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Thomas Robinson

Academic Appointments

  • The Irving Schulman, M.D. Endowed Professor in Child Health and Professor of Medicine (Stanford Prevention Research Center)

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Contact Information

  • Clinical Offices
    Pediatric Weight Clinic 1174 Castro St Ste 250 MC 5811 Mt. View, CA 94040
    Tel Work (650) 694-0600 Fax (650) 725-5577
  • Academic Offices
    Personal Information
    Email Tel (650) 723-5331


Clinical Focus

  • Pediatrics, General
  • Obesity, Children and Adolescents
  • Pediatrics

Administrative Appointments

  • Director, Solutions Science Lab, Department of Pediatrics and Stanford Prevention Research Center (2012 - present)
  • Irving Schulman, MD Endowed Professor in Child Health, Stanford University (2007 - present)
  • Director, Center for Healthy Weight, Lucile Packard Children's Hospital and Department of Pediatrics (2005 - present)
  • Associate Director, Center for Policy, Outcomes and Prevention, Children's Health Initiative, Department of Pediatrics (2005 - present)

Boards, Advisory Committees, Professional Organizations

  • Advisory Council, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, National Institutes of Health (2011 - 2014)

Professional Education

Board Certification: Pediatrics, American Board of Pediatrics (1991)
B.S.: Stanford University, Biological Sciences (1983)
M.P.H.: Univ. of California, Berkeley, Public Health, MCH (1987)
M.D.: Stanford University, Medicine (1988)
Medical Education: Stanford University School of Medicine CA (1988)
Internship: Children's Hospital Boston MA (1989)
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Research & Scholarship

Current Research and Scholarly Interests

Dr. Robinson focuses on "solution-oriented" research, developing and evaluating effective health promotion and disease prevention interventions for children and adolescents and their families. His research is largely experimental, conducting school-, family- and community-based randomized controlled trials to test the efficacy and/or effectiveness of theory-driven behavioral, social and environmental interventions to prevent and treat obesity and eating disorders, improve nutrition, increase physical activity and decrease inactivity, reduce smoking, reduce aggression, reduce children's television and media use, and to demonstrate causal relationships between hypothesized risk factors and health outcomes. Robinson's research is grounded in social cognitive models of human behavior, uses rigorous methods, and is performed in generalizable settings with diverse populations, making the results even more relevant for informing clinical and public health practice and policy.




Prior Year Coursescourses of Thomas Robinson

Postdoctoral Advisees

Jorge BandaKristin Layous

Graduate and Fellowship Program Affiliations



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