Jennifer Robbins is a faculty member at PolicyLab at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and 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. Her research interests include addressing social determinants of early childhood obesity, disparities in childhood obesity treatment and outcomes, and understanding interventions that address food access as a means to improve child weight status. She is also interested in improving policies that relate to food systems and physical activity.
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's of Public Health degree at the Jefferson College of Population Health at Thomas Jefferson University.
Education and Training
MD - Boston University, School of Medicine, Boston, MA
Pediatrics - St. Christopher's Hospital for Children, Philadelphia, PA
General Academic Pediatrics - Nemours/AI DuPont Hospital for Children, New Castle County, DE
Diplomate – American Board of Obesity Medicine (ABOM)Pediatrics – American Board of Pediatrics
MPH - Jefferson College of Population Health, Philadelphia, PA
Titles and Academic Titles
Director for Trainee Education, Healthy Weight Clinic
Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
Departments and Services
Equitable access to services
Family support in pediatric settings
Phan TLT, 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 doi.org/10.1016/j.jpeds.2018.02.071 198(1): 110-116, July 2018.
Kohut, Taisa, Jennifer Robbins, Elizabeth Prout, Lorraine Katz, Julie Brothers, Kimberly Genuario, and Jennifer Panganiban.: "Obesity in Children/Adolescents and Obesity-Related Comorbidities." In Obesity and Diabetes, 361-84. Springer International Publishing December 2020.
Jennifer Robbins: Section Editor, Nutrition. Chapter Co-Author, "Obesity" Netter's Pediatrics 2nd Edition. Rebecca Tenney Soeiro & Erin Pete Devon (eds.). June 2022.
Posters and Presentations
Pankhuri Jha; Jennifer Robbins; Thao-Ly Phan.: Association between caregiver experience of discrimination and child obesity. Pediatric Academic Societies 2021 Virtual Meeting May 2021.
Awards and Honors
2016-present, Academic Pediatric Association
- 2016-present, Section on Obesity
2014-present, American Academy of Pediatrics, Fellow
Editorial and Academic Positions
Academic and Institutional Committees
2019-present, Advising Member, Healthy Weight Program Telehealth Interventions
2019-present, Physician Team Leader, MOC Healthy Weight Program Umbrella Projects
2019-present, Advising Member, Autism Healthy Lifestyles Subspecialty Clinics
2018-present, Co-leader, Standardization Clinical Improvement Committees
2018-present, Hospital Nutrition Committee
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