Cathleen Stough

Cathleen Christine Stough

Assoc Professor

Edwards Center


A&S Psychology - 0376

Professional Summary

Cathy Stough is a pediatric psychologist with clinical and research interest in child eating behaviors, nutrition, and obesity. Dr. Stough is also director of the Healthy Bearcat Families Lab. Her research interests include weight management and eating behaviors of young children, including preschoolers, toddlers, and infants. Her research examines the relation of child appetite characteristics (e.g., satiety responsiveness, food responsiveness), parental feeding behaviors (e.g., using food to calm the child) or beliefs (e.g., fear of the child being underweight), and early growth trajectories (a risk factor for future obesity). Additionally, Dr. Stough's program of research develops and tests the efficacy of obesity prevention programs for young children, including children at risk for health disparities. Her research is funded in part by the National Institutes of Health. 

To learn more about research projects being conducted in the Healthy Bearcat Families Lab, please visit the lab website at:


PhD: University of Kansas (Clinical Child Psychology)

MA: University of Dayton (Clinical Psychology)

BA: University of Cincinnati (Psychology)

Research Support

Investigators:Stough, Cathleen 05-01-2018 -06-30-2019 UC Healthy Introduction of Complementary Foods: An Obesity Prevention Role:PI $7,500.00 Active

Grant: #URS Stough New Faculty Development Award – 2017/18 Investigators:Stough, Cathleen 06-01-2018 -06-30-2019 UC's Research Support URS Stough New Faculty Development Award – 2017/18 Role:PI $2,500.00 Active Level:Internal UC

Grant: #R21NR019126-01A1 Investigators:Stough, Cathleen 03-02-2021 -02-28-2023 National Institute of Nursing Research Reducing Health Disparities through an Adaptive Healthy Eating Program for Underserved Infants in a Home Visiting Program. Role:PI $255,893.00 Awarded Level:Federal


Peer Reviewed Publications

Pona, A. A., Dreyer Gillette, M. L., Odar Stough, C., Gerling, J. K., & Sweeney, B. R. (2017. ) Long-term outcomes of a multidisciplinary weight management intervention for youth with special needs .Childhood Obesity, , 13 ,455-461

Odar Stough, C., Poppert Cordts, K., Dreyer Gillette, M. L., Borner, K., Dean, K., Hampl, S., Peugh, J., & Davis, A. M. (2018. ) Caregiver hope and child outcomes following pediatric weight management programs .Children’s Health Care, , 47 ,184

Nabors, Odar Stough, C., Peugh, J., Merianos, A. L., Cunningham, J., & Yockey, R. A. (2017. ) Adolescents’ flourishing in relation to having asthma: Results from a population-based cross-sectional study .Journal of Asthma, , 4 ,1-5

Merianos, A., Odar Stough, C., Nabors, L., & Mahabee-Gittens, M. (2018. ) Tobacco smoke exposure and health care utilization among children in the United States .American Journal of Health Promotion, , 32 ,123

Tripicchio, G. L., Borner, K. B., Odar Stough, C., Poppert, K., Dreyer Gillette, M., & Davis, A. M. (2017. ) Confirmatory factor analysis of an obesity-specific health-related quality of life measure in Hispanic youth .Journal of Pediatric Psychology, , 42 ,457

Stark, L. J., Filigno, S., Ratcliff, M., Bolling, C., Kichler, Robson, S., Simon, S., McCullough, M. B., Clifford, L., Odar Stough, C., Zion, C., & Ittenbach, R. (2017. ) Learning about Activity and Understanding Nutrition for Child Health (LAUNCH): Rationale, design, and implementation of a randomized clinical trial of a family-based pediatric weight management program for preschoolers .Contemporary Clinical Trials, , 52 ,10

Nabors, L. A., Odar Stough, C., Merianos, A., & Peugh, J. (2016. ) Predictors of flourishing among children with hearing loss .International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology, , 91 ,170

Robson, S. M., Bolling, C., McCullough, M. B., Odar Stough, C., & Stark, L. J. (2016. ) A preschool obesity treatment clinical trial: Reasons primary care providers declined referrals .The Journal of Pediatrics, , 177 ,262

McCullough, M. B., Janicke, D., Odar Stough, C., Robson, S., Bolling, C., Zion, C., & Stark, L. (2016. ) Barriers to recruitment in pediatric obesity trials: Comparing opt-in and opt-out recruitment approaches .Journal of Pediatric Psychology, , 41 ,

