Kerri Boutelle, Ph.D. Professor of Clinical Pediatrics 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. 

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Lab Staff 
 Dr. Abby Braden,  Postdoctoral fellow, emotional overeating
 Dr. Stephanie Knatz Postdoctoral fellow, intervention development
 Dr. June LiangPostdoctoral fellow, neuropsychological functioning
 Dr. Teresa MonrealPostdoctoral fellow, experimental psychopathology
 Martina CottonLab Manager
 Chang LiuRecruitment Manager
 Nicole PhanResearch Assistant