Leonard H. Epstein PhD

Leonard Epstein

Leonard H. Epstein
PhD

SUNY Distinguished Professor and Division Chief, Behavioral Medicine

Department of Pediatrics

Jacobs School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences


Specialty/Research Focus

Behavioral Medicine; Pediatrics; Psychology

Contact Information
University at Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
Division of Behavioral Medicine
G56 Farber Hall, 3435 Main Street
Buffalo, New York 14214
Phone: (716) 829-3400
Fax: (716) 829-3993
lhenet@buffalo.edu



Professional Summary:

I am a SUNY Distinguished Professor in the Departments of Pediatrics, Community Health and Health Behavior and Social and Preventive Medicine, and the Chief of the Division of Behavioral Medicine. My research interests focus on health behavior change and determinants of eating, physical activity and drug self-administration. I am an internationally recognized authority in the fields of childhood overweight, physical activity, weight control and family intervention. For the past 30 years, I have conducted research relevant to the prevention and treatment of childhood obesity, including mechanisms that regulate intake and energy expenditure in children.

I am a fellow in numerous scientific organizations, and have been the President of the division of Health Psychology, APA, and recipient of the American Psychological Association Award for Outstanding Contributions to Health Psychology. I chaired the Behavioral Medicine Study Section, NIH, and served on the Advisory Board for Center for Scientific Research, NIH. I have published over 300 scientific papers and three books.

Education and Training:

  • University of Mississippi Medical Center (1973)
  • PhD, Clinical Psychology, Ohio University (1973)
  • BA, Psychology, Lafayette College (1968)

Employment:

  • SUNY Distinguished Professor, Pediatrics, University at Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (2010-present)
  • Division Chief, Behavioral Medicine, University at Buffalo (1999-present)
  • Distinguished Professor, Pediatrics, University at Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (2003–2009)
  • Professor, Social and Preventive Medicine, University at Buffalo Pediatrics (1999–2003)
  • Professor, Psychology, University at Buffalo Faculty of Natural Sciences and Mathematics (1993–1999)
  • Professor, Psychology and Epidemiology, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine (1986–1993)
  • Associate Professor, Psychology and Epidemiology, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine (1980–1986)
  • Assistant Professor, Psychology and Epidemiology, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine (1977–1980)
  • Assistant Professor, Psychology, Auburn University (1974–1977)
  • Assistant Professor, Psychiatry and Human Behavior, University of Mississippi Medical Center (1973–1974)

Awards and Honors:

  • Society for Study of Ingestive Behavior: Hoebel Award for Creativity (2017)
  • American Academy of the Advancement of Science: Fellow (2013)
  • University at Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences: Stockton Kimball Award (2012)
  • SUNY Distinguished Professor Award (2010)
  • Society of Behavioral Medicine: Distinguished Scientist Award (2010)
  • The Obesity Society: Bar-Or Award for Excellence in Pediatric Obesity Research (2007)
  • University at Buffalo: Distinguished Professor Award (2003)
  • University at Buffalo: Sustained Achievement Award (2002)
  • American Psychological Association, Division 25: Fellow (1992)
  • Ohio University: Significant Achievement Award (1989)
  • Society of Behavioral Medicine: Fellow (1986)
  • American Psychological Association, Division 38: Fellow (1985)
  • Pennsylvania Psychological Association: Undergraduate Research Award (First Place) (1968)
  • National Institute of Mental Health: Pre-Doctoral Fellow (1968-1972)

Research Expertise:

  • Applied research in behavioral medicine: Pediatric, obesity, habituation - includes studying factors that moderate the relationship between changes in sedentary behaviors and physical activity and energy intake and how price changes influence food purchases of healthy versus less healthy foods
  • Basic research in behavioral medicine: Pediatric, obesity, habituation - includes investigating factors that influence why children overeat or why they choose to engage in physical activity or be sedentary; how habituation influences satiation and energy intake; how the reinforcing value of physical activity influences the choice to be active or sedentary; and how genetics and the environment interact to influence eating behavior
  • Clinical research in behavioral medicine: Pediatric, obesity, habituation - includes a randomized controlled study on the efficacy and cost-benefit of treating parents and children together for pediatric obesity, versus treating the parents and children separately

Grants and Sponsored Research:

