The Scientific Advisory Panel

Keith-Thomas Ayoob, Ed.D., R.D., F.A.D.A.
Pediatric Nutritionist
Rose F. Kennedy Children’s Evaluation and Rehabilitation Center
Bronx, New York

Dr. Keith-Thomas Ayoob is the Director of Nutrition Services at the Rose F. Kennedy Children’s Evaluation and Rehabilitation Center, an Associate Clinical professor of Pediatrics at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City and a spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association (ADA).

As a pediatric nutritionist, he counsels children and their caregivers on several aspects of nutrition, including weight issues, nutritional deficiencies and eating behavior problems. He also has worked for many years with children with special health care needs, including those with HIV. He co-authored ADA’s position papers on nutrition in the care of persons with HIV and on food and nutrition misinformation. Dr. Ayoob’s current research involves investigating obesity in inner-city children.

Dr. Ayoob often speaks on nutrition issues that affect children and has appeared in over 500 national and local print, television and radio interviews. He serves on the Board of Editors of the Journal of the American Dietetic Association and as a peer reviewer for other journals. He is an active member of several dietetic practice groups and recently received the Distinguished Dietitian of the Year award from the Greater New York Dietetic Association.

Dr. Ayoob holds a doctoral degree and two master's degrees in nutrition from Columbia University. He completed his bachelor’s degree in nutrition science from the University of California at Davis.

Harold W. Kohl, III, Ph.D.
Director of the Physical Activity and Nutrition Program

Dr. Harold W. Kohl, III is the Director of the Physical Activity and Nutrition (PAN) Program at the International Life Sciences Institute Center for Health Promotion in Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. Kohl’s research interests focus on physical activity, exercise, fitness and health, and sports medicine surveillance systems for musculoskeletal injuries. He recently has concentrated on program development and evaluation studies for the promotion of physical activity for children, adolescents and older adults.

Dr. Kohl is an elected Trustee and Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine. He currently serves as an Associate Editor for Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise and a Senior Associate Editor for the Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine. He has published more than 70 scientific papers, chapters and monographs in the last ten years.

Dr. Kohl earned his doctorate in Epidemiology and Community Health Studies at the University of Texas Houston Health Science Center School of Public Health, and a Master of Science in Public Health at the University of South Carolina. His other specialty areas are Biostatistics and Health Promotion.

Ellen L. O’Sullivan, M.S., Ph.D.
Public Health Professor
Southern Connecticut State University
President, Leisure Lifestyle Consulting

Dr. Ellen L. O’Sullivan, a nationally recognized expert on play and leisure, is Professor of Public Health at Southern Connecticut State University, where her energies focus upon health promotion and wellness. She also is a CPRP (certified park and recreation professional) with the goal of unleashing the "promise of play" for everyone.

Dr. O’Sullivan piloted with the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) and the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) a program called "Hearts N’ Parks" to help community park and recreation providers deliver heart healthy programs at the grassroots level. The success of that endeavor led to an expansion of that program, which now has 50 magnet sites in 11 states across the country. Dr. O’Sullivan developed the resource guide for this endeavor and serves as its lead trainer.

Dr. O’Sullivan has been active in a number of leadership roles with NRPA and their state and regional affiliates. She is an elected fellow of the American Academy of Park and Recreation Administration and received their Willard C. Sutherland Practitioner Award in 1999. In 1998, she was awarded the National Distinguished Professional Award by NRPA and in 2000 was designated as one of the Distinguished Alumna from the State University of New York at Cortland, where she received a bachelor of science degree in Recreation Education. She also holds a master of education degree in Community Recreation Administration from Springfield College and a doctor of philosophy degree in Educational Administration from the University of Connecticut.

Russell R. Pate, M.S., Ph.D.
Exercise Physiologist
University of South Carolina

Dr. Russell R. Pate is an exercise physiologist with interests in physical activity and physical fitness in children and the health implications of physical activity. In 1974, he joined the faculty of the University of South Carolina, where he now serves as Professor in the Department of Exercise Science and Associate Dean for Research in the School of Public Health.

He has published more than 120 scholarly papers and has authored or edited five books. His research has been supported by the National Institutes of Health, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the American Heart Association and several private foundations and corporations.

