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Below are a list of treatments that CHEAR currently has available. If you have any questions, contact us at (855) 827-3498 or

Treatment Studies for Children

Intervention for Regulation of Cues (iROC)

The UCSD iROC research study (Intervention for Regulation of Cues) is a no-cost treatment program focusing on reducing overeating for overweight children.

  • Who? Overweight children 8-13 years of age.
  • When? 12 weeks of treatment for overeating

The purpose of the study is to demonstrate that a behavioral treatment involving exposure to food cues will reduce overeating in overweight children.

All families will complete measurements before and after treatment.

Families and Breakfast (FAB)


The FAB study is a no-cost treatment study for children and their parents. It is a great program that can help children and their parents understand the effectiveness of breakfast in losing weight.

  • Who? Overweight children 8-12 year of age and one of their parents.
  • When? 4 months of treatment for parent and child

Group treatment will provide 4 months of behavioral treatment for childhood obesity. In addition to receiving 4 months of treatment, all participants will as asked to complete assessment visits prior to starting treatment, immediately after treatment, and 3 months post-treatment. The groups will be fun and informative to mobilize parents to help their child lose weight.

Transforming, Eating, Activity & Motivation Utilizing Parents (TEAM UP)


The TEAM UP treatment study is a no-cost program designed for overweight children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. This study is conducted at UC San Diego at the CHEAR lab by Dr. Kerri Boutelle.

Some of the Sessions Topics are:

  • Healthy Eating
  • Behavioral Strategies
  • Motivation System
  • Physical Activities
  • Feeding Behaviors
  • New Food Strategies
  • Sensory Desensitization
  • High Risk Situations

Treatment Sessions
This is a sixteen week, parent-only group based treatment that targets pediatric weight-gain specifically in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Gut Microbiome, Adiposity, & Probiotics (G-MAP)


There is increasing interest in the role of the gut microbiome on health outcomes, particularly weight status and metabolic functioning. Overweight and normal weight individuals are noted to have a different make-up of the gut microbiota. Probiotics have been used to help individuals with other gastrointestinal illnesses, and may be able to help alter the gut microbiome. In this study, we are examining the effect of probiotics on changing the gut biome, fat mass, and metabolic functioning of overweight children.

  • Who? Overweight Children 7-16 years of age
  • When? 12 weeks in City Heights or La Jolla

Treatment Sessions
Children will be given daily probiotics and recommendations for dietary changes. Changes in fat mass as well as gut microbiome will be monitored.

Treatment Studies for Adolescents

Preventing Emotional Eating RouTeen (PEER)


The UCSD PEER research study (Preventing Emotional Eating RouTEENS) is a no-cost treatment program designed for overweight adolescents who experience emotional eating. This study is conducted at UC San Diego at the CHEAR lab by Dr. Kerri Boutelle.

The purpose of the study is to demonstrate that teaching overweight, emotional eaters effective strategies for managing negative emotions may improve their ability to benefit from behavioral weight control treatment. All families who participate will receive 16 weeks of treatment and will complete measurements before and after treatment.

  • Who? Overweight Teens 13-18 years of age
  • When? 16 weeks in La Jolla

Treatment Sessions
90 minutes a week, led by a study interventionist. Takes place at CHEAR office in La Jolla. Families will be compensated for completing the measurement appointments.

Treatment Studies for Adults

Regulations of Cue Study to Reduce Binge Eating (ROC)

  • Who? Overweight Adults 18-55 years of age
  • Where? Weekly sessions in La Jolla

Cognitive Training Program (CTP)

  • Who? Overweight Adults 18-55 years of age
  • Where? Weekly sessions in La Jolla

Please contact CHEAR for more information regarding our adult studies.

Clinical Treatment for All Ages

UCSD Intensive Chronic Overeating Program (iCOPE)

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The iCOPE program is a one week treatment program targeting urges to binge eat and overeat. iCOPE trains individuals to control their strong urges to binge eat and overeat using treatments developed from a deep understanding of the neurobiology that drives these behaviors. iCOPE is designed to start individuals on a path to healthy eating behaviors, using novel treatments not offered at any other clinics.

The UCSD Intensive Chronic Overeating Program (iCOPE) is the first treatment designed to train individuals so that urges to overeat exert less power over them, making it easier to be successful in today's food environment. The iCOPE program targets your brain and physiological cravings. This program is designed to help you understand why your brain is fighting against you, while teaching you to think about food less. It can help you stop yourself once you start eating, and tolerate any desires that may arise without giving in to them.

iCOPE trains individuals to control their strong urges to overeat using ground-breaking treatments developed from a deep understanding of the neurobiology that drives binge eating and overeating. Throughout this program, you will receive intensive training targeting the brain mechanisms that will help you develop skills to think about food less and stop eating once you start, manage and regulate emotions leading to overeating, and resist giving into cravings when they occur. The iCOPE program uses computer brain training skills, emotion regulation skills targeting emotional eating and exposure skills to help you resist the cravings. iCOPE skills lead to new brain pathways and habits that will assist you to be more successful upon transitioning home. For more information, Click Here.

Dr. Kerri Boutelle

Dr. Kerri Boutelle

Dr. Kerri Boutelle is a Professor of Pediatrics at UC San Diego and is a licensed clinical psychologist. Dr. Boutelle is also on faculty at Rady Children's Hospital, San Diego. Dr. Boutelle has specialized in weight management and eating disorders since 1992.

Dr. Boutelle's research focuses on child and adult obesity treatment, and child and adult binge eating treatment. She is interested in developing new targets for treatment, disseminating current treatments and in developing novel treatments for overeating. Dr. Boutelle's current research is focused on parent management training to reduce weight, parent and child skills for reducing binge eating, neurobiological mechanisms of overeating and basic science research on overeating.

Dr. Boutelle is also a clinical specialist who works with families and individuals struggling with binge eating disorder, weight management, anorexia, bulimia, EDNOS, and other gastroenterological problems. Email:

Dr. Kyung E. Rhee

Dr. Kyung E. Rhee

Dr. Kyung E. Rhee is a Pediatric Hospitalist at Rady Children's Hospital of San Diego and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at UC San Diego. She has been involved in pediatric obesity research since 2004.

Kyung Rhee's research focuses on childhood obesity management. Her interests include understanding the factors that contribute to childhood obesity at the individual and family level, the behavioral treatment of childhood obesity, and exploring other modalities that can enhance the effectiveness of this treatment. Her focus has been on parenting and feeding behaviors that can be modified to help children develop healthier habits. She is also interested in improving provider management of obesity in the outpatient setting through the use of motivational interviewing training and decision support. She is extending her work to include early intervention and prevention (during pregnancy, infancy, and early childhood) in order to change the trajectory of childhood obesity from an early age. Email:

Thank you for reading all that CHEAR has to offer. We hope that the services we offer can help you or someone you know live a healthier lifestyle. If you have any questions, you can always contact us at


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