2nd Healthy Weight Research Network Symposium

Promoting Healthy Weight in Children & Youth with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities:
Current Research and Future Directions
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Friday April 5, 2019
9AM to 6PM
Omni Parker House, Boston, MA


The 2nd HWRN symposium will provide a forum for researchers, practitioners, policymakers, people with disabilities, family members, and other interested individuals to learn about current research in the field related to promoting healthy weight for children with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Through knowledge translation and dissemination this interdisciplinary symposium provides an opportunity to shine a light on the need for evidence-based health promotion programs, practices, and policies on behalf of this population.

The Symposium will also include a poster session to highlight innovative research activities that align with the HWRN’s research agenda and a networking reception to enable conference participants to meet and learn from one another.



Keynote: Health Disparities Among Children and Youth with Disabilities – An Agenda for Action
Deborah Klein Walker, EdD, Boston University and Tufts University

Associations Between Early Life Influences, Co-Occurring Conditions, and Severity Of Autism Spectrum Disorder and Child Weight Outcomes in the Study To Explore Early Development
Tanja Kral, PhD, University of Pennsylvania

Home Based Intervention for the Promotion of Physical Activity in Adolescents with IDD
Lauren T. Ptomey, PhD, University of Kansas

Getting Active: Challenges and Strategies for Implementing Interventions Among Youth with IDD
Heidi Stanish, PhD, UMass-Boston

Development of a Parent-Only Treatment for Children with Autism and Obesity
Kerri Boutelle, PhD, University of California /San Diego

Trajectory of Body Mass Index in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders: A follow-up to a Feeding Intervention
Courtney Aponte, PhD, University of Rochester Medical Center

Physical Activity among Preschoolers with Developmental Delays
Michaela Schenkelberg, MPH, PhD Candidate; University of South Carolina & University of Nebraska Medical Center

Food Approach and Avoidance in Autism and Relations to Behavior and Health
Gregory Wallace, PhD, George Washington University

Facilitating Management of Overweight and Obesity in Children with Autism in Primary Care
Morgan Walls, MD, Atrium Health & Sarabeth Broder-Fingert, MD, Boston Medical Center

Poster Session & Networking Reception