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Thomas N. Robinson, MD, MPH   Download vCard
Irving Schulman, MD Endowed Professor in Child Health; Professor of Pediatrics and of Medicine and Stanford Health Policy Associate

Division of General Pediatrics and
Stanford Prevention Research Center
Stanford University School of Medicine
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Stanford, California 94305-5705
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Research Interests
development and evaluation of health promotion and disease prevention interventions for children and adolescents; advanced models of human behavior; the effects of television viewing on children's health and behavior

Thomas N. Robinson, MD, MPH is the Irving Schulman, MD Endowed Professor in Child Health, Professor of Pediatrics and of Medicine, in the Division of General Pediatrics and the Stanford Prevention Research Center at Stanford University School of Medicine, and Director of the Center for Healthy Weight at Stanford University and Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford. Dr. Robinson focuses on "solution-oriented" research, developing and evaluating health promotion and disease prevention interventions for children, adolescents and their families to directly inform medical and public health practice and policy.

His research is largely experimental in design, conducting school-, family- and community-based randomized controlled trials to test the efficacy and/or effectiveness of theory-driven behavioral, social and environmental interventions to prevent and reduce obesity, improve nutrition, increase physical activity and decrease inactivity, reduce smoking, reduce children's television and media use, and demonstrate causal relationships between hypothesized risk factors and health outcomes. Robinson's research is grounded in social cognitive models of human behavior, uses rigorous methods, and is performed in generalizable settings with diverse populations, making the results of his research more relevant for clinical and public health practice and policy.

His research is published widely in the peer-reviewed scientific literature. Robinson received both his B.S. and M.D. from Stanford University and his M.P.H. in Maternal and Child Health from the University of California, Berkeley. He completed his internship and residency in Pediatrics at Children's Hospital, Boston and Harvard Medical School, and then returned to Stanford for post-doctoral training as a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar. Robinson joined the faculty at Stanford in 1993, was appointed Assistant Professor in 1996, and promoted to Associate Professor with tenure in 2003. He was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Generalist Physician Faculty Scholar, was a member of the Institute of Medicine's Committees on Prevention of Obesity in Children and Adolescents and Progress in Preventing Childhood Obesity, and is Principal Investigator on numerous prevention studies funded by the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Robinson also is Board Certified in Pediatrics, a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and practices General Pediatrics at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford.

Stanford Departments
Medicine; Pediatrics

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Junk foods still plentiful at elementary schools
Junk food remains plentiful at the nation's elementary schools despite widespread efforts to curb childhood obesity, a new study suggests. Dr. Thomas Robinson, a Stanford University pediatrician and obesity prevention researcher, called the study results "sobering". The study appears in Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, released Monday. Robinson wrote an accompanying editorial.
February 6, 2012 in

Stanford researchers, clinicians and academics gather for Obesity Summit 2
Thomas Robinson, MD, MPH, gave two presentations: one about findings suggesting “stealth interventions” can effectively help people eat better and exercise more and a second on the Pediatric Weight Control Program at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital. Back in 2009, Robinson and colleagues testing the stealth strategy approach ...
September 14, 2011 in Scope (blog)

Smaller plates may be a tool to curtail childhood obesity
The study, led by by Thomas Robinson, MD, MPH, a Stanford pediatrician and director of the Center for Healthy Weight at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital, involved 160 families enrolled in a six-month family-based behavioral treatment program.
February 15, 2011 in Scope (blog)

Home environment changes lead to weight loss
According to Dr. Thomas Robinson, a professor in child health who served as the lead author of the study, 85 percent of the study participants reduced their ...
February 15, 2011 in The Stanford Daily

San Francisco law leaves Happy Meal makers morose
At the risk of sounding a bit Orwellian, it seems kids are prone to a little bit of brainwashing: A 2007 study by Stanford University found that kids prefer ...
November 11, 2010 in Daily Trojan Online

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