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Keeley Pratt

Assistant Professor, Surgery
Assistant Professor, Department of Human Sciences

Program Area: Human Development and Family Science

(614) 247-7883
Keeley.Pratt@osumc.edu

Education

  • Post-doctoral Fellowship Research Triangle Institute International Research (Triangle Park, North Carolina), May 2012
    • Obesity Signature Program
  • PhD, Medical Family Therapy, East Carolina University, 2010
    • Dissertation: Biopsychosocial Changes in Youth and Caregivers     
    • Participating in an Integrated Pediatric Obesity Treatment                          
  • MS, Marriage and Family Therapy, East Carolina University, 2007
    • Thesis: A Biopsychosocial Glance of Overweight Youth and their Caregivers
  • BS, Applied Health Science: Human Development and Family Studies, Indiana University, 2005
    • Psychology (minor), Sociology (minor)

Research Interests

Research Summary

Pratt's research interests focus on three specific areas of child/adolescent obesity, family and weight-related behaviors:

  1. Intergenerational family-based factors (i.e., parenting and feeding styles, family functioning) that contribute to or are modifiable in the treatment of child/adolescent obesity.
  2. Analyzing intergenerational family and child/adolescent outcomes from integrated multidisciplinary care models in the treatment of child/adolescent obesity.
  3. Assessing and expanding the field of CFT (and other mental health professions) to include clinician training on systemic weight-related behaviors in families, and training to work with clients and families who are struggling with overweight and obesity.

Experience

  • 2013-Current: Assistant Professor, Couple and Family Therapy & Human Development and Family Sciences Program, Department of Human Sciences, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
  • 2013-Current: Ohio Independent Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist # F.1300008
  • 2012-Current: Clinic Coordinator of the Couples and Family Therapy Clinic, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
  • 2012-Current: Internship Coordinator of the Couples and Family Therapy Program, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
  • 2011-Current: American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, Approved Supervisor
  • 2012-2013: Visiting Assistant Professor, Couple and Family Therapy Program, Department of Human Development and Family Science, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
  • 2010-2012: Post-doctoral Fellow, RTI International, Obesity Signature Program Research Triangle Park, NC
  • 2009-2012: Adjunct Graduate Teaching Faculty in the Department of Child Development and Family Relations at East Carolina University, Greenville, NC

Journal Ad-Hoc Reviewer:

  • Childhood Obesity
  • Contemporary Family Therapy
  • Family, Systems, and Health
  • Journal of Marital and Family Therapy
  • Journal of Pediatric Nursing
  • Journal of Behavioral Health Services and Research Pediatrics

Professional Membership:

  • The Obesity Society
  • American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
  • National Counsel on Family Relations (NCFR)
  • Collaborative Family Healthcare Association
  • Food Innovation Center (OSU)
  • The Center for Clinical and Translational Science (OSU)
  • Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society
  • Childhood Obesity Action Network, National Initiative for Children’s Healthcare Quality
  • Omicron Delta Kappa
  • Kappa Omicron Nu Honor Society, Nu Iota Chapter
  • Eta Sigma Gamma, Nu Chapter

Honors

  • Elected to be North Carolina Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Secretary and serve on the NCAMFT Board, 2011
  • One of ten students at ECU selected to be inducted to the Student Engagement and Outreach Scholars Academy, 2009
  • Honored by the Dean of the College of Human Ecology as an “Outstanding Student Leader of 2008-2009.” Honored for demonstrated scholarship and potential for leadership, 2009
  • Mel Markowski Medical Family Therapy Scholarship. Awarded for academic merit and being an ambassador of Medical Family Therapy, 2008 & 2009
  • Awarded First place for Oral Presentations. ECU Research Week, 2008
  • NCAMFT Graduate Student Research Award. Awarded by North Carolina Association for Marriage and Family Therapy for research related to family therapy in the treatment and prevention of childhood obesity, 2008
  • NICHQ Award: The Comprehensive Healthy Weight Clinic of the PHWRTC was recognized by the National Initiative of Children’s Healthcare Quality (NICHQ) as one of three model programs nationally providing childhood obesity treatment. “Co-locating behavioral and multidisciplinary treatment for childhood obesity at ECU,” 2008
  • AHRQ Award: The Comprehensive Healthy Weight Clinic was listed by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) as an “innovative childhood obesity attempt,” with the expectation that it will achieve “innovative” status once complete results are analyzed, 2008
  • Bloxton-Strawn Scholarship. Award based on academic merit, financial need, leadership, and service within the college, campus, and community. Awarded by the College of Human Ecology, East Carolina University, 2008
  • Elected to be North Carolina Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Student Representative and serve on the NCAMFT Board, 2008
  • Awarded First Place for Poster Presentations. East Carolina University Research Week, 2007.
  • Ursich Marriage and Family Therapy Scholarship for academic merit, commitment to the study of Marriage and Family Therapy, demonstrated community service activity, and leadership potential. Awarded by the Department of Child Development and Family Relations, East Carolina University, 2006-2007
  • Dean’s List, Indiana University, 2003-2005

