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Judith L Weber, PhD, RD

Associate Professor of Pediatrics, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences/College of Medicine/Department of Pediatrics

Co-Director, Childhood Obesity Prevention Research Program, Arkansas Children's Hospital Research Institute

Phone: (501) 364-3300
Research Overview

Dr. Judith L. Weber is co-director of the Childhood Obesity Prevention Research Program (COPRP) at Arkansas Children’s Hospital Research Institute (ACHRI), and an associate professor of Pediatrics in the Colleges of Medicine and Public Health at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS). She is a childhood obesity prevention researcher with more than 16 years of experience addressing individual and environmental risk factors for obesity and related chronic diseases through food systems and sustainable agriculture-based strategies. She is Principal Investigator (PI) of the USDA Agricultural Research Service-funded Delta Garden Study ( ), the largest school garden-based childhood obesity prevention research study in the country. She is also Co-PI of a National Institute of Food and Agriculture study utilizing farm-to-school programs to address childhood obesity. The COPRP serves as the Arkansas State Lead Agency for National Farm to School. Through funding from the Corporation for National and Community Service (AmeriCorps), Dr. Weber and her team created and launched Arkansas GardenCorps, a mechanism for placing service members at school and community garden sites to promote and support increased access to healthy food and physical activity. Dr. Weber co-created the Student Research Internship program on the ACHRI campus, through which 103 graduate and undergraduate students to date have completed mentored internship and preceptorship experiences (for college credit) about the problem of childhood obesity. Interested students can contact Dr. Weber’s program for internship opportunities through the DGS website at Dr. Weber obtained her Ph.D. in Nutritional Sciences in 1994, and completed her postdoctoral training in Physiology in 1999, from the University of Arizona. She was a certified K-12 teacher (state of Oregon) and is a registered dietitian.¬†

Key Publications*

Weber JL, Lytle L, Gittelsohn J, Cunningham-Sato L, Heller K, Anliker JA, Stevens J, Hurley J, Ring K. Validity of self-reported dietary intake at school meals by American Indian children: the Pathways study. J Am Diet Assoc. 2004;104:746-752.

Tucker K, Maras J, Zaghloul S, Champagne CM, Carithers T, Goolsby S, Connell, C, Bogle M, Weber JL. A regional food frequency questionnaire for the US Mississippi Delta. Pub Health Nutr. 2005;8(1):87-96.

Casey PH, Simpson PM, Gossett JM, Bogle M, Champagne C, Connell C, Harsha D, McCabe-Sellers, Robbins JM, Stuff JE, Weber J. The association of child and household food insecurity with childhood overweight status. Pediatrics. 2006;118(5):e1406-e1413.

Farrell VA, Harris M, Lohman TG, Going SB, Thomson CA, Weber JL, Houtkooper LB. Comparison between dietary assessment methods for determining associations between nutrient intakes and bone mineral density in postmenopausal women. J Am Diet Assoc. 2009;109(5):899-904.

Ward W L, Weber JL, Gossett J, Simpson P, Bogle ML, Robbins JM.  Health-related quality of life in obese youth in the lower Mississippi delta. OpenJ of Prev Med. 2012:2(3);332-338.

Perry TT, Moore PC, Redwine KM, Robbins JM, Weber JL. Physical activity, screen time and pediatric  health-related quality of life in the Mississippi Delta. J of Prev Med. 2012;2(1):1-7.

Urban LE, McCrory MA, Dallal GE, Das SK, Saltzman E, Weber JL, Roberts SB. Accuracy of stated energy contents of restaurant foods. JAMA. 2011;306(3):287-293.

*To find additional publications by this author, please visit Pubmed Central, a National Institutes of Health-operated site for electronic distribution of life sciences research reports.

Research Support

Principal Investigator: USDA: Increasing School Bonding Through Gardening to Reduce Obesity and Other Risk Behaviors in Children in the Delta: The Delta Garden Study.

Co-Principal Investigator: USDA: Intervention for Obesity Prevention Targeting Young Children in At-Risk Environments - An Integrated Approach: The Arkansas Grow Healthy Study.

Principal Investigator: Corporation for National and Community Service (AmeriCorps): Arkansas GardenCorps.

Co-Principal Investigator: UAMS Translational Research Institute: Development and Testing of a Mobile Electronic Data and Information Capture Infrastructure: The MEDIC Project.

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