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Melanie Bean, Ph.D., L.C.P.

Research program member: Cancer Prevention and Control

Box 980440
2305 N. Parham Rd. Suite 1
Richmond, VA 23229




Associate Professor, Pediatrics, School of Medicine
Associate Professor & Co-Director, Healthy Lifestyles Center, Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU


PhD, Virginia Commonwealth University (2007)

Research description

I have a dual line of research investigating pediatric obesity treatment and obesity policy. My research focuses on adolescents from traditionally undeserved backgrounds and those at highest risk for obesity and cancer-related co-morbidities. In addition, my research systematically evaluates school food policies and programs and how changes to the school environment impact students' health behaviors, and ultimately their risk of obesity and related co-morbidities. I have two current large studies funded by NIH: An RCT investigating the role of parents in adolescent obesity treatment, and a systematic evaluation of changes to the school food environment on students' dietary consumption patterns.

Research keywords

Pediatric obesity, parents, obesity policy, school food environment, adolescents

Published research

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