Behavioral Economics and Public Health

Roberto, C.A. & Kawachi, I. (2014). Using psychology and behavioral economics to promote healthy eating. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 47, 832-7.

Liu P.J., Wisdom, J., Roberto, C.A., Liu, L.J., & Ubel, P.A. (2014). Using behavioral economics to design more effective food policies to address obesity. Applied Economic Perspectives and Management, 36, 6-24.

Beverage Taxes

*Yanamadala, oo., Bragg, M.A., Roberto, C.A., & Brownell, K.D. (2012). Food industry front groups and conflicts of interest: The case of “Americans Against Food Taxes.” Public Health Nutrition, 15, 1331-32.

Eating Disorders

Assessment & Diagnosis

Gianini, L., Roberto, C.A., Attia, E., Walsh, B.T., Thomas, J.J., Eddy, K.T., Grilo, C., Weigel, T., Sysko, R. (2017). Mild, moderate, meaningful?: Examining the psychological and functioning correlates of DSM-5 eating disorder severity specifiers. International Journal of Eating Disorders, 50, 906-916.

Richmond, R.L., Roberto, C.A., Gearhardt, A.N. (2017). The association of addictive-like eating with food intake in children. Appetite, 117, 82-90.

Lydecker, J.A., Galbraith, K., Ivezzaj, V., White, M.A., Barnes, R.D., Roberto, C.A., & Grilo, C.M. (2016). Words will never hurt me? Preferred  terms for describing obesity and binge eatingThe International Journal of Clinical Practice, 70, 682-690.

Roberto, C.A., Galbraith, K., Lydecker J.A., Ivezzaj, V., Barnes, R.D., White, M.A., & Grilo, C.M. (2016). Preferred descriptions for loss of control while eating and weight among patients with binge eating disorderPsychiatry Research, 246, 548-553.

Thomas J.J., Roberto, C.A., & Berg, K.C. (2014). Classics Revisited: The Eating Disorder Examination: A semi-structured interview for the assessment of the specific psychopathology of eating disorders. Advances in Eating Disorders, 2, 190-203.

§Blomquist, K.K., §Roberto, C.A., Barnes, R., White, M.A., Masheb, R.M., & Grilo C.M. (2014). Development and validation of the Eating Loss of Control Scale. Psychological Assessment, 26, 77-89. § shared first authorship

Gearhardt, A., Roberto, C.A., *Seamans, M.J., Corbin, W.R., & Brownell, K.D. (2013). Preliminary validation of the Yale Food Addiction Scale for Children. Eating Behaviors, 14, 508-12.

Masheb R.M., Roberto, C.A., & White, M.A. (2013). Nibbling and picking in obese patients with binge eating disorder. Eating Behaviors, 14, 424-7.

Sysko, R., Roberto, C.A., Barnes, R.D., Grilo, C.M., Attia, E., & Walsh, B.T. (2012). Test-retest reliability of the proposed DSM-5 eating disorder diagnostic criteria. Psychiatry Research, 196, 302-8.

Loeb, K.L., Jones, J., Roberto, C.A., Gugga, S., Marcus, S., Attia, E., & Walsh, B.T. (2011). Adolescent-Adult discrepancies on the eating disorder examination: A function of developmental stage or severity of illness? International Journal of Eating Disorders, 44, 567-72.

Roberto, C.A., Grilo, C.M., Masheb, R.M., & White, M.A. (2010). Binge eating, purging, or both: Eating disorder psychopathology findings from an Internet community survey. International Journal of Eating Disorders, 43, 724-731.

Stice, E., Sysko, R., Roberto, C.A., & Allison, S. (2010). Are dietary restraint scales valid measures of dietary restriction? Additional objective behavioral and biological data suggest not. Appetite, 54, 331-339.

Attia, E., & Roberto, C.A. (2009). Should amenorrhea be a diagnostic criterion for anorexia nervosa? International Journal of Eating Disorders, 42, 581-589.

Roberto, C.A., Steinglass, J., Mayer, L., Attia, E., & Walsh, B.T. (2008). The clinical significance of amenorrhea as a diagnostic criterion for anorexia nervosa. International Journal of Eating Disorders, 41, 559-563.

Thomas, J.J., Roberto, C.A., & Brownell, K.D. (2008). Eighty-five percent of what? Discrepancies in the weight cut-off for anorexia nervosa substantially affect the prevalence of underweight. Psychological Medicine, 8, 1-11.