  • August 2016–July 2021
    Can Reinforcing Alternatives to Food Prevent Weight Gain in Children?
    Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
    Role: Principal Investigator
    $1,723,154
  • August 2016–July 2021
    Enhancing Alternatives to Eating in Infants
    Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
    Role: Co-Investigator
    $2,683,730
  • June 2016–May 2021
    The Effectiveness of Family-based Weight Loss Treatment Implemented in Primary Care – CCC – Lead Application
    National Institutes of Health
    Role: Principal Investigator
    $5,615,697
  • April 2016–March 2021
    Evaluating the Impact of Tobacco Control Policies in a Rapidly Changing Nicotine Delivery Market
    Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
    Role: Principal Investigator
    $35,041
  • January 2016–January 2021
    Sensitization of the Reinforcing Value of Food as a Predictor of Weight Change in Adolescents
    National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
    Role: Co-Investigator
    $1,993,750
  • August 2015–July 2020
    Delay Discounting as a Target for Self-Regulation in Prediabetes
    National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
    Role: Co-Principal Investigator
    $2,417,153
  • January 2015–December 2019
    Using Prospection to Improve Obesity Treatment
    Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
    Role: Principal Investigator
    $2,191,299
  • January 2016–January 2019
    Clinical Translational Science Award (CTSA)
    National Institutes of Health
    Role: Co-Investigator
    $16,000,000
  • January 2015–January 2018
    Food Marketing Vulnerability and Increased Risk for Weight Gain in Adolescents
    National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
    Role: Co-Investigator
    $58,812
  • May 2012–April 2017
    Habituation to Food as a Risk Factor for Pediatric Obesity
    National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
    Role: Principal Investigator
    $2,969,860
  • February 2016–February 2017
    Developing the Methodology to Measure Food Reward in Young Infants
    Innovative Micro-Programs Accelerating Collaboration in Themes (IMPACT)
    Role: Principal Investigator
    $21,000
  • April 2014–March 2015
    Etiological Subgroups of Small-for-Gestational-Age: Differential Child Outcomes
    Health Resources and Services Administration
    Role: Co-Investigator
    $99,968
  • April 2012–March 2015
    The Influence of Pricing and Nutrient Profiling on Food Purchases
    National Cancer Institute
    Role: Principal Investigator
    $1,721,603
  • January 2012–January 2015
    Biobehavioral Mechanisms Linking Stress and Obesity in Low-Income Children
    National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
    Role: Co-Investigator
    $44,400
  • September 2009–August 2014
    Translating Habituation Research to Interventions for Pediatric Obesity
    National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
    Role: Principal Investigator
    $2,910,716
  • August 2010–July 2014
    Experimental Analysis of Price Changes and Food Purchases in Obese and Lean Mothers
    Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
    Role: Principal Investigator
    $1,865,229
  • May 2010–February 2014
    Non-Shared Environments and Discordance of Obesity in Adolescent Siblings
    Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
    Role: Co-Investigator
    $1,570,863
  • January 2008–January 2013
    Treating Overweight Youth: A Family-Based Approach in Primary Care
    Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
    Role: Co-Investigator
    $2,691,955
  • September 2009–August 2012
    Applying Behavioral Economics and EMA to Physical Activity and Marijuana Use
    National Institute on Drug Abuse
    Role: Co-Investigator
    $1,397,848
  • September 2007–June 2012
    Food Reinforcement-Genotype Interactions and Eating
    National Institute on Drug Abuse
    Role: Principal Investigator
    $999,184
  • August 2007–August 2011
    Efficacy of Increasing Youth Physical Activity: Neighborhood Environment Influences
    Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
    Role: Co-Investigator
    $1,399,580
  • August 2003–March 2011
    Habituation to Food in Children
    Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
    Role: Principal Investigator
    $2,057,467
  • January 2009–January 2011
    Relation of Consummatory and Anticipatory Food Reward to Obesity
    National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
    Role: Principal Investigator
    $85,747
  • January 2008–January 2011
    The Role of Peer Relations on Youth Eating and Choices of Activities
    Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
    Role: Co-Investigator
    $1,010,439
  • September 2005–August 2010
    Health Improvement Project (HIP): The Evaluation of Treatments for Severe Obesity
    BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York: Healthy Living Foundation (HealthNOW)
    Role: Co-Investigator
    $5,034,791
  • January 2007–January 2010
    Cost-Effectiveness of Family-Based Pediatrics Treatment
    BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York: Healthy Living Foundation (HealthNOW)
    Role: Principal Investigator
    $200,000
  • March 2001–August 2009
    Effects of Changing Sedentary Behavior in Obese Children
    Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
    Role: Principal Investigator
    $2,330,458
  • April 2017
    Role of Contingency Management in the Treatment of Youth and Their Parents in a Pediatric Tertiary Care Weight Management Program
    University at Buffalo Clinical and Translational Science Institute
    Role: Co-Investigator
    $42,000
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Journal Articles:

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Books and Book Chapters:

  • Epstein LH, Saelens BE. (2000) In: "Behavioral Economics of Obesity: Food Intake and Energy Expenditure". Psychology Press, 293-311.
  • Caggiula AR, Epstein LH, Antelman SM, Knopf S, Perkins KA, Saylor S, Donny E, Stiller R. (1995) In: "Conditioned Tolerance to Nicotine in Rats". Birkhäuser Verlag, 101-107.

