Richard Boles, PhD
Professor, Pediatrics-Nutrition

Graduate School :
  • PhD, University of Kansas (2006)
Undergraduate School:
  • BA, University of Missouri (MO) (1998)
  • Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center Program (2006)
  • Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center Program, Behavioral Pediatrics (2008)
Languages: English
Department: Pediatrics-Nutrition


  • White GE*, Boles RE*, Courcoulas AP, Yanovski SZ, Zeller MH, Jenkins TM, Inge TH (*Co-First Author). A Prospective Cohort of Alcohol use and Alcohol-related Problems Before and After Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery in Adolescents. Ann Surg. 2022 Nov 17. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 36538630
  • Bellows LL, Lou Y, Nelson R, Reyes LI, Brown RC, Mena NZ, Boles RE. A Narrative Review of Dietary Assessment Tools for Preschool-Aged Children in the Home Environment. Nutrients. 2022 Nov 12;14(22). PubMed PMID: 36432478
  • DeVries L, Pickard K, Boles R, Blakeley-Smith A, Duncan A, Keefer A, Klinger L, Meyer A, Reaven J. The Role of Maternal Anxiety in Treatment Response for Youth with ASD and Co-occurring Anxiety. Child Psychiatry Hum Dev. 2022 Jun 9. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 35678890
  • Campbell EG, Alasmar A, Lawrence R, Kurpius-Brock M, DeCamp M, Kovar A, Schoen J, Inge T, Kelsey MM, Boles R, Engel S. Barriers to metabolic bariatric surgery in adolescents: results of a qualitative study. Surg Obes Relat Dis. 2022 Jun;18(6):794-802. PubMed PMID: 35474008
  • Blakeley-Smith A, Meyer AT, Boles RE, Reaven J. Group cognitive behavioural treatment for anxiety in adolescents with ASD and intellectual disability: A pilot and feasibility study. J Appl Res Intellect Disabil. 2021 Jan 6. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 33410240
  • Barrett KJ, Hibbs-Shipp SK, Hobbs S, Boles RE, Johnson SL, Bellows LL. Validation of a Home Food Environment Instrument Assessing Household Food Patterning and Quality. Nutrients. 2021 Nov 3;13(11). PubMed PMID: 34836185
  • Blakeley-Smith A, Meyer AT, Boles RE, Reaven J. Group Cognitive Behavioural Treatment for Anxiety in Autistic Adolescents with Intellectual Disability: A Pilot and Feasibility Study. J Appl Res Intellect Disabil. 2021 May;34(3):777-788. PubMed PMID: 33410240
  • • Increasing Access and Reach: Implementing School-Based CBT for Anxiety in Students with ASD or Suspected ASD. Judy Reaven, Allison T. Meyer, Katherine Pickard, Richard E. Boles, Lisa Hayutin, Caitlin Middleton, Nuri M. Reyes, Susan L. Hepburn, Tanea Tanda, Aubyn Stahmer & Audrey Blakeley-Smith (2021) Evidence-Based Practice in Child and Adolescent Mental Health. DOI: 10.1080/23794925.2021.1941430
  • Moore JM, Glover JJ, Jackson BM, Coughlin CR 2nd, Kelsey MM, Inge TH, Boles RE. Development and application of an ethical framework for pediatric metabolic and bariatric surgery evaluation. Surg Obes Relat Dis. 2020 Sep 16. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 33191162
  • Boles RE, Moore JM, Glover JJ. The role of ethics consultation in decision making for bariatric surgery in pediatrics. Semin Pediatr Surg. 2020 Feb;29(1):150884. PubMed PMID: 32238293
  • Pickard, K., Blakeley-Smith, A., Boles, R., Duncan, A., Keefer, A., O’Kelley, S., & Reaven, J. (2020). Examining the sustained use of a cognitive behavioral therapy program for youth with autism spectrum disorder and co-occurring anxiety. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 73.