Emotion Regulation

Haynos, A.F., Roberto, C.A., & Attia, E. (2015). Examining the associations between emotion regulation difficulties, anxiety, and eating disorder severity among inpatients with anorexia nervosa. Comprehensive Psychiatry.

Haynos A.F., Roberto, C.A., *Martinez, M.A., Attia, E., & Fruzzetti, A.E. (2014). Emotion regulation difficulties in anorexia nervosa before and after inpatient weight restoration. International Journal of Eating Disorders, 47, 888-91.

Hilt L., Roberto, C.A., & Nolen-Hoeksema, S. (2013). Rumination mediates the relationship between peer alienation and eating pathology in young adolescent girls. Eating and Weight Disorders, 18, 263-7.

Public Health

Roberto, C.A. & Brownell, K.D. (2017). Strategic science for eating disorders research and policy impactInternational Journal of Eating Disorders, 0, 1-3.

Haynos, A.F. & Roberto, C.A. (2016). The effects of restaurant menu calorie labeling on hypothetical meal choices of females with disordered eating. International Journal of Eating Disorders, 0, 000-000.

*Kulkami, A., *Huerto, R., Roberto, C.A., & Austin, B. (2016). Leveraging corporate social responsibility to improve consumer safety of dietary supplements sold for weight loss and muscle building. Translational Behavioral Medicine. 

Roberto, C.A., Haynos, A.F., Schwartz, M.B., Brownell, K.D., & White, M.A. (2013). Calorie estimation accuracy and menu labeling perceptions among individuals with and without binge eating and/or purging disorders. Eating and Weight Disorders, 18, 255-61.

Treatment Research

Roberto,C.A., Mayer,L.E.S., Brickman,A.,Barnes,A., Muraskin,J., Yeung,L.K., Steffener,J., Sy, M., Hirsch, J., Stern, Y., & Walsh, B.T. (2011). Brain tissue volume changes following weight gain in adults with anorexia nervosa. International Journal of Eating Disorders, 44, 406-411.

Kaplan, A., Walsh, B.T., Olmsted, M., Attia, E., Carter, J., Devlin, M., Pike, K., Woodside, B., Rockert, W., Roberto, C.A., & Parides, M. (2008). The slippery slope: Prediction of successful weight maintenance in anorexia nervosa. Psychological Medicine, 10, 1-9.

Mayer, L.S., Roberto, C.A., Glasofer, D., Etu, S., Gallagher, D., Wang, J., Heymsfield, S., Pierson, R., Attia, E., Devlin, M.J., & Walsh, B.T. (2007). Percent body fat predicts outcome in anorexia nervosa. American Journal of Psychiatry, 164, 970-972.

Meehan, K.G., Loeb, K., Roberto, C.A., & Attia, E. (2006). Mood change during weight restoration. International Journal of Eating Disorders, 39, 587-589.

Walsh, B.T., Kaplan, A.S., Attia, E., Olmsted, M., Parides, M., Carter, J.C., Pike, K.M., Devlin, M.J., Woodside, B., Roberto, C.A., & Rockert, W. (2006). Fluoxetine after weight restoration in anorexia nervosa: a randomized controlled trial. Journal of the American Medical Association, 295, 2605-2612.

Weight Bias

Schvey, N.A., Roberto, C.A., & White, M.A. (2013). Clinical correlates of the Weight Bias Internalization Scale in overweight adults with and without eating disorders. Advances in Eating Disorders, 1, 213-223.

Roberto, C.A., Sysko, R., Bush, J., Pearl, R., Puhl, R.M., Schvey, N.A., & Dovidio, J.F. (2012). Clinical correlates of the Weight Bias Internalization Scale in a sample of obese adolescents seeking bariatric surgery. Obesity, 20, 533-9.

Food and Culture

Baumofer,  N.K., Panapasa, S.V., Cook, F.E., Roberto, C.A., & Williams, D.R. (in press). Sociodemographic factors influencing island foods consumption in the Pacific Islander Health StudyEthnicity and Health.

Borovoy, A. & Roberto, C.A. (2015). Japanese and American public health approaches to preventing population weight gain: A role for paternalism? Social Science & Medicine, 143, 62-70.

Food Industry Actions

*Moran, A.J., Block, J.P., Goshev, S.G., Bleich, S.N., & Roberto, C.A. (2017). Trends in nutrient content of children’s menu items in U.S. chain restaurantsPreventive Medicine, 52, 284-291.

Food Insecurity

Caspi, C.C., Tucker-Seeley, R.D., Adamkiewicz, G., Roberto, C.A., Stoddard, A.M., & Sorensen, G.C. (2016). Food hardship and obesity in a sample of low-income immigrants. Journal of Immigrants and Minority Health, 18.

Food Labeling

Front-of-Package Nutrition Labeling

*Gorski, M.T, Werth, P.M., Musicus, A.A, Bragg, M.A., Graham, D.J., Elbel, B., Roberto, C.A. (2017). Comparing five front-of-pack nutrition labels’ influence on consumers’ perceptions and purchase intentions. Preventative Medicine, 17, 30379-1

§Roberto, C.A., *Khandpur, N. (2014). Improving the design of nutrition labels to promote healthier food choices and reasonable portion sizes. International Journal of Obesity, 38, S25-S33. § authors contributed equally

*Hawley K., Roberto, C.A., Bragg, M.A., *Liu, P., Schwartz, M.B., & Brownell, K.D. (2013). The science on front-of-package food labels. Public Health Nutrition, 16, 430-9.

Roberto, C.A., Bragg, M.A., *Seamans, M.J., *Mechulan, R.L., Novak, N., & Brownell, K.D. (2012). Evaluation of Consumer understanding of different front-of-package nutrition labels. Preventing Chronic Disease, 9, 149-161.

Roberto, C.A., Bragg, M.A., Schwartz, M.B., *Seamans, M.J., *Musicus, A., Novak, N., &
Brownell, K.D. (2012). Facts Up Front versus traffic light food labels. A randomized controlled trial. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 43, 134-141.

Roberto, C.A., *Shivaram, M., *Martinez, O., *Boles, C., Harris, J.L., & Brownell, K.D. (2012). The Smart Choices front-of-package nutrition label: Influence on perceptions and intake of cereal. Appetite, 58,651-7.

Roberto, C.A., Bragg, M.A., *Livingston, K.A., Harris, J.L., *Thompson, J.M., *Seamans, M.J., & Brownell K.D. (2012). Choosing front-of-package food labeling nutrition criteria: How smart were “Smart Choices”? Public Health Nutrition, 15, 262-7.

Menu Labeling

Larson, N., Haynos, A., Roberto, C.A., Loth, K., & Neumark-Sztainer, D. (in press). Calorie labels on the restaurant menu: Is the use of weight-control behaviors related to ordering decisions? Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. 

Bleich, S.N., Economos, C.D., Spiker, M.L., VanEpps, E.M., Block, J.P., Elbel, B., Story, M., & Roberto, C.A. (2017). A systematic review of calorie labeling and modified calorie labeling interventions: Impact on consumer and restaurant behaviorObesity. 25:2018-2044.

Block, J.P., Roberto, C.A. (2014). Potential benefits of calorie labeling in restaurants. The Journal of the American Medical Association, 312, 887-8.

*Martinez O.D., Roberto, C.A., *Kim, J.H., Schwartz, M.B., & Brownell, K.D. (2013). A survey of undergraduate student perceptions and use of nutrition information labels in a university dining hall. Health Education Journal, 72, 319-325.

*Liu P.J., Roberto, C.A., *Liu L.J., Brownell K.D. (2012). A test of different menu labeling presentations. Appetite, 59, 770-777.

Roberto, C.A., *Larsen, P.D., *Agnew, H., *Baik, J., & Brownell, K.D. (2010). Evaluating the impact of menu labeling on consumers’ food choices and intake. American Journal of Public Health, 100, 312-318.

Roberto, C.A., *Hoffnagle, E., Bragg, M., & Brownell, K.D. (2010). An observational study of consumer use of fast-food restaurant drive-through lanes: Implications for menu labeling policy. Public Health Nutrition, 18, 1-3.

Roberto, C.A., Schwartz, M., & Brownell, K.D. (2009). A review of the rationale and evidence for menu labeling legislation. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 37, 546-551.

Roberto, C.A., *Agnew, H., & Brownell, K.D. (2009). An observational study of consumers accessing nutrition information in chain restaurants. American Journal of Public Health, 99, 820-821.

Nutrition Facts Labeling

*Khandpur N., Graham, D.J., & Roberto, C.A. (2017). Simplifying mental math. Changing how added sugars are displayed on the Nutrition Facts Label can improve consumer understand. Appetite, 114, 38-46.

Graham, D. & Roberto, C.A. (2016). Evaluating the impact of Food and Drug-Administration-proposed nutrition facts label changes on young adults’ visual attention and purchase intentions. Health Education and Behavior, 43, 389-98.

Warning Labels

VanEpps, E.M., Roberto, C.A. (2016). The influence of sugar-sweetened beverage warnings: a randomized trial of adolescents’ choices and beliefs. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 51, 664-672.