Abstracts:

  • Leddy JJ, Nugent CA, Roemmich JN, Salis R, Epstein LH. (2005) Dopamine D2 Receptor Genotypes and Physical Activity Levels. (May) S167-S167
  • Epstein LH, Kotses H. (1972) Effects of Brief Relaxation Training on Skin Resistance. (Jan) 59-59

Professional Memberships:

  • American College of Sports Medicine (1990–present)
  • North American Association for the Study of Obesity (1990–present)
  • American Psychological Society (1989–present)
  • Academy for Behavioral Medicine Research (1980–present)
  • New York Academy of Sciences (1979–present)
  • Society of Behavioral Medicine (1979–present)
  • Alabama Psychological Association (1974–present)
  • American Psychological Association (1973–present)
  • Mississippi Psychological Association (1973–present)
  • Association for the Advancement of Behavior Therapy (1970–present)
  • Society for Psychophysiological Research (1970–present)
  • Sigma Xi Scientific Research Honor Society (1969–present)
  • Psi Chi Honor Society (1965–present)
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Presentations:

  • "Changes in Parent-Child Psychopathology throughout Family-Based Obesity Treatment and Maintenance." Paper presented at the Annual Meetings of The Obesity Society, virtual meeting. (2021)
  • "Neighborhood Concentrated Disadvantage is Not Associated with Short- or Long-Term Family-Based Behavioral Obesity Treatment Response in Children." Paper presented remotely at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute Cardiovascular Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Prevention Trainee Session. (2021)
  • "Lead feet and worn brakes: Reinforcement pathology and obesity." Paper presented remotely to the Pennington Biomedical Research Center, Baton Rogue, LA. (2021)
  • "Lead feet and worn brakes: Reinforcement pathology and obesity." Paper presented remotely to the Nutritional Research Center, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana. (2021)
  • "Scarcity, food insecurity and food reinforcement. Paper presented remotely for the Public Policy Exchange Symposium." (2021)
  • "Reinforcing value and habituation as factors that influence eating and energy intake." Paper presented remotely to the Appetitive Behavior Seminar, Columbia University, New York, New York (2021)
  • "Does episodic future thinking repair immediacy bias at home and in the laboratory in patients with prediabetes?” Inaugural Psychosomatic Medicine journal club." (2020)
  • "Impact of neighborhood food environment on dietary and weight change among children in weight control treatment" Oral presentation at 2020 annual meeting of The Society of Behavioral Medicine, San Francisco, CA. (2020)
  • "Long-term effectiveness of family-based obesity treatment." Paper presented remotely at Independent Health session on Youth-onset obesity and diabetes: Best practices for Achieving Quality and Sustainable Diabetes Care. (2020)
  • "Reinforcement pathology and prospective thinking. Paper presented in the symposium: Seeing the Future as Now – Understanding prospection and its implications for addictive disorders. American Psychological Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, Ill." (2019)
  • "Blood Glucose Levels During Pregnancy on Women‘s Motivation to Eat" Ingestive Behavior Research Day; University at Buffalo (2018)
  • "From Ideas to Applications: From V2 Rockets to Autistic Children and Beyond" Annual Psi Chi Lecture; Wheaton College (2017)
  • "From Ideas to Applications: From V2 Rockets to Autistic Children and Beyond" Inauguration; Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute Center for Transformative Research on Health Behaviors (2017)
  • "Glycemic Control and Executive Function in Adolescents with Type 1 Diabetes" 10th International Meeting of Pediatric Endocrinology; Pediatric Endocrine Society (2017)
  • "Effects of an Intervention Promoting Healthier Children‘s Meals on Children‘s Meal Selection in a Quick-Service Restaurant" Annual Conference; Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior (2017)
  • "To Eat or Not to Eat: Influences of Alternatives on Food Reinforcement" Annual Conference; Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior (2017)
  • "Where Do My Ideas Come From?" Hoebel Lecture; Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior (2017)
  • "Delay Discounting as a Target for Improving Behavior Influencing Prediabetes" Ingestive Behavior Research Day; University at Buffalo (2017)
  • "Developing an Intervention to Promote Healthier Meal Selection and Intake Among Children in Restaurants" Ingestive Behavior Research Day; University at Buffalo (2017)
  • "Do People with Higher BMI Have Greater Loss Aversion Toward Food?" Ingestive Behavior Research Day; University at Buffalo (2017)
  • "Evaluating a Board Game Designed to Promote Young Children’s Delay of Gratification" Ingestive Behavior Research Day; University at Buffalo (2017)
  • "For You Now, or You and Your Child Later" Ingestive Behavior Research Day; University at Buffalo (2017)
