Dr. Thomas Robinson directs the Stanford Solutions Science Lab that conducts individual-, family-, school-, and community-based randomized controlled trials to test behavioral, social and environmental interventions to prevent and treat childhood obesity, increase physical activity and reduce screen time, improve nutrition, reduce aggressive behaviors, and increase environmental sustainability and energy efficiency among children and their families. The lab has extensive experience designing, implementing, and evaluating large-scale community-based trials among diverse samples of children and families. The lab focuses on designing and testing the efficacy and effectiveness of theory-driven behavioral, social, and environmental interventions, to directly inform medical and public health practices and policymaking. The Stanford Solutions Science Lab excels in designing and testing interdisciplinary solutions, and collaborates with faculty across all of Stanford’s seven schools. The lab’s research is founded in Dr. Robinson’s solution-oriented research paradigm, and applies his concepts of process motivators and stealth interventions to promote larger and more sustained improved health and well-being in children and families.
Dr. Robinson originated the solution-oriented research paradigm and directs the Stanford Solutions Science Lab. He is known for his pioneering obesity prevention and treatment research, including the concept of stealth interventions. His research applies social cognitive models of behavior change to behavioral, social, environmental and policy interventions for children and families in real world settings, making the results relevant for informing clinical and public health practice and policy.