Ric Steele Jr., Ph.D.
Dr. Steele received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Georgia in 1998. Following his APA-approved Clinical Internship at the University of Tennessee Psychology Internship Consortium, he completed a 2-year Post-doctoral fellowship in the Division of Behavioral Medicine at the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, TN. Steele is a professor of Psychology and Applied Behavioral Science, and Directs the APA Accredited Clinical Child Psychology Program. Steele has published more than 75 empirical articles, approximately 30 chapters and reviews, and 5 books. Steele's empirical research has been funded by grants from the US DHHS Maternal Child Health Bureau, the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City, and the NIH. He currently serves on the editorial boards for several journals, including Health Psychology, Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, and he is an Associate Editor for the Journal of Pediatric Psychology. Steele is a recipient of the Byron Alexander Graduate Mentor Award (University of Kansas; 2013), the Martin P. Levin Mentorship Award (Society of Pediatric Psychology, 2012), and the W.T. Kemper Fellowship for Teaching Excellence (University of Kansas, 2006).
Dr. Steele's program of research is broadly concerned with the promotion of physical and mental health in children, adolescents, and families across a continuum of health risk categories (i.e., healthy children, children at risk for disease, and children with diagnosed medical conditions). Within this broad area, his current research is focused primarily on the promotion of weight-related health in children and adolescents. Specifically, his grant-funded projects include a clinic-based intervention for school-aged children with obesity and their families (Positively Fit), and a web-based intervention to help school nurses deliver weight-related health counseling to school-aged children and their families (Responding to the Crisis). His team also does community-based descriptive research on the correlates and predictors of physical activity in school-aged children. Dr. Steele is accepting applications for a new graduate student for the 2016-2017 academic year.