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Kyung Rhee

Title(s)Associate Professor Of Clinical, Pediatrics
SchoolHealth Sciences
Phone858-534-6827
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    Dr. Kay Rhee is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics with special interest in childhood eating and weight related disorders. She believes it is important to understand and address the social, behavioral, cognitive, and biologic aspects of child growth and development in order to promote greater health and well-being. She is the Medical Director of the Medical Behavioral Unit/Eating Disorder Unit at Rady Children’s Hospital San Diego, Research Director of Pediatric Hospital Medicine, and Medical Director of the Center for Healthy Eating and Activity Research. She received her bachelor’s degree in Human Biology and Master’s degree in Sociology from Stanford University. She received her medical degree at Temple University School of Medicine and completed her Pediatric Residency and Chief Residency at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children in Philadelphia. She then went on to complete her T32 fellowship in General Academic Pediatrics at Boston Medical Center and received a Master’s of Science in Epidemiology at the Boston University School of Public Health. Dr. Rhee has multidisciplinary training in pediatric hospital medicine, childhood obesity, eating disorders, behavior modification and therapy, parent-child interactions, parenting skills training (Incredible Years Program), motivational interviewing, epidemiology, and social psychology. She conducts research on the behavioral, cognitive and biologic factors contributing to the development and management of childhood obesity. Her work focuses on identifying novel targets for obesity prevention and treatment including, parenting styles, parent feeding behaviors, child eating behaviors, executive functioning, genetic and epigenetic influences, and gut peptides and the microbiome.

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    Parent training program to improve outcomes in childhood obesity treatment
    NIH/NIDDK R01DK106157Aug 1, 2016 - Jul 31, 2021
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Southern California Nutrition Incentive Program (SCNIP)
    USDA 2016-02563Jun 1, 2016 - May 31, 2020
    Using a Guided Self-Help treatment model for childhood obesity management in the primary care setting
    HRSA Maternal Child Health Bureau R40MC29452Apr 1, 2016 - Mar 30, 2019
    Promoting Child Inhibitory Control Skills around Food
    NIH/NICHD R21HD074987Dec 5, 2013 - Nov 30, 2015
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Role of parenting skills, style, and family functioning in pediatric weight loss
    NIH/NICHD K23HD057299Jun 5, 2009 - May 31, 2014
    Role: Principal Investigator

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    1. Rungvivatjarus T, Kuelbs CL, Miller L, Perham J, Sanderson K, Billman G, Rhee KE, Fisher ES. Medication Reconciliation Improvement Utilizing Process Redesign and Clinical Decision Support. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf. 2019 Oct 22. PMID: 31653526.
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    2. Boutelle KN, Kang Sim DE, Manzano M, Rhee KE, Crow SJ, Strong DR. Role of appetitive phenotype trajectory groups on child body weight during a family-based treatment for children with overweight or obesity. Int J Obes (Lond). 2019 Oct 07. PMID: 31591483.
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    3. Boutelle KN, Manzano MA, Strong DR, Rhee KE. Evaluating the Acceptability and Feasibility of Providing Egg or Cereal Breakfast during a Family-Based Treatment for Children with Overweight/Obesity: The Families and Breakfast Pilot Trial. Child Obes. 2019 Aug 22. PMID: 31436494.
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    4. Kang Sim DE, Strong DR, Manzano M, Eichen DM, Rhee KE, Tanofsky-Kraff M, Boutelle KN. Evaluating psychometric properties of the Emotional Eating Scale Adapted for Children and Adolescents (EES-C) in a clinical sample of children seeking treatment for obesity: a case for the unidimensional model. Int J Obes (Lond). 2019 Aug 08. PMID: 31395924.
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    5. Dawson-Hahn EE, Rhee KE. The association between antibiotics in the first year of life and child growth trajectory. BMC Pediatr. 2019 01 16; 19(1):23. PMID: 30651086.
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    6. Huang MZ, Rhee KE, Gist L, Fisher ES. Barriers to Minimizing Respiratory Viral Testing in Bronchiolitis: Physician Perceptions on Testing Practices. Hosp Pediatr. 2019 Feb; 9(2):79-86. PMID: 30647087.
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    7. Eichen DM, Strong DR, Rhee KE, Rock CL, Crow SJ, Epstein LH, Wilfley DE, Boutelle KN. Change in eating disorder symptoms following pediatric obesity treatment. Int J Eat Disord. 2019 03; 52(3):299-303. PMID: 30638271.
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    8. Rhee KE, Kessl S, Manzano MA, Strong DR, Boutelle KN. Cluster randomized control trial promoting child self-regulation around energy-dense food. Appetite. 2019 Feb 01; 133:156-165. PMID: 30391226.
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    9. Kumar MM, Boies EG, Sawyer MH, Kennedy M, Williams C, Rhee KE. A Brief Provider Training Video Improves Comfort With Recommending the Human Papillomavirus Vaccine. Clin Pediatr (Phila). 2019 01; 58(1):17-23. PMID: 30280580.
