Tom Robinson

Thomas N. Robinson, MD, MPH, Irving Schulman, MD Endowed Professor of Child Health and Professor of Pediatrics and of Medicine, Stanford University School of Medicine

Research Description:  For the past two decades Dr. Robinson’s research has focused on designing and testing solutions for prevention of obesity, diabetes and related chronic diseases among children and their families.  His research is largely experimental in design, conducting individual-, family-, school-, and community-based randomized controlled trials to test the efficacy and effectiveness of theory-driven behavioral, social, and environmental interventions to prevent and reduce obesity, improve nutrition, increase physical activity, decrease children’s television and other screen media use, reduce smoking, increase environmentally sustainable behaviors, and reduce health disparities.

Selected relevant publications (Stanford DRC members in BOLD):

  1. Robinson TN, Matheson D, Desai M, Wilson DM, Weintraub DL, Haskell WL, McClain A, McClure S, Banda J, Sanders LM, Haydel KF, Killen JD. Family, community and clinic collaboration to treat overweight and obese children: Stanford GOALS – a randomized controlled trial of a 3-year, multi-component, multi-level, multi-setting intervention. Contemporary Clinical Trials 36:421-435, 2013.
  2. McClain A, Van den Bos W, Matheson D, Desai M, McClure S, Robinson TN. Visual illusions and plate design: the effects of plate rim widths and rim coloring on perceived food portion size. International Journal of Obesity 38:657-62, 2014.
  3. Robinson TN, Matheson DM.  Environmental strategies for portion control in children. Appetite 88:33-38, 2015.
  4. Manini TM, Carr LJ, King AC, Marshall S, Robinson TN, Rejeski WJ (all contributed equally). Interventions to reduce sedentary behavior. Med Sci Sports & Exercise 47:1306-1310, 2015.
  5. Banda JA, Haydel KF, Davila T, Desai M, Bryson S, Haskell WH, Matheson D, Robinson TN. Effects of varying epoch lengths, wear time algorithms, and activity cut-points on estimates of child sedentary behavior and physical activity from accelerometer data. PLoS ONE 11:e0150534, 2016.
  6. Godino JG, Merchant G, Norman GJ, Donohue M, Marshall SJ, Fowler JH, Calfas KJ, Huang JS, Rock CL, Griswold WJ, Gupta A, Raab F, Fogg BJ, Robinson TN, Patrick K. Using social and mobile tools for weight loss in overweight and obese young adults (Project SMART): A 2-year parallel group randomized controlled trial. The Lancet Diabetes & Metabolism, 4:747-55, 2016.
  7. King AC, Heckler EB, Greico LA, Winter SJ, Sheats JL, Buman MP, Banerjee B, Robinson TN, Cirimele J. Effects of three motivationally targeted mobile device applications on initial physical activity and sedentary behavior change in midlife and older adults: A randomized trial. PLoS ONE11:e0156370, 2016.