sciences from Pennsylvania State University in 2003. Dr. Kral’s research interests include the study of human ingestive behavior in children/adolescents and adults in order to develop strategies for the prevention and the treatment of obesity. In particular, she is interested in characterizing individual differences in eating behavior among individuals of different weight status and in identifying factors (e.g., metabolic, environmental, psychological) that may predispose them to differential food and energy intakes.


Sharon Schwartz, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Clinical Epidemiology at the Mailman School of Public Health. She specializes in psychiatric epidemiology and received her Ph.D. from the Department of Sociology at the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences of Columbia University in 1985. She then did postdoctoral work at the Psychiatric Epidemiology Training program at Columbia, receiving an M.S. in epidemiology in 1988. She is currently the Training Coordinator of the Psychiatric Epidemiology Training Program. Her research focuses on methodological issues, particularly in psychiatric research, and the integration of methods from sociology, genetics, and epidemiology.


Robert J. Thompson, Ph.D., is Dean of Trinity College and Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education at Duke University. He also holds appointments in the Department of Psychology: Social and Health Sciences, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, and Department of Pediatrics at Duke. Dr. Thompson completed his graduate work at the University of North Dakota, where he received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology in 1971 and completed an internship in clinical psychology at Indiana University Medical Center. Professor Thompson’s research interests address how biological and psychosocial processes act together in development. His primary focus has been on the adaptation of children and their families to chronic illnesses and developmental problems, including sickle cell disease, cystic fibrosis, and very low birth weight infants. He has authored more than 100 scientific publications, including a recent book entitled Adaptation to Chronic Childhood Illness, and has served on the editorial board for several scientific journals and as associate editor for the Journal of Pediatric Psychology.



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