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

Michele Polfuss, PhD, RN, CPNP-AC/PC
Associate Professor and Joint Research Chair in the Nursing of Children
414-229-2609
mpolfuss@uwm.eduCunningham Hall 441
Associate Professor and Joint Research Chair in the Nursing of Children

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 University Milwaukee, Wisconsin
BSN Nursing Univesity of Wisconsin - Oshkosh Oshkosh, Wisconsin

Awards & Honors

Julie Lathrop Nursing Research Award (2018, April) Children's Hospital of Wisconsin.

Midwest Nursing Research Society New Investigator Award (2018, April) MNRS Family Section RIG.

Midwest Nursing Research Society Dissertation Award (2012, April) Midwest Nursing Research Society.

Spina Bifida Association Young Investigator Award (2012, January) Spina Bifida Association.

Advanced Practice Nurse Excellence Award (2010, May) Children's Hospital of Wisconsin.

University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Young Alumni of the Year (2008, September) University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh.

Current Research

The Influence of Non-Caloric Artificial Sweeteners on the Metabolome, Body Composition, and Glycemic Control in Pediatric Type 1 Diabetes Patients
The use of non-caloric artificial sweeteners are abundant in food and drinks. Youth with Type 1 Diabetes are encouraged to decrease their sugar consumption so often rely on artificial sweeteners. Limited information is available on secondary outcomes of its use. This pilot study will explore the impact of high or low consumption of non-caloric artificial sweeteners on the youths's metabolome, body composition and glycemic control.Polfuss, Michele

Contracts & Grants

Wisconsin LEND: Milwaukee Link
Bureau of Maternal and Child Health
Subcontract
Kris Barnekow, Bonita Klein-Tasman, John Heilmann, Michele Polfuss, Elizabeth Drame

The Influence of Non-Caloric Artificial Sweeteners on the Metabolome, Body Composition and Glycemic Control in Pediatric Type 1 Diabetes Patients
Clinical and Translational Science Institute Pilot Award Program
Grant
Michele Polfuss

Pediatric SM-THINK (Self-Management Transition to Home Intervention): Nursing Interventions to Improve Discharge Outcomes
Clinical and Translational Science Institute
Grant
Michele Polfuss

Accurate Identification of Body Fat in Children with Spina Bifida: A Feasibility Study
Research and Creative Activities Support: University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee
Grant
Michele Polfuss

Accurate Identification of Body Fat in Children with Spina Bifida: A Feasibility Study
UWM Office of Research: Research and Creative Activities Support (RACAS)
Grant
Michele Polfuss

Measuring Energy Intake in Children with Spina Bifida and Down Syndrome
Clinical and Translational Science Award of the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences
Grant
Michele Polfuss

Weight-Related Self-Management in Children with Special Health Care Needs
National Institutes of Nursing Research
Grant
Michele Polfuss

Measuring Energy Expenditure in Children with Spina Bifida
CTSI of Southeastern Wisconsin
Grant
Michele Polfuss

Measuring Body Composition in Children with Spina Bifida: A Pilot Study
Spina Bifida Association
Grant
Michele Polfuss, Kathleen Sawin

Measuring Body Composition in Children with Spina Bifida: A Pilot Study
Society of Pediatric Nurses
Grant
Michele Polfuss, Kathleen Sawin

Intellectual Contributions

Polfuss, Michele. “Physical Activity and Sports for Children and Adolescents.” Burns Pediatric Primary Care 7th Ed..

Forseth, B., Papanek, P. E., Bandini, L., Schoeller, D., Moosereiner, A., Sawin, Kathleen J., Zvara, K., Fendrich, Michael, and Polfuss, Michele. “Feasibility and acceptability of a self-report activity diary in families of children with and without special needs.” Comprehensive Child and Adolescent Nursing 42.4 (2019): 293-303.

Polfuss, Michele, Dobson, C., Sawin, Kathleen J., and Klingbeil, C. G. “The influence of a developmental disability on the child's weight-related behaviors: A parent's perspective.” Journal of Pediatric Nursing 47. (2019): 121-130.

Trudeau, Bobby, Trudea, Cameron, Polfuss, Michele L., and Sullivan-Bolyai, Susan. “A developmental milestones map of Type 1 diabetes self-management transition from parents to adolescents.” Diabetes Spectrum 32.1 (2019): 21-29.

