Melanie D Hingle
Associate Professor, BIO5 Institute
Associate Professor, Nutritional Sciences
Associate Professor, Public Health
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., 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
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.

Howard, B. V., Aragaki, A. K., Tinker, L. F., Allison, M., Hingle, M. D., Johnson, K. C., Manson, J. E., Shadyab, A. H., Shikany, J. M., Snetselaar, L. G., Thomson, C. A., Zaslavsky, O., & Prentice, R. L. (2017). A Low-Fat Dietary Pattern and Diabetes: A Secondary Analysis From the Women's Health Initiative Dietary Modification Trial. Diabetes care.

We performed a secondary analysis to evaluate the effect of the Women's Health Initiative dietary intervention on incident diabetes and diabetes treatment in postmenopausal women.

Hingle, M. D., Patrick, H., Sacher, P., & Sweet, C. C. (2017). The intersection of behavioral science and digital health: the case for academic-industry partnerships. Health Education and Behavior.
Hingle, M. D., Mueller, A. M., Maher, C. A., Vandelanotte, C., Middelweerd, A., Lopez, M., DeSmet, A., Camille, S., Nathan, N., Hutchesson, M., Poppe, L., Woods, C., Williams, S. L., & Wark, P. A. (2017). A bibliometric analysis of physical activity, sedentary behavior and diet related e/mHealth research. Journal of Medical Internet Research.