Associate Professor
Nutrition; and Academic General Pediatrics
Baylor College of Medicine
Houston, TX, US
Adjunct Member
Dan L Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center
Baylor College of Medicine
Houston, Texas, United States


Fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine
MPH from University of Texas School of Public Health
Residency at Baylor College of Medicine
MD from University Of Wisconsin Medical School
BS from University of Wisconsin

Professional Statement

I am a board certified, practicing general pediatrician and fellowship trained clinician researcher. My research focuses on identifying strategies to best prevent and treat childhood obesity and better understand how parents influence their children’s obesity-related behaviors through the framework of parenting styles and parenting practices. I have helped identify how food related parenting practices used in combination effect low-income preschool children’s fruit and vegetable intake in order to develop a more comprehensive measure of fruit and vegetable parenting. I have developed a first line obesity intervention, called Helping HAND, that targets parents of children 5-8 years old to use more effective parenting practices to promote healthy eating, activity and screen media use among their children. I was the PI on a NICHD funded R21 (1 R21 HD060925-01A1) to investigate social and neighborhood environmental influences on Hispanic preschool children’s physical activity. In addition, I lead a study to develop a new instrument to assess parent’s outcome expectations regarding allowing their child to watch TV (TCH pilot funds). I have experience in assessing children’s and parent’s anthropometrics as well as lifestyle behaviors, including: physical activity (via accelerometers and GPS data), dietary intake, screen-media use, and parenting behaviors as it relates to children’s obesity related behaviors.

Selected Publications


American Academy of Pediatrics
Academic Pediatric Association
International Society of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity