controlled research studies as well as implementation of community-based interventions using evidenced-based practices. Dr. Whaley received her B.A in psychology from Pomona College and her Ph.D. in developmental psychology from UCLA.


Robert C. Whitaker, M.D., M.P.H., is Professor of Public Health and Pediatrics at Temple University’s Center for Obesity Research and Education. Prior to joining the Temple faculty, he was a Senior Fellow at Mathematica Policy Research, Inc. in Princeton, New Jersey, and a visiting Senior Research Scholar at the Center for Health and Wellbeing at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. His research has focused on the childhood antecedents of adult chronic disease. This has included studies on school nutrition, obesity prevention strategies in preschool children, parent–child feeding interactions, the epidemiology of childhood obesity, and the determinants of social and emotional well-being in children. He served on the IOM Committee on Dietary Risk Assessment in the WIC Program and the Committee on Prevention of Obesity in Children and Youth. Dr. Whitaker received a B.A. in chemistry from Williams College, an M.D. from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and an M.P.H. from the University of Washington School of Public Health and Community Medicine. Dr. Whitaker completed his residency and fellowship in pediatrics at the University of Washington School of Medicine, and he received postdoctoral training as a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar.



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