Melanie K. Bean, PhD, LCP
Co-director, Healthy Lifestyles Center
Appointments: (804) 828-CHOR (2467)
Fax: (804) 527-4728
PhD: Virginia Commonwealth University
Areas of Interest
Pediatric obesity prevention and treatment
Empirically supported treatments for obesity
The role of parents in obesity treatment
School food policy
Dr. Bean has a dual line of research in pediatric obesity treatment and school food policy. Her current NIH trials include investigation of the role of parents in adolescent obesity treatment (TEENS) and evaluation of the impact of the school food environment on students' dietary intake patterns. She is involved in several multidisciplinary research endeavors in the area of pediatric and young adult obesity. Dr. Bean's funded investigations include trials examining use of motivational interviewing to enhance treatment effects among participants enrolled in obesity treatments.
Dr. Bean is associate professor in the Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism and co-Director of the Healthy Lifestyle Center, CHoR's comprehensive pediatric obesity treatment and research center. She received her PhD in counseling psychology, with a specialization in health psychology, from VCU. She completed her pre-doctoral internship training at the New Mexico Veterans Affairs Hospital and the Indian Health Services in Albuquerque, NM. She then completed a postdoctoral fellowship in clinical health psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at VCU. She joined CHoR in 2008. As a health psychologist, Dr. Bean's clinical and research endeavors have focused on developing and implementing empirically supported strategies to facilitate health behavior changes and reduce disease risk among high-risk populations. She serves as a research mentor and clinical supervisor to both undergraduate and graduate psychology students. Dr. Bean has clinical and research expertise in motivational interviewing and is a member of MINT, the international network of motivational interviewing trainers. She has conducted trainings for health care providers in multiple departments, including pharmacy, pediatrics, internal medicine and psychology.
Dr. Bean is licensed by the Virginia Board of Psychology in clinical psychology. She is an associate member of the VCU Massey Cancer Center, a member of the Greater Richmond Coalition for Healthy Children, and a member of the Virginia Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics Obesity Task Force. She is an active member of the Society of Behavioral Medicine and The Obesity Society. Dr. Bean is on the Editorial Board of Health Education and Behavior, Eating Behaviors and Health Behavior and Policy Review, and serves as peer-reviewer for many additional journals.