Pinal County Study Location. Additional information can be found at www.nationalchildrensstudy.gov.

Evaluation Research – As Director of Evaluation Research and Development (ERAD), Dr. Wilhelm oversees several federally and locally funded research projects. Additional information can be found at www.erad.arizona.edu.

PUBLICATIONS

  • Page M & Wilhelm M. (Accepted, 2010). Preparing graduate students for teaching: Expected and unexpected outcomes from participation in a GK-12 classroom fellowship.Journal of College Science Teaching.
  • Page M, Wilhelm MS, Gamble WC & Card NA. (2010). Comparison of maternal sensitivity and verbal stimulation as unique predictors of infant social-emotional and cognitive development. Infant Behavior and Development, 33(1), 101-110.
  • Kasle S, Wilhelm MS, McKnight PE, Sheikh SZ & Zautra AJ. (2010). Mutuality's prospective beneficial effects on inflammation in female patients with rheumatoid arthritis. Arthritis Care & Research 62(1): 92-100.
  • Roebuck J, Zhang Q, Armenta A & Wilhelm M. (2010). Examining the Outcomes of the CPSA Provider Network: An Evaluation Study. Tucson: The University of Arizona, Evaluation Research and [Program] Development (ERAD). (314 pgs, 32 programs and 11 agencies).
  • Roebuck J, Zhang Q, Armenta A & Wilhelm M. (2010). Youth Empowered for Success: 2009-10 Evaluation Research Study. (34 pgs).
  • Wilkinson-Lee A, Moore-Monroy M, Garcia F & Wilhelm M. (2010). Pima County Cervical Cancer Prevention Partnership: Evaluation of a community-based coalition addressing cervical cancer among Mexican American women. Submitted to the American Evaluation Association Annual Meeting, November 2010, San Antonio, TX.
  • Moore-Monroy M, Wilkinson-Lee A, Wilhelm M, Lopez E, Paez-Badii L & Garcia F. (2010). REACH Pima County Cervical Cancer Prevention Partnership; an integrated effort to eliminate cervical cancer disparities for Hispanic women. Annual Conference of the American Public Health Association (November 6-10, 2010) in Denver, CO.
  • Stone M & Wilhelm M. (2010). Using Propensity Score Methodology to Construct Reasonable Comparison Groups for the Evaluation of Education Interventions: A GEAR UP Example. NCCEP Conference, Washington, DC, July 16-21, 2010
  • Maddock-Pea D, Utter NJ, Stone M & Wilhelm M. (2010). Digital Advantage: A 21st Century Approach to Implementing GEAR UP Initiatives. NCCEP Conference, Washington, DC, July 16-21, 2010.
  • Moore-Monroy M, Wilkinson-Lee A, Lopez E, Carlon M, Paez-Badii L, Wilhelm M, Garcia F. (2010). Following the true experts: The development of an effective promotora directed cervical cancer prevention outreach and education campaign. National Latino Cancer Summit, July 27-29th in San Francisco.
  • Wilkinson-Lee AM, Zhang Q, Nuno VL & Wilhelm MS. (2009, Online First). Adolescent emotional distress: The role of family obligations and school connectedness. Journal of Youth and Adolescence. doi:10.1007/s10964-009-9494-9.
  • Sotomayor M & Wilhelm M & Card N. (2009, Online First). Marital relationship quality and couples’ cognitive stimulation practices toward their infants: Actor and partner effects of White and Hispanic parents. Early Child Development and Care, 1476-8275, first published on November 5, 2009.
  • Gamble WC, Ewing A R & Wilhelm MS. (2009). Parents' views of characteristics of out of home care: Their role in selection, satisfaction and confidence in promoting a child's preparedness for school. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 18: 70-82. (Previously published on-line May 2008).
  • Stone M, Zhang Q & Wilhelm M. (2009). Tucson GEAR UP Evaluation: Summative Results Through Freshman Year. Tucson: The University of Arizona, Evaluation Research and [Program] Development (ERAD).
  • Roebuck J, Zhang Q & Wilhelm M. (2009). Safe Schools/Healthy Students Vail C.A.R.E.S. 4-Year Summative Evaluation Report. Tucson: the University of Arizona, Evaluation Research and [Program] Development (ERAD). (75 pgs).
