Tom Baranowski, Ph.D. is Professor of Pediatrics and leader of the Behavioral Nutrition group, with the USDA funded Children's Nutrition Research Center, Department of Pediatrics, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston.
Tom received his undergraduate degree in Politics from Princeton University ('68) and his masters ('70) and doctorate ('74) in Social Psychology from the University of Kansas. Tom is principal investigator for four currently funded grants and co-investigator on six other funded projects. His funded grants as Principal Investigator include a middle school obesity and diabetes prevention grant from NIDDK, a subcontract to an SBIR grant to develop interactive multimedia for obesity and diabetes prevention for middle school children funded by NIDDK, a 5 A Day and Fit for Life Boy Scout badge project funded by the American Cancer Society, and a grant to investigate the influences on home availability of fruit and vegetables, a major correlate of children's fruit and vegetable intake, funded by the National Cancer Institute.
He is co-investigator on funded grants to study neighborhood correlates of child physical activity (funded by the Robert Wood Johnson foundation), incentive mechanisms to log onto children's weight management web sites (funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation), how fantasy influences change on interactive multimedia for promoting physical activity (funded by the National Cancer Institute), how interactive multimedia can be used to influence parents to provide better foods to their children (funded by the National Cancer Institute), time trends in obesity related dietary practices in the Bogalusa community epidemiology study (funded by the Department of Agriculture), and how families influence young children's diet (funded by the National Cancer Institute). He is immediate Past President of the International Society of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity. He is author or co-author of over 180 peer-reviewed articles, 10 non-peer reviewed articles, 18 book chapters, two editions of a textbook on methods of evaluation for health promotion programs and editor of four special issue volumes.