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Director, HealthWorks!, Center for Better Health and Nutrition, Heart Institute

Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics



My Biography & Research


Shelley Kirk, PhD, RD, LD, is director of HealthWorks! and a staff member of the Center for Better Health and Nutrition, the obesity prevention program of the Heart Institute at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.

Clinical Interests

Developing effective interventions for overweight and obese children and adolescents

Academic Affiliation

Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

Clinical Divisions

Obesity Prevention

Research Divisions

Cardiology, Heart

Blog Posts

My Education

BS: Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, 1976.

MS: University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN, 1978; University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, 1988.

PhD: University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, 2003.

My Publications

Sexual behaviors, risks, and sexual health outcomes for adolescent females following bariatric surgery. Zeller, MH; Brown, JL; Reiter-Purtill, J; Sarwer, DB; Black, L; Jenkins, TM; McCracken, KA; Inge, TH; Noll, JG; Doland, F; et al. Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases. 2019; 15:969-978.

Health Outcomes of Youth in Clinical Pediatric Weight Management Programs in POWER. Kumar, S; King, EC; Christison, AL; Kelly, AS; Ariza, AJ; Borzutzky, C; Cuda, S; Kirk, S; Abraham-Pratt, I; Ali, L; et al. The Journal of Pediatrics. 2019; 208:57-65.e4.

Long and Short of It: Early Response Predicts Longer-Term Outcomes in Pediatric Weight Management. Gross, AC; Kaizer, AM; Kelly, AS; Rudser, KD; Ryder, JR; Borzutzky, CR; Santos, M; Tucker, JM; Yee, JK; Fox, CK; et al. Obesity. 2019; 27:272-279.

A Review of Modifiable Risk Factors for Severe Obesity in Children Ages 5 and Under. Porter, RM; Tindall, A; Gaffka, BJ; Kirk, S; Santos, M; Abraham-Pratt, I; Gray, J; Heckler, D; Ward, WL; Tucker, JM; et al. Childhood Obesity. 2018; 14:468-476.

Psychosocial Screening Among Youth Seeking Weight Management Treatment. Ratcliff, MB; Catlin, PA; Peugh, JL; Siegel, RM; Kirk, S; Tamm, L. Clinical Pediatrics. 2018; 57:277-284.

Characteristics of Children 2 to 5 Years of Age With Severe Obesity. Tester, JM; Phan, TT; Tucker, JM; Leung, CW; Gillette, ML D; Sweeney, BR; Kirk, S; Tindall, A; Olivo-Marston, SE; Eneli, IU. Pediatrics. 2018; 141:e20173228-e20173228.

Factors associated with long-term weight-loss maintenance following bariatric surgery in adolescents with severe obesity. Ryder, JR; Gross, AC; Fox, CK; Kaizer, AM; Rudser, KD; Jenkins, TM; Ratcliff, MB; Kelly, AS; Kirk, S; Siegel, RM; et al. International Journal of Obesity. 2018; 42:102-107.

A Comparison of Four Submaximal Tests for Evaluating Change in Fitness in Youth With Obesity. Emerson, M; Lockhart, MK; Kist, C; Mays, W; Edwards, NM; Kirk, S; Siegel, RM. Clinical Pediatrics. 2017; 56:1256-1259.

Changes in Eating Behaviors of Children with Obesity in Response to Carbohydrate-Modified and Portion-Controlled Diets. Kirk, S; Woo, JG; Brehm, B; Daniels, SR; Saelens, BE. Childhood Obesity. 2017; 13:377-383.

Lipid changes 8 years post gastric bypass in adolescents with severe obesity (FABS-5+study). Shah, AS; Jenkins, T; Gao, Z; Daniels, SR; Urbina, EM; Kirk, S; Siegel, R; Inge, TH. International Journal of Obesity. 2017; 41:1579-1584.