Our Mission

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

Primary Goals:  To achieve this mission, the primary goals of this laboratory are: 1) to assess and develop clinical interventions for the behavioral treatment of obesity 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:

  • Technology-mediated physical activity options for overweight and obese children and adolescents, especially exergames (activity-promoting video games)
  • Identifying intervention targets including facilitators and barriers of physical activity and sedentary behavior through the use of activity monitors, GPS trackers, and ecological momentary assessment

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).