Leonard Epstein

Leonard H. Epstein

Leonard H. Epstein PhD

UBMD Pediatrics


Behavioral Medicine; Pediatrics; Psychology


Professional Summary:

I am a SUNY Distinguished Professor in the Departments of Pediatrics, Community Health and Health Behavior and Social and Preventive Medicine, and the Chief of the Division of Behavioral Medicine. My research interests focus on health behavior change and determinants of eating, physical activity and drug self-administration. I am an internationally recognized authority in the fields of childhood overweight, physical activity, weight control and family intervention. For the past 30 years, I have conducted research relevant to the prevention and treatment of childhood obesity, including mechanisms that regulate intake and energy expenditure in children.

I am a fellow in numerous scientific organizations, and have been the President of the division of Health Psychology, APA, and recipient of the American Psychological Association Award for Outstanding Contributions to Health Psychology. I chaired the Behavioral Medicine Study Section, NIH, and served on the Advisory Board for Center for Scientific Research, NIH. I have published over 300 scientific papers and three books.


Behavioral Medicine, Pediatrics, Psychology

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Education and Training:

  • PhD, Clinical Psychology, Ohio University (1973)
  • , University of Mississippi Medical Center (1973)
  • BA, Psychology, Lafayette College (1968)

Awards and Honors:

  • Society for Study of Ingestive Behavior: Hoebel Award for Creativity (2017)
  • American Academy of the Advancement of Science: Fellow (2013)
  • University at Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences: Stockton Kimball Award (2012)
  • SUNY Distinguished Professor Award (2010)
  • Society of Behavioral Medicine: Distinguished Scientist Award (2010)
  • The Obesity Society: Bar-Or Award for Excellence in Pediatric Obesity Research (2007)
  • University at Buffalo: Distinguished Professor Award (2003)
  • University at Buffalo: Sustained Achievement Award (2002)
  • American Psychological Association, Division 25: Fellow (1992)
  • Ohio University: Significant Achievement Award (1989)
  • Society of Behavioral Medicine: Fellow (1986)
  • American Psychological Association, Division 38: Fellow (1985)
  • Pennsylvania Psychological Association: Undergraduate Research Award (First Place) (1968)
  • National Institute of Mental Health: Pre-Doctoral Fellow (1968-1972)

Research Profile:

This UBMD physician is also a member of the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University at Buffalo, teaching the next generation of doctors and researching to advance care in WNY and beyond. Learn more about this physician's research and teaching activities, as well as view credentials, publications, professional involvement and more below.

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