University at Buffalo

Myles S. Faith

Myles S. Faith



Specialty/Research Focus

Bullying; Child and Adolescent Development; Design and Analysis of Longitudinal Research; Eating Disorders; Family; Mental Health; Measurements; Quantitative Research Methods; Research Design; Research Methods; School Counseling; Social and Emotional Development; Wellness

Contact Information
420 Baldy Hall
North Campus
Phone: 716-645-1124

Education and Training:
  • PhD, Hofstra University, Clinical/School Psychology (1995)
  • BA, Rutgers University, Psychology (1989)
Awards and Honors:
  • 2022 Oded Bar-Or Award for Excellence in Pediatric Obesity Research; The Obesity Society; 2022-11-01;
Recent Publications:
  • Faith MS, Diewald LK, Crabbe S, Burgess B, Berkowitz RI. (2019). Reduced Eating Pace (RePace) Behavioral Intervention for Children Prone to or with Obesity: Does the Turtle Win the Race? Obesity. 27:121-129
Journal Article:
  • Davis AM, Beaver G, Dreyer Gillette M, Nelson EL, Fleming K, Swinburne Romine R, Sullivan DK, Lee R, Pettee Gabriel K, Dean K, Murray M, Faith M. (2019). iAmHealthy: Rationale, design and application of a family-based mHealth pediatric obesity intervention for rural children. Contemporary Clinical Trials. 78:20-26
  • Faith MS, Hittner JB, Hurston SR, Yin J, Greenspan LC, Quesenberry CP Jr, Gunderson EP; SWIFT Offspring Study Investigators. (2019). Association of Infant Temperament With Subsequent Obesity in Young Children of Mothers With Gestational Diabetes Mellitus. JAMA Pediatrics. Mar 11. doi: 10.1001/jamapediatrics.2018.5199. [Epub ahead of print].
  • Heo M, Pietrobelli A, Wylie-Rosett J, Faith MS. (2019). School-Based Interventions and Programs to Address Weight Issues. Journal of Obesity. 2018 Oct 28;2018:3538964.
  • Spahn JM, Callahan EH, Spill MK, Wong YP, Benjamin-Neelon SE, Birch L, Black MM, Cook JT, Faith MS, Mennella JA, Casavale KO. (2019). Influence of maternal diet on flavor transfer to amniotic fluid and breast milk and children's responses: a systematic review. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 109(Supplement_7):1003S-1026S.
Recent Presentations:
Invited Lectures:
  • Faith MS. "Disarming Food Fights at Family Meals to Support Healthy Child Eating”. Presentation (virtual) to Women, Infants Children (WIC) Association of New York State - 42nd Annual Conference. March 16, 2021.;
  • Faith MS. "Emotional and Nutritional Toll of Weight-based Bullying in Youth”. Presentation (virtual) to Women, Infants Children (WIC) Association of New York State - 42nd Annual Conference. March 17, 2021.;
  • Faith MS. Stretching the Reach of Family-based Childhood Obesity Treatment Using Primary-Care Partnerships and Technology. Presentation (virtual) to Michigan State University, Division of Public Health, College of Medicine. January 12, 2021.;
  • Faith, MS. “Stretching the Reach of Family-based Childhood Obesity Treatment: Primary-Care Partnerships and Technology.” – Presentation (virtual) to University of Arkansas Medical Sciences (UAMS), College of Public Health. November 20, 2020.;
  • "Disarming Family Food Fights: Strategies to Cultivate Healthier Child Eating and Stronger Families". Seventh International Conference on Public Health - Indonesia. [Note: Invitation received on 1/30/2020 to present in June 2020. This event is being rescheduled to a later date due to COVID-19];
Recent Grants:
  • Exploring Neural Mechanisms Underlying Reinforcer Pathology Differences Among Obesity-Discordant Adolescents; Foundation and Research Organization; UB Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) Pilot Funding Mechanism ( Letter of Intent; Awarded; (01/01/2023-12/31/2023)
  • Fetal and Early Postnatal Influences on Child Metabolic Health After Gestational Diabetes; Federal; National Institutes of Health; Continuing; (05/28/2021-04/30/2025)
  • GSE Post-doc Fellowship - HELP (Health-Education-Life Protection) for Pandemic-affected Minority Children: Cross-state and Cross-sector Investigations of Systemic Racial Inequalities; Foundation and Research Organization; GSE/UB; Awarded; (04/10/2023-04/09/2025)
Recent Activities:
Editorial and Review:
  • Co-editor for Special Issue of Journal of Obesity, entitled "School-Based Interventions and Programs to Address Weight Issues." Guest editors were: Moonseong Heo, Angelo Pietrobelli, Judith Wylie-Rosett, Myles S. Faith. Note: Articles are currently under review; the special issue will be published in 2018.
  • Editorial Board Member: International Journal of Obesity (invited 1/5/2016).
Professional Service:
  • Committee/Writing Group Member (ongoing): American Heart Association writing group, "Childhood and Adolescent Adversity and Cardiometabolic Health Outcomes."
  • Committee Member: U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Nutrition Evidence Library (NEL) Technical Expert Collaborative (TEC) for the Dietary Guidance Development Project for Infants and Toddlers from Birth to 24 Months and Women Who are Pregnant (B-24/PW). (Ongoing service)
  • Chair, Bio-Behavioral Section of The Obesity Society
Recent Editorships:
  • Associate Editor - Eating Behavior section; Frontiers in Psychology and Frontiers in Nutrition
  • Editorial Board Member; International Journal of Obesity
  • Editorial Board; Journal of Precision Medicine
  • Editorial Board; International Journal of Obesity

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Contact Information

420 Baldy Hall
North Campus
Phone: 716-645-1124