Dr. Todd Bartee


Office: BHS 316   |    Phone: (308) 865-8179   |    Email: barteet2@unk.edu

Dr. Todd Bartee


Advisor for Public Health Minor, PHEAST Scholarship, Pre-Public Health

Areas of Interest:

  • Health Education and Health Promotion, Implementation Science, Systems Change


  • A.A. (1992) - Central Community College
  • B.S. Ed. (1994) – University of Nebraska – Lincoln
  • M.A. (1996) – University of Alabama
  • Ph.D. (2000) – University of Alabama (joint program with University of Alabama-Birmingham School of Public Health)

Professional Affiliations:

  • American Public Health Association
  • Public Health Association of Nebraska
  • Society for Public Health Education


  • Predicting the use of dietary supplements marketed as ergogenic aids among adolescent athletes. Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama.


  • Bartee R.T., Heelan K.A., Golden C.A., Hill J.L., Porter G.C., Abbey B.A., George K., Foster N., Estabrooks P.A.  2023.  Adaptations of an Effective Evidence-based Pediatric Weight Management Intervention.  Prevention Science.  https://doi.org/10.1007/s11121-023-01557-7 
  • Michaud, T.L., Hill, J.L., Heelen, K.A., Bartee, T., Abbey, B.M., Malmkar, A., Masker, J., Golden, C., Porter, G., Glasgow, R.E., and Estabrooks, P.A.  2022.  Understanding implementation costs of a pediatric weight management intervention: An economic evaluation protocol.  Implementation Science Communications 3(37). doi:10.1186/s43058-022-00287-1
  • Golden, C., Heelan, K.A, Hill, J., Bartee, T., Abbey, B.M, and Estabrooks, P.A.  2021.  Qualitative comparative analysis of program and participant factors that explain success in a micropolitan pediatric weight management intervention.  Childhood Obesity 18(5).  doi.org/10.1089/chi.2021.0160
  • Heelan, K.A., Abbey, B.M, Bartee, R.T., Estabrooks, P.A., Malmkar, A., Jacobs, T., and Hill, J.L.  2021.  Packaging of a pediatric weight management intervention and implementation blueprint for rural and micropolitan communities– The Nebraska CORD 3.0 project. Childhood Obesity  17(S1):S-62-S69.  doi.org/10.1089/chi.2021.0171
  • Hill, J.L., Heelan, K.A., Bartee, T., Wichman, C., Michaud, T., Abbey, B., Porter, G., and Estabrooks, P.A.  2021.  A type III hybrid effectiveness – Implementation pilot trial testing dissemination and implementation strategies for a pediatric weight management intervention: The Nebraska childhood obesity research demonstration project. Childhood Obesity  17(S1):S70-S78.  doi.org/10.1089/chi.2021.0170
  • Porter, G.C., Schwab, R., Hill, J.L., Bartee, R.T., Heelan, K.A., Michaud, T.L., and Estabrooks, P.A.  2021. Examining the feasibility and characteristics of realistic weight management support for patients: Focus groups with rural, micropolitan, and metropolitan primary care providers.  Preventive Medicine Reports  23:1-8.  doi.org/10.1016/j.pmedr.2021.101390
  • Golden, C.A., Hill, J.L., Heelan, K.A., Bartee, R.T., Abbey, B.M., Malmkar, A., and Estabrooks, P.A.  2021.  A dissemination strategy to identify communities ready to implement a pediatric weight management intervention in geographically underserved areas.  Preventing Chronic Disease  18:200248.  dx.doi.org/10.5888/pcd18.200248
  • Porter, G., Laumb, K., Michaud, T., Brito, F., Petreca, D., Schwieger, G., Bartee, T., Yeary, K., and Estabrooks, P.  2019.  Understanding the impact of rural weight loss interventions: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Obesity Reviews  20:713-724.
  • Bartee, R.T., Burger, P.R., Heelan, K.A., Coughlin, A., and Combs, S.J.  2019.  Spatial analysis of cancer survivors’ accessibility to exercise programs designed exclusively for their needs.  The Pennsylvania Geographer  57(2):1-15.
  • Bartee, R.T., Heelan, K.A., and Dority, B.L.  2018.  The Influence of aerobic fitness and academic ranking on the association between improvements in students’ aerobic fitness and academic achievement.  Journal of School Health  88(9):644-650.
  • Saint-Maurice, F.P., Welk, G.J., Bartee, R.T., and Heelan, K.A.  2016.  Calibration of context-specific survey items to assess youth physical activity behavior.  Journal of Sports Sciences. doi:10.1080/02640414.2016.1194526
  • Heelan, K.A., Bartee, R.T., Nihiser, A., and Sherry, B.  2015.  Decreasing childhood obesity – The Kearney Nebraska Story.  Childhood Obesity  11(5):600-607.
  • Adkins, M., Bice, M., Heelan, K., and Bartee, T.  2015.  Increasing physical activity during the school day through physical activity classes: Implications for physical educators.  The Physical Educator  72:173-184.
  • Abbey, B.M., Heelan, K.A, Brown, G.A., and Bartee, R.T.  2014.  The Validation of HydraTrend™ reagent strips for the assessment of hydration status.  Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research  28(9):2634-2639.
