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Richard E. Boles, PhD

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

Richard E. Boles, PhD

Doctoral Degree

  • Clinical Child Psychology, University of Kansas, 2006


  • Pediatric Psychology, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, 2006


  • Child Behavior & Nutrition, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, 2008

Dr. Boles is a pediatric psychologist with specialization in child behavior and nutrition. His overall program of study examines environmental influences on early childhood weight development. Building on a foundation of cognitive-behavioral clinical training, guided by evidence-based treatments, Dr. Boles has sought to understand how modifiable environmental factors, including the arrangement of the physical environment and parental feeding behaviors, impact child and parent behaviors related to healthy growth and development.

  • NIH Loan Repayment Program Award, Pediatric Research, NIDDK, 2012
  • Fellow, Society for Public Health Education, 2004-2005
  • Fellow, Society for Public Health Education, 2004-2005
  • Dean’s List, University of Missouri-Columbia, 1995-1998
  • McNair Scholar, University of Missouri-Columbia, 1996-1997
  • Academic Scholarship, University of Missouri-Columbia, 1995-1996
  • President’s List, State Fair Community College, 1994-1995
  • Boles RE, Scharf C, Filigno SS, Saelens BE, Stark LJ. Differences in home food and activity environments between obese and healthy weight families of preschool children. J Nutr Educ Behav. 2013 May-2013 Jun 30;45(3):222-31. [PMID: 23380192]
  • Brannon EE, Kuhl ES, Boles RE, Aylward BS, Ratcliff MB, Valenzuela JM, Johnson SL, Powers SW. Strategies for Recruitment and Retention of Families from Low-Income, Ethnic Minority Backgrounds in a Longitudinal Study of Caregiver Feeding and Child Weight. Child Health Care. 2013;42(3):198-213. [PMID: 24078763]
  • Cushing CC, Bishop-Gilyard CT, Boles RE, Reiter-Purtill J, Zeller MH. Caregiver concern in adolescents with persistent obesity: the importance of quality of life assessment. J Dev Behav Pediatr. 2013 Jan;34(1):9-14. [PMID: 23275053]
  • Stark LJ, Spear S, Boles R, Kuhl E, Ratcliff M, Scharf C, Bolling C, Rausch J. A pilot randomized controlled trial of a clinic and home-based behavioral intervention to decrease obesity in preschoolers. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2011 Jan;19(1):134-41. [PMID: 20395948]
  • Davis AM, James RL, Boles RE, Goetz JR, Belmont J, Malone B. The use of TeleMedicine in the treatment of paediatric obesity: feasibility and acceptability. Matern Child Nutr. 2011 Jan;7(1):71-9. [PMID: 21108739]
  • Boles RE, Nelson TD, Chamberlin LA, Valenzuela JM, Sherman SN, Johnson SL, Powers SW. Confirmatory factor analysis of the Child Feeding Questionnaire among low-income African American families of preschool children. Appetite. 2010 Apr;54(2):402-5. [PMID: 20043964]
  • Bolling C, Crosby L, Boles R, Stark L. How pediatricians can improve diet and activity for overweight preschoolers: a qualitative study of parental attitudes. Acad Pediatr. 2009 May-2009 Jun 30;9(3):172-8. [PMID: 19450777]
  • Boles RE, Roberts MC, Vernberg EM. Treating non-retentive encopresis with rewarded scheduled toilet visits. Behav Anal Pract. 2008 Winter;1(2):68-72. [PMID: 22477690]
  • Zeller MH, Boles RE, Reiter-Purtill J. The additive and interactive effects of parenting style and temperament in obese youth seeking treatment. Int J Obes (Lond). 2008 Oct;32(10):1474-80. [PMID: 18698318]
  • Boles RE, Roberts MC. Supervising children during parental distractions. J Pediatr Psychol. 2008 Sep;33(8):833-41. [PMID: 18334495]
  • Davis AM, Boles RE, James RL, Sullivan DK, Donnelly JE, Swirczynski DL, Goetz J. Health behaviors and weight status among urban and rural children. Rural Remote Health. 2008 Apr-2008 Jun 30;8(2):810. [PMID: 18426334]
  • Puddy RW, Boles RE, Dreyer ML, Maikranz J, Roberts MC, Vernberg EM. Demonstrating support for the formative and summative assessment paradigm in a school-based intensive mental health program. J Child Fam Stud. 2008 Apr;17(2):253-263.
  • Mayes S, Roberts MC, Boles RE, Brown KJ. Children’s knowledge of household safety rules. Children’s Health Care. 2006 Jul;35(3):269-280.
  • Brown KJ, Roberts MC, Mayes S, Boles RE. Effects of parental viewing of children's risk behavior on home safety practices. J Pediatr Psychol. 2005 Oct-2005 Nov 30 ;30(7):571-80. [PMID: 16166246]
  • Boles RE, Roberts MC, Brown KJ, Mayes S. Children's risk taking behaviors: the role of child-based perceptions of vulnerability and temperament. J Pediatr Psychol. 2005 Oct-2005 Nov 30;30(7):562-70. [PMID: 16166245]