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Madeline A. Dalton, PhD

Emeritus Professor of Pediatrics
Emeritus Professor of Biomedical Data Science
Emeritus Professor of The Dartmouth Institute

Biomedical Data Science
The Dartmouth Institute

Alfred University, BA 1983
Tufts University, MS 1988
Tufts University, PHD 1995

Hood Center for Children and Families


Contact Information:

Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth
HB 7465
Lebanon NH 03756

Office: 21 Lafayette Street
Phone: (603) 653-0787

Professional Interests:

Obesity prevention
Media and environmental influences on health behaviors in children
Mixed-methods research
Academic mentoring

Grant Information:

Project Title: Impact of Food Marketing and Cross-Promotions on Preschoolers’ Dietary Intake
Funding Agency: National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
Amount: $3,134,790 Project Period: 02/01/12-01/31/17
Principal Investigators: Madeline Dalton, Ph.D.; Meghan Longacre, Ph.D.

Project Title: Anytime Fitness: Using Entertainment Media to Promote Health to Preschoolers
Funding Agency: National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
Amount: $445,500 Project Period: 07/01/13-06/30/15
Principal Investigator: Meghan Longacre, Ph.D.
Function on Project: Co-Investigator

Project Title: Visual Media Influences on Adolescent Smoking Behavior
Funding Agency: National Cancer Institute
Amount: $2,800,000 Project Period: 05/01/2014-04/30/2018
Principal Investigator: James D. Sargent, M.D.
Function on Project: Collaborator

Courses Taught:

Small Group Leader, Patients and Populations: Improving Health and Healthcare, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth.

Guest Lecturer, Introduction to Public Health: An Experiential Approach to Individual, Community, and Population-Based Health, Dartmouth College.

Selected Publications:


  • Drake KM, Longacre MR, Mackenzie T, Titus LJ, Beach ML, Rundle A, Dalton MA High school sports programs differentially impact participation by sex. J Sport Health Science 2015;4:282-288

  • Longacre MR, Drake KM, Titus LJ, Peterson KE, Beach ML, Langeloh G, Hendricks K, Dalton MA School food reduces household income disparities in adolescents’ frequency of fruit and vegetable intake. Prev Med, 2014 Dec; 69:202-207

  • Drake KM, Longacre MR, Dalton MA, Langeloh G, Peterson KE, Titus LJ, Beach ML. Two method measurement for obesity epidemiology: Optimizing self-report and measurement of adolescents’ height and weight. J Adol Health 2013 Sep; 53(3): 322-327.

  • Longacre MR, DeFrancis GF, Fenzel M, Drake KM, Langeloh GE, Dalton MA. Student scientists learn about energy balance through science museum-academic partnership. J Nutr Educ & Behav, 2013 Jan; 45(1):90-3.

  • Longacre MR, Drake KM, MacKenzie TA, Gibson L, Owens P, Titus-Ernstoff L, Beach ML, Dalton MA. Fast-food environments and family fast-food intake in non-metropolitan areas. Am J Prev Med 2012;42(6):579 –587.

  • Drake KM, Beach ML, Longacre MR, MacKenzie T, Titus-Ernstoff L, Rundle AG, Dalton MA. Influence of sports, physical education, and active travel on adolescent overweight. Pediatrics 2012;130:e296–e304.

  • Dalton MA, Longacre MR, Drake K, Gibson L, Adachi-Mejia AM, Swain K, Xie H, Owens PM. Built environment predictors of active travel to school among rural adolescents. AJPM, 2011;40(3):312-319.

  • Sutherland, LA, MacKenzie T, Purvis L, Dalton M. Prevalence of food and beverage brands in movies: 1996-2005. Pediatrics 2010;125(3):468-74.

  • Dalton MA, Bernhardt AM, Gibson JJ, Sargent JD, Beach ML, Adachi-Mejia AM, Titus-Ernstoff L, Heatherton TF. Use of cigarettes and alcohol by preschoolers while role-playing as adults. “Honey, Have Some Smokes.”. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med 2005;159:854-859.

  • Dalton MA, Sargent JD, Beach ML, Titus-Ernstoff L, Gibson JJ, Ahrens MB, Tickle JJ, Heatherton TF Effect of viewing smoking in movies on adolescent smoking initiation: a cohort study. Lancet 2003;362:281-285