Shelley Kirk, PhD, RD, LD

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

Academic Affiliations

Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

Phone 513-636-4305

Fax 513-636-2459


Developing effective interventions for overweight and obese children and adolescents
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.

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Hoelscher DM, Kirk S, Cunningham-Sabo L, Ritchie L. Position of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics: Interventions for the prevention and treatment of pediatric overweight and obesity. J Acad Nutri. 2013 Oct;113(10):1375-94.

Hampl S, Demeule M, Eneli I, Frank M, Hawkins MJ, Kirk S, Sallinen B, Santos M, Schmidt A, Ward W, Rhodes S. Parent perspectives on attrition from tertiary care pediatric weight management programs. Clin Pediatr (Phila). 2013; 52(6):509-515.

Kirk S, Brehm B, Saelens BE, Woo JG, Kissel E, D’Alessio D, Bolling C, Daniels SR. Role of carbohydrate modification in weight management among obese children: A randomized clinical trial. J Pediatr. 2012; 161(2): 320-327.

Beebe DW, Miller N, Kirk S, Daniels SR, Amin R. The association between obstructive sleep apnea and dietary choices among obese individuals during middle to late childhood. Sleep Medicine. 2011; 12(8):797-799.

Sung V, Beebe DW, Vandyke R, Fenchel MC, Crimmins NA, Kirk S,  Amin R, Hiscock H, Wake M. Does sleep duration predict metabolic risk in obese adolescents attending tertiary services? A cross- sectional studySleep. 2011; 34(7):891-898.

Siegel RM, Neidhard MS, Kirk S. A comparison of low glycemic index and staged portion-controlled diets in improving BMI of obese children in a pediatric weight management program. Clinical Pediatrics. 2011; 50(5):459-461.

Kirk S, Bolling C. Practical Strategies in a Clinical Setting for Promoting Lifestyle Changes in Overweight Youth. Obesity Management. December 2007; 3(6):272-282.

Lawson ML, Kirk S, Mitchell T, Chen MK, Loux TJ, Daniels SR, Harmon CM, Clements RH. One-year outcomes of Roux-en-Y gastric bypass for morbidly obese adolescents: a multi-center study from the Pediatric Bariatric Study Group. Journal of Pediatric Surgery. 2006; 41(1):137-43.

Kirk S, Scott B, Daniels SR. Supplement to the Journal: Pediatric obesity epidemic: Treatment options. Journal of the American Dietetic Association. 2005; 105(5 Suppl 1):S44-51.               

Kirk S, Zeller MH, Claytor R, Santangelo M, Khoury PR, Daniels SR. The relationship of health outcomes to improvement in body mass index in children and adolescents. Obes Res. 2005; 13:876-882.