  • Saint-Maurice, F.P., Welk, G.J., Beyler, N.K., Bartee, R.T., and Heelan, K.A.  2014.  Calibration of self-report tools for physical activity research: the Physical Activity Questionnaire (PAQ).  BMC Public Health 14:461.  doi: 10.1186/1471-2458-14-461
  • Heelan, K.A. Combs, J., Berger, P., Abbey, B., and Bartee, R.T.  2013.  Evaluation of school transportation patterns and the associated impact on BMI in two midwestern communities.  Journal of Physical Activity and Health  10(5):632-40.
  • Holt, E.E., Bartee, R.T., and Heelan, K.A.  2013.  Evaluation of a policy to integrate physical activity into the school day.  Journal of Physical Activity and Health  10(4):480-7.
  • Hoyle, T.B., Bartee, R.T., and Allensworth, D.D.  2010.  Applying the process of health promotion in schools. Journal of School Health  80(4):163-166.
  • Carr, L.J., Bartee, R.T., Dorozynski, D.M., Broomfield, J.F., Smith, M.L., and Smith, D.T.  2009.  Eight month follow-up of physical activity and central adiposity: Results from an internet-delivered randomized control trial intervention.  Journal of Physical Activity and Health  6(4):445-455.
  • Smith, D.T., Bartee, R.T., Dorozynski, C.M., and Carr, L.J.  2009.  Prevalence of overweight and influence of out-of-school seasonal periods on body mass index among American Indian schoolchildren.  Preventing Chronic Disease  6(1).  http://www.cdc.gov/pcd/issues/2009/jan/07_0262.htm
  • Carr, L.J., Bartee, R.T., Dorozynski, C.M., Broomfield, J.F., Smith, M.L., Smith, D.T.  2008.  Internet-delivered behavior change program increases physical activity and improves cardiometabolic disease risk factors in sedentary adults: Results of a randomized controlled trial.  Preventive Medicine  46:431–438.
  • Eisenmann, J.C., Bartee, R.T., Smith, D.T., Welk, G., and Fu, Q.  2008.  Combined influence of physical activity and television viewing on overweight in U.S. youth.  International Journal of Obesity  32:613-618.
  • Smith, D.T., Vendela, M.J., Bartee, R.T., and Carr, L.  2008.  Significant body mass index gains in rural first graders, 1999-2004:  A time for behavioral intervention?  Journal of Rural Health  24:40-48.
  • Bartee, R.T., Olsen, S.E., & Winnail, S.D.  2006.  Comparison of professional health education and public health core competencies.  American Journal of Health Studies  21:11-19.
  • Winnail, S.D., Bartee, R.T., and Kaste, S.  2005.  Existence of the school health coordinator in a frontier state. Journal of School Health  75:329-333.
  • Bartee, R.T., Grandjean, B.D., & Bieber, S.L.  2004.  Confirming the reliability of a theory driven instrument. American Journal of Health Studies  19:175-179.
  • Bartee, R.T., Grandjean, B.D., Dunn, M.S., Perko, M.A., Eddy, J.M., & Wang, M.Q.  2004.  Predictors of dietary supplement use among adolescent athletes.  Pediatric Exercise Science  16:250-264.
  • Eisenmann, J.C., Bartee, R.T., & Damori, K.  2004.  Moderate-to-vigorous physical activity and weight status in rural university students.  Journal of Physical Activity and Health  1:209-217.
  • Garcia, K., Eisenmann, J.C., and Bartee, R.T.  2004.  Does a family history of CHD modify the relationship between physical activity and blood pressure in young adults?  Eur J Cardiovasc Prevention Rehab  11:201-206.
  • Bartee, R.T., Winnail, S.D., Olsen, S., Diaz, C., and Blevens, J.A.  2003.  Assessing competencies of the public health workforce in a frontier state.  Journal of Community Health  28:459-469.
  • Dunn, M.S., Bartee, R.T., and Perko, M.A.  2003.  Self-reported alcohol use and sexual behaviors of adolescents.  Psychological Reports  92:339-348.
  • Winnail, S.D. & Bartee, R.T.  2002.  How can primary concerns of school district superintendents guide school health efforts?  Journal of School Health  72:408-412.
  • Winnail, S.D., & Bartee, R.T.  2002.  What makes health educators unique?  American Journal of Health Education  33:5-7.
  • Eisenmann, J.C., Bartee, R.T., & Wang, M.Q.  2002.  Physical activity, TV viewing, and weight in U.S. youth: 1999 youth risk behavior survey.  Obesity Research  10:379-385.
  • Dunn, M.S., Eddy, J.M., Perko, M.A., & Bartee, R.T.  2001.  Influence of parents, coaches and trainers on attitudes, subjective norms, and intentions regarding dietary supplement use among male and female adolescent athletes.  Journal of Adolescent and Family Health  3:141-146.
  • Dunn, M.S., Eddy, J.M., Wang, M.Q., Nagy, S., Bartee, R.T. & Perko, M.A.  2001.  The influence of significant others on attitudes, subjective norms, and intentions regarding dietary supplement use among adolescents. Adolescence  36:583-591.
  • Perko, M.A., Bartee, R.T., Dunn, M.S., Wang, M.Q., & Eddy, J.M.  2000.  Giving new meaning to the term "taking one for the team": Influences on the use/non-use of dietary supplements among adolescent athletes.  American Journal of Health Studies  16:99-106.
  • Eddy, J.M. & Bartee, R.T.  1999.  A primer on choosing a distance education program.  American Journal of Worksite Health Promotion  6:36-37.