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TOS Member Spotlight: Conversation with Stephanie Anzman-Frasca, PhD

from Tanesia Dwight

This month’s Member Spotlight features a conversation with TOS Member Stephanie Anzman-Frasca.

Q: Can you tell us your full name (with credentials), affiliation and any leadership roles (Committees, Sections, etc.) you’ve held with TOS?
My name is Stephanie Anzman-Frasca, PhD, and I’m an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University at Buffalo. I have been involved with TOS and the Pediatric Obesity Section (POS) since 2008 and held the Early Career Representative position on the POS Council from 2014-2016.

Q: What is your primary research area?
My research is centered at the intersection of developmental psychology and obesity prevention, with an overarching goal to promote healthy developmental trajectories for all individuals beginning in early life. I am interested in the psychological processes behind individuals’ health behaviors, interactions between these processes and contextual factors, and the interplay between obesity risk and other aspects of well-being, particularly among young children.

Q: What is something you’ve worked on or accomplished recently in the field of obesity?
Recently, my lab group, the Child Health and Behavior Lab, has been pursuing a few new research projects related to childhood obesity prevention. Through this work, we have been exploring ways to modify individuals’ behavior as well as the environment. First, we received pilot research funding to develop and test a board game aiming to promote delay of gratification skills in preschool children. Delay of gratification, or the ability to resist the temptation of an immediate reward and wait for a later reward, is an exciting intervention target because it has been linked to a range of developmental outcomes, including but not limited to obesity. Thus, it offers the potential to affect multiple aspects of child health and well-being simultaneously. Continue reading… more

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