This is a proposal for an Independent Scientist Award (KO2) to expand the applicant's research program on behavioral interventions for obesity in youth, to prevent cardiovascular risk factors and disease Limited progress in obesity treatment and maintenance of weight loss argues for a focus on improving current treatments and for translating basic behavioral science to clinical research.
The aim of this application is t develop a multilevel approach for studying behavioral treatments for obesity in youth by pursuing specialized collaborations and advanced training. The three career goals outlined in this application are 1) To gain further knowledge and experiences to substantially contribute to the field of the treatment of obesity in youth, 2) To work toward optimizing currently available approaches for child obesity treatment, and to create translatable versions of these treatments for the clinic and 3) To identify highly novel targets for the treatment of children who are overweight and obese, based on findings from basic behavioral sciences and on neuroscience. Career development activities include consultations with colleagues working in basic behavioral sciences and neuroscience, and formal course work, hands-on training, and collaboration with experts in neuroimaging. Support of this application will allow the PI the much needed time to focus on research and develop a base of basic behavioral sciences knowledge and neurobiological understanding of obesity and overeating. This application will allow Dr. Boutelle to gain the knowledge to conduct productive translational research to improve and develop obesity interventions, and maximize her contributions to the field.

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The purpose of this application is to support protected research time for Dr. Boutelle to gain further knowledge and experiences that will allow her to significantly contribute to the field of child obesity treatment.

National Institute of Health (NIH)
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)
Research Scientist Development Award - Research (K02)
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Czajkowski, Susan
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University of California San Diego
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Boutelle, Kerri N; Liang, June; Knatz, Stephanie et al. (2015) Design and implementation of a study evaluating extinction processes to food cues in obese children: the Intervention for Regulations of Cues Trial (iROC). Contemp Clin Trials 40:95-104
Madowitz, Jennifer; Liang, June; Peterson, Carol B et al. (2014) Concurrent and convergent validity of the eating in the absence of hunger questionnaire and behavioral paradigm in overweight children. Int J Eat Disord 47:287-95
Boutelle, Kerri N; Zucker, Nancy; Peterson, Carol B et al. (2014) An intervention based on Schachter's externality theory for overweight children: the regulation of cues pilot. J Pediatr Psychol 39:405-17
Martinez, Suzanna M; Rhee, Kyung; Blanco, Estela et al. (2014) Maternal attitudes and behaviors regarding feeding practices in elementary school-aged Latino children: a pilot qualitative study on the impact of the cultural role of mothers in the US-Mexican border region of San Diego, California. J Acad Nutr Diet 114:230-7
Feldstein, Ariel E; Patton-Ku, Dana; Boutelle, Kerri N (2014) Obesity, nutrition, and liver disease in children. Clin Liver Dis 18:219-31
Boutelle, Kerri N; Kuckertz, Jennie M; Carlson, Jordan et al. (2014) A pilot study evaluating a one-session attention modification training to decrease overeating in obese children. Appetite 76:180-5
Rhee, Kyung E; Pan, Teresa Y; Norman, Gregory J et al. (2013) Relationship between maternal parenting and eating self-efficacy in overweight children when stressed. Eat Weight Disord 18:283-8