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

Shayla C. Holub

Associate Professor
Department Chair, Psychology

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’s research explores the difficult situation parents face as they try to encourage healthy eating behaviors in children, while also protecting and promoting their positive body image. To do this, Dr. Holub employs novel observational and experimental methods to understand family socialization of eating habits, especially parent feeding practices, such as pressuring children to eat or restricting their food intake. She is also interested in the development of attitudes about weight (early developing body image and weight prejudice). Her work has uncovered why some children show more bias than others and has been used to develop interventions to lessen bias. Future work will also explore connections between weight bias and other forms of bias and prejudice during early childhood. Dr. Holub has served as the 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.