Barbara J. Rolls, Ph.D.

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Helen A. Guthrie Chair and Professor

Contact Information

226 Henderson Building
The Pennsylvania State University
University Park PA 16802


(fax) 814-863-8574


Ph.D., University of Cambridge, England, 1970

Research Interests

Psychological and environmental controls of food intake and food selection in normal weight and obese humans

Dietary strategies for weight management

Selected Publications

Rolls, B.J., Roe, L.S., James, B.L. and Sanchez, C.E. (2017). Does the incorporation of portion-control strategies in a behavioral program improve weight loss in a one-year randomized controlled trial? International Journal of Obesity; Available online Nov. 30, 2016.

Masheb, R.M., Dorflinger, L.M., Rolls, B.J., Mitchell, D.C. and Grilo, C.M. (2016). Binge abstinence is associated with reduced energy intake after treatment in patients with binge eating disorder and obesity. Obesity; 24: 2491-2496.

Kling, S.M., Roe, L.S., Sanchez, C.E. and Rolls, B.J. (2016). Does milk matter: Is children’s intake affected by the type or amount of milk served at a meal? Appetite; 105: 509-518.

Kling, S.M., Roe, L.S., Keller, K.L. and Rolls, B.J. (2016). Double trouble: Portion size and energy density combine to increase preschool children’s lunch intake. Physiology and Behavior; 162: 18-26.

Rolls, B.J. (2016). Creativity needs some serendipity: Reflections on a career in ingestive behavior. Physiology and Behavior; 162: 186-195.

Roe, L.S., Kling, S.M. and Rolls, B.J. (2016). What is eaten when all of the foods at a meal are served in large portions? Appetite; 99: 1-9.

Zuraikat, F.M., Roe, L.S., Privitera, G.J. and Rolls, B.J. (2016). Increasing the size of portion options affects intake but not portion selection at a meal. Appetite; 98: 95-100.

MacLean, P.S., Wing, R.R., Davidson, T., Epstein, L., Goodpaster, B., Hall, K.D., Levin, B.E., Perri, M.G., Rolls, B.J., Rosenbaum, M., Rothman, A.J., Ryan, D. (2015). NIH Working Group report: Innovative research to improve maintenance of weight loss. Obesity; 23, 7-15.

Rolls, B.J. (2014). What is the role of portion control in weight management? International Journal of Obesity; 38, S1-S8.

Casazza, K., Brown, A., Astrup, A., Bertz, F., Baum C., Bohan Brown, M., Dawson, J., Durant, N., Dutton, G., Fields, D.A., Fontaine, K.R., Levitsky, D., Mehta, T., Menachemi, N., Newby, P., Pate, R., Raynor, H., Rolls, B.J., Sen, B., Smith, D.L. Jr, Thomas, D., Wansink, B., Allison, D.B., and Heymsfield, S. (2015). Weighing the evidence of common beliefs in obesity research. Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition; 55, 14, 2014-2053.

Courses Taught

NUTR 520 Readings in Nutrition

NUTR 532 Childhood Obesity

HDFS 532 Childhood Obesity

NUTR 533 Adult Obesity

HDFS 533 Adult Obesity

NUTR 534 Readings in Ingestive Behavior

HDFS 534 Readings in Igestive Behavior

Strategic Themes

  • Domains of Health and Behavior