Presentations

International

  • Pratt, K., Lazorick, S., Collier, D., Lamson, A. (2011, May). Biopsychosocial changes in families participating in an integrated pediatric obesity treatment program. Poster presentation at the annual conference of the Pediatric Academic Society, Denver, CO.
  • Collier, C., Pathmasiri, W., Pratt, K., Crawford, Y., Henes, S., Gross-McMillian, A., Lutes, L., Sumner, S. (2011, May). Obesity treatment and the biology of behavior: Metabolomic analysis of response to a behavioral intervention. Poster presentation at the annual conference of the Pediatric Academic Society, Denver, CO.

National

  • Pratt, K. & Lamson, A. (2012, September 14). Biopsychosocial changes in children and caregivers participating in a pediatric obesity program. Poster presentation at the annual conference of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, Charlotte, NC.
  • Berge, J. & Pratt, K. (2011, October 29). Childhood obesity research in health care settings. Oral presentation at the annual conference of the Collaborative Family Healthcare Association, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Phelps, K. & Pratt, K. (2011, October 29). The fundamentals of creating cohesive multidisciplinary teams in the medical home. Oral presentation at the annual conference of the Collaborative Family Healthcare Association, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Mendenhall, T., Phelps, K., Pratt, K.., Lamson, A., & Hodgson, J. (2011, October, 28). Contemporary ethical issues in behavioral health care. Oral presentation at the annual conference of the Collaborative Family Healthcare Association, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Pratt, K., Phelps, K., Lamson, A. & Hodgson, J. (2011, September 23). Building collaborative clinicians for tomorrow’s healthcare system. Oral presentation at the annual conference of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, Ft. Worth, TX.
  • Pratt, K & Lamson, A. (2011, September 24). Blood, guts and goo: Innovative biomarkers in family therapy. Oral presentation at the annual conference of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, Ft. Worth, TX.
  • Pratt, K. (2011, February 18). Psychosocial and familial characteristics of pediatric obesity. Invited Plenary Speaker at the annual Rush Copley BHIP Conference, Aurora, IL.
  • Pratt, K. & Lamson, A. (2010, October 22-23). Biopsychosocial changes in children and caregivers participating in an integrated pediatric obesity program. Poster presentation at the annual conference of the Collaborative Family Healthcare Association, Louisville, KY.
  • Pratt, K. & Lamson, A. (2010, October 23). Pediatric Obesity: Clinical and research innovation. Oral presentation at the annual conference of the Collaborative Family Healthcare Association, Louisville, KY.
  • Phelps, K. & Pratt, K. (2010, October 22). Adding pieces to the puzzle: Expanding the collaborative health care team. Oral presentation at the annual conference of the Collaborative Family Healthcare Association, Louisville, KY.
  • Phelps, K., Pratt, K., Mendenhall, T., Lamson, A., & Hodgson, J. (2010, September 17). Ethical issues in medical family therapy. Oral presentation at the annual conference of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, Atlanta, GA.

 Local

  • Pratt, K. (2012, April 18). Obesity and psychological health: Individual and family considerations. Workshop presented at the Spring Adult Mental Health Eastern Area Health Education Conference (AHEC), Greenville, NC.
  • *Radley, S., Pratt, K., & Lamson, A. (2012, March 26). A qualitative description of the self-reported strengths and concerns of obese treatment seeking youth and caregivers. Poster presentation at the annual conference of the North Carolina Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, Raleigh, NC. 

