Matthew Chrisman, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Phone: 816-235-5709



Matthew S. Chrisman, PhD, M.S. is an Assistant Teaching Professor in the School of Nursing and Health Studies at the University of Missouri in Kansas City. He received his Bachelor’s from Missouri Western State University, his Master’s from Kansas State University, and his PhD from the University of Iowa. He completed two postdoctoral fellowships; one in Community Nutrition at Texas Tech University, and another in Epidemiology at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. Dr. Chrisman presents locally and nationally on a variety of topics related to public health and health behavior. His research focuses on understanding health behaviors, particularly physical activity and diet, and how the environment is associated with them. Currently, he is examining patterns, correlates, and barriers for cycling in older adults in the Midwest, and effects of nutrition education message framing.


  • Chrisman M., Chow W., Daniel CR., Wu X., Zhao H. (2017). Associations between language acculturation, age of immigration, and obesity in the Mexican American Mano A Mano cohort. Obesity Research and Clinical Practice.  doi: 10.1016/j.orcp.2017.03.005
  • Chrisman M., Chow W., Daniel C.R., Wu X., Zhao H. Associations between mobile phone use and physical activity in the Mexican American Mano A Mano cohort. Journal of Medical Internet Research mHealth and uHealth; 4(2). doi: 10.2196/mhealth.4926
  • Chrisman M., Chow W., Daniel C.R., Wu X., Zhao H.  Acculturation, socio-demographic, and lifestyle factors associated with compliance with physical activity recommendations in the Mexican American Mano A Mano cohort. BMJ Open, 5, e008302. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2015-008302
  • Murimi M., Chrisman M., Diaz-Rios LK., McCollum H., McDonald O. (2015) A qualitative study on factors that affect school lunch participation: Perspectives of school food service managers and cooks. Journal of Nutrition & Health, 1(2)
  • Murimi, M, Chrisman, M., McCollum, H. (2016) A qualitative study on factors that influence students’ food choices. Journal of Nutrition & Health, 2(1)
  • Chrisman M., Nothwehr F., Janz K., Yang J., Oleson J. (2015). Perceived awareness of resources and environmental correlates of domain-specific physical activity in rural Midwestern adults. Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 12(7), 962-967. doi: 10.1123/jpah.2013-0453
  • Chow W., Chrisman M., Daniel-MacDougall C., Ye Y., Gomez H., Dong Q., et al. (2015). Cohort profile: The Mexican-American Mano A Mano Cohort. International Journal of Epidemiology (ePub ahead of print). doi: 10.1093/ije/dyv016
  • Chrisman M., Nothwehr F., Yang J., Oleson J. (2015). Environmental Influences on Physical Activity in Rural Midwestern Adults: A Qualitative Approach. Health Promotion Practice, 16(1), 142-148. doi:10.1177/1524839914524958
  • Murimi M., Chrisman M., Hughes K., Taylor C., Kim Y., McAllister T.L. Effect of School-Based Nutrition Education and Point-of-Testing Counseling on Rural Adolescent Health. Health Education Journal (In press). doi: 10.1177/0017896914552000
  • Chrisman M., Nothwehr F., Yang J., Oleson J. (2014). Perceived correlates of domain-specific physical activity in rural adults in the Midwest. Journal of Rural Health, 30(4), 352-8. doi: 10.1111/jrh.12065.
  • Nothwehr F., Chrisman M., Andsager J. (2014). Improving Rural Newspaper Coverage of Nutrition Stories: An Educational Assessment of Editors’ Attitudes and Learning Needs. Health Promotion Practice, 15(6), 849-856. doi: 10.1177/1524839914526205
  • Murimi M., Chrisman M., McAllister T. (2014). Fostering Healthy Lifestyles in the African American Population. Health Education and Behavior, 42(1), 109-16. doi:10.1177/1090198114540465
  • Nothwehr F., Haines H., Chrisman M., Schultz U. (2014). Statewide Dissemination of a Rural, Non-Chain Restaurant Intervention: Adoption, Implementation, and Maintenance. Health Education Research, 29(3), 433-441. doi:10.1093/her/cyu008
  • Schultz U., Nothwehr F., Hanson J., Chrisman M., Haines H. (2012). A Nutrition Information Needs Survey Among Older Adults: Application of Adult Learning Principles. Quality in Ageing and Older Adults, 13(2), 145-153.



  • 2015, Community Based Participatory Research Trainee ($1,019), Latinos Contra el Cancer Community Networks Program Center, National Cancer Institute (U54CA153505; PIs: David Wetter, Maria E. Fernandez)
  • 2012, Prevention Research Center for Rural Health (PRC-RH) pilot grant award ($3,186), University of Iowa, Role: PI
  • 2011, Professional Advancement Grants Research Grant award ($400), University of Iowa, Role: PI