Clinical and Teaching Interests

Kyung Rhee’s research focuses on childhood obesity management. Her interests include understanding the factors that contribute to childhood obesity at the individual and family level, the behavioral treatment of childhood obesity, and exploring other modalities that can enhance the effectiveness of this treatment. She is also interested in improving provider management of obesity in the outpatient setting.


1989 – 1993 Stanford University, Stanford, CA. B.A., Human Biology
1993 – 1994 Stanford University, Stanford, CA. M.A., Sociology
1995 – 1999 Temple University Medical School, Philadelphia, PA. M.D.
1999 – 2002 St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, Philadelphia, PA. Pediatric Residency
2002 – 2003 St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, Philadelphia, PA. Chief Residency
2003 – 2006 Boston University School of Public Health, Boston, MA. M.S. in Epidemiology

Honors and Awards

2009 Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University – Medical Student Teaching Award
2009 Hasbro Children’s Hospital, Providence, RI: Resident Teaching Award

Most Recent Publications

Rhee KE, Appugliese D, Prisco A, Kaciroti N, Corwyn R, Bradley R, Lumeng J. Controlling maternal feeding practices associated with decreased dieting behavior in 6th grade children. Journal of the American Dietetic Association. 2010; 110(4):619-623.
Rhee KE, Wolf, H. Fever of Unknown Origin. The Pediatric Hospital Medicine Core Competencies Supplement. Journal of Hospital Medicine, 2010 Apr; 5(S2):17-18. Published online, 2010 Apr 8; DOI: 10.1002/jhm.728.
Rhee KE, Coleman SM, Appugliese DP, Kaciroti NA, Corwyn RF, Davidson NS, Bradley RH, Lumeng JC. Maternal feeding practices become more controlling after and not before excessive rates of weight gain. Obesity. 2009 Sep;17(9):1724-9.
Jelalian E, Hart C, Rhee K. Treatment of Pediatric Obesity. Medicine & Health/Rhode Island. 2009; 92(2): 48-49.
Rhee K. Childhood Overweight and the Relationship between Parent Behaviors, Parenting Style, and Family Functioning. The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science. 2008; 615: 12-37.
Rhee K, Lumeng J, Appugliese D, Kaciroti N, Bradley R. Parenting Styles and Overweight Status in First Grade. Pediatrics. 2006; 117: 2047-2054.
Rhee K, Silverstein M. Use of Serum Electrolyte Panels in Gastroenteritis: In Reply. Pediatrics. 2005;115 (4):1109-1110.
Rhee K, DeLago C, Arscott-Mills T, Mehta S, Davis R. Factors Associated with Parental Readiness to Make Changes for Overweight Children.Pediatrics. 2005;116 (1): e94-e101.


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