Selected Publications

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

  • Pratt, K. & *Holowacz, E. MFTs’ perspectives on treating overweight clients and their weight-related behaviors. (Under review)
  • Pratt, K., Lamson, A., *Radley, S. Self-reported strengths and concerns of treatment seeking overweight youth and their caregivers. (Under review)
  • Pratt, K., *Yoo, H., Lamson, A., *Cravens, J., *Cai, Y. The self-reported strengths and concerns of diabetic youth and their caregivers. (Under review).
  • Pratt, K., Lamson, A., Sumner, S., Earles, J. Military Youth and Obesity: A review of the existing literature 1990-2012. (Under review)
  • Pratt, K., Lazorick, S., Lamson, A., Ivanescu, A. & Collier, D. Quality of Life and BMI changes in youth participating in an integrated pediatric obesity treatment program. Health & Quality of Life Outcomes. (In press)
  • Pratt, K. & McRitchie, S., Collier, D., Lutes, L., Sumner, S. Female, African American adolescents’ view of weight-related family support and involvement: a focus group analysis. Journal of the National Medical Association. (In press) 
  • Selewski, D., Collier, D., MacHardy, J., Gross, H., Pickens, E., Cooper, A.W., Bullock, S., Earls, M.F., Pratt, K., Scanlon, K., McNeil, J., Messer, K., Lu, Y., Thissen, D., DeWalt, D. & Gipson, D. (2013). Insights into the health related quality of life for children with severe obesity. Health & Quality of Life Outcomes, 11(1), 29.
  • Pratt, K. & Greer, A. (2012). Debating Parental Responsibility for Childhood Obesity: Ethical and Legal Considerations. Journal of Bariatric Nursing, 7(3), 146-149.
  • Mendenhall, T., Pratt, K., & Phelps, K. Advancing medical family therapy through research: A consideration of qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods designs. Contemporary Family Therapy. DOI: 10.1007/s10591-012-9186-6
  • Pratt, K. & Lamson, A. (2012). Supervision in Behavioral Health: Implications for students, interns, and new professionals. Journal of Behavioral Health Services and Research, 39(3), 285-294.  
  • Pratt, K., Lamson, A., Swanson, M., Lazorick, S., & Collier, D. (2012). The Importance of Assessing for Depression with HRQOL in Treatment Seeking Obese Youth and their Caregivers. Quality of Life Research, 21(8), 1367-1377.
  • Pathmasiri, W., Pratt, K., Collier, D., & Lutes, L., Sumner, S. (2011). Integrating metabolomic signatures and psychosocial parameters in responsivity to an immersion treatment model for adolescent obesity. Metabolomics. DOI: 10.1007/s11306-012-0404-x.
  • Pratt, K., Lamson, A., Lazorick, S., Collier, D., White, C., White, M., & Swanson, M. (2011). Conceptualizing Care for Childhood Obesity through Clinical, Operational, and Financial Procedures. Journal of Children’s Services, 6(3), 1156-1171.
  • Pratt, K., Lamson, A., Lazorick, S., Swanson, M., *Cravens, J., & Collier, D. (2011). A Biopsychosocial Pilot Study of Overweight Youth and Care Providers’ Perceptions of Quality of Life. Journal of Pediatric Nursing, 26(6), e61-e68.
  • Pratt, K., Lamson, A., Collier, D., Crawford, Y., Harris, N., Gross, K., Ballard, S., Sarvey, S., & *Saporito, M. (2009). Camp Golden Treasures: A multidisciplinary weight-loss and healthy lifestyle camp for adolescent girls. Family, Systems, and Health, 21(1), 116-124.

Book Chapters

  • Lamson, A., Pratt, K., Hodgson, J., *Koehler, A. Invited co-author for Chapter 8: MedFT supervision in context to be published in Medical Family Therapy: Advanced Applications. (In press, 2014)
  • Mendenhall, T. Pratt, K., Phelps, K., Baird, M., & *Younkin, F. Invited co-author for Chapter 9: Advancing Medical Family Therapy through Research: A Consideration of Qualitative, Quantitative, and Mixed-Method Designs to be published in Medical Family Therapy: Advanced Applications. (In press, 2014)
  • Pratt, K., & *Cravens, C. (2014). Weight and Body Awareness: Considerations for the supervisor and clinician in training. Submitted to (Eds.) Bean R., Davis, S., & Davey, M.  Increased Self-Awareness: Experiential Exercises for Dedicated Clinicians and Supervisors. (In press, 2014)
  • Pratt, K. & Lamson, A. (2011). Supervision for the integrated behavioral health provider. In R. Curtis & E. Christian (Ed.) Integrated Care: Creating a thriving practice. New York, NY. Haworth Press.
  • Pratt, K. & Lamson, A. (2011). Childhood obesity: The epidemic of today’s youth. Originally published as Clinical Update in Family Therapy Magazine July-August, 2009. Revised and updated for book publication June, 2011. Clinical Updates for Family Therapists: Research and treatment approaches for issues affecting today’s families, Volume 4. Alexandria, VA. American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Press.