Matthew Chrisman, PhD

Matthew Chrisman, PhD
Associate Professor
Nursing and Health Studies

Contact Info


Matthew joined the faculty in 2016 as an Assistant Professor in the Health Studies program. He completed his PhD in 2013 and spent three years in postdoctoral research fellowships. Currently, he teaches Health Sciences Specialty Course, and Health Promotion Programs. He also designs and conducts research related to physical activity and nutrition behaviors, and his current projects include: an examination of nutrition education and wellness committees in Kansas City area K-12 school districts; an intervention to increase standing time and reduce sedentary behaviors using standing desks in college students; an assessment of State policymakers’ messaging preferences and improving communication with them via training child health advocates; a randomized control trial examining the combined effects of cognitive training and cycling on cognition in ICU survivors; and a home-based randomized control trial to increase steps in ICU survivors. He enjoys cooking and spending time with his family.

Selected Publications:
  • Chrisman, M., Wright, R., Purdy, W. College classroom instructors effectively promote standing among students provided with standing desks. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (in press).

  • Lasiter, L. Chrisman, M., Snodgrass, B., Thompson, M., Harmon, K. Physical and Cognitive Training to Enhance ICU Survivors’ Cognition: A Systematic Mapping Review. Rehabilitation Nursing: The Official Journal of the Association of Rehabilitation Nurses. DOI: 10.1097/rnj.0000000000000325

  • Klobodu, S. Paiva, M., Rodriguez, J., Calderon, S., Chrisman, M. Perceived Drivers of Food Insecurity and Coping Strategies of DACA-Eligible College Students–An Exploratory Study. Journal of Hunger and Environmental Nutrition (in press)

  • Chrisman, M., Alnaim, L. Resources needed for education and meal programs by urban school teachers and staff during the 2019 Coronavirus pandemic. Journal of School Health (in press)

  • Chrisman, M., Hampton, N. Preferred child obesity message frames and their perceived strength among state policymakers. Childhood Obesity (in press)

  • Elliott, M., Erickson, L., Russell, C.L., Chrisman, M., Emerson, A., & Gross-Toalson, J. Defining a new normal: A qualitative exploration of the parent experience during the single ventricle congenital heart disease interstage period. Journal of Advanced Nursing (in press)

  • Patterson, J., Chrisman, M, Martin-Stricklin, S., Skarbek, A, Patel, S. Challenges of Preparing Nursing Students for Practice: The Faculty Perspective. Journal of Nursing Education (in press)

  • Chrisman, M., Ye, S., Galler, A., Purdy, W. (2020). Evaluating an experimental approach for measuring sitting and standing at a height-adjustable desk in a college classroom. Health Education Journal, 79(6).

  • Patel, S, Chrisman, M. (2020). Incivility through the Continuum of Nursing: A Concept Analysis. Nursing Forum, 1-8. doi: 10.1111/nuf.12425

  • Grimes, A, Chrisman, M, Lightner, J.S. (2020) Barriers and promoters of cycling in older adults in the Midwest. Health Education and Behavior, 47(1). doi: 10.1177/1090198119879731

  • Chrisman M., Patel, S., Alonzo, R. (2020). A Study of Barriers to and Facilitators of Using MyPlate Nutritional Guidelines in K-12 Teacher and Principals. Health Education Journal, 79(2), 152-165.
Recent and Current Funding
  • 2020-2021, American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN): Simultaneous Recumbent Cycling and Cognitive Training on Cognition in Intensive Care Unit Survivors: A Randomized Control Trial. ($39,522). Role: Co-PI.
  • 2019-2020, University of Missouri Research Board. Use of national nutrition guidelines in multiple school districts: The MENU-KC Study ($19,665). Role: PI
  • 2019, Project ADVANCER grant ($9,500), UMKC. Using classroom instructors to promote standing time in college students: The Stand-U Study II. Role: Student advisor
  • 2019, Undergraduate SEARCH grant ($910), UMKC. Blast-KC Program. Role: Student advisor
  • 2018, UMKC Funding for Excellence grant: Child obesity and health messaging preferences among Missouri policymakers: The CHAMP study ($13,665). Role: PI
  • 2018, Project ADVANCER grant ($9,550), UMKC. Evaluating an experimental approach for measuring sitting and standing at a height-adjustable desk. Role: Student advisor

B.S., Missouri Western State University

M.S., Kansas State University

Ph.D., University of Iowa