Polfuss, Michele, Moosreiner, Andrea, Boushey, Carol J., Delp, Edward J., and Zhu, Fengqing. “Technology-based dietary assessment in youth with and without developmental disabilities.” Nutrients 10.Art. no. 1482 (2018).

Polfuss, Michele, Sawin, Kathleen J., Papanek, P E., Bandini, L, Forseth, B, Moosreiner, A, Svara, K, and Schoeller, D A. “Total energy expenditure and body composition of children with developmental disabilities.” Disability & Health Journal 11.3 (2018): 442-446.

Polfuss, Michele, Bandini, L. G., and Sawin, Kathleen J. “Obesity prevention for individuals with spina bifida.” Current Obesity Reports 6. (2017): 116-126.

Polfuss, Michele, Simpson, P., Neff Greenley, R., Zhang, L., and Sawin, Kathleen J. “Parental feeding behaviors and weight-related concerns in children with special needs.” Western Journal of Nursing Research 39.8 (2017): 1070-1093.

Polfuss, Michele, Simpson, P., Stolzman, S., Moerchen, V., Hovis, S., Zhang, L., Miranda, H., and Sawin, Kathleen J. “The measurement of body composition in children with spina bifida: Frasibility and preliminary findings.” Journal of Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine 9.2 (2016): 143-153.

Polfuss, Michele. “Physical Activity and Sports for Children and Adolescents.” Burns Pediatric Primary Care 6th Edition. (2016).

Polfuss, Michele, Duderstadt, Karen, Fookson, M, and Blosser, C. “Physical Activity and Sports for Children and Adolescents.” Burns, et al., Pediatric Primary Care (6th edition). (2016).

Polfuss, Michele, Papanek, P., Meyer-Wentland, F., Moosreiner, A., Wilkas, Lenore R., and Sawin, Kathleen J. “Body composition measurement in children with cerebral palsy, spina bifida and spinal cord injury: A systematic review of the literature.” Comprehenive Child and Adolescent Nursing 3.3 (2016): 166-191.

Polfuss, Michele, Johnson, N., Bonis, Susan A., Hovis, S. L., Apollon, F., and Sawin, K. J. “Autism spectrum disorder and the child's weight-related behaviors: A parents' perspective.” Journal of Pediatric Nursing 31.6 (2016): 598-607.

Polfuss, Michele, Babler, E., Bush, L. L., and Sawin, K. “Family perspectives of components of a diabetes transition program.” Journal of Pediatric Nursing 30.5 (2015): 748-756.

Chelvakumar, G., Levin, L., Polfuss, Michele, Hovis, S., Donohoue, P., and Kotowski, A. “Perception and documentation of weight management practices in pediatric primary care.” WMJ 113.4 (2014): 149-153; quiz 154.

Levin, L., Kichler, J. C., and Polfuss, Michele. “The relationship between hemoglobin A1C in youth with Type 1 diabetes and chaos in the family household.” The Diabetes Educator 39.5 (2013): 696-704.

Polfuss, Michele, and Duderstadt, K. Childhood obesity: Where are we now?. 4.5 Infant, Children, and Adolescent Nutrition, 2012: 262-263.

Polfuss, Michele, and Frenn, M. “Parenting and feeding behaviors associated with school-aged African American and Caucasian 9-15 year old youths.” Western Journal of Nursing Research 34.5 (2012): 677-696.

Polfuss, Michele, and Frenn, M. “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 (2012): 195-213.

Michalsky, M., Kramer, R. E., Fullmer, M. A., Polfuss, Michele, Porter, R., Ward-Begnoche, W., Getzoff, E. A., Dreyer, M., Stolzman, S., and Reichard, K. W. “Developing criteria for pediatric/adolescent bariatric surgery programs.” Pediatrics 128.Suppl. 2 (2011): S65-S70.

Polfuss, Michele, Liebhart, J., and Neff, R. “Relationship between overweight/obesity and risk-taking behaviors in adolescents.” The American Journal for Nurse Practitioners 15.1/2 (2011): 10-24.

Presentations

Polfuss, Michele. “Energy Expenditure and Caloric Implications in Down Syndrome and Spina Bifida.” Obesity Society Obesity Week. Las Vegas, Nevada. November 2019.

Polfuss, Michele. “Engaging Parents in Education for Discharge Using an iPad Application.” 14th International Family Nursing Conference. Washington, D.C.. August 2019.