  • "Reinforcement, Pathology and Obesity" Annual Conference; Society of Trans-Disease Decision Processes and Therapeutics (2017)
  • "Repeatability of the Infant Food Reinforcement Paradigm: Implications for Individual and Developmental Differences" Ingestive Behavior Research Day; University at Buffalo (2017)
  • "To Eat or Not to Eat: Obesity and Alternative Type Influence Food Reinforcement" Ingestive Behavior Research Day; University at Buffalo (2017)
  • "Describing Young Children's Decision-Making in the Context of a Board Game Designed to Promote Delay of Gratification Skills" Celebration of Academic Excellence; University at Buffalo (2017)
  • "Evaluating a Board Game Designed to Promote Young Children’s Delay of Gratification" Biennial Meeting; Society for Research in Child Development (2017)
  • "Evolution of Applied Behavior Analysis: From Pigeons in a Pelican to Cocaine Dependence" Pediatric Grand Rounds; University at Buffalo (2017)
  • "Prevention of Type 2 Diabetes" Annual Research Meeting; American Diabetes Association; Innovations in Diabetes Care (2016)
  • "Lead Foot and Worn Brakes: Reinforcement, Pathology and Obesity" InChip Institute; University of Connecticut (2016)
  • "Translating Basic Behavioral Science to Clinical Interventions" Accelerating the Pathway from Ideas to Efficacy: Developing More Effective Interventions for Lifestyle Behaviors related to Chronic Diseases; National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (2016)
  • "Developing a Board Game to Promote Young Children‘s Delay of Gratification" Ingestive Behavior Research Day; University at Buffalo (2016)
  • "Lead Foot and Worn Brakes: Reinforcement, Pathology and Obesity" Institute for Health Research and Policy; University of Illinois at Chicago (2015)
  • "Correcting Reinforcement Pathology for Obesity" Annual Conference; University of Vermont; Vermont Center on Behavior and Health (2015)
  • "Reinforcement, Pathology and Obesity: A Lead Food and Worn Brakes" Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology; University at Buffalo (2015)
  • "Reinforcement, Pathology and Obesity" Using Basic Behavioral Science to Develop More Effective Obesity Treatments; Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research (2015)
  • "Reducing Relative Food Reinforcement in Infants by and Enriched Music Experience: A Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial" 27th Annual Convention; Association for Psychological Science (2015)
  • "Can High-Quality Parenting, Breastfeeding and Well-Child Checkup Reduce Neurodevelopmental Delay Related to Small-for-Gestational-Age Birth?" 2nd Annual Obesity Week Meeting; The Obesity Society (2014)
  • "Origins of Food Reinforcement in Infants" 2nd Annual Obesity Week Meeting; The Obesity Society (2014)
  • "Toddler General Self-Regulation and Later Eating Habits: Does Parental Rule about Food Type Matter?" 2nd Annual Obesity Week Meeting; The Obesity Society (2014)
  • "Parent BMI and Eating Pathology Impact Child Feeding Practices" Annual Meeting; Eating Disorders Research Society (2014)
  • "Reinforcement, Pathology and Obesity: A Lead Food and Worn Brakes" Annual Conference; University of Vermont; Vermont Center on Behavior and Health (2014)
  • "Reinforcement, Pathology and Obesity: A Lead Food and Worn Brakes" Obesity Research and Education Initiative; University of Iowa (2014)
  • "Reinforcement, Pathology and Obesity: A Lead Food and Worn Brakes" Department of Nutrition; Pennsylvania State University (2014)
  • "Reinforcement, Pathology and Obesity: A Lead Food and Worn Brakes" Department of Pediatrics; West Virginia University (2014)
  • "Reinforcement, Pathology and Obesity: A Lead Food and Worn Brakes" Department of Comparative Medicine; Yale University (2014)
  • "The Role of Psychological Factors on Obese Children’s Quality of Life" Annual Meeting; Society of Behavioral Medicine (2014)
  • "Reinforcement, Pathology and Obesity: A Lead Food and Worn Brakes" Lecture Series; National Institutes of Health; Office of Behavioral and Social Science Research (2014)
  • "Enhancing and Extending 'Quit to Win' Contests Targeting College Smokers: Impact on Six-Month Abstinence Outcomes" Annual Meeting; Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco (2014)
  • "Macrosomia Prevention by Normalizing Prepregnancy Weight among Overweight/Obese Women: Findings from a National Pre-Birth Cohort" 1st Annual Obesity Week Meeting; The Obesity Society (2013)
  • "A Lead Food and Worn Brakes: Reinforcement, Pathology and Obesity" Health and Behavior Research Group; Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (2013)
  • "A Lead Food and Worn Brakes: Reinforcement, Pathology and Obesity" Department of Psychology; University at Buffalo (2013)
  • "A Lead Food and Worn Brakes: Reinforcement, Pathology and Obesity" Pediatric Grand Rounds; University of Michigan School of Medicine (2013)
  • "A Lead Food and Worn Brakes: Reinforcement, Pathology and Obesity" Pediatric Prevention Research Center; Wayne State University (2013)
