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Shelley Kirk, PhD, RD, LD

  • Director, HealthWorks!, Center for Better Health and Nutrition, Heart Institute
  • Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics



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.

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.


Developing effective interventions for overweight and obese children and adolescents

Services and Specialties

Obesity Prevention

Research Areas

Cardiology, Heart

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Families Chose In-Person Visits over Telehealth for Pediatric Weight Management during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Siegel, R; Stackpole, K; Kirk, S; Kharofa, R. Childhood Obesity. 2022; 18:572-575.

Treatment of Pediatric Overweight and Obesity: Position of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Based on an Umbrella Review of Systematic Reviews. Kirk, S; Ogata, B; Wichert, E; Handu, D; Rozga, M. Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. 2022; 122:848-861.

Characteristics of paediatric weight management in the United States: Associations with program retention and BMI outcomes in the paediatric obesity weight evaluation registry (POWER). Tucker, JM; Stratbucker, W; King, EC; Cuda, S; Negrete, S; Sweeney, B; Kumar, S; Borzutzky, C; Binns, HJ; Kirk, S. Pediatric Obesity. 2022; 17:e12848.

Elevated blood pressure in youth in pediatric weight management programs in the Pediatric Obesity Weight Evaluation Registry (POWER). Binns, HJ; Joseph, M; Ariza, AJ; Cuda, SE; Skinner, AC; Xu, H; Tucker, JM; Hampl, SE; Santos, M; Mayo, S; King, EC; Kirk, S. Journal of Clinical Hypertension. 2022; 24:122-130.

Patient Retention in Pediatric Weight Management Programs in the United States: Analyses of Data from the Pediatrics Obesity Weight Evaluation Registry. Skinner, AC; Xu, H; Christison, A; Neshteruk, C; Cuda, S; Santos, M; Yee, JK; Thomas, L; King, E; Kirk, S. Childhood Obesity. 2022; 18:31-40.

Predictors Of Sports Participation Of Youth With Obesity In A Large Midwestern Metropolitan Area. Gier, A; Khoury, P; Kirk, S; Kist, C; Siegel, R. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise. 2021; 53:189.

Omega-3 Use for the Treatment of Hypertriglyceridemia, Low High-Density Lipoprotein Cholesterol Levels, and Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease in Children with Obesity. Stackpole, KM W; Ollberding, NJ; Smith, LA; Casson, P; Kirk, S; Siegel, R. Childhood Obesity. 2021; 17:357-364.

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; Grp, PO W E R W. Pediatric Obesity. 2021; 16:e12701.

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