The University of Texas at Dallas School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Shayla C. Holub

Associate Professor
Area Head, Psychological Sciences
Program Head, Psychological Sciences PhD, Human Development and Early Childhood Disorders MS, Psychology BS and Child Learning and Development BS

Research Interests

Family influences on childhood obesity and health; parental feeding practices and parenting; weight prejudice and body image

Curriculum Vitae


Email: [email protected]
Phone: 972-883-4473
Office: JO_4.216
Campus Mail Code: GR41
Website: Healthy Development Project


Dr. Shayla Holub is known for her research in the area of childhood obesity. Her work investigates how parents socialize their children𔄩s eating habits through their feeding practices, such as pressuring children to eat or restricting their food intake. Dr. Holub’s work also examines factors related to why some children maintain their ability to self-regulate food intake (i.e., eat when hungry and stop when full), while other children lose this natural ability. She is also interested in the development of attitudes about weight (early developing body image and weight prejudice). Dr. Holub has served as the area head of psychology since 2013, and in 2015 received the Aage Møller Teaching Award from the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences for her outstanding work in the classroom. Dr. Holub earned her bachelor’s degree from Millikin University and her master’s and doctoral degrees from Bowling Green State University.

Recent and Selected Representative Publications

Recent Articles in Peer-Refereed Journals

Tan, C., & Holub, S. C. (2018). The effects of happiness and sadness on children’s snack consumption. Appetite, 123, 169-174.

Ruhl, H., Holub, S. C., & Dolan, E. A. (2016). The Reasoned/Reactive Model: A new approach to examining eating decisions among female college dieters and nondieters. Eating Behaviors, 23, 33-40.

Tan, C., Holub, S. C. (2015). Emotion Regulation Feeding Practices Link Parents’ Emotional Eating to Children’s Emotional Eating: A Moderated Mediation Study. Journal of Pediatric Psychology.