Odar Stough, C., Merianos, A., Nabors, L., & Peugh, J. (2016. ) Prevalence and predictors of bullying behavior among overweight and obese youth in a nationally representative sample .Childhood Obesity, , 12 ,263

Robson, S. M., Odar Stough, C., & Stark, L. J. (2016. ) The impact of a pilot cooking intervention for parent-child dyads on the consumption of foods prepared away from home .Appetite, , 99 ,177

Towner, E. K., Clifford, L. M., McCullough, M. B., Odar Stough, C., & Stark, L. J. (2016. ) Treating obesity in preschoolers: A review and recommendations for addressing critical gaps .Pediatric Clinics of North America, , 63 ,481

Davis, A. M., Odar Stough, C., Black, W. R., Dean, K., Sampilo, M., Simpson, S., & Landrum, Y. (2016. ) Outcomes of a weight management program conjointly addressing parent and child health .Children’s Health Care, , 45 ,227

Hampl, S., Odar Stough, C, Poppert Cordts, K., Best, C., Blackburn, K., & Dreyer Gillette, M. (2016. ) Effectiveness of a hospital-based multidisciplinary pediatric weight management program: Two year outcomes of PHIT Kids .Childhood Obesity, , 12 ,20

Odar Stough, C., Nabors, L., Merianos, A., & Zhang, J. (2015. ) Short communication: Flourishing among adolescents with epilepsy: Correlates and comparison to peers .Epilepsy Research, , 117 ,7

Odar Stough, C., Dreyer Gillette, M., Roberts, M. C., Jorgensen, T., & Patton, S. R. (2015. ) Mealtime behaviors associated with consumption of unfamiliar foods by young children with autism spectrum disorder .Appetite, , 95 ,324

Dreyer Gillette, M. L., Borner, K. B., Nadler, C. B., Poppert, K. M., Odar Stough, C., Swinburne Romine, R., & Davis A. M. (2015. ) Prevalence and health correlates of overweight and obesity in children with autism spectrum disorder .Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, , 489

Canter, K., Wu, Y. P., Odar Stough, C., Parikshak, S., Roberts, M. C., & Amylon, M. D. (2015. ) The relationship between attitudes toward illness and quality of life for children with cancer and healthy siblings .Journal of Child and Family Studies, , 24 ,2693

Evans, S. C., Roberts, M. C., Keeley, J. W., Blossom, J. B., Amaro, C. M., Garcia, A. M., Odar Stough, C., Canter, K. S., Robles, R., & Reed, G. M. (2015. ) Vignette methodologies for studying clinicians’ decision-making: Validity, utility, and application in ICD-11 field studies .International Journal of Clinical and Health Psychology, , 15 ,160

Mayes, S., Roberts, M. C., & Odar Stough, C. (2014. ) Risk for household safety hazards: Socioeconomic and sociodemographic factors .Journal of Safety Research, , 51 ,87

Davis, A. M., Wambach, K. A., Nelson, E. L., Odar, C., Lillis, T., McKinley, A., & Gallagher, M. (2014. ) Health behavior change in pregnant women: A two-phase study .Telemedicine and e-Health, , 20 ,1165

Patton, S. R., Odar, C., Midyett, K., & Clements, M. A. (2014. ) Pilot study results for a novel behavior plus nutrition intervention for caregivers of young children with type 1 diabetes .Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, , 46 ,429

Dreyer Gillette, M., Odar Stough, C., Beck, A. R., Maliszewski, G., Best, C., Gerling, J. K., & Summar, S. (2014. ) Outcomes of a weight management clinic for children with special needs .Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, , 35 ,266

Davis, A. M., Canter, K., Odar, C., Dreyer Gillette, M., & Patton, S (2014. ) Measurement of mealtime behaviors in rural overweight children: An exploratory factor analysis of the Behavioral Pediatrics Feeding Assessment Scale .Journal of Pediatric Psychology, , 39 ,332

Pelley, T., Brown Kirschman, K., J., Odar, C., Butz, C., Rye, M., Fabia, R. B., & Besner, G. E. (2013. ) The development and preliminary validation of the Psychosocial Adjustment to Burn Questionnaire .Clinical Practice in Pediatric Psychology, , 1 ,171

Egan, A., Dreyer, M., Odar, C., Beckwith, M., & Garrison, C. (2013. ) Obesity in young children with autism spectrum disorders: Prevalence and associated factors .Childhood Obesity, , 9 ,1

Odar, C., Canter, K., & Roberts, M. C. (2013. ) Relationship between camp attendance and self-perceptions in children with chronic health conditions: A meta-analysis .Journal of Pediatric Psychology, , 38 ,398