Polfuss, Michele. “The Impact of a Developmental Disability on the Child's Weight-Related Behaviors: A Parent's Perspective.” 14th International Family Nursing Conference. . August 2019.

Polfuss, Michele. “Parent Perceptions of Child Physical Activity in Children with Special Needs: A Pilot Study.” American College of Sports Medicine. Minneapolis, MN. May 2019.

Polfuss, Michele. “Sedentary Behavior Bout Comparisons Between Children with and without Special Needs.” Healthy Weight Research Network Symposium. Boston, MA. April 2019.

Polfuss, Michele. “The Impact of a Developmental Disability on the Child's Weight-Related Behaviors: A Parent's Perspective.” Midwest Nursing Research Society. Kansas City, MO. March 2019.

Polfuss, Michele. “Engaging Parents in Education for Discharge.” Midwest Nursing Research Society. Kansas City, MO. March 2019.

Polfuss, Michele. “Evaluating Nurse Fidelity in Using the 'Engaging Parents inEducation fo Discharge iPad-Based Intervention at a Pediatric Hospital.” Midwest Nursing Research Society. Kansas City, MO. March 2019.

Polfuss, Michele. “The Impact of a Developmental Disability on the Child's Weight-Related Behaviors: A Parent's Perspective.” AOTA Specialty Conference, Children and Youth. Milwaukee, WI. September 2018.

Polfuss, Michele. “Feasibility and Examination of Two Dietary Assessment Methods in Children with Special Needs.” International Society of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity. Hong, Kong. June 2018.

Polfuss, Michele. “Feasibility and Examination of Two Dietary Assessment Methods in Children with Special Needs.” . Washington, D.C.. May 2018.

Polfuss, Michele. “The Relationship of Parenting Styles and Obesity in Children with Special Needs.” UW Milwaukee Undergraduate Research Symposium. Milwaukee, WI. April 2018.

Polfuss, Michele. “Feasibility and Examination of Two Dietary Assessment Methods in Children with Special Needs.” Midwest Nursing Research Society. Cleveland, OH. April 2018.

Polfuss, Michele. “Pediatric SM-THINk (Self-Management Transition to Home INtervention.” Midwest Nursing Research Society. Cleveland, OH. April 2018.

Polfuss, Michele. “Obesity in Children with Special Needs.” . WUWM Today Radio. January 2018.

Polfuss, Michele. “A Day in the Life: An Adolescent's Advice on Self-Management of Type 1 Diabetes.” 13th International Family Nursing Conference. Pamplona, Spain. June 2017.

Polfuss, Michele. “Obesity and Autism Spectrum Disorder: Challenges and Strategies Identified by Family Caregivers.” 13th International Family Nursing Conference. Pamplona, Spain. June 2017.

Polfuss, Michele. “The Impliation of Total Energy Expenditure on Nutritional Guidance in Children with Special Needs.” 13th International Family Nursing Conference. Pamplona, Spain. June 2017.

Polfuss, Michele. “A Day in the Life: An Adolescents' Advice on Self--Management of Type 1 Diabetes.” 13th International Family Nursing Conference. Pamplona, Spain. June 2017.

Alba, Julia, and Polfuss, Michele. “Consistency of Weight and Height Measurement in Clinics from the National Spina Bifida Patient Registry.” Third World Congress on Spina Bifida Research and Care. San Diego, CA. March 2017.

Polfuss, Michele. “Parental Feeding Behaviors and Weight-Related Concerns in Children with Special Needs.” Third World Congress on Spina Bifida Research and Care. San Diego, CA. March 2017.

Polfuss, Michele. “The Impliation of Total Energy Expenditure on Nutritional Guidance in Children with Special Needs.” Third World Congress on Spina Bifida Research and Care. San Diego, CA. March 2017.

Polfuss, Michele. “Measuring Energy Expenditure in Children with Special Needs.” CTSI Milwaukee Regional Research Forum. Milwaukee, WI. October 2016.

Polfuss, Michele. “Total Energy Expenditure and Relationship to Fat Free Mass in Children with Special Needs.” Council for Advancing Nursing Science Annual Conference. Washington, DC. September 2016.

Polfuss, Michele. “P20 Pilot Project 1: Weight-Related Self-Management in Children with Special Health Care Needs (Poster).” National Institute of Nursing Research Scientific Symposium. Washington, DC. September 2016.

Polfuss, Michele. “Weight-Related Self-Management in Children with Special Health Care Needs.” 2016 NIH Center Director's Meeting. Washington, DC. May 2016.