  • Gupta R, Khoury J, Jenkins TM, Ehrlich S, Boles R, et al. (2020) A Bivariate Mixed Model Approach in Characterizing the Evolution of Lon- gitudinal Body Mass Index and Quality of Life Processes in Adolescents with Severe Obesity Following Bariatric Surgery: A 5-Year Follow-Up of the Teenlabs Cohort. Ann Biom Biostat 5(1): 1033.
  • Johnson SL, Ryan SM, Kroehl M, Moding KJ, Boles RE, Bellows LL. A longitudinal intervention to improve young children's liking and consumption of new foods: findings from the Colorado LEAP study. Int J Behav Nutr Phys Act. 2019 Jun 3;16(1):49. PubMed PMID: 31159810
  • Zeng N, Johnson SL, Boles RE, Bellows LL. Social-ecological correlates of fundamental movement skills in young children. J Sport Health Sci. 2019 Mar;8(2):122-129. PubMed PMID: 30997258
  • Hibbs-Shipp SK, Boles RE, Johnson SL, McCloskey ML, Hobbs S, Bellows LL. Development of a Quality Score for the Home Food Environment Using the Home-IDEA2 and the Healthy Eating Index-2010. Nutrients. 2019 Feb 12;11(2). PubMed PMID: 30759760
  • Bellows LL, Boles RE, Hibbs-Shipp SK, Burdell A, Johnson SL. Checklist to Capture Food, Physical Activity, and Sedentary Devices in the Home Environment: The Home Inventory Describing Eating and Activity (Home-IDEA2). J Nutr Educ Behav. 2019 May;51(5):589-597. PubMed PMID: 30733165
  • Boles RE, Johnson SL, Burdell A, Davies PL, Gavin WJ, Bellows LL. Home food availability and child intake among rural families identified to be at-risk for health disparities. Appetite. 2019 Mar 1;134:135-141. PubMed PMID: 30553878
  • Boles RE, Johnson SL, Burdell A, Davies PL, Gavin WJ, Bellows LL. Home food availability and child intake among rural families identified to be at-risk for health disparities. Appetite. 2018 Dec 13. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 30553878
  • Andersen LM, Boles RE, Kaar JL, Gance-Cleveland B, Gauthier KI, Cason-Wilkerson R, Federspiel D, Valenzuela M, Thompson DA. Use of the Delphi Technique to Obtain Community Input on Leading Contributors to Early Childhood Obesity in Latino Communities. Hisp Health Care Int. 2018 Sep;16(3):113-119. PubMed PMID: 30207164
  • Njardvik U, Gunnarsdottir T, Olafsdottir AS, Craighead LW, Boles RE, Bjarnason R. Incorporating Appetite Awareness Training Within Family-Based Behavioral Treatment of Pediatric Obesity: A Randomized Controlled Pilot Study. J Pediatr Psychol. 2018 Oct 1;43(9):1017-1027. PubMed PMID: 30010923
  • Knierim SD, Moore SL, Raghunath SG, Yun L, Boles RE, Davidson AJ. Home Visitations for Delivering an Early Childhood Obesity Intervention in Denver: Parent and Patient Navigator Perspectives. Matern Child Health J. 2018 Nov;22(11):1589-1597. PubMed PMID: 29936658
  • Thompson DA, Schmiege SJ, Johnson SL, Vandewater EA, Boles RE, Zambrana RE, Lev J, Tschann JM. Screen-Related Parenting Practices in Low-Income Mexican American Families. Acad Pediatr. 2018 Sep - Oct;18(7):820-827. PubMed PMID: 29777781
  • Thompson DA, Johnson SL, Schmiege SJ, Vandewater EA, Boles RE, Lev J, Tschann JM. Beliefs About Child TV Viewing in Low-Income Mexican American Parents of Preschoolers: Development of the Beliefs About Child TV Viewing Scale (B-TV). Matern Child Health J. 2018 Jun;22(6):849-857. PubMed PMID: 29423583
