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James C. Hersey

Senior Research Psychologist

James Hersey, PhD, is a senior research psychologist with more than 30 years of experience in designing and analyzing the evaluation of health, nutrition, and health promotion programs and social marketing campaigns. He has directed a series of evaluation projects of health communications and social marketing programs including national, state, and local programs in tobacco control, nutrition, obesity, and prevention of chronic disease. Projects have included evaluations of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) education in seven states, an evaluation of the cost-effectiveness of public education for adult immunization, and an evaluation of programs designed to prevent complications associated with diabetes.


PhD, Developmental Psychology, University of Michigan; MS, Psychology and MA, Sociology, University of Michigan; BS, University of Maine.

Latest Publications

Hersey, J.C., Cates, S.C., Blitstein, J.L., Kosa, K.M., Santiago Rivera, O.J., Contreras, D.A., et al. (2015). Eat smart, live strong intervention increases fruit and vegetable consumption among low-income older adults. J Nutr Gerontol Geriatr , 34 (1):66-80.
Williams, P.A., Cates, S.C., Blitstein, J.L., Hersey, J.C., Kosa, K.M., Long, V.A., et al. (2014). Evaluating the impact of six supplemental nutrition assistance program education interventions on children’s at-home diets. Health Education and Behavior, Advance Online Publication .
Williams, P.A., Cates, S.C., Blitstein, J.L., Hersey, J., Gabor, V., Ball, M., Kosa, K., et al. (2014). Nutrition-education program improves preschoolers' at-home diet: A group randomized trial. Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 114 (7):1001-1008.
Hersey, J.C., Cates, S.C., Blitstein, J.L., & Williams, P.A. (June 2014). SNAP-Ed can improve nutrition of low-income Americans across life span: RTI Press Publication No. RR-0023-1406. Research Triangle Park, NC: RTI Press.
Long, V., Cates, S., Blitstein, J., Deehy, K., Williams, P., Morgan, R., Fantacone, J., Kosa, K., Bell, L., & Hersey, J. (Dec 2013). Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program education and evaluation study (Wave II): Prepared by Altarum Institute for the USDA, Food and Nutrition Service. Washington, DC: U.S. Dept. of Agriculture.
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