Paulina Nowicka, Ph.D.

Affiliated Scientist
Oregon Social Learning Center

Primary Research and Clinical Interests

Paulina Nowicka has worked in a family-therapy based treatment model of childhood obesity for almost a decade in the Childhood Obesity Unit in Malmö, Sweden, before she defended her doctoral thesis in pediatrics on multidisciplinary treatment of childhood and adolescent obesity (2009, Lund University,  Sweden). As a part of her doctoral thesis, she developed and evaluated the Family Weight School, a brief intervention for families with obese adolescents. The Family Weight School model resulted in a book and a manual and is now used as a treatment program in many sites throughout Scandinavia. During her first postdoctoral visit at the Yale School of Medicine, she participated in long-term evaluations of another successful pediatric obesity program “Bright Bodies” that assessed the effects of intervention on body composition and metabolic markers as well as its cost-effectiveness. Currently, Dr Nowicka is particularly interested in the development of obesity treatment programs for preschoolers using the OSLC-developed Parent Management Training-Oregon Model (PMTO). In addition, during her postdoctoral fellowship at OSLC/University of Oregon she will further examine the influence of family environment, specifically the role grandparents play, on the development of pediatric obesity. In addition, Dr Nowicka is affiliated with Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden, where she is responsible for the psychosocial assessments of families participating in a long-term prevention study of early obesity, Early Stop. She is also a member of the Childhood Obesity Taskforce of the European Association for the Study of Obesity (EASO).

Selected Publications

  • Nowicka, P. & Flodmark, CE. Barnövervikt i praktiken – evidensbaserad familjeviktskola. [Childhood Obesity in Practice – The Evidence-based Family Weight School]. Studentlitteratur, 2006, 1-282 pp

  • Nowicka, P. Pietrobelli, A. Flodmark, CE. (2007). Low intensity family therapy is useful in a clinical setting to treat obese and extremely obese children. International Journal of Pediatric Obesity (2),211-7

  • Nowicka, P. Höglund, P, Pietrobelli, A. Lissau, I. Flodmark, CE. Family Weight School treatment: 1-year results in obese adolescents. International Journal of Pediatric Obesity 2008 (3), 141-147.

  • Nowicka, P. Flodmark, CE. (2008). Family in pediatric obesity management – a literature review. International Journal of Pediatric Obesity 3 (S1), 44-50.

  • Nowicka, P. Höglund, P, Birgerstam, P. Lissau, I. Pietrobelli, A. Flodmark, CE. Self-esteem in a clinical sample of morbidly obese children and adolescents. Acta Paediatrica 2009; 98: 152-8

  • Nowicka, P. Lanke, J. Pietrobelli A. Apitzsch E. Flodmark CE. Sports camp with six-months support as a treatment of childhood obesity. Scandinavian Journal of Public Health, 2009; 37:793-800

  • Nowicka P. Flodmark CE. Family therapy as a model for treating childhood obesity. Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry. 2011 Jan;16(1):129-45.

  • Baker J., Farpour-Lambert N., Nowicka, P., Pietrobelli, A, Weiss, R. (2010). Evaluation of the overweight/obese child. Practical tips for the health care provider. Recommendations from the Childhood Obesity Task Force (COTF) of the European Association for the Study of Obesity (EASO). Obesity Facts (3), 131-7.

Recent Publications

  • Ek, A., Chamberlain, K. L., Ejderhamn, J., Fisher, P. A., Marcus, C., Chamberlain, P., & Nowicka, P. (2015). The more and less study: A randomized controlled trial testing different approaches to treat obesity in preschoolers. BMC Public Health, 15, 735-751. doi: 10.1186/s12889-015-1912-1