  • "Association of Diet and Physical Activity with the 3 Components of Gestational Weight Gain" Annual Meeting; Society for Pediatric and Perinatal Epidemiologic Research (2013)
  • "Reinforcement, Pathology and Obesity" Stockton Kimball Award Presentation; University at Buffalo (2013)
  • "Reinforcement, Pathology and Obesity" Biennial Meeting; Texas Obesity Research Center (2012)
  • "Dishabituating Properties of Cognitive and Interpersonal Stressors" Annual Meeting; The Obesity Society (2012)
  • "Evidence of Differential Susceptibility in an Interaction Between Food Reinforcement and the Serotonin 2A Receptor" Annual Meeting; The Obesity Society (2012)
  • "FTO Polymorphisms Moderate the Effect of Food Reinforcement on Energy Intake" Annual Meeting; The Obesity Society (2012)
  • "Relative Reinforcing Value of Food, Impulsivity and Food Choices: Associations with Energy Intake and Weight Gain" Annual Meeting; The Obesity Society (2012)
  • "Reinforcement Pathology and Obesity" 9th Pangborn Sensory Science Symposium; European Sensory Science Society (2011)
  • "The Built Environment and Childhood Obesity" Buffalo Food Policy Summit Research Roundtable; Healthy Kids Healthy Communities Buffalo (2011)
  • "Change in Psychosocial Symptoms and Treatment Response in Overweight Children and Their Parents throughout Family-based Weight Loss Treatment" International Conference on Eating Disorders; Academy for Eating Disorders (2011)
  • "Dietary Restraint and Disinhibition Interact with Reinforcing Value of Food to Predict BMI" Annual Meeting; Society of Behavioral Medicine (2011)
  • "Food Reinforcement and Obesity" Annual Meeting; Society of Behavioral Medicine; Distinguished Scientist Master Lecture (2011)
  • "Long-Term Habituation for Food Differs for Obese and Lean Subjects" Annual Meeting; Society of Behavioral Medicine (2011)
  • "Relationship Between Food Habituation and Reinforcing Efficacy of Food" Annual Meeting; Society of Behavioral Medicine (2011)
  • "Behavioral Choice Theory and Obesity: A Multilevel Analysis" International Conference; Association for Behavior Analysis; Behavioral Research and Translation: Behavioral Economics (2011)
  • "Behavioral Choice Theory and Obesity" Psychology Department Colloquium Series; University of Vermont (2011)
  • "Behavioral Choice Theory and Obesity" Psychiatry Grand Rounds; University of Vermont (2011)
  • "Translation of Basic Behavioral Science into Clinical Interventions" Translating Ideas into Interventions: The Process of Developing Behavioral Interventions; National Institutes of Health; Workshop (2010)
  • "Reinforcement Pathology, Food Addiction and Obesity" Experimental Research into the Psychopathology of Obesity; Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (2010)
  • "Accessibility and Physical Activity: A Space-Time Model" Annual Meeting; Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (2010)
  • "Behavioral Choice Theory and Obesity" Crosstalk Lecture Series; National Cancer Institute (2010)
  • "The Importance of Early Weight Change in a Pediatric Weight Management Trial" Annual Meeting; Eating Disorders Research Society (2010)
  • "Food Reinforcement" International Conference on Obesity; World Obesity Federation (2010)
  • "Behavioral Choice Theory and Obesity" School of Public Health; University of Southern California (2010)
  • "Food Reinforcement" COAST; University of California, San Francisco (2010)
  • "Translating Basic Behavioral Science to Clinical Interventions" Invited Presentation; Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research (2010)
  • "Food Reinforcement and Energy Intake in Obese and Nonobese Adults" Annual Meeting; Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior (2009)
  • "Food Reinforcement and Obesity" Annual Meeting; Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior (2009)
  • "Stimulus Specificity of Habituation of Motivated Responding for Food" Annual Meeting; Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior (2009)
  • "Behavioral Choice Theory and Obesity: From Molecular Biology to Public Policy" School of Education; University of Tennessee (2009)
  • "Behavioral Choice Theory and Obesity: From Molecular Biology to Public Policy" Curry School of Education; University of Virginia (2009)
  • "Behavioral Choice Therapy and Pediatric Obesity" Combined Meeting; Buffalo Ob-Gyn Society/Buffalo Pediatric Society (2008)
  • "Food Reinforcement" Brain-to-Society Systems Research Agenda on Healthy Eating and Active Living to Prevent Childhood Obesity; McGill University (2008)
  • "Differential Effects of Daily Snack Food Consumption on Food Reinforcement in Obese and Non-Obese Women" Annual Meeting; The Obesity Society (2008)
  • "Behavioral Choice Theory" Invited Presentation; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2008)
  • "Behavioral Choice Therapy and Obesity" Visiting Professor to Department of Pediatrics; Emory University School of Medicine (2008)
  • "Effects of Attention Allocation on Habituation to Food Cues in Normal Weight and Overweight Children" Annual Meeting; Eating Disorders Research Society (2008)
