Assistant Professor, Department of Nutritional Sciences
Major Area of Interest:
◦ Identify and understand determinants of behavioral, weight-related, and metabolic outcomes in children, adolescents, and families, including how and why so-called “obesogenic behaviors” (unhealthy dietary habits, sedentary behaviors) are initiated and sustained. ◦ Develop and test novel approaches to motivate healthy lifestyle changes in children, adolescents, and families, including development, testing, and assessment of face-to-face and mobile device-based interventions.
Dr. Melanie Hingle is a nutrition scientist, public health researcher, and Registered Dietitian Nutritionist with more than 15 years of experience and training in health promotion and behavioral sciences and research methodology, including assessment of dietary intake and physical activity and the design and conduct of interventions focused on lifestyle behavior change in children and adolescents. She conducts her work at the intersection of nutritional sciences research and public health practice, where she seeks to understand predictors and correlates of the lifestyle behaviors associated with energy balance and diabetes risk, and apply this knowledge to the design and conduct of novel behavior change programs for youth and their families. Mobile and wireless technologies (SMS, social media, software apps) are frequently featured in these programs, and Melanie is internationally recognized for her work with these technologies as strategies for health behavior change. Dr. Hingle is project director for the NIH/NIDDK-funded EPIC Kids Study, a diabetes prevention program modeled after the landmark Diabetes Prevention Program clinical trial and successful community-based YMCA DPP which has been adapted for delivery to 9-12-yr-old children and their families through a partnership with YMCA of the USA.
The University of Arizona