Childhood Obesity

Elliot Berkman, expert in motivation, self-control, and addiction and assistant professor of psychology

Elliot Berkman, Department of Psychology

Elliot Berkman is an expert in motivation and self-control, and studies how people pursue their goals, including eating habits, exercise, smoking, and addiction.

Elizabeth Budd, Department of Counseling Psychology and Human Services

Elizabeth "Liz" Budd, a member of the Prevention Science Institute and the Health Promotion and Obesity Prevention Initiative, focuses on obesity and chronic disease prevention. Her approach is done primarily through community-based promotion of physical activity and healthy eating, especially among girls and adolescents. She is also interested in institutional policies (e.g., schools) and how they influence health behaviors.

Bettina Cornwell

T. Bettina Cornwell, Department of Marketing

Bettina Cornwell is an expert in advertising and marketing. Her primary research interest is in difficult and high context communications where many things are left unsaid and meaning is derived from actors, symbols, logos, and the social milieu.

Nicole Giuliani, Department of Special Education and Clinical Sciences

Nicole Giuliani focuses her research on emotion, self-regulation, health behaviors and family dynamics in relationship to the decisions people make about the foods they eat. She uses multiple methods, including neuroimaging, to explore for the basic brain processes and mechanisms that are tied to emotion and self-regulation.

Leslie Leve, Counseling Psychology and Human Services Department

Leslie Leve is an expert in adoption, foster care, child abuse, interventions and outcomes for youth in the juvenile justice system, child development and teen girls. She can also speak to the problem of child sex trafficking, “re-homing” of adopted children, and topics related to foster children and maltreatment.

Laura Lee McIntyre, Professor of Psychology and the Associate Director of the Child and Family Center at the Prevention Science Institute

Laura Lee McIntyre, Counseling Psychology and Human Services Department

Laura Lee McIntyre is an expert in youth mental health, especially related to autism spectrum disorder, eating disorders, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). She explores intervention and education strategies to best reach children, youth, and teens whose mental and behaviorial health are compromised.

Tasia Smith, Department of Counseling Psychology and Human Services

Tasia Smith, a member of the Health Promotion and Obesity Prevention Initiative, focuses on the prevention and reduction of health disparities among under-served populations. Her research centers on obesity prevention among African American and Hispanic/Latino families and rural communities. She seeks to identify risk and protective factors that influence people’s engagement in health-promoting behaviors.