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Shaping the Future

Wendy Slusser, M.D.

Contact Information:

Work Phone Number:

(310) 312-9057
310 312-9057

Mailing Address:

UCLA Ped-CHP / Pub Hlth
BOX 956939, 12-311 MDCC
Los Angeles, CA 90095
10990 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90024

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Health Sciences Associate Clinical Professor, Child Health Policy

Member, Child Health Policy and Community Pediatrics

A Short Biography:

Dr. Wendy Slusser is HS Clinical Professor of Pediatrics in the School of Medicine and Public Health, Co-Founder and Medical Director of the UCLA Fit for Healthy Weight program, and directs the Venice Family Clinic Pediatric Health and Wellness program. She graduated Cum Laude from Princeton University, received her Medical and Masters Degree in Nutrition from the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University. She completed her internship and residency in Pediatrics at Babies Hospital, Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in New York City. Dr. Slusser joined the UCLA faculty in 1996 and since then has been a leader in community, school, clinic, and family based programs related to health promotion, infant and child nutrition and physical fitness. Dr. Slusser is Board Certified in Pediatrics, a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and practices and teaches General Pediatrics and health promotion at the Venice Family Clinic, the largest free clinic in the US.

Awards and Honors:

Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center
Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center

Detailed Biography:

Dr. Slusser is currently the Principal Investigator on the Fit for LA Project that is focused on building the capacity of school doctors, nurse practitioners and pediatric residents in the prevention and management of pediatric obesity; and the Prevention of Childhood Overweight through Parent Training Intervention Project focused on low-income preschool children and their parents. She completed the Fit for Residents Curriculum development and pilot testing project in collaboration with AAP and AAFP, and the evaluation of the Nutrition Network Los Angeles Unified School District Project. Previous research included positions as principal investigator on the Fruit and Vegetable Bar Intervention study to promote fruit and vegetable consumption among low-income elementary school children; and co-investigator on the development of the Nutrition Friendly School criteria a Community Based Participatory Research Project funded by the CDC. Dr. Slusser was selected to be a member of the Institute of Medicine committee in 2010 called Obesity Prevention Policies for Young Children. Her research and expertise have been featured in Los Angeles Times, Jim Leher News Hour, Boston Globe, NPR Morning Edition, and Child Magazine; she was honored with the Beverllee Myers Award of Excellence in 2008, which is awarded each year to an individual who has exhibited outstanding leadership and accomplishments in public health in California and the H.O.P.E. award in 2010, that is presented annually by the American Journal of Health Promotion to an individual who makes an outstanding contribution to serving the health promotion needs of underserved populations or to promoting cultural diversity within health promotion.

Selected Publications:

Slusser WM, Frankel F, Robison K, Fischer H, Cumberland WG, Neumann C Pediatric Overweight Prevention through a Parent Training Program for 2-5 year old Latino Children. Journal of Pediatric Obesity 2012; 8(1): 52-59.
Slusser WM, Staten K, Stephens K, Liu L, Yeh C, Armstrong S, DeUgarte D, Haemer M. ) Payment for obesity services: examples and recommendations for stage 3 comprehensive multidisciplinary intervention programs for children and adolescents. Pediatrics 2011; 128: s78-s85.
Slusser WM, Prelip M, Kinsler J, Toller Erausquin J, Thai C, Neumann C Challenges to parent nutrition education: A qualitative study of parents of urban children attending low-income schools. . Public Health Nutrition 2011; 14(10): 1833-1841.
Prelip M, Slusser W, Thai CL Kinsler J, Erausquin JT Improving low-income parents’ fruit and vegetable intake and their potential to impact children’s nutrition. Health Education 2011; 111(5): 391-411.
Guerrero A,¬ Slusser W, Barreto PM, Rosales N, Kuo A Latina mothers’ perceptions of healthcare professionals’ weight assessments of preschool-aged children. . Journal of Maternal and Child Health 2011; 15: 1308-1315.
Prelip M, Thai Chan Le, Erausquin JT, Slusser W. The Effects of A School-based Nutrition Program Diffused throughout A Large Urban Community on Attitudes, Beliefs, and Behaviors Related to Fruit and Vegetable Consumption. Journal of School Health 2011; 81(9): 520-529.
Slusser WM, Cumberland W, Browdy B, Lange L and Neumann C A School Salad Bar increases frequency of fruit and vegetable consumption among children living in low-income households . Public Health Nutrition 2007; 10(12): 1490-1496.
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