A CHIP Lecture Series talk by guest speaker Thomas Baranowski, a pediatrics professor at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston who discussed video games potential to fight childhood obesity, was covered by two local media outlets.
Tom Baranowski, Ph.D. is Professor of Pediatrics and Senior Member of the Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity group, with the USDA funded Children’s Nutrition Research Center, Department of Pediatrics, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas, USA. Tom received his undergraduate degree in Politics from Princeton University (’68) and his masters (’70) and doctorate (’74) in Social Psychology from the University of Kansas. Tom is principle investigator for seven currently funded grants including a multi-site middle school obesity and diabetes prevention grant from NIDDK; a subcontract to an SBIR grant to develop and evaluate two videogames (“Escape from Diab” and “Nanoswarm: Invasion from Inner Space”) for obesity and diabetes prevention for 10-12 year old children funded by NIDDK; a behavioral epidemiologic study of the sensitivity to bitter taste (propylthiouracil) in relation to obesity among children, controlling for dietary intake and energy expenditure funded by NCI; formative research to enhance and evaluate a dietary assessment web program for children funded by NCI; designing and evaluating a prototype casual videogame to train parents in effective vegetable parenting practices funded by NICHD; and evaluating the effect of active videogames on children’s physical activity especially among those in unsafe neighborhoods funded by NCI. He is founding President of the International Society of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity (which had its eighth annual meeting June, 2010, in Minneapolis). He is author or co-author of over 260 peer-reviewed articles, 10 non-peer reviewed articles, 26 book chapters, two editions of a textbook on methods of evaluation for health promotion programs and editor of four special issue volumes. He is on the editorial advisory board of 11 professional journals.