Here are some questions and answers from our interview with TOS Fellow Kerri Boutelle, PhD, FTOS, Professor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry at University of California, San Diego.
Q: What is your title and organizational affiliation?
A: I am a Professor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry at the University of California's San Diego School of Medicine.
Q: Can you tell us about your current work and your professional developmental trajectory?
A: My current work focuses on trying to change eating behavior by translating methods and knowledge from basic behavioral sciences. I am interested in cognitive processes and neurobiological processes that will assist people who are overweight in eating less in today's environment. The majority of my work is focused on children to intervene earlier on these processes, but we have recently branched out to applications focused on overweight adults with binge eating.
Q: What is one of your professional or personal qualities that has contributed to your success?
A: Honestly, I do not think I'm that smart. I think I'm average in intelligence. I just am tenacious and I like to think outside of the box.
Q: What advice do you have for today's junior obesity researchers?
A: Find an area that you love that will change how we think or work with patients with obesity.
Q: What aspects of obesity research are the most exciting to you right now?
A: As I mentioned before, I am most interested in cognitive processes including memory, attention and reward. I enjoy reading about work in other fields and applying it to obesity.
Q: What are your favorite things to do when you're not at work?
A: Spend time with my children, bike riding and yoga.