Bio-Behavioral Research

The purpose of The Obesity Society's Bio-Behavioral Research Section is to support and encourage research on the complex interactions between biological, behavioral, and environmental factors that influence obesity, and to advocate for an approach to research, treatment, and prevention that considers and integrates both behavioral and biological aspects of obesity and obesity-related disease.



  • To establish a network of a diverse array of researchers from basic, environmental, social, and behavioral sciences to facilitate interdisciplinary approaches to researching, treating, and advocating for obesity
  • To develop symposia and workshop concepts to educate and inform obesity professionals, researchers, clinicians,
  • about bio-behavioral research in obesity
  • To develop symposia and workshops to recruit and train novice obesity researchers from diverse fields in obesity
  • science
  • To advocate for funding of interdisciplinary research that investigates bio-behavioral aspects of obesity
  • To disseminate information to relevant stakeholders and public health officials regarding the bio-behavioral nature
  • of obesity
  • To provide support and promote mentorship of young researchers in bio-behavioral research by forming interdisciplinary mentorship teams


Join the Bio-Behavioral Research Section

All section members must be a member of The Obesity Society.

If you are not a member of The Obesity Society, join today.  Be certain to select the Bio-Behavioral Research Section when completing your profile.

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Myles S. Faith, PhD (Chair, 2013-2015)MFaith for Web

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC

Dr. Faith studies familial influences on the development of child eating patterns and obesity. That is, how do parents foster obesity risk or help to reduce obesity in their children? Also, what is the role of nature and nurture in childhood obesity onset? Dr. Faith explores these questions using a variety of designs, including research with twins and adoptees. His work also focuses on lifestyle interventions for childhood obesity treatment/prevention. He has collaborated on school- and primary care-based interventions to prevent childhood obesity. Dr. Faith is active in different professional organizations concerning child health and development. He served on the Nutrition Committee for the American Heart Association’s Council on Nutrition, Physical Activity and Metabolism (NPAM), and was a standing member of the NIH Psychosocial Risk and Disease Prevention Study Section. He is a fellow of the American Heart Association.

Michelle Cardel, PhD, RD (Chair-Elect, 2013-2015)MCardel

University Of Colorado Denver, Denver, CO

Dr. Michelle Cardel is a post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Pediatrics, Section of Nutrition at the University of Colorado Denver. Her research focuses on the etiology, prevention and treatment of pediatric obesity in underserved populations. She is the Chair-Elect of the Bio-Behavioral Research Section, a member of the Diversity Committee, and a past member of the Early-Career Investigator Committee.



Emily Dhurandhar, PhD (Secretary/Treasurer, 2013-2015)EDhurandhar.jpg

University Of Alabama At Birmingham, Birmingham, AL

Dr. Emily Dhurandhar is an associate professor in the Department of Health Behavior at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She studies human energy balance and eating behavior to better understand the underlying biologic and environmental causes of overeating and weight gain. She is the secretary of the Bio-Behavioral Research Section and the Chair of the Obesity Society's Advocacy Committee.

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