Odar, C., Brown Kirschman, K., Pelley, T., Butz, C., Besner, G. E., & Fabia, R. B. (2013. ) Prevalence and correlates of posttraumatic stress in parents of young children postburn .Journal of Burn Care and Research, , 34 ,299

Odar, C., Canter, K., & Roberts, M. C. (2012. ) Future directions for advancing issues in children’s mental health: A delphic poll .Journal of Child and Family Studies, , 22 ,903

Aylward, B. S., Odar, C. C., Kessler, E. D., Canter, K. S., & Roberts, M. C. (2012. ) Six degrees of separation: An exploratory network analysis of mentoring relationships in pediatric psychology .Journal of Pediatric Psychology, , 37 ,972

Roberts, M. C., Canter, K., & Odar, C. (2012. ) A call to action to secure the future of pediatric psychology: Resonating to Rozensky and Janicke (2012) .Journal of Pediatric Psychology, , 37 ,369

Canter, K. S., Kessler, E. D., Odar, C. C., Aylward, B. S., & Roberts, M. C. (2012. ) Perceived benefits of mentoring in pediatric psychology: A qualitative approach .Journal of Pediatric Psychology, , 37 ,158

Stark, L. J., Spear Filigno, S., Bolling, C., Ratcliff, M. B., Kichler, J. C., Robson, S. L., Simon, S. L., McCullough, M. B., Clifford, L. M., Odar Stough, C., Zion, C., & Ittenbach, R. F. (2018. ) Clinic and home-based behavioral intervention of obesity in preschoolers: A randomized trial. Journal of Pediatrics, , 192 ,115-121

Odar Stough, C., McCullough, M. B., Robson, S. L., Bolling, C., Spear Filigno, S., Kichler, J. C. . . . & Stark, L. J. (2018. ) Are preschoolers meeting the mark? Comparing dietary, activity, and sleep behaviors of preschoolers with obesity to national recommendations. .Journal of Pediatric Psychology, , 43 ,452

Nabors, L., Finchum Cunningham, J., Lang, M., Wood, K., Southwick, S., & Odar Stough, C. (2018. ) Family coping during hospitalization of children with chronic illnesses. .Journal of Child and Family Studies, , 27 ,1482

Odar Stough, C., Bolling, C., Zion, C., & Stark, L. J. (2018. ) Comparison of high and normal birth weight infants on eating, feeding practices, and subsequent weight. .Maternal and Child Health Journal, , 22 ,1805

Odar Stough, C., Khalsa, A., Nabors, L., Merianos, A., & Peugh, J. (2019. ) Predictors of exclusive breastfeeding for six months in a national sample of US children. American Journal of Health Promotion, , 33 ,48

Nabors, L., Odar Stough, C., Garr, K., & Merianos, A. (2019. ) Predictors of victimization among youth who are overweight in a national sample .Pediatric Obesity, , 14 ,e12516

Robson, S. M., Ziegler, M. L., McCullough, M. B., Odar Stough, C., Zion, C., Simon, S. L., . . . & Stark, L. J. (2019. ) Changes in diet quality and home food environment in preschool children following weight management .International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, , 16 ,16

Nabors, L. Odar Stough, C., Combs, A., & Elkins, J. (2019. ) Implementing the Coping Positively with My Worries manual: A pilot study .Journal of Child and Family Studies, , 28 ,2708

Singh Khalsa, A., Odar Stough, C., Garr, K., Copeland, K. A., Kharofa, R. Y., & Woo, J. G. (2019. ) Factor structure of the Intuitive Eating Scale-2 among a low-income and racial minority population .Appetite, , 142 ,104390

Stark, L. J., Spear Filigno, S. S., Kichler, J. C., Bolling, C. . . . Odar Stough, C., Zion, C., & Mara, C. (2019. ) Maintenance following a randomized trial of a clinic and home-based behavioral intervention of obesity in preschoolers .Journal of Pediatrics, , 213 ,128

Patton, S. R., Odar Stough, C., Pan, T. Y., Holcomb, L. O., Dreyer Gillette, M. (2020. ) Associations between autism symptom severity and mealtime behaviors in young children presented with an unfamiliar food .Research in Developmental Disabilities, , 103 ,

Courses Taught

Interventions Level:Graduate

Clinical Supervision Level:Graduate


15- PSYC- 2170: Graduate School in the Social Sciences

Other Information

Contact Information

Office Location
5130A Edwards One