Roberto, C.A., *Wong, D., *Musicus, A., Hammond, D. (2016). The influence of sugary drink health warning labels on parents’ choicesPediatrics, 137.

Food Marketing

Roberto, C.A. (2014). Counter-advertising to combat unhealthy food marketing will not be enough. Commentary on Dixon et al. Social Science & Medicine, 116; 220-2.

Licensed Characters

Ogle, A.D., Graham, D.J., Lucas-Thompson, R.G., & Roberto, C.A. (in press). Impact of cartoon characters on children’s attention to and preference for more- and less-healthful foods. Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

*Soo, J., Letona, P., Chacon, V., Barnoya, J., & Roberto, C.A. (2016). Nutritional quality and child-oriented marketing of breakfast cereals in GuatemalaInternational Journal of Obesity, 40, 39-44.

Letona, P., Chacon, V., Roberto, C.A., & Barnoya, J. (2014). A qualitative study of children’s snack food packaging perceptions and preferences. BMC: Public Health, 14, 1274-79.

Letona, P., Chacon, V., Roberto, C.A., & Barnoya, J. (2014). Effects of licensed characters on children’s taste and snack preferences in Guatemala, a low/middle income country. International Journal of Obesity.

Roberto,C.A.,*Baik,J.,Harris,J.L.,&Brownell,K.D. (2010).The influence of licensed characters on children’s taste and snack preferences. Pediatrics, 126, 88-93.

Sports-Related Marketing

Bragg, M.A., Miller, A.N., Roberto, C.A., Sam, R., Sarda, V., Harris, J.L., Brownell, K.D. (in press). Use of sports sponsorships in food and non-alcoholic beverage marketing. Pediatrics.

Bragg, M.A., Roberto, C.A., Harris, J.L., Brownell, K.D., & Elbel, B.D. (in press). Marketing food and beverages to youth through sportsJournal of Adolescent Health.

Bragg, M.A., *Liu, P.J., Roberto, C.A., Sarda, V., Harris, J.L., & Brownell, K.D. (2013). The use of sports references in marketing food and beverage products in supermarkets. Public Health Nutrition, 16, 738-42.

Bragg, M.A., Yanamadala, S., Roberto, C.A., Harris, J.L., & Brownell, K.D. (2013). Athlete endorsements in food marketing. Pediatrics, 132, 805-10.

Food Policy

*Moran, A., *Musicus, A., Soo, J., Geardardt, A.N., Gollust S.E., & Roberto, C.A. (2016). Believing that certain foods are addictive is associated with support for obesity-related public policies. Preventive Medicine, 90, 39-46.

*Gorski, M.T., & Roberto, C.A. (2015). Public health policies to encourage healthy eating habits: recent perspectives. Journal of Healthcare Leadership, 7, 81-90.

Roberto, C.A., Swinburn, B., Hawkes, C., Huang, T. T.-K., Costa, S.A., Ashe, M., Zwicker, L.,Cawley, J.H., & Brownell, K.D. (2015). Patchy progress on obesity prevention: Emerging exemplars,entrenched barriers, and new thinking. The Lancet.

Brownell, KD. & Roberto, C.A. (2015). Strategic science with policy impact. The Lancet.

Pomeranz, J.L., Roberto, C.A. (2014). The impact of ‘food addiction’ on food policyCurrent Addiction Reports, 1, 102-108.

Roberto, C.A., Pomeranz, J.L., & Fisher, J.O. (2014). The need for public policy to promote healthier food consumption: Commentary on Wansink and Chandon, 2014. Journal of Consumer Psychology, 24, 438-445.

Gearhardt, A.N., Bragg, M.A., Pearl, R., Schvey, N.A., Roberto, C.A., & Brownell, K.D. (2012). Obesity and Public Policy. Annual Review of Clinical Psychology, 8, 405-30.

Portion Sizes

John, L.K, Donnelly G.E., Roberto, CA. (2017). Psychologically-informed implementations of a sugary drink portion limit. Psychological Science, 28, 620-629.

*Franckle, R.L., Block, J.P., & Roberto, C.A. (2016). Calorie underestimation when buying high-calorie beverages in fast-food contexts. American Journal of Public Health, 106, 1254-55.

Roberto, C.A. & Pomeranz, J.L. (2015). Public health and legal arguments in favor of a policy to cap the portion sizes of sugar-sweetened beveragesAmerican Journal of Public Health, 105, 2183-2190.

*denotes student advisee author


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