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Michele Polfuss, PhD, RN, CPNP-AC/PC

Michele Polfuss, PhD, RN, CPNP-AC/PC

Assistant Professor

mpolfuss@uwm.edu
Cunningham Hall

Dr. Polfuss joined the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee College of Nursing as an assistant professor in 2013. Her research has focused on pediatric obesity and its related co morbidities with a special interest in the role of the family through parenting and feeding behaviors and obesity within the special needs population. She is a certified pediatric nurse practitioner both in acute and primary care.  Previous clinical experience includes working in pediatrics within the subspecialties of obesity, endocrinology, and cardiology.

Dr. Polfuss is an active member of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP) within the Childhood Obesity Special Interest Group.  She has received the honors of being awarded the 2008 University of Wisconsin- Oshkosh Young Alumni of the Year (2008), APN Nurse Excellence Award at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin (2010), Spina Bifida Young Investigator of the Year Award (2012) and Midwest Nursing Research Society Dissertation Award (2012).

Education

Ph D, Marquette University
MSN Pediatric Nursing, Marquette Univesity
BSN Nursing, Univesity of Wisconsin - Oshkosh

Awards & Honors

Midwest Nursing Research Society Dissertation Award
Midwest Nursing Research Society
April 2012

Spina Bifida Association Young Investigator Award
Spina Bifida Association
January 2012

Advanced Practice Nurse Excellence Award
Children's Hospital of Wisconsin
May 2010

University of WIsconsin Oshkosh Young Alumni of the Year
University of WIsconsin - Oshkosh
September 2008

Current Research

  1. Diabetes Transition Study
    Collaborator: Polfuss, Michele
  2. Meauuring Body Composition in Children with Spina Bifida: A Pilot Study
    Collaborators: Polfuss, Michele; Sawin, Kathleen J

Contracts & Grants

  1. Measuring Body Composition in Children with Spina Bifida: A Pilot Study
    Awarding/Sponsoring Organization:
    Investigators: Michele Polfuss,  Kathleen J Sawin
  2. Measuring Body Composition in Children with Spina Bifida: A Pilot STudy
    Awarding/Sponsoring Organization: Spina Bifida Association
    Investigators: Michele Polfuss,  Kathleen J Sawin

Intellectual Contributions

  1. Michele Polfuss, (2014) Perception and documentation of weight management practices in pediatric primary care, WMJ, 113(4), 149-153; quiz 154
  2. Michele Polfuss, (2013) The Relationship Between Hemoglobin A1C in Youth with Type 1 Diabetes and Chaos in the Family Household, The Diabetes Educator, 39(5), 696-704
  3. Michele Polfuss, (2012) Childhood Obesity: Where are we now?, Infant, Children, and Adolescent Nutrition, 4 262-263
  4. Michele Polfuss, (2012) Parenting and Feeding Behaviors Associated with a Child’s Weight Status in African American and Caucasian 9-15 Year Old Youths, Western Journal of Nursing, 34(5), 677-696
  5. Michele Polfuss, (2012) Parenting Behaviors of African American and Caucasian Families: Parent and Child Perceptions, Associations with Child Weight and Ability to Identify Abnormal Weight Status, Journal of Pediatric Nursing, 27(3), 195-213
  6. Michele Polfuss, (2011) Developing Criteria for Pediatric/Adolescent Bariatric Surgery Programs, Pediatrics, 128(supplement 2), S65-S70
  7. Michele Polfuss, (2011) Relationship between overweight and risk-taking behaviors in adolescents, The American Journal for Nurse Practitioners, 15 10-24

Presentations

  1. Measuring Body Composition in Children with Spina Bifida: A Pilot Study (Poster)
    Event: Annual Conference
    Presenters: Michele Polfuss,  Kathleen J Sawin
  2. Food/Activity Parenting Practices Questionnaire
    Event: 11th International Family Nursing Conference
    Presenter: Michele Polfuss
    June 2013
  3. Assessment of Overweight/Obesity in Pediatric Care Practices: Chart Review (Poster)
    Event: 2013 Pediatric Academic Society
    Presenter: Michele Polfuss
    May 2013
  4. Relationship between Hemoglobin A1C and Chaos in the Family Household in Children with Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus (T1DM), POSTER
    Event: 2013 Pediatric Academic Society Conference
    Presenter: Michele Polfuss
    May 2013
  5. Assessment of Overweight/Obesity in Primary Care Practices: Provider Survey
    Event: Building Bridges Conference
    Presenter: Michele Polfuss
    May 2013
  6. Behaviors and Environments Associated with Childhood Obesity
    Event: 23rd Annual Convention
    Presenter: Michele Polfuss
    April 2013
  7. Parent Perspectives of Feeding and Physical Activity Practices: What matters most? (Poster)
    Event: 2013 Annual Conference
    Presenter: Michele Polfuss
    March 2013
  8. Relationship Between Hemoglobin A1C and Chaos in the Family Household (Poster)
    Event: Best Practices Conference
    Presenter: Michele Polfuss
    March 2013
  9. Environments and Behaviors Associated with Childhood Obesity
    Event: Local Chapter Meeting
    Presenter: Michele Polfuss
    June 2012
  10. Behaviors and Environments Associated with Childhood Obesity
    Event: 26th Annual Wisconsin Nurses Association Advanced Practice Nursing Forum Pharmacology & Clinical Update
    Presenter: Michele Polfuss
    May 2012
  11. Parent Self-Efficacy to Support Youth Healthy Eating and Physical Activity in an Obese Youth Population
    Event: 2012 Midwest Regional Conference on Pediatric Psychology
    Presenter: Michele Polfuss
    April 2012
  12. National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners
    Event: National Conference
    Presenters: Michele Polfuss
    March 2012
  13. Measuring Body Composition in Children with Spina Bifida: A Pilot Study,
    Event: World Congress of Spina Bifida
    Presenter: Michele Polfuss
    March 2012

Contact

mpolfuss@uwm.edu
Cunningham Hall

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