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David Janicke, PhD

(Ph.D. 2001, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University)

Office: 352-273-6046

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David Janicke, Ph.D., is a Professor in the Department of Clinical and Health Psychology at the University of Florida. He received his doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Virginia Tech in 2001 and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in pediatric psychology at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. He is a Fellow of APA Division 54 and is the PI on multiple NIH and Medicaid funded trials examining the effectiveness of community-based behavioral family interventions for addressing obesity in underserved and at-risk youth.  He serves on the executive committee for the Society of Pedaitric Psychology (APA Division 54) and the editorial board for the Journal of Pediatric Psychology.  He has also been the co-editor for multiple special issues of the Journal of Pediatric Psychology. Dr. Janicke has served on multiple NIDDK special emphasis grant review panels.

Research Focus

Dr. Janicke’s main area of interest is translational research intended to promote the dissemination of obesity interventions for individuals in underserved settings, with a primary focus on children. Unique aspects of his work include comparing family-based vs. parent-only interventions to address lifestyle change in children and designing interventions (group leader training protocol) to be delivered to families in underserved rural settings through the cooperative extension service.  Janicke is the PI on a recently completed NIDDK-funded grant titled the “Extension Family Lifestyle Intervention Project (E-FLIP for Kids).” E-FLIP for Kids examines the impact of behavioral interventions for pediatric obesity in underserved rural settings.  He is the PI on two current NIH funded RCTs:  (1) Cognitive Behavioral Treatment for Improving Sleep in Overweight and Obese Youth; and, (2) Community-based Healthy-lifestyle Intervention for Rural Preschoolers (CHIRP Study) (multiple PI with Dr. Christina McCrae).  Dr. Janicke is also a Co-I on a student examining the impact of weight change on lung functioning in children with asthma (Childhood Health and Asthma management Program – CHAMP study) (PI – David Fedele, PhD). In addition, Janicke serves as a co-investigator on a randomized clinical trial examining the effectiveness of obesity interventions for adults in underserved settings. He also serves as co-investigator on the NHLBI funded RCT, Rural LEAP Trial, which is examining weight management interventions for adults in rural settings.

One of his earliest lines of research focused on factors related to pediatric health service utilization, most notably the impact of child and parent psychosocial functioning on health service use. Recently, this line of research has expanded to examine the impact of child weight status and obesity on health service use and expenditures. Financial support for his recent research in this area has come from two grants from the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration. Janicke is currently conducting a longitudinal study examining the impact of child weight status and psychosocial functioning on health service use and expenditures.

Dr. Janicke is also conducting research examining psychosocial adjustment and barriers to treatment adherence in overweight and obese children. This includes factors impacting the portion sizes parent service to their children, sleep and obesity, quality of life, self-esteem, weight-based stigmatization, extreme versus health weight control behaviors, and rates of psychiatric diagnosis associated with pediatric obesity. He lab is also using virtual human technology to examine the potential impact of physician bias (i.e., race, gender, weight) on health disparities.

Current Grants


Cognitive Behavioral Treatment for Improving Sleep in Overweight and Obese Youth
9/1/14 – 8/31/2016
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
Principal Investigators – David Janicke, PhD & Christina McCrae, PhD (Multiple PIs)
Total Costs $384,321

Community-based Healthy-lifestyle Intervention for Rural Preschoolers (CHIRP Study)
7/1/2012 – 6/30/2015
National Institute of Diabetes & Digestive & Kidney Diseases
Principal Investigator: David M. Janicke, Ph.D.
Total Costs:   $398,202

Childhood Health and Asthma management Program (CHAMP)
7/1/14 – 6/30/2016
American Lung Association
Principal Investigator – David Fedele, PhD
Total Costs $80,000
Role – Co-I

Rural Lifestyle Eating and Activity Program (Rural LEAP)
R18 HL112720
4/1/2014 – 3/31/2018
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute Role:
Principal Investigator – Michael Perri, PhD
Total Costs $3,724,808
Role – Co-I


Team up for Healthy Living 2.0: Appalachian  Prevention for Adolescent Obesity Disparity
7/1/15 – 6/30/2020
National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD)
Principal Investigator – Debbie Slawson, PhD (R01 MD006200-04)
Total Costs $3,170,608
Role – Co-I

This renewal project addresses adolescent obesity disparity in Appalachia by building on the aims of the originally funded Team Up R01 grant, expanding on a successful intervention to test theoretically sound, evidence-based social ecological supports for youth as they progress from adolescence to young adulthood. Two intervention methodologies will be tested via randomized control trial:  a brief school-based intervention and an additional school, peer, and family-focused intervention. With guidance through a partnership of academics and school district personnel, this project will result in the development and dissemination of a replicable model for improving health and reducing mortality among rural populations.

