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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 Locations

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

Trends in prescribing anti-obesity pharmacotherapy for paediatric weight management: Data from the POWER Work Group. Borzutzky, C; King, E; Fox, CK; Stratbucker, W; Tucker, J; Yee, JK; Kumar, S; Cuda, S; Sweeney, B; Kirk, S; et al. Pediatric obesity. 2021; 16.

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. 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 Research. 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.

Instructor-led versus Video-led Exercise: A Comparison of Intensity in Obese Youth. Gier, A; Edwards, NM; Khoury, PR; Kirk, S; Kist, C; Siegel, R. 2018; 6:12-17.

BMI versus Body Composition as Measures of Success in a Clinical Pediatric Weight Management Program. Gier, A; Khoury, P; Kirk, S; Kist, C; Siegel, R. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise. 2018; 50.

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.

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.