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    10. Schmitz DC, Ivancie RA, Rhee KE, Pierce HC, Cantu AO, Fisher ES. Imperative Instruction for Pressurized Metered-Dose Inhalers: Provider Perspectives. Respir Care. 2019 Mar; 64(3):292-298. PMID: 30254041.
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    11. Rhee KE, Kessl S, Lindback S, Littman M, El-Kareh RE. Provider views on childhood obesity management in primary care settings: a mixed methods analysis. BMC Health Serv Res. 2018 01 30; 18(1):55. PMID: 29378579.
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    12. Boutelle KN, Braden A, Knatz-Peck S, Anderson LK, Rhee KE. An open trial targeting emotional eating among adolescents with overweight or obesity. Eat Disord. 2018 Jan-Feb; 26(1):79-91. PMID: 29384462.
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    13. Reiss J, Rhee KE, Kumar M. Changing Physician Approaches to Marijuana Use in a New Era of Legalization. JAMA Pediatr. 2017 12 01; 171(12):1137-1138. PMID: 29052712.
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    14. O'Connor TM, Mâsse LC, Tu AW, Watts AW, Hughes SO, Beauchamp MR, Baranowski T, Pham T, Berge JM, Fiese B, Golley R, Hingle M, Kremers SPJ, Rhee KE, Skouteris H, Vaughn A. Food parenting practices for 5 to 12 year old children: a concept map analysis of parenting and nutrition experts input. Int J Behav Nutr Phys Act. 2017 09 11; 14(1):122. PMID: 28893273.
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    15. Boutelle KN, Rhee KE, Liang J, Braden A, Douglas J, Strong D, Rock CL, Wilfley DE, Epstein LH, Crow SJ. Effect of Attendance of the Child on Body Weight, Energy Intake, and Physical Activity in Childhood Obesity Treatment: A Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA Pediatr. 2017 07 01; 171(7):622-628. PMID: 28558104.
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    16. Maginot TR, Kumar MM, Shiels J, Kaye W, Rhee KE. Outcomes of an inpatient refeeding protocol in youth with anorexia nervosa: Rady Children's Hospital San Diego/University of California, San Diego. J Eat Disord. 2017; 5:1. PMID: 28053702.
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    17. Martinez SM, Rhee KE, Blanco E, Boutelle K. Latino mothers' beliefs about child weight and family health. Public Health Nutr. 2017 Apr; 20(6):1099-1106. PMID: 27869046.
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    18. Yeung H, Leff M, Rhee KE. Effect of Exclusive Breastfeeding Among Overweight and Obese Mothers on Infant Weight-for-Length Percentile at 1 Year. Breastfeed Med. 2017 Jan/Feb; 12:39-47. PMID: 27834508.
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    19. Kern L, Crow J, Williams CB, Boies E, Gahagan S, Rhee KE. Increasing Universal Lipid Screening Among 9- to 11-Year-Old Children Through a Quality Improvement Initiative. Clin Pediatr (Phila). 2017 Jun; 56(7):640-647. PMID: 27663965.
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    20. Cameron MA, Bigos D, Festa C, Topol H, Rhee KE. Missed Opportunity: Why Parents Refuse Influenza Vaccination for Their Hospitalized Children. Hosp Pediatr. 2016 09; 6(9):507-12. PMID: 27484464.
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    21. Rhee KE, Jelalian E, Boutelle K, Dickstein S, Seifer R, Wing R. Warm Parenting Associated with Decreasing or Stable Child BMI during Treatment. Child Obes. 2016 Apr; 12(2):94-102. PMID: 26895374.
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    22. Liang J, Matheson BE, Rhee KE, Peterson CB, Rydell S, Boutelle KN. Parental control and overconsumption of snack foods in overweight and obese children. Appetite. 2016 May 01; 100:181-8. PMID: 26911259.
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    23. Singh A, Rhee KE, Brennan JJ, Kuelbs C, El-Kareh R, Fisher ES. Who's My Doctor? Using an Electronic Tool to Improve Team Member Identification on an Inpatient Pediatrics Team. Hosp Pediatr. 2016 Mar; 6(3):157-65. PMID: 26920366.
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    24. Boutelle KN, Braden A, Douglas JM, Rhee KE, Strong D, Rock CL, Wilfley DE, Epstein L, Crow S. Design of the FRESH study: A randomized controlled trial of a parent-only and parent-child family-based treatment for childhood obesity. Contemp Clin Trials. 2015 Nov; 45(Pt B):364-370. PMID: 26358536.
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    25. Matheson BE, Camacho C, Peterson CB, Rhee KE, Rydell SA, Zucker NL, Boutelle KN. The relationship between parent feeding styles and general parenting with loss of control eating in treatment-seeking overweight and obese children. Int J Eat Disord. 2015 Nov; 48(7):1047-55. PMID: 26283589.
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    26. Brown SJ, Rhee KE, Gahagan S. Reading at Bedtime Associated With Longer Nighttime Sleep in Latino Preschoolers. Clin Pediatr (Phila). 2016 Jun; 55(6):525-31. PMID: 26178036.
