2018 Pilot Grants

The Center for Children’s Healthy Lifestyles & Nutrition, a joint effort of the University of Kansas Medical Center and Children’s Mercy Hospital, is pleased to announce a pilot research grant program to support innovative pilot studies relevant to pediatric healthy lifestyles, broadly defined. More specifically, the purpose of this call for proposals is to fund work that: 1) is related to pediatric healthy lifestyles, 2) promotes cross-site partnerships between KUMC and CMH, and 3) has a high probability of leading to extramural grant funding. Applicants must be a member of the Center for Children’s Healthy Lifestyles & Nutrition ( or become a member if their proposal is selected for funding. Projects may be either clinical or basic science in their focus (or both).  Grants may be for a maximum of $33,000, and the maximum project duration is one year. The call for proposals will be announced in February. More information can be found here.

Leadership Retreat


Center leadership met October 11 – 13 in Wichita at the Kansas Leadership Center to develop a 5 –year strategic plan related to objectives in Research, Clinical Care, Community Outreach, Advocacy and Education. Those attending were (front row) Shelly Summar, Meredith Dreyer Gillette, Sarah Hampl, Susana Patton and Brooke Sweeney; (back row) Jordan Carlson, Robin Shook, Ann Davis, Amanda Bruce, Delwyn Catley and John Thyfault.


Employment Opportunities

Assistant or Associate Professor
The Department of Dietetics and Nutrition at the University of Kansas Medical Center
(KUMC) and the Center for Children’s Healthy Lifestyles & Nutrition (CHLN) jointly seek
an individual for a 12-month, tenure track position as Assistant or Associate Professor.

The desired candidate will have research and teaching interests related to pediatric nutrition.
The location and environment at the KUMC and CHLN provide excellent opportunities for
interdisciplinary research collaborations. KUMC is a large, urban academic medical center
with numerous research resources, centers and institutes to support a research program.

The Department offers research-focused MS and PhD graduate programs and an accredited Dietetic Internship program. The CHLN ( is a joint partnership between KUMC and Children’s Mercy Hospital and focuses on all aspects of healthy
living in children.

Requirements: Doctoral Degree in Nutrition or closely related field; evidence of productivity and extramural funding in pediatric nutrition; experience in academic teaching; outstanding oral and written communication skills; and the ability to work with others in
a collegial team atmosphere. Preferred research area is pediatric obesity.

Preferred Qualifications: Registered Dietitian and/or Postdoctoral experience. Other
preferred qualifications include NIH funding as PI, previous work as part of a multidisciplinary
pediatric/adolescent obesity collaborative, and peer-reviewed published papers in
the area of pediatric/adolescent healthy lifestyles and nutrition.

Application: For a complete position announcement please visit
Applicants should send current curriculum vita, names and contact information for three
references, representative publications, and a cover letter describing the candidate’s
strengths, accomplishments, and future research plans by December 1st, 2016 or until
position is filled to: Holly Hull, PhD, Chair Search Committee, Dept Dietetics and Nutrition,
Mail Stop 4013, University of Kansas Medical Center, 3901 Rainbow BLVD, Kansas City,
KS 66160, Email:


CMKC/KUMC Joint Research/Clinical Pediatric Fellowship (two year)

The integrated Department of Pediatrics at Children’s Mercy Kansas City and the University of Kansas Medical Center invite applications for a two-year postdoctoral pediatric psychology fellowship for the 2017-2019 academic years. The primary objective of the fellowship is to prepare the new doctoral level trainee for an academically oriented career in pediatric psychology. The fellowship provides experience in clinical and research training in pediatric psychology with three possible primary pediatric populations: 1) endocrine/diabetes, 2) pain management, and 3) weight management. The fellowship provides the opportunity for clinical experiences across all three populations, but encourages applicants to specialize and obtain depth in one of these areas. Children’s Mercy will be the sponsoring institution with training opportunities in the Integrated Department of Pediatrics at Children’s Mercy Kansas City (CMKC) and the University of Kansas Medical Center (KUMC). During the two-year postdoctoral fellowship, 40% of the time will be spent in direct clinical care of children and adolescents in clinically related activities, 40% of the time will be spent in research related activities and the remaining 20% of the time spent in educational time. 


Our fellowship program uses the APPIC Psychology Postdoctoral Application Centralized Application System (APPA CAS) for submission of applications. Applicants may access information on the electronic submission process at or the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC) website at 

To apply, please submit the following documents via the APPA Centralized Application System by December 9, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. Central Daylight Time: 1) A letter of interest identifying the position of interest, your qualifications, specific clinical and/or research interests, and goals for the postdoctoral training year (maximum two pages).  2) Curriculum vitae; 3) Clinical writing sample; and 4) Three letters of recommendation submitted directly from your recommenders (at least two from supervisors familiar with your clinical work).

The postdoctoral psychology fellowship program follows the recommended APPIC Postdoctoral Selection Guidelines.  In addition to the APPIC Postdoctoral Program Directory, descriptions of available positions will be posted on the listserv for APA members of Division 53 and Division 54. All qualified applications will be reviewed with invitation for on-site interviews being issues no later than January 30th, 2017. On-site interviews, although subject to change, are expected to be held the week of February 13th through the 16th of 2017.  Offers will be extended on February 27, 2017, as recommended by the APPIC Postdoctoral Selection Guidelines. Applicants will be notified as soon as they are no longer under consideration and when all positions are filled.  Applicants may access additional and up to date information at the APPIC website. (  Please see the Children’s Mercy Kansas City website at for additional information. Anna M. Egan, PhD, ABPP, Licensed Psychologist, Director of Psychology Training, Children’s Mercy, Kansas City. 816-234-3674; Fax: 816-346-1382


Congratulations to these award recipients who will receive $33,000 each for the 2017 fiscal year!

“Brain Activity, Physical Activity, Adiposity, and Reward”
Dr. Robin Shook (w/Dr. Amanda Bruce), CMH/KUMC

“Changing Adolescents’ Brain Responses to E-Cigarette Marketing with Media Literacy Intervention”
Dr. Laura Martin (w/Drs. Yvonne Chen and Delwyn Catley), KUMC/CMH

The Center for Children’s Healthy Lifestyles & Nutrition is delighted to announce the recipient of our Pilot Grant for 2016-2017. The award is for $33,000 and lasts from July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2017. More information about our Pilot Grant award can be found here.

“Role of hepatic mitochondrial function in adolescent acute high-fat diet induced weight gain”
E. Matthew Morris, PhD
Molecular and Integrative Physiology, KUMC.


The Center for Children’s Healthy Lifestyles & Nutrition is delighted to announce the recipients of our Pilot Grant for the 2015-2016 year. Awards are for $33,000 and last from July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2016.

Parent and Child Adverse Childhood Experiences in Overweight and Obese Children.
Kimberly A. Randell MD, MSc, Assistant Professor, Emergency Medicine & Urgent Care, CMH/UMKC

A Pediatric Obesity Treatment Pilot for Rural Primary Care Providers Using a Project ECHO Approach
Eve-Lynn Nelson, PhD, Professor, Pediatrics, KUMC

A Cross-Sectional Study of Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder Regarding Generalized Food Motivation and Specific Temporal Profiles of Disgust/Reward
Lauren Little, PhD, OTR/L, Assistant Professor, Occupational Therapy, KUMC

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