Dr. Pate has served in several leadership positions with the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), and in 1993-94 served as that organization’s president. He currently serves as treasurer of ACSM and as immediate past-president of the National Coalition on Promoting Physical Activity. He is an elected fellow of the American Academy of Kinesiology and Physical Education, and he has served since 1988 as an appointed member of the South Carolina Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness. In 1996 he received the Citation Award from the American College of Sports Medicine, and in 1999 he received the Alliance Scholar Award of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.

Dr. Pate was educated at Springfield College (B.S., 1968) and the University of Oregon (M.S., 1973; Ph.D., 1974).

David Schultz, Ph.D., M.Div.
Assistant Professor, Applied Developmental Psychology
University of Maryland - Baltimore County
Baltimore, MD

Dr. David A. Schultz is a clinical psychologist with interests in children’s emotional development and prevention and intervention programs that facilitate this development. He has worked as a therapist with children and families at the University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey, Terry Children’s Psychiatric Center in Delaware and the University of Maryland’s Center for School-Based Mental Health Services in Baltimore.

Dr. Schultz has published on the role of emotions and emotional intelligence in children’s development. His current research examines how mental health professionals might most effectively function with and in schools to promote children’s healthy development. The National Institutes of Mental Health, the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Justice fund this work. He is a member of the Society for a Science of Clinical Psychology.

Dr. Schultz is a Post-Doctoral Fellow at Johns Hopkins University in the Bloomberg School of Public Health. He received a bachelor of art degree in religious history from the University of Maryland, a master of divinity degree from Yale University, a master of art degree in experimental psychology from The College of William & Mary and a doctor of philosophy degree in clinical psychology from the University of Delaware.

Timothy J. Tobolic, M.D.
Family Physician
Byron Family Medicine, PC
Byron Center, Michigan

Dr. Tobolic is a Family Physician in private practice in Byron Center, MI. He is a past president of the Michigan Academy of Family Physicians and continues on their Board of Directors as well as the MAFP Committee on Public Health. He is on the Board of Directors of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine. In his local community, Dr. Tobolic is cofounder and past president of Community Wellness Connection, a non-profit group that promotes wellness activities in his community and current projects include development of a farm market, skatepark and a community recreation center.

Dr. Tobolic serves on the American Academy of Family Physicians' Commission on Health of the Public. He is Chair of the AAFP Americans In Motion (AIM) Advisory Committee. AIM is the AAFP's initiative to provide physicians with programs, products and resources on nutrition and fitness for use in their offices and communities. AIM recently launched Ready Set Fit, a school based fitness curriculum for 3rd and 4th graders. He also serves on the AAFP Breastfeeding Task Force that authored the AAFP Breastfeeding Position Paper.

In addition to the Scientific Advisory Council, Dr. Tobolic has served as a physician advisor for healthy nutrition and fitness initiatives of several organizations including, America on the Move, National Initiative for Child Health Care Quality, and Agency for Health Care Quality.

Dr. Tobolic received his medical degree from Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan and did his residency in Family Medicine in Grand Rapids, MI. He is board certified in family medicine.

Meg Zeller, Ph.D.
Child Psychologist
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center

Dr. Meg Zeller is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, in the Psychology Division. She serves as the psychologist within the Medical Center’s HealthWorks! program, a multidisciplinary treatment program for pediatric and adolescent obesity.

Dr. Zeller’s research interests are in the psychological correlates of pediatric obesity, the social and emotional functioning of children with chronic illness and children's peer relations. Dr. Zeller is a recent recipient of a career development award from the National Institutes of Health. This funding supports further development of her expertise in the treatment and prevention of pediatric obesity as well as a research program that focuses on the social functioning, emotional well-being and family environments of obese children and adolescents. Her findings will be used to guide the development of clinical interventions by identifying potential barriers to successful weight management treatment and maintenance.

Dr. Zeller received her doctoral training in clinical psychology at the University of Cincinnati and completed her predoctoral internship in pediatric psychology at Duke University Medical Center. Dr. Zeller completed her postdoctoral fellowship in pediatric psychology at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.