HWRN Core Members

Members represent a broad range of disciplinary expertise, including but not limited to epidemiology, exercise physiology, nutrition, pediatrics, psychology, psychiatry, public health, social work, biostatistics, and others.  Members will have made significant research and scholarly contributions to the field of obesity and/or the health of children with ASD/DD.

Diane-Boas

Diane D. Boas, MS, is a Project Manager at Let’s Go! an obesity prevention initiative working with communities to create environments that support healthy choices. The program is part of the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital at Maine Medical Center in Portland, Maine.  At Let’s Go! Ms Boas develops tools and trainings for health care providers, educators and other professionals to help them include children with intellectual and developmental disabilities in their obesity prevention efforts. Ms Boas has an interest in assisting Medicaid funded service providers address the health needs of the pediatric and adult clients they serve.  Ms. Boas is a disability rights advocate dedicated to improving the quality of life for individuals with I/DD and member of the HWRN Dissemination Core.  About Let’s Go!  

Kerri Boutelle, PhD

Kerri Boutelle, PhD, is a Professor of Pediatrics, Family Medicine Public Health and Psychiatry at the University of California, San Diego; Director of the Center for Health Eating and Activity Research (CHEAR); Senior Supervising Psychologist, UCSD Eating Disorders and  member of the HWRN Pilot & Feasibility/Peer Review Core. About Dr. Boutelle.

April Bowling

April Bowling, MA, ScD, is an Assistant Professor in Health Sciences at Merrimack College and member of the HWRN Dissemination Core and the Secondary Data Analysis Core. Her research focuses on epidemiologic investigations and interventions to improve physical activity, diet, sleep, and screen time behaviors in youth with neurodevelopmental and affective diagnoses.  About Dr. Bowling 

Sarabeth Broder-Fingert, MD

Sarabeth Broder-Fingert, MD, is an assistant professor of pediatrics at the Boston University School of Medicine and member of the HWRN Dissemination Core. About Dr. Broder-Fingert.

Kirsten Davison

Kirsten K. Davison, MS, PhD, is the Donahue and DiFelice Endowed Chair and Associate Dean for Research in the School of Social Work at Boston College and member of the Pilot & Feasibility/Peer Review Core.  Davison leads an extramurally-funded research program focused on parenting and child health outcomes, with a particular focus on underserved families in a domestic setting.  About Dr. Davison

Joseph Donnelly, EdD

Joseph E. Donnelly, EdD, is Professor of Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Research Institute, University of Kansas Medical Center and Director, Energy Balance Laboratory (EBL) and Center for Physical Activity and Weight Management, University of Kansas Medical Center (KUMC), Kansas City and University of Kansas, Lawrence and member of the HWRN Pilot & Feasibility/Peer Review Core. About Dr. Donnelly.

Richard Fleming, PhD

Richard Fleming, PhD, is an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, a former Professor (retired) in the Department of Exercise and Health Sciences at the University of Massachusetts-Boston (UMB), and member of the HWRN Dissemination Core.  About Dr. Fleming

Sandra Hassink, MD

Sandra Hassink, MD,  is past president of the American Academy of Pediatrics. She has spent her professional career caring and advocating for children with obesity and is the Medical Director of the AAP Institute for Healthy Childhood Weight focused on translating research into practice for pediatric health care providers, families and children and advancing the field of pediatric obesity. Dr. Hassink has testified before Congress on childhood obesity, food insecurity and hunger focusing on supporting the foundations of child health. Dr. Hassink began the weight management clinic at Nemours/AI DuPont Children’s Hospital in 1988. She has authored A Parent’s Guide to Childhood Obesity, Pediatric Obesity: Prevention, Intervention, and Treatment Strategies for Primary Care, and Clinical Guide to Pediatric Weight Management. Dr. Hassink also holds a Master of Science in Pastoral Care and Counseling and is a member of the HWRN Dissemination Core.

Susan L. Hyman, MD

Susan L. Hyman, MD, is a Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of  Rochester Medical Center, the Division Chief of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics at the Golisano Children’s Hospital at the University of Rochester Medical Center. She is on the Executive Committee of the Council on Children with Disabilities of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the subboard of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics of the American Board of Pediatrics. She is site co-PI for the Rochester site of the Autism Treatment Network and member of the HWRN Dissemination Core.  Her research interests relate to diet, nutrition, and treatment of children and youth with ASD. About Dr. Hyman.

Tanja Kral, PhD

Tanja Kral, PhD, is the Ellen and Robert Kapito Endowed Professor in Nursing Science and Associate Program Director of the Graduate Nutrition Certificate, University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, Professor of Nutrition Science, Perelman School of Medicine, and member of the HWRN Secondary Data Analysis Core. About Dr. Kral.

Sandra

Sandy Magaña, PhD, MSW, is a professor in Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disabilities at the Steve Hicks School of Social Work, University of Texas at Austin and member of the HWRN Secondary Analysis Core Member. About Dr. Magaña

Angela Odoms-Young, PhD

Angela Odoms-Young, PhD, is an Associate Professor, Kinesiology and Nutrition in the College of Applied Health Sciences at the University of Illinois at Chicago and member of the HWRN Dissemination Core. About Dr. Odoms-Young.

Lauren Ptomey

Lauren Ptomey, PhD, RD, Research Assistant Professor, Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Kansas Medical Center and member of the HWRN Dissemination Core. About Dr. Ptomey.

Linmarie Sikich, MD, MA

Linmarie Sikich, MD, MA, child and adolescent psychiatrist, Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Duke University, Associate Director of Duke Center for Autism and Brain Development and member of the HWRN Pilot & Feasibility/Peer Review Core and Secondary Data Analysis Core. About Dr. Sikich.

Heidi Stanish, PhD

Heidi Stanish, PhD, Associate Professor of Exercise and Health Services, University of Massachusetts-Boston (UMB) and holds an adjunct faculty position at the UMass Medical School – Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center and member of the HWRN Secondary Data Analysis Core. About Dr. Stanish.