Current Research Studies

Weight Management – Success in Health, Impacting Families Together (SHIFT) Study

Condition or Therapy:

Weight management 


Psychiatry and Behavioral MedicineNutrition

What is the goal of this study?

Researchers at Seattle Children’s want to find ways to help parents and their kids better manage their weight.

Who can join the study?

The SHIFT study might be a good fit for your family if:

  • Your child is 7-11 years old and is heavy for their age and gender 
  • At least one of your child’s parents is overweight 
  • You and your child speak English
  • Both you and your child are not in any treatment that affects weight or growth

Please take our short survey to see if you are eligible for this study.

What will happen if my child takes part in this study?

If you and your child decide to take part in the study, both you and your child would:

  • Participate in family-based behavioral weight control treatment sessions every week for 5 months
  • Attend sessions in the evening for 90 minutes at one of our clinics
  • Get measurements of weight, height, and waist size before receiving any treatment
  • Get measurements taken throughout the study and after the behavioral treatment
  • Complete some surveys and interviews 
  • Get up to $125 in gift cards as a thank you for your time for completing all the assessments

After the study, some parents might be invited to work with the next group of families to help them use the skills they learned to be successful in weight management.

Who can I contact for more information?

Email the research coordinator.

Study Location(s):

Bellevue Clinic and Surgery Center, Seattle Children's EverettSeattle Children's Federal Way

Principal Investigator:

Dr. Brian Saelens