Faculty Profile: Elissa Jelalian, PHD

Elissa Jelalian
Elissa Jelalian, PHD
Associate Professor of Psychiatry & Human Behavior
Psychiatry & Human Behavior
Work: +1 401-444-8915
Elissa Jelalian's research focuses on weight regulation and development of behavioral intervention for overweight children and adolescents. Her current funded studies focus on examining the role of parents in adolescent weight control and development of novel interventions for treatment of overweight adolescents with mood disorders

Institutions

RIH

Research Description

Elissa Jelalian's research interests focus on weight regulation and behavioral intervention for overweight children and adolescents. She is the recipient of grants from National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), and National Institute of Child Health and Human Development(NICHD) evaluating weight control interventions for overweight/obese children and adolescents. Her current research investigates innovative strategies for involving parents in adolescent weight control. She is also co-PI on a NIMH treatment development grant evaluating the efficacy of cognitive behavioral intervention combined with exercise in the treatment of overweight and depressed adolescents. A long-range aim of her research is identification of the individual, family, and contextual variables that are related to treatment response, with the objective of developing more effective pediatric weight control interventions.

Grants and Awards

Outstanding Teaching Award in Psychology, Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, Brown Medical School, 2003-2004

Martin P. Levin Mentorship Award, Division 54, American Psychological Association, 2010

Affiliations

American Psychological Association
North American Association for the Study of Obesity
Society of Behavioral Medicine
Society of Pediatric Psychology

Funded Research

Peer Enhanced Intervention to Support Teen Weight Loss. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) DK062916-01, 5/03-4/07. Principal Investigator.
The primary goal of this randomized trial is to compare the efficacy of cognitive-behavioral weight management treatment coupled with a peer intervention (CBT+PBST) versus group exercise (CBT+EXER) in facilitating weight loss in overweight adolescents. A secondary aim is to identify mediators of weight loss in overweight adolescents.

Evaluation of an Internet Intervention for Overweight Adolescents. Community Foundation for Southeastern Michigan. 4/02-3/05. Co-Investigator. (D. Tate,PI).
The primary aim of this project is to compare the efficacy of Cognitive Behavioral Weight Loss Treatment enhanced by Internet Intervention (I-CBT) to a Cognitive Behavioral Weight Loss Treatment alone.

Changing Eating Behaviors in Young Children: Should Healthy Foods be Increased or Unhealthy Foods Decreased? American Diabetes Association. 7/05-6/08. Co-Investigator. (H Raynor, PI) (7-05-HFC-27).
The goal of this study is to develop an intervention for young children who are overweight or at risk of overweight to improve eating patterns by either focusing on foods to increase or decrease in the diet.

Childhood Obesity Treatment Targeting Specific Behaviors. NIDDK. 8/05-7/07. Co-Investigator. (H. Raynor, PI) (HD51001).
The goal of this study is to develop an intervention for young children who are overweight or at risk for overweight to improve eating and activity patterns by focusing on increasing physical activity and decreasing sweetened drink consumption or decreasing TV watching and increasing milk consumption.

Parental involvement as a strategy to enhance adolescent weight control (R03 HD060137), NICHD. 8/09-9/11. Principal Investigator.
The goal of this study is to test the efficacy of an intervention that includes parents as role models and addresses parent teen communication related to weight control.

Integrated treatment for comorbid depression and obesity in adolescents (1R34 MH083092) NIMH. 12/09-11/12, Co-Principal Investigator.
The goal of this research is to develop and test the efficacy of a novel intervention combining CBT and exercise to treat overweight and depressed adolescents.