Welcome to the Kent State University Pediatric Health and Stress Lab website.
Our pediatric psychology research focuses on obesity and weight management in children and adolescents. Within this
domain, our research examines the following areas:
Our lab collaborates with child and adolescent weight management programs based in hospitals within the Akron and
Cleveland areas. These collaborations are geared toward understanding factors that influence childhood obesity risk and
- The influence of stress on child and adolescent health promotion, including
- The role of parent and family influences in the
promotion of healthy weight management and risk for pediatric obesity.
- Health disparities (e.g., low-income children,
ethnic/racial minorities) in the context of pediatric obesity risk
The Pediatric Health and Stress Lab is directed by Dr. Amy F. Sato within the Department of Psychology at Kent State