  • "Family-Based Behavioral Treatment for Obese Youth" Visiting Professor to Department of Pediatrics; Emory University School of Medicine (2008)
  • "Behavioral Choice Theory" Neuroscience Group; Yale University (2007)
  • "Behavioral Choice Theory and Physical Activity" Annual Conference; Association for Applied Sports Psychology (2007)
  • "Food Reinforcement" 35th Anniversary of the Appetitive Behavior Symposium; Columbia University (2007)
  • "Behavioral Economics of Obesity" Department of Psychiatry; University of Arkansas School of Medicine (2007)
  • "Behavioral Choice Theory in the Treatment and Prevention of Obesity" Department of Community Health; University of Rochester School of Medicine (2007)
  • "Behavioral Choice Theory in the Treatment and Prevention of Obesity" 4th Annual Pediatric Healthy Weight Summit; East Carolina University (2007)
  • "Behavioral Economics of Obesity" Field of Nutrition; Cornell University (2007)
  • "Family-Based Behavioral Treatment of Pediatric Obesity" 4th Annual Pediatric Healthy Weight Summit; East Carolina University (2007)
  • "Family-Based Behavioral Treatment of Pediatric Obesity" Division of Community Nutrition; Cornell University (2007)
  • "Behavioral Economics of Obesity" School of Public Health; University of Minnesota (2007)
  • "Behavioral Economics of Obesity" School of Public Health; Northwestern University (2007)
  • "Behavioral Economics of Obesity" School of Public Health; University of Alabama at Birmingham (2006)
  • "Designing Active Environments for Children: Design, Planning and Policy Implications from Recent Research" Annual Conference; Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (2006)
  • "Dopamine Receptor Genotype and Food Reinforcement Interact to Increase Energy Intake" Annual Meeting; The Obesity Society (2006)
  • "Price and Obesity Influence Purchasing of Low and High Energy Dense Foods" Annual Meeting; The Obesity Society (2006)
  • "The Relationship Between Percentage Overweight and Motor Proficiency in Children" Annual Meeting; The Obesity Society (2006)
  • "Behavioral Economic Approaches to Pediatric Obesity Treatment" Hospital for Sick Children; University of Toronto (2006)
  • "Behavioral Economic Approaches to Eating and Activity in Youth: Applications to Obesity Treatment" 27th Annual Meeting; Society of Behavioral Medicine (2006)
  • "Habituation as a Model for Ingestive Behavior" Medical Scientist Training Program Seminars; University at Buffalo (2005)
  • "Reducing Sedentary Behavior in Youth" 2nd Annual Childhood Health Behavior Lecture; University at Buffalo (2005)
  • "Reducing Sedentary Behavior in Youth" Childhood Obesity: Updates and Innovations; Cooper Institute Conference Series (2005)
  • "The Built Environment: Disparate Effects on Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviors in Youth" Annual Conference; Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (2005)
  • "Dopamine D2 Receptor Genotypes and Physical Activity Levels" 52nd Annual Meeting; American College of Sports Medicine (2005)
  • "Cost Effectiveness of Recruitment Methods in a Prevention Trial for Young Children" 26th Annual Meeting; Society of Behavioral Medicine (2005)
  • "Effects of Allocation of Attention on Habituation to Olfactory Food Stimuli in Children" 26th Annual Meeting; Society of Behavioral Medicine (2005)
  • "The Influence of Price on Purchase of Healthy and Unhealthy Alternative in Youth" 26th Annual Meeting; Society of Behavioral Medicine (2005)
  • "The Neighborhood Built Environmental Influences Substitution of Physical Activity for Sedentary Behavior in Youth" 26th Annual Meeting; Society of Behavioral Medicine (2005)
  • "Validation of Parental Estimate versus Objective Measures of Child TV Watching and Computer Usage" 26th Annual Meeting; Society of Behavioral Medicine (2005)
  • "Family-Based Behavioral Treatment of Pediatric Obesity" 3rd Annual Northeast Regional Obesity Symposium (2004)
  • "Family-Based Behavioral Treatment of Pediatric Obesity" Annual Meeting; American Academy of Child Psychiatry (2004)
  • "Antisedentarianism: Choice Theory Applied to Eating and Physical Activity" 6th Annual Conference on the Prevention and Treatment of Obesity (2004)
  • "Family-Based Behavioral Treatment of Pediatric Obesity" Clinical Obesity Research Panel; National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (2004)
  • "Food Reinforcement" Annual Meeting; Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior (2004)
  • "Habituation as a General Process Theory of Ingestive Behavior" Annual Meeting; Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior (2004)
  • "Habituation as a General Process Theory of Ingestive Behavior" Department of Physiology; University at Buffalo (2004)
  • "Predictors of Self-Reported Physical Activity of Children" 51st Annual Meeting; American College of Sports Medicine (2004)
  • "Acute Effects of Family-Based Pediatric Obesity Treatment on Eating-Related and General Psychopathology" Annual Meeting; Eating Disorders Research Society (2003)