  • Cardel MI, Tong S, Pavela G, Dhurandhar E, Miller D, Boles R, Haemer M. Youth Subjective Social Status (SSS) is Associated with Parent SSS, Income, and Food Insecurity but not Weight Loss Among Low-Income Hispanic Youth. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2018 Dec;26(12):1923-1930. PubMed PMID: 30421861
  • Thompson DA, Johnson SL, Vandewater EA, Schmiege SJ, Boles RE, Lev J, Tschann JM. Parenting and Preschooler TV Viewing in Low-Income Mexican Americans: Development of the Parenting Practices Regarding TV Viewing (PPRTV) Scale. J Dev Behav Pediatr. 2016 Jul-Aug;37(6):465-74. PubMed PMID: 27355878
  • Boles RE, Halbower AC, Daniels S, Gunnarsdottir T, Whitesell N, Johnson SL. Family Chaos and Child Functioning in Relation to Sleep Problems Among Children at Risk for Obesity. Behav Sleep Med. 2016 Jan 8;:1-15. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 26745822
  • Towner EK, Reiter-Purtill J, Boles RE, Zeller MH. Predictors of caregiver feeding practices differentiating persistently obese from persistently non-overweight adolescents. Appetite. 2015 Jan;84:120-7. PubMed PMID: 25246031
  • Johnson SL, Davies PL, Boles RE, Gavin WJ, Bellows LL. Young Children's Food Neophobia Characteristics and Sensory Behaviors Are Related to Their Food Intake. J Nutr. 2015 Nov;145(11):2610-6. PubMed PMID: 26423739
  • Yun L, Boles RE, Haemer MA, Knierim S, Dickinson LM, Mancinas H, Hambidge SJ, Davidson AJ. A randomized, home-based, childhood obesity intervention delivered by patient navigators. BMC Public Health. 2015 May 23;15:506. PubMed PMID: 26002612
  • Boles RE, Burdell A, Johnson SL, Gavin WJ, Davies PL, Bellows LL. Home food and activity assessment. Development and validation of an instrument for diverse families of young children. Appetite. 2014 Sep;80:23-7. PubMed PMID: 24798760
  • Johnson SL, Boles RE, Burger KS. Using participant hedonic ratings of food images to construct data driven food groupings. Appetite. 2014 Aug;79:189-96. PubMed PMID: 24769294
  • Cushing CC, Bishop-Gilyard CT, Boles RE, Reiter-Purtill J, Zeller MH. Caregiver concern in adolescents with persistent obesity: the importance of quality of life assessment. J Dev Behav Pediatr. 2013 Jan;34(1):9-14. PubMed PMID: 23275053
  • Bellows LL, Johnson SL, Davies PL, Anderson J, Gavin WJ, Boles RE. The Colorado LEAP study: rationale and design of a study to assess the short term longitudinal effectiveness of a preschool nutrition and physical activity program. BMC Public Health. 2013 Dec 9;13(1):1146. PubMed PMID: 24321701
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Practice Locations

Children's Hospital Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
13123 East 16th Ave
Aurora, CO 80045

Hospital Affiliation
  • Children's Hospital Colorado

Specialty Information

  • Psychology
  • Certified Behavioral Health Psychologist, Certificate (0001)
Conditions & Treatments
  • Food, Nutrition and Metabolism - Obesity
  • Food, Nutrition and Metabolism - Nutrition
  • Food, Nutrition and Metabolism

General Information

Graduate Schools:
  • PhD, University of Kansas (2006)
Undergraduate Schools:
  • BA, University of Missouri (MO) (1998)
  • Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center Program (2006)
  • Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center Program, Behavioral Pediatrics (2008)
Languages: English
Department: Pediatrics-Nutrition
Contact Us
CU Anschutz
Fitzsimons Building

13001 East 17th Place
Campus Box C290
Aurora, CO 80045

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