Adjunct Associate Professor, Keck School of Medicine, Department of Preventive Medicine, Los Angeles, California
PhD, Biopsychology, University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia
MS, Biopsychology, University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia
BS, Zoology, Washington State University, Pullman, Washington
I am interested in the behavioral, social, and environmental determinants of child, adolescent and adult obesity. I am trained as a behavioral interventionist and have conducted several school health studies to reduce child obesity in low-income, primarily minority school districts. I am currently creating a registry of KPSC patients who have had weight loss surgery for research and patient care management. I am also the lead investigator for KPSC in the national Mental Health Research Network funded by NIMH. My specific interests in this area are cross-cultural mental health promotion and measurement as well as the role of mental illness/health in the etiology of child, adolescent, and adult obesity.