  • "Antisedentarianism: Behavioral Economics of Physical Activity and Sedentary Behavior" Annual Meeting; Canadian Society for Psychomotor Learning and Sport Psychology (2003)
  • "Delay Discounting as a Predictor of 6-Month Smoking" 111th Annual Meeting; American Psychological Association (2003)
  • "Effect of Substituting Active for Sedentary Behavior in the Treatment of Pediatric Obesity" 111th Annual Meeting; American Psychological Association; Treatment for Pediatric Obesity, What Works for Whom? Symposium (2003)
  • "Habituation of Salivation and Motivated Responding for Food in Children" 111th Annual Meeting; American Psychological Association (2003)
  • "Impulsivity Differences Between Obese and Lean Adults" 111th Annual Meeting; American Psychological Association (2003)
  • "Increasing Physical Activity in the Treatment of Pediatric Obesity" 50th Annual Meeting; American College of Sports Medicine (2003)
  • "Influence of Interpersonal Stress on Physical Activity of Youth" 50th Annual Meeting; American College of Sports Medicine (2003)
  • "Open Loop Feedback to Increase Physical Activity in Youth" 50th Annual Meeting; American College of Sports Medicine (2003)
  • "Behavioral Treatment of Pediatric Obesity" Department of Pediatrics; University at Buffalo (2003)
  • "Acute Food Deprivation, but Not Acute Food Restriction, Increases the Relative Reinforcing Value of Food" 24th Annual Meeting; Society of Behavioral Medicine (2003)
  • "Prepulse Inhibition of Startle During Exposure to Smoking and Food Cues Among Food-Deprived Non-Smokers" 9th Annual Meeting; Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco (2003)
  • "Relationship Between Smoking During Pregnancy and Breast-Feeding: Teasing Apart Initiation and Maintenance in the Third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey" 9th Annual Meeting; Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco (2003)
  • "Behavioral Treatment of Pediatric Obesity" Department of Psychiatry; University at Buffalo (2002)
  • "Behavioral Economics of Activity and Food Intake in Youth" Noll Summit on Health Implications of Physical Inactivity; Pennsylvania State University (2002)
  • "Pediatric Obesity" Department of Physical Therapy, Nutrition and Exercise Science; University at Buffalo (2002)
  • "Antisedentarianism" Department of Nutrition; Rutgers University (2002)
  • "Gender, Ethnicity and SES: Are They Related to Compliance and Success in a Family-Based Weight-Loss Treatment?" 23rd Annual Meeting; Society of Behavioral Medicine (2002)
  • "Antisedentarianism" School of Medicine; University of Rochester (2002)
  • "Dopamine Transport Genotype as a Risk Factor for Obesity in Smokers" 8th Annual Meeting; Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco (2002)
  • "Zyban, Genetics and Smoking Cessation" School of Medicine; University of Rochester (2002)
  • "Research Design" Summer Training Institute for Randomized Clinical Trials Involving Behavioral Interventions; NIH Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (2001)
  • "Behavior Therapy for Obesity: Long-Term Results" Annual Meeting; Pediatric Endocrine Society (2001)
  • "Behavioral Economics of Obesity" 2nd Biennial Niagara Conference on Evidence-Based Treatments for Childhood and Adolescent Mental Health Problems (2001)
  • "Behavioral Treatment of Pediatric Obesity" 2nd Biennial Niagara Conference on Evidence-Based Treatments for Childhood and Adolescent Mental Health Problems; ; Workshop (2001)
  • "Behavioral Economics of Obesity" Obesity Treatment and Prevention Task Force; National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (2001)
  • "Using the Tritarac to Improve Self-Reported Activity in Sedentary Adult Males" 48th Annual Meeting; American College of Sports Medicine (2001)
  • "Behavioral Economics of Obesity" Behavioral Medicine Seminar Series; Johns Hopkins University (2001)
  • "Behavioral Economics of Obesity" Bohan Visiting Professor in Preventive Medicine; University of Kansas School of Medicine (2001)
  • "A Cost-Analysis of Adopting a Healthy Diet in a Family-Based Obesity Treatment Program" 22nd Annual Meeting; Society of Behavioral Medicine (2001)
  • "Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) Symptoms and Smoking Patterns among Participants in a Smoking Cessation Program" 7th Annual Meeting; Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco (2001)
  • "Gender Differences in Response to Bupropion for Smoking Cessation" 7th Annual Meeting; Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco (2001)
  • "Long-Term Effectiveness of Behavioral Treatment for Pediatric Obesity" Annual Meeting; Federation of American Societies for Experimental Science (2001)
  • "The Assessment and Treatment of Childhood Obesity" 9th Annual Meeting; Academy for Eating Disorders; Workshop (2000)
  • "Reinforcement pathology: A new approach to obesity treatment." Diane and Morton Stenchever Memorial Lecturer, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY.
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Service Activities:

  • University at Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences: Search Committee for Department Chair of Pediatrics; Committee Member (2018)
  • NHLBI: Accelerating the Pathway from Ideas to Efficacy: Developing More Effective Interventions for Lifestyle Behaviors related to Chronic Diseases Wo; Chair (2016)
  • JAMA Pediatrics; Board Member (2016–present)
  • NIH: Psychosocial Risk and Disease Prevention Study Section; Chair (2013–2015)
  • NIH: Psychosocial Risk and Disease Prevention Study Section; Member (2011–2015)
  • University at Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences: Clinical and Translational Science Award Key Function Co-Director (2010–2016)
  • University at Buffalo School of Public Health and Health Professions: Search Committee for Department of Exercise and Nutritional Sciences; Chair (2009–2010)
  • University at Buffalo School of Public Health and Health Professions: NIH Mock Study Sections - Epidemiology; Chair (2001)
  • NIDDK: Special Emphasis Panel to Review Applications for Prevention and Treatment of Type 2 Diabetes; Chair (2001)
  • NIDDK: Pediatric Type 2 Diabetes Steering Committee; Committee Member (2001)
  • OBSSR: Summer Institute on Design and Conduct of Randomized Clinical Trials Involving Behavior and Social Interventions Planning Committee; Committee Member (2001)
  • NIDDK: Special Emphasis Panel to Review Applications for SHOW Trial; Chair (1999)
  • NIH: Center for Scientific Review Advisory Committee; Committee Member (1998–2001)
  • NIH: Center for Scientific Review - Reorganization of Behavioral and Social Sciences Study Sections; Consultant (1998–1999)
  • University at Buffalo: Office of the Provost - Scientific Advisory Board; Board Member (1998)
  • Provost's Scientific Advisory Board; Member (1998)
  • American Psychological Association, Division 38; President (1997–1998)
  • International Life Sciences Institute Research Foundation: Improving Child and Adolescent Health Through Physical Activity and Nutrition Participant and Scientific Advisor (1997)
  • NIH/NIDDK: National Task Force on Prevention and Treatment of Obesity Scientific Member (1997)
  • University at Buffalo: Office of the Provost - Interdisciplinary Structures Committee; Committee Member (1997)
  • San Diego State University: Provider-based Assessment and Counseling for Excercise plus Nutrition; Consultant (1997)
  • Maternal and Child Health Bureau: Assessment and Treatment of Childhood Obesity Workgroup; Member (1997)
  • NIH: Department of Health and Health Services - Biological and Physiological Sciences Special Emphasis Panel; Panel Member (1997)
  • University at Buffalo Department of Psychology: Personnel Committee; Committee Member (1996–1997)
  • University at Buffalo Department of Psychology: Clinical Area Faculty Committee; Committee Member (1996–1997)
  • University at Buffalo: Office of the Provost - Task Force on Quality and Quality Assessment; Member (1996–1997)
  • NIH: Behavioral Medicine Study Section; Chairman (1995–1998)
  • University at Buffalo Department of Psychology: Clinical Psychology Search Committee; Committee Member (1995)
  • University at Buffalo Department of Psychology: Health Psychology Search Committee; Committee Member (1994)
  • University at Buffalo Department of Psychology: Clinical Training Area; Director (1994)
  • University at Buffalo Department of Psychology: Policy and Planning Committee; Chairman (1993)
  • University at Buffalo Department of Psychology: Behavioral Neurosciences Search Committee; Committee Member (1993)
  • University at Buffalo Department of Psychology: Clinical Admissions Committee; Committee Member (1993)
  • University at Buffalo Department of Psychology: Clinical Search Committee; Committee Member (1993)
  • NIH: Behavioral and Neurosciences Special Emphasis Panel; Panel Member (1993)
  • NIH: Biomedical Aspects of Obesity - Prevention and Treatment Planning Committee; Committee Member (1990)
  • Health Psychology; Associate Editor (1986–1993)
  • American Psychological Association, Division 38: Program Committee (1981, 1983, 1997-1998); Committee Member
  • Behavior Therapy; Editorial Board Member
  • Eating Behavior; Editorial Board Member
  • International Review of Health Psychology; Editorial Board Member
  • JAMA Pediatrics; Editorial Board Member
  • Addictive Behaviors; Editorial Board Member
  • Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology; Editorial Board Member
  • Health Psychology; Editorial Board Member
  • Journal of Behavioral Assessment; Editorial Board Member
  • NIH: Behavioral Medicine Study Section (1985-1989, 1994-1995); Grant Reviewer
  • Journal of Behavioral Assessment; Reviewer
  • Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise; Reviewer
  • Nutrition Research; Reviewer
  • Obesity; Reviewer
  • Pediatric Exercise Science; Reviewer
  • Pediatrics (Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics); Reviewer
  • Physiology and Behavior; Reviewer
  • PLOS One; Reviewer
  • Preventive Medicine; Reviewer
  • Psychological Bulletin; Reviewer
  • Psychological Review; Reviewer
  • Psychological Science; Reviewer
  • Psychology and Health; Reviewer
  • Psychopharmacology; Reviewer
  • Psychophysiology; Reviewer
  • Psychosomatic Medicine; Reviewer
  • Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology; Reviewer
  • Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease; Reviewer
  • Journal of Pediatric Psychology; Reviewer
  • Journal of Substance Abuse; Reviewer
  • Journal of the American Medical Association; Reviewer
  • Journal of Abnormal Psychology; Reviewer
  • Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis; Reviewer
  • Journal of Applied Social Psychology; Reviewer
  • Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry; Reviewer
  • American Journal of Clinical Nutrition; Reviewer
  • International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity; Reviewer
  • International Journal of Eating Disorders; Reviewer
  • International Journal of Obesity; Reviewer
  • European Journal of Pediatrics; Reviewer
  • Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology; Reviewer
  • Health Psychology; Reviewer
  • Biofeedback and Self-Regulation; Reviewer
  • Clinical Psychology; Reviewer
  • Eating Behavior; Reviewer
  • American Psychologist; Reviewer
  • Annals of Behavioral Medicine; Reviewer
  • Appetite; Reviewer
  • Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine; Reviewer
  • Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology; Reviewer
  • Behavior Modification; Reviewer

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