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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

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. 2021.

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; et al. Childhood Obesity. 2021.

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; 53:189-189.

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; 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.