Myles S Faith
1989 Rutgers University BA, Psychology
1992 Hofstra University MA, Psychology
1995 Hofstra University PhD, Clinical / School Psychology
Dr. Faith studies familial influences on the development of child eating patterns and obesity. That is, how do parents foster obesity risk or resilience in their children? Also, what is the role of nature and nurture in childhood obesity onset? Dr. Faith explores these questions using a variety of designs, including research with twins and adoptees. His work also focuses on lifestyle interventions for childhood obesity treatment/prevention, having received funding from the NIH and the American Diabetes Association to investigate these issues in 4 to 8 year old youth. Dr. Faith has collaborated on school- and primary care-based interventions to prevent childhood obesity. Promoting a healthy food and weight legacy within families is a central theme in his work. Dr. Faith is active in different professional organizations concerning child health and development. He served on the Nutrition Committee for the American Heart Association’s Council on Nutrition, Physical Activity and Metabolism (NPAM), and was a standing member of the NIH Psychosocial Risk and Disease Prevention Study Section.