Kerri Boutelle, Ph.D.

Kerri Boutelle, PhD

Kerri Boutelle, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics & Psychiatry is regarded as one of the leading researchers in childhood obesity and eating disorders. She has been working with youth who have eating problems for over 20 years.

Dr. Boutelle has an undergraduate degree in Food Science and Nutrition from Rutgers University and a Ph.D. in Health Psychology from Illinois Institute of Technology.

She completed her clinical internship at University of Mississippi Medical Center, and her postdoctoral fellowship in Epidemiology at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Boutelle was on faculty in Pediatrics at the University of Minnesota before coming to UCSD in 2007.

Dr. Boutelle has been continuously funded by the NIH since 2002, and has published her research in highly regarded journals, including Pediatrics, Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, Health Psychology and Obesity. She sits on study review sections for the NIH, and has reviewed articles and abstracts for numerous journals and The Obesity Society. She is a nationally sought out speaker on eating behaviors and interventions in youth.

Clinically, Dr. Boutelle is an expert in family-based interventions for youth who have eating disorders or who are obese. She is a certified Family-Based Treatment for Eating Disorders Therapist and Supervisor, and provides supervision to practitioners around the country on this model. Dr. Boutelle is also the senior psychologist at the UCSD Eating Disorders Treatment and Research Program.


The primary purpose of the FRESH study is to evaluate the effectiveness of a behavioral parent-only treatment for childhood obesity on the target child’s weight and parent’s BMI, compared to the parent and child group.

The FRESH study is looking for overweight 8-12 year old children and at least one of their overweight parents who are willing to participate. There is no cost to participate in the study. All enrolled participants will be randomly assigned to one of two groups: parent-only treatment group or parent + child treatment group. Both groups will provide behavioral treatment for childhood obesity for 5 months. The groups will be fun and informative to mobilize parents to treat and prevent childhood obesity, especially given the increase in childhood obesity in the United States today.

For more information, please call 858-822-2158 for the “FRESH study” or email us.

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