  • Roebuck J, Zhang Q, Armenta A & Wilhelm M. (2009). Examining the Outcomes of the CPSA Provider Network: An Evaluation Study. Tucson: The University of Arizona, Evaluation Research and [Program] Development (ERAD). (310 pgs, 33 programs and 12 agencies)
  • Roebuck J, Zhang Q, Armenta A & Wilhelm M. (2009). Youth Empowered for Success: 2008-9 Evaluation Research Study. (40 pgs.)
  • Moore-Monroy M, Wilkinson-Lee A, Wilhelm M, Lopez E, Carlon M, Verdugo L, Paez-Badii L, Rodriguez D & Garcia F. (2009). Increasing Knowledge: Community Based Cervical Cancer Prevention Education. Poster presentation at the American Cancer Society Health Equity: Through the Cancer Lens Conference, Las Vegas, NV.
  • Wilkinson-Lee AM, Zhang Q, Nuno VL & Wilhelm MS. (2009). Adolescent Emotional Distress: The Role of Family Obligations and School Connectedness. Poster presentation at the Arizona Health Sciences Center Poster Forum: Frontiers in Biomedical Research, Tucson, AZ.
  • Moore-Monroy M, Wilkinson-Lee A, Lopez E, Verdugo L, Carlon M, Rodriguez D, Paez-Badii L, Wilhelm M & Garcia F. (2009). Increasing Knowledge: Development of a Community Based Cervical Cancer Prevention Education Campaign. Poster presentation at the Arizona Health Sciences Center Poster Forum: Frontiers in Biomedical Research, Tucson, AZ.
  • Serido J, Dowling B & Wilhelm M. (2009). Meeting ELL Students Where They ARE: Extending the Reach of the Teacher. Presentation at the International Reading Association held in Phoenix, AZ, February 21-25, 2009.
  • Parrish P, Jefferies D, Burnett B, Florez Y & Wilhelm M. (2008). The youth empowered for success program: A Multi-faceted approach to youth leadership development and school culture change in Southern Arizona. Journal of Youth Development, 3(2): [080302PA003].
  • Kasle S, Wilhelm M & Zautra A. (2008). Psychological and Physical Health Outcomes are Linked with Perceived Mutuality in Couples’ Conversations for Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients. Arthritis Care & Research, 59 (7): 921-928.
  • Kasle S, McKnight PE, Sheikh SZ, Swe K, Lisse JR, Wilhelm MS & Zautra AJ. (2008). DMARD Use, Marital Satisfaction, and Inflammation in RA. Arthritis and Rheumatism, 58 (9) (suppl): S871.
  • Kasle S, Sheikh SZ, McKnight PE, Swe K, Lisse JR, Wilhelm MS & Zautra AJ. (2008). Mutuality Protects against Inflammation in Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients. Arthritis and Rheumatism, 58(9)(suppl):S209.
  • Serido J & Wilhelm M. (2008). Evaluation and Research Study: My Reading Coach & FLTR – A Fluent Reading Trainer. Year Two Report. (32 pgs)
  • Page M & Wilhelm M. (2007). The significance of daily hassles and positive affect in women’s levels of postpartum depression. Contemporary Family Therapy 29(4): 237-251.
  • Kasle S, Wilhelm M & Reed KL. (2002). Optimal health and well-being for women: Definitions and strategies derived from focus groups of women. Women’s Health Issues, 12(4): 178-190.

FUNDING

  • Co-PI, National Institute for Child Health and Development, NIH; Title: Arizona National Children’s Study. F. Martinez, M. Wilhelm, F. Garcia, S. Pettygrove; Years of Award: 2008-2014; Amount: $44,000,000
  • Co-PI, National Institute for Child Health and Development, NIH; Title: Arizona National Children’s Study, Alternative Recruitment Vanguard Substudy. F. Martinez, M. Wilhelm, F. Garcia, S. Pettygrove; Years of Award: 2010-2011; Amount: $4,000,000
  • Co-PI, Center for Disease Control; Title: The Pima County Cervical Cancer Prevention Partnership, F. Garcia, M. Wilhelm; Years of Award: 2007-2012; Amount: $2,131,845.
  • Co-PI, Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs, US Department of Education; Title: Tucson GEAR-UP. L. Tochihara, M. Wilhelm, C. Tatum. L. Moll, K. Mangin; Years of Award: 2005-2011; Amount: $9,360,000 (Evaluation $1,108,754).
  • PI, Community Partnerships of Southern Arizona; Title: Program Evaluations; Years of Award: 2006-2010; Amount: $440,000.