​​Dr. Kerri Boutelle

To see a list of Dr. Kerri Boutelle's publications, please visit her Research Gate page.


Dr. Kay Rhee

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About Dr. Rhee's research projects:

1: Role of Parent feeding skills, parenting style and family functioning in pediatric weight loss:
The purpose of this project is to determine the impact of parent feeding skills, parenting style and family functioning on children trying to obtain a healthy weight in a family-based weight control program, and to determine if there is variability in these components between families with overweight children and normal weight children.

2: Promoting Child Inhibitory Control Skills around Food (CHIC Play):
Given the growing evidence regarding inhibitory control skills and its role in the development of obesity, the purpose of this proposal is to develop a protocol that promotes executive functioning, particularly inhibitory control, in young children age 4-6 years old. We propose to test a play-based method of training preschool-age children to develop inhibitory control skills around energy-dense snack foods.  This proposal will provide the basis for the development of a new and innovative means of treating/preventing obesity by focusing on higher-level executive functions.

3: Gut Microbiome, Adiposity and Probiotics (G-MAP):
The purpose of this project is to examine the effect of probiotics on the gut biome, adiposity and inflammatory markers in 7-16 year old children as they increase fruit and vegetable consumption and decrease fat intake.

4: Factors in early infancy affecting weight gain:
Using the Infant Feeding Practices Survey II, we are conducting several analyses examining early life factors such as breast feeding and antibiotic use on the weight gain trajectory of infants in the first year of life.

5: Improving Childhood Obesity Management in the Primary Care Setting: ICOM-PC:
The goal of this study is to examine provider views on obesity management in the primary care setting and test the implementation of a Guided Self-Help model of treatment that can be delivered by health educators in the primary care setting.

6: Safety and effectiveness of vegetarian refeeding diets among hospitalized adolescents and young adults with eating disorders:
The purpose of this study is to examine whether the rate of refeeding and type of diet used to refeed anorexic patients impacts outcomes (including medical consequences and length of stay).

7: Changes in Gut microbiome among treatment seeking anorexic patients:
The purpose of this study is to examine differences in the gut microbiome among sibling pairs who are discordant for anorexia, and how the microbiome of the eating disordered sibling changes with weight restoration.