Obesity results when energy intake exceeds energy expenditure over time. I conceptualize overeating as a learned or conditioned behavior that is reinforced by natural neurobiological rewarding properties of food cued by environmental stimuli and mediated/moderated by psychosocial factors. I am interested in developing effective obesity prevention interventions that target psychosocial mediators to mitigate the impact of the obesigenic environment and the natural rewarding properties of food on the individual among families in the earliest years of development. Related to these ultimate research goals are identifying 1) mediators to overeating, 2) effective behavior change strategies, and 3) valid/reliable measures of these variables.
Recent Publications and Research Activity
Cross, M. B., Hallett, A. M., Ledoux, T. A., O’Connor, D. P., & Hughes, S. O. (2014). Effects of children’s self-regulation of eating on parental feeding practices and child weight status. Appetite, 81, 76-83
Ledoux, T., Adamus, H., Lopez, Y., Mama, S., & Lee, R.E. (2014). Relationship of the food environment, binge eating, and diet among African American and Hispanic women. Public Health Nutrition, 24, 1-9
Mama SK, Soltero EG, Ledoux T.A, Gallagher MR, Lee RE. (2013). Solving the obesity epidemic: Voices from the community. Nursing Inquiry
Ledoux, T., Nguyen, A., & Bordnick, P. (2013). Using Virtual Reality to study food cravings. Appetite, 71C, 396-402.
Ledoux, T., Hilmers, A., Watson, K., Baranowski, T., O’Connor, T. (2013). Development of a coding system for patient centered communication childhood obesity treatment. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, 45, 349-354.
Lee, R.E., Soltero, E., Mama, S.K., Saaverda, F., Ledoux, T.A., & McNeil, L. (2013). Developing a transcultural academic-community partnership to arrest obesity. International Quarterly of Community Health Education, 34, 215-233.
Ledoux, T., Mama, S.K., O’Connor, D., Adamus, H., Fraser, M.L., & Lee, R.E. (2012). Relationship of the food environment, stress, and diet among African American and Hispanic women. Journal of Obesity
Ledoux, T.A., Watson, K., Barnett, A., Nguyen, N., Baranowski, J., & Baranowski, T. (2011). Components of the diet associated with child adiposity: A cross-sectional study. J Am Coll Nutr, 30 (6), 536-546.
Lopez, Y., O’Connor, D., Ledoux, T., & Lee, R. (2011). Analysis of body composition methods in a community sample of African American women. Women & Health, 51, 709-723.
Ledoux, T., Hingle, M., & Baranowski, T. (2011). Relationship of fruit and vegetable intake and adiposity. Obesity Reviews, 12, e143-150.
Ledoux, T., Watson, K., Baranowski, J., Tepper, B.J., & Baranowski, T. (2011). Relationships between overeating style and adiposity among multiethnic youth. Appetite, 56, 71-77.
Ledoux, T., Winterowd, C., Richardson, T., & Dorton, J. (2010). Appearance schema group differences in negative self-schemas and attachment styles in college women. Body Image: An International Journal of Research, 7, 213-217.
Ledoux, T., Barnett, M., Garcini, L., & Baker, J. (2009). Predictors of recent mental health service use in a medical population: Implications for integrated care. Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings,16, 304-310.
Barnett, M., Ledoux, T., Garcini, L., & Baker, J. (2009). Type D personality and chronic pain: Construct and concurrent validity of the DS14. Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings, 16, 194-199.
Cully J.A., Jimenez D., Ledoux T., & Deswal, A. (2009) Recognition and treatment of depression and anxiety in congestive heart failure. Journal of Clinical Psychiatry Primary Care Companion, 11, 103-109.
B.S. in Human Nutrition at University of Massachusetts, 1997
M.S. in Clinical Nutrition at University of Memphis, 2000
M.S. in Community Counseling at University of Memphis, 2003
Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology at Oklahoma State University, 2007
Postdoctoral Fellowship in Clinical Health Psychology at University of Texas Medical Branch, 2007-2008
Postdoctoral Fellowship in Behavioral Nutrition at Children’s Nutrition Research Center, Baylor College of Medicine, 2008-2010