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    27. Rhee KE, Dickstein S, Jelalian E, Boutelle K, Seifer R, Wing R. Development of the General Parenting Observational Scale to assess parenting during family meals. Int J Behav Nutr Phys Act. 2015 Apr 10; 12:49. PMID: 25888976.
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    28. Boutelle KN, Liang J, Knatz S, Matheson B, Risbrough V, Strong D, Rhee KE, Craske MG, Zucker N, Bouton ME. Design and implementation of a study evaluating extinction processes to food cues in obese children: the Intervention for Regulations of Cues Trial (iROC). Contemp Clin Trials. 2015 Jan; 40:95-104. PMID: 25461494.
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    29. Rhee KE, Boutelle KN, Jelalian E, Barnes R, Dickstein S, Wing RR. Firm maternal parenting associated with decreased risk of excessive snacking in overweight children. Eat Weight Disord. 2015 Jun; 20(2):195-203. PMID: 25370704.
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    30. Zive MM, Rhee KE. Call to action: continuum of care for females of reproductive age to prevent obesity and ensure better health outcomes of offspring through nutrition. Clin Obstet Gynecol. 2014 Sep; 57(3):446-55. PMID: 25022999.
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    31. Rhee KE, McEachern R, Jelalian E. Parent readiness to change differs for overweight child dietary and physical activity behaviors. J Acad Nutr Diet. 2014 Oct; 114(10):1601-10. PMID: 24953789.
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    32. Rhee KE, Pan TY, Norman GJ, Crow S, Boutelle K. Relationship between maternal parenting and eating self-efficacy in overweight children when stressed. Eat Weight Disord. 2013 Sep; 18(3):283-8. PMID: 23868554.
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    33. Rhee KE, Phan TL, Barnes RF, Benun J, Wing RR. A delayed-control trial examining the impact of body mass index recognition on obesity-related counseling. Clin Pediatr (Phila). 2013 Sep; 52(9):836-44. PMID: 23754841.
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    34. Boutelle KN, Norman GJ, Rock CL, Rhee KE, Crow SJ. Guided self-help for the treatment of pediatric obesity. Pediatrics. 2013 May; 131(5):e1435-42. PMID: 23545372.
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    35. Rhee KE, Phelan S, McCaffery J. Early determinants of obesity: genetic, epigenetic, and in utero influences. Int J Pediatr. 2012; 2012:463850. PMID: 22701495.
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    36. Stucky ER, Maniscalco J, Ottolini MC, Agrawal R, Alverson B, Ballantine A, Beauchamp-Walters J, Billman GF, Buchanan AO, Carlson DW, Chiang VW, Clemmens MR, Clute JL, Phillips SC, Dansky T, Daru J, Daud YN, DeWolfe C, Geskey JM, Hain PD, Herzog K, Hood M, Johnson KB, Johnson R, Kelly B, Kimmons HC, Li ST, Lye PS, Maniscalco J, Marcello DE, Melzer SM, Mikula MI, Mirkinson LJ, Miller CD, O'Hara C, Ottolini MC, Pate BM, Patrick D, Percelay JM, Pressel D, Rehm KP, Rhee KE, Riederer MF, Ruhlen M, Seidel HM, Sekaran A, Shadman KA, Singla V, Smith K, Sperring JL, Stryjewski G, Stucky ER, Thompson ED, Turmelle M, Tynan MG, Williams RJ, Wolf H, Wu S, Zaoutis LB, Zempsky WT. The Pediatric Hospital Medicine Core Competencies Supplement: a Framework for Curriculum Development by the Society of Hospital Medicine with acknowledgement to pediatric hospitalists from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Academic Pediatric Association. J Hosp Med. 2010 Apr; 5 Suppl 2:i-xv, 1-114. PMID: 20440783.
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    37. Rhee KE, Appugliese DP, Prisco A, Kaciroti NA, Corwyn RF, Bradley RH, Lumeng JC. Controlling maternal feeding practices associated with decreased dieting behavior in sixth-grade children. J Am Diet Assoc. 2010 Apr; 110(4):619-23. PMID: 20338289.
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    38. Rhee KE, Coleman SM, Appugliese DP, Kaciroti NA, Corwyn RF, Davidson NS, Bradley RH, Lumeng JC. Maternal feeding practices become more controlling after and not before excessive rates of weight gain. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2009 Sep; 17(9):1724-9. PMID: 19282827.
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    39. Rhee KE, Lumeng JC, Appugliese DP, Kaciroti N, Bradley RH. Parenting styles and overweight status in first grade. Pediatrics. 2006 Jun; 117(6):2047-54. PMID: 16740847.
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    40. Rhee KE, De Lago CW, Arscott-Mills T, Mehta SD, Davis RK. Factors associated with parental readiness to make changes for overweight children. Pediatrics. 2005 Jul; 116(1):e94-101. PMID: 15995022.
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    41. Rhee KE, Silverstein M. Use of serum electrolyte panels in gastroenteritis. Pediatrics. 2005 Apr; 115(4):1108-9; author reply 1109-10. PMID: 15805401.
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