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Paul A. Estabrooks



  • Director, Translational Obesity Research Program


The study of the development, dissemination, and implementation of behavioral physical activity, nutrition, and weight management policies, practices, and programs.

Translational Obesity Research Program:

Our mission is to enhance the quality of life of all Virginians through the discovery and study of practical and sustainable approaches to help people eat better, be more active, and maintain a healthy weight.

Our core value is producing a public health impact through "physical activity, nutrition, and weight management interventions process: a systems approach" that gets the right people in the right places involved at the right time to create effective and practical policies, programs, and environmental changes that reach a large number of people.

Our work is directed towards achieving outcomes utilizing the RE-AIM framework, which is designed to enhance the quality, speed, and public health impact of efforts to translate research into practice in five steps:

  • Reach your intended target population
  • Efficacy or effectiveness
  • Adoption by target staff, settings, or institutions
  • Implementation consistency, costs and adaptations made during delivery
  • Maintenance of intervention effects in individuals and settings over time
  • SIPSMARTER: A nutrition literacy approach to reducing sugar-sweetened beverages 
    R01-NCI. Role: Co-I; mentor
  • The reach and effectiveness of technology-enhanced diabetes prevention programs. 
    R18-NIDDK. Role: Co-I; mentor

Pub Med Publications

  • Jan. 10, 2013 – The Fralin Translational Obesity Research Center at Virginia Tech has been officially approved by the Office of the Vice President for Research as a center under the Fralin Life Science Institute.
  • Novel research to advance medical knowledge
    Over the years, individuals from Carilion and Virginia Tech have partnered many times to advance medical care. For example, Paul Estabrooks, associate professor of human nutrition, foods and exercise, leads Virginia Tech's translational obesity research program at Carilion's Riverside facility in Roanoke, Va. He has designed a weight-loss study funded by a $2.5 million, five-year grant from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. Additionally, with funding from the Carilion Research Acceleration Program (RAP), Estabrooks and Elena Serrano, are working with Carilion Clinic Pediatrician Mike Hart on a childhood overweight and obesity study.
Courses Taught

HNFE 2664: Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity

HNFE 5604: Principles of Public Health Nutrition and Physical Activity

HNFE 5984: Research Methods for Behavioral Medicine

HNFE 5984: Dissemination & Implementation Science in Behavioral Medicine

HNFE 5984: Group Dynamics in Health Promotion

HNFE 5984: Research Methods: Clinical and Behavioral Nutrition & Physical Activity

Awards & Honors

2012: Society of Behavioral Medicine, Distinguished Service Award

2011: NIDDK Centers for Diabetes Translation Research Study Section Sub-Chair

2010: Centers for Scientific Review Behavioral Medicine Interventions and Outcomes Study Section Member

2009: Lawrence W. Green Paper of the Year Award Health Education & Behavior

2009: Society of Behavioral Medicine, Fellow

2007: Society of Behavioral Medicine, Distinguished Service Award


1999, PhD, Kinesiology, University of Western Ontario 

1996, MSc, Kinesiology, University of Calgary

1993, BPE, Physical Education, University of Calgary

    Paul Estabrooks

  • 540-857-6664
  • Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise
    VT Riverside, 1 Riverside Circle
    Roanoke, Virginia 24016

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