Welcome to Saelens Lab

Current Research Projects

Dr. Saelens conducts research in environmental influences on physical activity and eating behaviors and on the psychosocial factors that influence individual choice for weight-related behaviors. This work includes examining how the neighborhood environment impacts weight status, physical activity and dietary behaviors across the lifespan. He also works in the evaluation and improvement of family-based behavioral treatment for pediatric overweight.

For more information on his current research projects, please visit the Current Studies page.

Investigator Biography


Brian E. Saelens, PhD, is a health psychologist and professor of pediatrics and psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Seattle's Children's Hospital and the University of Washington School of Medicine.

He was previously assistant professor of pediatrics in the Division of Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology at the Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. Saelens completed a postdoctoral fellowship at San Diego State University and received his clinical/health psychology doctoral degree at the State University of New York at Buffalo, after attending Cornell University as an undergraduate.

He is an author of more than 100 publications in peer-reviewed journals. His research has been supported by grant funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, USDA and the National Institutes of Health.

To contact Dr. Saelens, email him or call 206-884-8247.

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