Jennifer Robbins is an attending physician in CHOP's Healthy Weight Program (HWP), as well as an assistant professor of pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine.  She has advanced clinical training in treating children and adolescents with overweight and obesity within a multidisciplinary team.

Dr. Robbins earned her undergraduate and medical degrees from Boston University. She then completed a pediatric residency at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, where she received the American Academy of Pediatrics Pennsylvania Chapter Resident Recognition Award for advocacy work related to food policy and food insecurity. Subsequently she completed a Fellowship in General Academic Pediatrics in the Division of Weight Management at Nemours/DuPont Hospital for Children, while earning her Master of Public Health degree at the Jefferson College of Population Health. Dr. Robbins continues to pursue academic and advocacy work which aims to improve weight outcomes in vulnerable populations. 

Education and Training

Medical School

MD - Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, MA


Pediatrics - St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, Philadelphia, PA


General Academic Pediatrics, Division of Weight Management - Nemours/AI DuPont Hospital for Children, Wilmington, DE

Graduate Degree

MPH - Jefferson University, College of Population Health, Philadelphia, PA

Titles and Academic Titles

Attending Physician

Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Departments and Services

Research Interests

Pediatric obesity treatment
Social determinants of childhood obesity
Reducing disparities in pediatric obesity




Phan TL, Chen FF, Pinto AT, Cox C, Robbins J, & Kazak AE. Impact of Psychosocial Risk on Outcomes among Families Seeking Treatment for Obesity. The Journal of Pediatrics. 2018 April.

Posters and Presentations


Robbins J, Phan TL, Spencer T, Datto G, Abatemarco D. Understanding Social Needs of Families with Young Children who are Overweight or Obese: A Mixed-Methods Approach. The Annual Meeting of the Pediatric Academic Society, Toronto, Canada, May 2018. Poster Presentation. 


Robbins J, Phan TL, Datto GA, Cohen M, Reichard K. “Does Parent Bariatric Surgery Influence Adolescent Bariatric Surgery Outcomes?” The Obesity Society Annual Meeting, Washington, DC, October 2017. Oral Presentation.

Perry MC, Datto GA, Karpink P, Nguyen L, Cohen M, Robbins J, Falini L. “Visit Adherence in the First Two Years Following Adolescent Bariatric Surgery.” The Obesity Society Annual Meeting, Washington, DC, October 2017. Poster Presentation.

Phan TL, Taggi Pinto A, Robbins J, Kazak AE. “Impact of Psychosocial Risk on Attrition and Weight Outcomes Among Families Seeking Treatment for Obesity.” The Annual Meeting of the Pediatric Academic Society, San Francisco, CA, May 2017.  Platform Presentation.


Robbins J, Bernstein B, Kersten H. “Nursing-led Food Insecurity Screening in Urban Children’s Emergency Department Derailed by Electronic Medical Record Changes.” St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children Research Day, Philadelphia, PA, June 2016. Poster Presentation.

Silberholz  E, Dominic C, Erkoboni D, Hall J, Lall A, Nazarian C, Robbins J, Bernstein B, Pachter L, Taylor D. “The Effects of a Pediatric Resident Educational Program on Long-Acting Reversible Contraceptive (LARC) Knowledge and Counseling.” Pediatric Academic Society, Baltimore, MD May 2016. Eastern Society for Pediatric Research, Philadelphia, PA, March 2016. Poster Presentation.