Our Mission

The mission of this laboratory is to prevent and reduce obesity in children and adolescents through innovative, translational research, and scientific advocacy.

To achieve this mission, the primary goals of this laboratory are: 1) to assess and develop clinical tools for the early detection of obesity, type 2 diabetes, and cardiometabolic risk in children and adolescents; 2) to understand the behavioral contributors to pediatric obesity, with a focus on health disparities; and 3) to assess innovative, screen-based tools to promote healthy behavior choices in children and adolescents.

Currently we are interested in:

  • Early detection and diagnosis of pediatric obesity and its related comorbidities in a clinical setting, focused on the clinical assessment of behavior and body composition
  • Technology-mediated physical activity options for overweight and obese children and adolescents, especially exergames (activity-promoting video games)

This laboratory is affiliated with the Childhood Obesity & Diabetes Research Program at Pennington Biomedical and conducts research within the Translational Research Clinic for Children (TReCC).