Team Speak: mHealth Approach to Collaborative Asthma Management for Teens & Parents 
4/1/15 – 3/31/2017
National Institute Child and Human Development  (NICHD)
Principal Investigator – David Fedele, PhD (R21 NR015526)
Total Costs $410,913
Role – Co-I

Healthy Lifestyle Intervention Program (HIP) for Young Children
7/1/15 – 6/30/2017
National Institute Child and Human Development  (NICHD)
Principal Investigator – (Paulo Graziano, PhD & Crystal Lim, PhD:  Multiple PIs)
Total Costs $414,084
Role – Co-I

Longitudinally investigating obesity and early puberty as cancer risks in females      
4/1/15 – 3/31/2017
National Cancer Institute  (NCI)
Principal Investigator – Sarah Landsman, M.D.
Total Costs $163,127
Role – Co-I

The proposed study will evaluate among females a) the independent and joint effects of childhood weight and socio-demographic risk on early pubertal timing, b) pubertal timing effects on behavioral and physical health outcomes associated with cancer risk while accounting for childhood weight and socio-demographic risks, and c) potential moderating influences of race/ethnicity. This study lays the groundwork necessary to isolate targets for early childhood intervention that could have effects across a diverse range of cancer-related health outcomes.

Professional Memberships

  • American Psychological Association
  • Society of Pediatric Psychology

Courses Thought

  • Pediatric Psychology

Representative Publications

Palermo, T., Janicke, D.M., Mullins, L., McQuaid, L., Robins, P., & Wu, Y. (2014). Recommendations for training in pediatric psychology: Defining core competencies across training levels. Journal of Pediatric Psychology – Advanced Access.

Perri, M.G., Limacher, M. von Castel-Roberts, K,. Daniels, M., Durning, P., Janicke, D.M., Bobroff, L., Radcliff, T., Milsom, V., Chanmin, K., & Martin, D. (In Press). Comparative Effectiveness of Three Doses of Behavioral Weight Loss Counseling: Two-Year Findings from the Rural LITE Trial. Obesity.

Graef, D.M., Janicke, D.M., & McCrae, C.. (In Press). Sleep Patterns of a Primarily Obese Sample of Treatment-Seeking Children. Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine.

Janicke, D.M., Steele, R.F., Gayes, L.A., Lim, C.S., Clifford, L.M., Schneider, E.M., Carmody, J.K., & Westen, S. (2014). Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Comprehensive Behavioral Family Lifestyle Interventions Addressing Pediatric Obesity. Journal of Pediatric Psychology – Advanced Access.

Lim, C.S., Gowey, M.A., & Janicke, D.M. (In Press). Behavioral Family Treatment of Pediatric Obesity in a Community-Based Rural Setting: A Case Study Demonstrating Barriers to Treatment Effectiveness. Clinical Practice in Pediatric Psychology

Klitzman, P., Armstrong, B., & Janicke, D.M. (2014). Distance as a Predictor of Treatment Attendance in a Family-Based Pediatric Weight-Management Program in Rural Areas. The Journal of Rural Health – Advanced Access.

Gowey, M.A., Lim, C.S., Clifford, L. M., & Janicke, D.M. (2014). Disordered eating and health-related quality of life in overweight and obese youth. Journal of Pediatric Psychology – Advanced Access.

Armstrong, B., Westen, S. & Janicke, D.M. (2013). The role of overweight perception and depressive symptoms in child and adolescent unhealthy weight control behaviors: A mediation model. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 39, 340-348.

Fedele, D. A., Janicke, D. M., Lim, C. S., & Abu-Hasan, M. (2013). An Examination of comorbid asthma and obesity: Assessing differences in physical activity, sleep duration, health-related quality of life, and parental distress. Journal of Asthma, 51, 275-281.

Karazsia, B., Berlin, C., Armstrong, B., Janicke, D.M., & Darling, K. (2013). Integrating Mediation and Moderation to Advance Theory Development and Testing. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 39, 163-173.

