Brian A. Lynch, M.D., studies the prevention and management of pediatric obesity, the promotion of early childhood development, and the collaboration of the medical home with community resources. Dr. Lynch's research work investigates community-based, collaborative approaches to promote early childhood development as well as to prevent and treat childhood obesity.
- The effect of adverse childhood experiences on the development of obesity using national databases
- The effect of childhood obesity on health visit utilization using population-based databases
- Community-based programs to prevent and treat childhood obesity
- Methods to screen for adverse childhood experiences in parents and effectively intervene to promote optimal parental and childhood well-being
Significance to patient care
Childhood obesity is a public health crisis. Dr. Lynch's work will lead to a better understanding of the effect that adverse childhood experiences have on the development of obesity. The research efforts of Dr. Lynch aim to develop effective obesity intervention programs within the community and schools, and to understand the costs of childhood obesity by evaluating health visit utilization in overweight and obese children. Dr. Lynch's work highlights the fact that childhood obesity brings both immediate and long-term costs to our society.
- Editorial board, Journal of Primary Care and Community Health, 2016
- Principal investigator, American Academy of Pediatrics-funded grant to investigate adverse childhood exposure screening and referral within the community in collaboration with the medical home, 2016
- Co-principal investigator, Mayo-Arizona State University Seed Grant Program for a project entitled Pilot nutritional and physical activity intervention in homeless children in Phoenix, Arizona, 2014-2015
- Coordinator, American Academy of Pediatrics Minnesota Community Access to Child Health Grant, 2010-present
- Leader, Olmsted County Communities Coordinating for Healthy Development Project, 2010-2012