Elizabeth Prout Parks, MD, MSCE, is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. She graduated from the Tufts School of Medicine in Boston Massachusetts, completed her residency in Pediatrics at the Baystate Medical Center (the western campus of Tufts University). She completed a Nutrition Fellowship at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and earned a Master’s of Science in Clinical Epidemiology at Penn. Dr. Prout Parks is a health disparities researcher with primary interest in the psychosocial determinants of childhood obesity and the prevention of related co-morbidities.
Dr. Prout Parks is primary investigator of the Too Blessed to Be Stressed study. This is a community-based participatory research (CBPR) project for parents and young children in a large African-American church (>15,000 members). In this project she applies mixed-method approaches to determine the influence of stress and different coping styles on parenting behaviors related to child obesity, physical activity, inactivity, and diet. She has received funding for a pilot study from the CHOP-PENN Clinical and Translational Research Center.
Dr. Prout Parks is also co-investigator on the Mind Your Body Study, a longitudinal study that examines the effect of weight-loss on adolescents’ bone composition. Dr. Parks Prout leads an ancillary project that examines psychosocial and biological predictors of weight-loss, as well as racial differences in health related quality of life in obesity treatment-seeking adolescents.
Dr. Prout Parks is an attending physician in The Healthy Weight Program at CHOP which has a clinical, research, and educational component. She has interest in both effective obesity treatment strategies for parents of children younger than five years of age and adolescents undergoing bariatric surgery. As Medical Director of the combined CHOP-Penn Adolescent Bariatric Surgery Program, Dr. Prout Parks is collaborating with other institutions to establish a database of pre and postoperative data in this population.
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