Lim, C.S., Clifford, L., Mayer-Brown, S.J., & Janicke, D.M. (2013). Pain Impacts Physical Activity and Health-Related Quality of Life in Obese Children. Children’s Health Care – Advanced Access.

Armstrong, B., Carmody, J.K., & Janicke, D.M. (2013). Predictors of maternal encouragement to diet: A moderated mediation. Journal of Child and Maternal Health – Advanced Access.
Steele, R.G., & Janicke, D.M. (2013). Changing times call for changing methods: Special issue on innovative treatments and prevention programs for pediatric obesity. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 38, 927-931.

Janicke, D.M. (2013). Treatment of Pediatric Obesity Using a Parent-Only Approach: A Case Example. Health Psychology, 32, 345-350.

Gray, W.N., Crawford, M., Junger, & Dumont-Driscoll, & Janicke, D.M.  (In Press). Associations between Actual and Perceived Weight and Psychosocial Functioning in Children: The Importance of Child Perceptions. Childhood Obesity.

Rozensky, R.H., & Janicke, D.M.  (2012). Health care reform and psychology’s workforce:  Preparing for the future of pediatric psychology.  Journal of Pediatric Psychology, Advanced Access.

Janicke, D.M., Lim, C.S., Perri, M.G., Mathews, A., Bobroff, L., Silverstein, J.H., Brumback, B., & Dumont-Driscoll, M.  (2010).  Extension Family Lifestyle Intervention Project (E-FLIP for Kids):  Design and Methods. Contemporary Clinical Trials, 32, 50-58.

Gray, W.N., Simon, S., Janicke, D.M., & Dumont-Driscoll, M.   (2011).Moderators of Weight-based Stigmatization Among Overweight and Non-overweight Youth:  The Role of Gender, Race, and Body Dissatisfaction.  Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, 32, 110-116. 

Janicke, D.M., Harman, J., Jamoom, E., Simon, S., Zhang, J., & Dumont-Driscoll, M.   (2010). The Relationships Among Child Weight Status, Psychosocial Functioning, and Pediatric Health Care Expenditures in a Medicaid Population. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 35 883-891.

Gray, W.N., Janicke, D.M., Wistedt, K.M., & Dumont-Driscoll, M. (2010). Factors Associated with Parental Use of Restrictive Feeding Practices to Control Children’s Food Intake. Appetite,55, 332-337.

Junger, K.F., Janicke, D.M., & Sallinen, B.J.  (2010). The Impact of a Behavioral Weight Management Program on Disordered Eating Attitudes and Behaviors in Overweight Children.  Journal of the American Dietetic Association, 110, 1653-1659.

Janicke, D.M., Harman, J., Jamoom, E., Simon, S., Zhang, J., & Dumont-Driscoll, M.   (2009). The Relationships Among Child Weight Status, Psychosocial Functioning, and Pediatric Health Care Expenditures in a Medicaid Population.  Journal of Pediatric Psychology.

Janicke, D.M., Sallinen, B.J., Perri, M.G., Lutes, L.D., Silverstein, J.H., & Brumback, B.  (2009). Comparison of Program Costs for Parent-Only and Family-Based Interventions for Pediatric Obesity in Medically Underserved Rural Settings. Journal of Rural Health, 25, 326-330.

Janicke, D.M , Sallinen, B.J., Perri, M.G., Lutes, L.D., Silverstein, J.H., Huerta, M., & Brumback, B. (2008). Comparison of Parent-Only versus Family-Based Interventions for Overweight Children in Underserved Rural Settings:  Outcomes from Project STORY. Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, 162, 1119-1125.

Perri, M.G, Limacher, M., Durning, P., Janicke, D.M., Lutes, L., Bobroff, L., et al.  (2008). Extended-Care Programs for Weight Management in Rural Communities: The Treatment of Obesity in Underserved Rural Settings (TOURS) Randomized Trial. Archives of Internal Medicine, 168, 2347-2354.

Janicke, D.M., Harman, J., Kelleher, K., & Zhang, J.  (2008). The Association Among Psychiatric Diagnoses, Service Utilization and Expenditures in Children with Obesity-Related Health Conditions. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 34, 79-88.

Janicke, D.M., Marciel, K.K., Ingerski, L.M., Novoa, W., Lowry, K.W., Sallinen, B.J., & Silverstein, J.H. (2007). The impact of psychosocial factors on quality of life in obese youth. Obesity, 15, 1799-1807.