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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


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 children and 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 NIH-funded studies: 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

Cancer risk behaviors,Clinical trials,Obesity,Prevention/population health

Published research

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