Clinical/Evaluative Programs

Pediatric Health Behavior Research Lab

The Pediatric Health Behavior Research Lab has 3 full-time pediatric psychologists, 1 post-doctoral fellow, 2 graduate student researchers, 2 post-baccalaureate coordinators, and several medical student research volunteers who work in child health programs in outpatient clinics and community environments to address the psychological and behavioral needs of children with chronic health conditions.

Our research focuses primarily on obesity and diabetes in children and adolescents, including studies to prevent and treat these conditions, as well as demographic, behavioral, and psychosocial factors affecting outcomes. The Pediatric Health Behavior Lab researchers use both qualitative and quantitative methods in their studies. We currently have three NIH-funded research projects: the Study of Latino Youth, Self-Management & Research in Type-I Diabetes II (SMART-II), and the Greelinght Cohort Study. All three of these research projects are multi-site national studies. Recently completed funded projects include Web-based Family Intervention for Pediatric Obesity and the Hialeah Abuela Project. Pending grant applications address the following topics: mHealth for adolescents with type 1 diabetes; mindfulness for adolescents with diabetes and their parents; pediatric health behavior research training; and behavioral intervention to improve regimen adherence in adolescent patients after kidney transplant.

For more information contact Maria Toro at 305-243-4554