Polfuss, Michele. “Weight-Related Self-Management in Children with Special Health Care Needs.” Grand Rounds Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Research. Milwaukee, WI. April 2016.

Polfuss, Michele. “Weight-Related Self-Management in Children with Special Health Care Needs.” MNRS Annual Conference. Milwaukee, WI. March 2016.

Polfuss, Michele. “Measuring Energy Expenditure in Children with Spina Bifida and Down Syndrome: A Feasibility Study.” CTSI Milwaukee Regional Research Forum. Milwaukee, WI. October 2015.

Polfuss, Michele. “Family Perspectives of a Diabetes Transition Program.” Council for Advancing Nursing Science Annual Conference. Washington, DC. September 2015.

Polfuss, Michele. “Family Perspectives of a Diabetes Transition Program.” 12th Internatioanl Family Nursing Conference. Odense, Denmark. August 2015.

Polfuss, Michele. “Famiy Acceptance of Alternative Measurements of Body Composition in Children with Spina Bifida.” 12th International Family Nursing Conference. Odense, Denmark. August 2015.

Polfuss, Michele. “Measuring Body Composition in Children with Spina Bifida: A Pilot Study (Poster).” Building Bridges Conference. Milwaukee, WI. May 2015.

Polfuss, Michele. “Measuring Body Composition in Children with Spina Bifida: A Pilot Study (Poster).” MNRS Annual Conference. Indianapolis, Indiana. April 2015.

Polfuss, Michele. “The Great Sugar Debate.” 36th Annual Conference on Pediatric Health Care. Las Vegas, Nevada. March 2015.

Polfuss, Michele. “Obesity Across the Lifespan.” Wisconsin Nurses Association - Advanced Practice Nursing 28th Annual Pharmacology and Clinical Update. Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin. May 2014.

Polfuss, Michele. “Obesity in the Adolescent Population.” Wisconsin Academy of Physican Assistants 2014 Spring Conference. Wisconsin Dells. April 2014.

Polfuss, Michele. “Food/Activity Parenting Practices Questionnaire.” 11th International Family Nursing Conference. Minneapolis, Minnesota. June 2013.

Polfuss, Michele. “Assessment of Overweight/Obesity in Pediatric Care Practices: Chart Review (Poster).” 2013 Pediatric Academic Society. Washington, DC. May 2013.

Polfuss, Michele. “Relationship between Hemoglobin A1C and Chaos in the Family Household in Children with Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus (T1DM), POSTER.” 2013 Pediatric Academic Society Conference. Washington, DC. May 2013.

Polfuss, Michele. “Assessment of Overweight/Obesity in Primary Care Practices: Provider Survey.” Building Bridges Conference. Milwaukee, WIsconsin. May 2013.

Polfuss, Michele. “Behaviors and Environments Associated with Childhood Obesity.” 23rd Annual Convention. Nashville, Tennessee. April 2013.

Polfuss, Michele, and Sawin, Kathleen J.“Measuring Body Composition in Children with Spina Bifida: A Pilot Study (Poster).” Annual Conference. Chicago, Illinois. April 2013.

Polfuss, Michele. “Parent Perspectives of Feeding and Physical Activity Practices: What matters most? (Poster).” 2013 MNRS Annual Conference. Chicago, Illinois. March 2013.

Polfuss, Michele. “Relationship Between Hemoglobin A1C and Chaos in the Family Household (Poster).” Best Practices Conference. Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin. March 2013.

Polfuss, Michele. “Environments and Behaviors Associated with Childhood Obesity.” Local Chapter Meeting. Milwaukee, WI. June 2012.

Polfuss, Michele. “Behaviors and Environments Associated with Childhood Obesity.” 26th Annual Wisconsin Nurses Association Advanced Practice Nursing Forum Pharmacology & Clinical Update. Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin. May 2012.

Polfuss, Michele. “Parent Self-Efficacy to Support Youth Healthy Eating and Physical Activity in an Obese Youth Population.” 2012 Midwest Regional Conference on Pediatric Psychology. Milwaukee, Wisconsin. April 2012.

Polfuss, Michele, and . “National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners.” National Conference. San Antonio, Texas. March 2012.

Polfuss, Michele. “Measuring Body Composition in Children with Spina Bifida: A Pilot Study,.” World Congress of Spina Bifida. Las Vegas, Nevada. March 2012.