Melanie D Hingle
Associate Professor, BIO5 Institute
Associate Professor, Nutritional Sciences
Associate Professor, Public Health
Member of the Graduate Faculty
Primary Department
Department Affiliations
(520) 621-3087
Work Summary
Melanie Hingle's work focuses on understanding determinants of energy balance behaviors (i.e. how and why behaviors are initiated and sustained), and identifying contributors to the success of interventions (i.e. when, where, and how interventions should be delivered) are critical steps toward developing programs that effectively change behavior, thereby mitigating unhealthy weight gain and promoting optimal health. Current projects include: Determinants of metabolic risk, and amelioration of risk, in pediatric cancer survivors, Guided imagery intervention delivered via a mobile software application to increase healthy eating and physical activity in weight-concerned women smokers, and Family-focused diabetes prevention program delivered in partnership with the YMCA.
Research Interest
Identify and understand determinants of behavioral, weight-related, and metabolic outcomes in children, adolescents, and families, including how and why so-called “obesogenic behaviors” (unhealthy dietary habits, sedentary behaviors) are initiated and sustained. Develop and test novel approaches to motivate healthy lifestyle changes in children, adolescents, and families, including development, testing, and assessment of face-to-face and mobile device-based interventions.


Hingle, M., Turner, T., Kutob, R., Merchant, N., Roe, D., Stump, C., & Going, S. B. (2015). The EPIC Kids Study: A Randomized Family-Focused YMCA-Based Intervention to Prevent Type 2 Diabetes in At-Risk Youth. BMC Public Health.
BIO5 Collaborators
Scott B Going, Melanie D Hingle

BMC Public Health. 2015 Dec 18;15:1253. doi: 10.1186/s12889-015-2595-3.

Hingle, M., Nichter, M., Medeiros, M., & Grace, S. (2013). Texting for Health: The Use of Participatory Methods to Develop Healthy Lifestyle Messages for Teens. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, 45, 12-19.
BIO5 Collaborators
Scott B Going, Melanie D Hingle
Thomson, C. A., Wertheim, B. C., Hingle, M., Wang, L., Neuhouser, M. L., Gong, Z., Garcia, L., Stefanick, M. L., & Manson, J. E. (2012). Alcohol consumption and body weight change in postmenopausal women: results from the Women's Health Initiative. International journal of obesity (2005), 36(9), 1158-64.

To determine whether alcohol consumption is associated with incident overweight or obesity in normal-weight, postmenopausal women.

Goodman, D., Park, H. L., Stefanick, M., Hingle, M., Lamonte, M., LeBlanc, E., Johnson, K., Desai, M., & Anton-Culver, H. (2014). Self-recalled Youth Physical Activity and Postmenopausal Cardiovascular Disease. Health behavior and policy review, 1(6), 472-483.

To evaluate the association between childhood physical activity and incident cardiovascular disease (CVD) during postmenopausal years.

Hingle, M. D., Laddu, D., Dow, C., Hingle, M., Thomson, C., & Going, S. (2011). A Review of evidence-based strategies to treat obesity in adults.. Nutrition in Clinical Practice, 26(5), 512-525.