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Dr. Rita DeBate is a Professor in the Department of Community and Family Health at the University of South Florida, College of Public Health. Dr. DeBate’s research interests include adolescent health, positive youth development, women’s health, and secondary prevention of eating disorders.With regard to adolescent health and positive youth development, Dr. DeBate is the national evaluator for Girls on the Run, a positive youth development program through sport for 3rd-5th grade girls. Through her evaluations she has found consistent improvements among Girls on the Run program participants with regard to self-esteem, body image, commitment to physical activity, and physical activity. She is actively sought out by national and international organizations to present her research on Girls on the Run and speak on issues pertaining to body image, eating disorders, and physical activity among adolescent females. For more information regarding Girls on the Run, please go to http://girlsontherun.org/. For a list of publications from Girls on the Run evaluations, please click on Dr. DeBate’s curriculum vitae. Dr. DeBate is also a Co-Investigator (PI: Buhi) on a grant from the Office of Adolescent Health to evaluate the Teen Outreach Program (TOP), a positive youth development program for 9th grade students to prevent unwanted pregnancies.
Positive Youth Development
Secondary Prevention of Eating Disorders.
Research Article: Oral Hyg Health 2014, 2:123