PhD

Kerri Boutelle

Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Family Medicine & Public Health, and Psychiatry, University of California, San Diego, Director, Center for Healthy Eating and Activity Research (CHEAR)

Bio Kerri Boutelle is a Professor in the Departments of Pediatrics, Family Medicine and Public Health, and Psychiatry at UCSD. She serves as faculty in the SDSU/UCSD Joint Doctoral Programs in Clinical Psychology and Health Behavior and has over 20 years of experience conducting clinical trials and epidemiological studies with children, adolescents, and adults who are overweight and obese and who have eating disorders. The goals of her research lab are 1) To work toward optimizing currently available approaches for treatment of obesity and overeating, and to create translatable versions of these treatments for the clinic and other populations, and 2) To identify highly novel targets for the treatment of people who are obese or who overeat, based on findings from basic behavioral sciences and  neuroscience, to work toward developing the next generation of treatment models. She served as PI and Co- I on 11 NIH funded studies, and 6 University or foundation-funded intervention studies. She has provided clinical supervision on all of these grants, as well as a multi-site adolescent anorexia grant. She has also administered all of these projects (staffing, interfacing with the IRB, budget management, recruitment, intervention, data analyses, and manuscript development) and produced several peer-reviewed publications from each project. Her recent interest is how the understanding of cognitive and neural mechanisms can be used to develop treatments for obesity.

Keynote Presentation Treating Binge Eating and Overeating; best practices and novel methods

About the Presentation Binge eating disorder (BED) is the most prevalent eating disorder and is associated with psychiatric disorders and medical disorders, including obesity. This training will review the current empirically supported treatments for BED, including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), interpersonal therapy (IPT) and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT). Research shows that CBT, IPT, and DBT result in higher levels of abstinence from binge eating compared to controls. However, these models do not typically result in changes in weight, which should theoretically occur if binge eating decreases. This training will describe a novel model for the treatment of BED, called Regulation of Cues, which targets food reactivity and satiety responsivity. This model has been shown to decrease both binge eating and weight and has efficacy in children and adults. The clinical application of the ROC model with individuals with BED and obesity will be reviewed.