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Elissa Jelalian, PhD, has been a staff psychologist in the department of child and family psychiatry at Rhode Island Hospital since 1992. She is also a professor of psychiatry and human behavior and pediatrics at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.
Jelalian is a graduate of Brandeis University. She earned her doctorate at Miami University, and did her post-doctoral training in the department of child and family psychiatry at Rhode Island Hospital and The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.
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Dr. Jelalian’s research program focuses on development and implementation of innovative weight control interventions for children and adolescents, as well as evaluation of state wide policy to promote healthier school nutrition and physical activity environments. Her research has been supported by the US National Institutes of Health since 1999 and has had a significant impact on the study of behavioral weight control interventions for adolescents.
Her current research investigates innovative strategies for involving parents in adolescent weight control. She is also the co principal investigator on a National Institute of Mental Health treatment development grant evaluating the efficacy of cognitive behavioral intervention combined with exercise in the treatment of overweight and depressed adolescents.