Dr. Baranowski is Professor of Pediatrics and Senior Member of the Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity group, within the USDA funded Children’s Nutrition Research Center, Department of Pediatrics, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas, USA. Tom received his undergraduate degree in Politics from Princeton University and his masters and doctorate in Social Psychology from the University of Kansas. Tom is principal investigator for three currently funded grants including a large outcome evaluation of the diabetes and obesity prevention impact of two video games, “Escape from Diab” and “Nanoswarm: Invasion from Inner Space” funded by NIDDK; design and evaluation of a casual video game to train parents in effective vegetable parenting practices funded as an SBIR by NICHD; and development and evaluation of an all day image processing and review software system for estimating children’s dietary intake and physical activity funded by NCI and USDA. He is co-investigator on another funded project to create computer adapted tests for diet and physical activity parenting. He is founding President of the International Society of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity (which will have its fourteenth annual meeting in June 2016 in Capetown, South Africa).
He is author or co-author of over 340 peer-reviewed articles, 40 non-peer reviewed articles, 30+ book chapters, two editions of a textbook on methods of evaluation for health promotion programs, and editor of five special issue volumes, including a forthcoming issue in Obesity Reviews on the IDEFICS trial. He is Editor-in-Chief of both the Games for Health Journal and Childhood Obesity, and on the editorial advisory boards of 11 other professional journals.