Dr. Pretlow and Colleagues


Dr. Pretlow’s latest paper, “Treatment of Child/Adolescent Obesity Using the Addiction Model: A Smartphone App Pilot Study,” will soon appear in the highly-respected print publication Childhood Obesity and can also be found online. Today, let’s gain a better acquaintance with the team behind this estimable work, and give credit to their accomplishments.

Carol M. Stock received her Masters of Nursing degree from the University of Washington and her Juris Doctorate degree from Seattle University, which makes her both a Registered Nurse and an attorney. Among many other interesting professional experiences, Ms. Stock has specialized in Native American/Tribal Health Care and spoken at many health care conferences. She has taught at Northwest University and Seattle Pacific University, and is a principal of the consulting firm Carol M. Stock & Associates.

Dr. Stephen Allison (in some countries, the letters MBBS are used instead of MD) is a Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists, and is currently Associate Professor of Child and Youth Psychiatry in the School of Medicine at Flinders University in Adelaide, South Australia. 47 of his publications can be found online.

Leigh Roeger, PhD, is a Senior Research Fellow in the Psychiatry Department, also at Flinders University. His expertise is in the mental health of children and adolescents, and among his interests are social network analysis and system dynamics modeling. 21 of his papers are available online, and his bio says:

Current projects include developing mHealth apps based on the Behavioural Activation approach for treating depression to improve outcomes in young people experiencing high levels of distress associated with chronic health conditions.

Dr. Robert A. Pretlow, a Princeton University honor graduate, went on to the University of Virginia Medical School for his MD degree. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and holds a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering. He founded eHealth International, Inc., and Weigh2Rock.com, a lively and innovative website for kids and teens.

More from Dr. Pretlow

All Childhood Obesity News posts are approved by Dr. Pretlow before publication, and here is a handy list of the posts he has personally written, plus a few extras.

Using the Psychological Food Dependence-Addiction Lens

Medical Science and Food Addiction

Medical Science and Food Addiction – Part 2

Childhood Obesity Conflicts of Interest

Ending Childhood Obesity Through Healthy Eating & Exercise?

Food Addiction and Childhood Obesity: Now What Do We Do?

The Weigh to Rock: A Nutritionist’s Guide Through Child Obesity

Obese Youth and Motivation

Food Supplements and Childhood Obesity (guest post at Fooducate.com)

Interview with Dr. Pretlow

Addiction to Highly Pleasurable Food as a Cause of the Childhood ObesityEpidemic: A Qualitative Internet Study

and of course the book –

Overweight: What Kids Say –What’s Really Causing the Childhood Obesity Epidemic

Your responses and feedback are welcome!

Source: “Biography,” carolstock.com
Source: “Stephen Allison,” researchgate.net
Source: “Dr. Leigh Roeger,” flinders.edu.au
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About Dr. Robert A. Pretlow

Dr. Robert A. Pretlow is a pediatrician and childhood obesity specialist. He has been researching and spreading awareness on the childhood obesity epidemic in the US for more than a decade.
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Dr. Pretlow’s invited presentation at the American Society of Animal Science 2020 Conference
What’s Causing Obesity in Companion Animals and What Can We Do About It

Dr. Pretlow’s invited presentation at the World Obesity Federation 2019 Conference:
Food/Eating Addiction and the Displacement Mechanism

Dr. Pretlow’s Multi-Center Clinical Trial Kick-off Speech 2018:
Obesity: Tackling the Root Cause

Dr. Pretlow’s 2017 Workshop on
Treatment of Obesity Using the Addiction Model

Dr. Pretlow’s invited presentation for
TEC and UNC 2016

Dr. Pretlow’s invited presentation at the 2015 Obesity Summit in London, UK.

Dr. Pretlow’s invited keynote at the 2014 European Childhood Obesity Group Congress in Salzburg, Austria.

Dr. Pretlow’s presentation at the 2013 European Congress on Obesity in Liverpool, UK.

Dr. Pretlow’s presentation at the 2011 International Conference on Childhood Obesity in Lisbon, Portugal.

Dr. Pretlow’s presentation at the 2010 Uniting Against Childhood Obesity Conference in Houston, TX.

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