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Kerri boutelle, PhD

University of California, San Diego


Dr.  Boutelle is a Professor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry at University of California, San Diego.  She has Bachelor’s Degree in Food Science and Nutrition, a PhD in Clinical Psychology and strong ties with Psychiatry and Public Health. She is faculty in the SDSU/UCSD Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology.  Prior to joining UCSD in 2007, Dr. Boutelle was on the faculty in Pediatrics at the University of Minnesota.  She has over 20 years of experience conducting clinical trials and epidemiological studies with children, adolescents and adults who are overweight and obese and who have eating disorders. She has served as PI and Co-I on 11 NIH funded studies, and 9 University or foundation-funded intervention studies since 2002. She has served on numerous study sections at NIH. She has published 99 peer-reviewed journal articles, 7 book chapters, and has presented her research 32 times at national conferences. She is on the planning committees of The Obesity Society and the Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior.  Dr. Boutelle co-hosted a conference on Childhood Obesity and Cognition with Terry Davidson at American University in 2015 and co-edited a special edition of Appetite on the proceedings from that conference.  Dr. Boutelle’s research generally focuses on understanding mechanisms underlying overeating, binge eating, obesity and eating disorders in children, adolescents and adults and developing treatments based on these mechanisms. One focus of her research is on optimizing currently available approaches for treatment of obesity and overeating, and creating translatable versions of these treatments for the clinic and other populations. Another focus of Dr. Boutelle’s research is on identifying highly novel targets for the treatment of people who overeat or binge eat, based on findings from basic behavioral sciences and on neuroscience, to work toward developing the next generation of treatment models.