Helena H. Laroche, MD

Director of Weight Management Clinic
Associate Professor of Internal Medicine - General Internal Medicine
Associate Professor of Pediatrics

Contact Information

920 E 2nd Ave
Coralville, IA 52242

208 B MERF
200 Hawkins Drive
Iowa City, IA 52242


MD, University of Missouri Medical School
Resident, Internal Medicine & Pediatrics, University of Rochester
Fellow, Health Services Research Fellowship-General Pediatrics, University of Michigan

Licensure and Certifications

Diplomate of the American Board of Obesity Medicine - American Board of Obesity Medicine
Iowa Medical License - Iowa Board of Medicine
Iowa Controlled Substance Certification - Iowa Board of Pharmacy
Federal Controlled Substance Certification - United States Department of Justice, Drug Enforcement Administration
Basic Life Support - American Heart Association


Zhen-Duan, J., Engebretsen, B. & Laroche, H. H. (2019). Diet and physical activity changes among low-income families: perspectives of mothers and their children. International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-being, 14(1), 1658700. PMID: 31452465.

Behrman, P., Fitzgibbon, M., Buscemi, J., Sanchez-Johnsen, L., Laroche, H., Yanez, B., Gonzales, R., Gwede, C. K., Raja, S., Jacobson, L., Gil-Rivas, V. & Tam-Ashing, K. (2019). Society of Behavioral Medicine Position Statement: Congress should protect immigrants seeking health care. Translational Behavioral Medicine. PMID: 31367753.

Jacobson, L. T., Behrman, P., Laroche, H., Wischenka, D. M. & Dowling, J. (2019). Infant Nutrition: Breastfeeding & Introducing Solid Foods to Your Baby. Society of Behavioral Medicine Online.

Davis, A., Hanrahan, L., Bokov, A., Schlachter, S., Laroche, H. & Waitman, L. R. (2019). Patient Engagement and Attitudes toward Using the Electronic Medical Record for Medical Research: The 2015 Greater Plains Collaborative Health and Medical Research Family Survey. Journal of Medical Internet Research.

Behrman, P., Demirci, J., Yanez, B., Beharie, N. & Laroche, H. (2019). Society of Behavioral Medicine (SBM) position statement: SBM urges Congress to preserve and extend funding for Medicaid services. Translational behavioral medicine, 9(1), 175-178. PMID: 29741734.

Behrman, P., Demirci, J., Yanez, B., Beharie, N. & Laroche, H. (2019). Society of Behavioral Medicine (SBM) position statement: SBM urges Congress to preserve and increase the financing of federally funded nutrition assistance programs and services. Translational Behavioral Medicine, 9(1), 170-174. PMID: 29726980.

Baquero, B., Kava, C. M., Ashida, S., Daniel-Ulloa, J., Laroche, H. H., Haines, H., Bucklin, R., Maldonado, A., Coronado Garcia, M., Berto, S., Sewell, D., Novak, N., Janz, K., Gates, C. & Parker, E. A. (2018). Active Ottumwa: Adapting Evidence-Based Recommendations to Promote Physical Activity in a Micropolitan New Destination Community. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 15(5). PMID: 29734709.

Metcalf, K. M., Baquero, B. I., Coronado Garcia, M. L., Francis, S. L., Janz, K. F., Laroche, H. H. & Sewell, D. K. (2018). Calibration of the global physical activity questionnaire to Accelerometry measured physical activity and sedentary behavior. BMC Public Health, 18(1), 412. PMID: 29587694.

Montuclard, A. L., Park-Mroch, J., O'Shea AMJ,, Wansink, B., Irvin, J. & Laroche, H. H. (2017). College Cafeteria Signage Increases Water Intake but Water Position on the Soda Dispenser Encourages More Soda Consumption. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, pii:S1499-4046(17), 30649-8. PMID: 28743437.

Reyes, J., Tripp-Reimer, T., Parker, E., Muller, B. & Laroche, H. (2017). Factors Influencing Diabetes Self-Management Among Medically Underserved Patients With Type II Diabetes. Global Qualitative Nursing Research.

Gilbert, P. A., Laroche, H. H., Wallace, R. B., Parker, E. A. & Curry, S. J. (2017). Extending Work on Rural Health Disparities: A Commentary on Matthews and Colleagues' Report. The Journal of Rural Health. PMID: 28397970.

Laroche, H. H., Hradek, C., Anderson, K., Hanks, A. S., Just, D. R., Hoy, K. & Wansink, B. (2017). Healthy Concessions: High School Students' Responses to Healthy Concession Stand Changes. Journal of School Health, 87(2), 98-105. PMID: 28076924.

Boone-Heinonen, J., Howard, A. G., Meyer, K., Lewis, C. E., Kiefe, C. I., Laroche, H. H., Gunderson, E. P. & Gordon-Larsen, P. (2015). Marriage and parenthood in relation to obesogenic neighborhood trajectories: The CARDIA study. Health Place, 34, 229-240. PMID: 26093081.

Laroche, H. H., Ford, C., Anderson, K., Cai, X., Just, D. R., Hanks, A. S. & Wansink, B. (2015). Concession Stand Makeovers: A Pilot Study of Offering Healthy Foods at High School Concession Stands. Journal of Public Health (Oxford), 37(1), 116-124. PMID: 24623802.

Laroche, H. H., Wallace, R. D., Snetselaar, L., Hillis, S. L., Cai, X. & Steffen, L. M. (2013). Weight gain among men and women who have a child enter their home. J Acad Nutr Diet, 113(11), 1504-10. PMID: 23876450.

Laroche, H. H., Wallace, R. B., Snetselaar, L. G., Hillis, S. & Steffen, L. M. (2012). Changes in Diet Behavior when Adults become Parents. Journal of Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (previously the Journal of the American Dietetic Association), 112(6), 832-839. PMID: 22551676.

Laroche, H. H., Snetselaar, L. G. (2011). Rural Parents and Exercise: Children as Barriers and Motivators. Topics in Clinical Nutrition, 26(3), 234-245.

Laroche, H. H., Davis, M. M., Forman, J., Palmisano, G., Reisinger, H. S., Tannas, C., Spencer, M. & Heisler, M. (2009). Children's Roles in Parents' Diabetes Self-Management: Children's and Parent's Perceptions. Am J Prev Med, 37(6 Suppl 1), S251-61. PMID: 19896027.

Laroche, H. H., Heisler, M., Forman, J., Anderson, M. & Davis, M. M. (2008). When Adults with Diabetes Attempt to Drink Less Soda: Resulting Adult-Child Interactions and Household Changes. JNMA, 100(9), 1004-11. PMID: 18807427.

Laroche, H. H., Klein, J. (2008). Factors that Contribute to Turnover Among Youth Development Workers. Journal of Youth Development, 2(3), 0803FA003.

Laroche, H. H., Davis, M. M., Forman, J., Palmisano, G. & Heisler, M. (2008). What about the Children? The Experience of Families Involved in an Adult-focused Diabetes Intervention. Public Health Nutr, 11(4), 427-36. PMID: 17686202.

Laroche, H. H., Hofer, T. P. & Davis, M. M. (2007). Adult fat intake associated with the presence of children in households: findings from NHANES III. J Am Board Fam Med, 20(1), 9-15. PMID: 17204729.

Hillman, L. S., Forte, L. R., Veum, T., Ru, Y., Howard, B., Rowe, A. & Hillman, H. W. (1994). Effect of parathyroid hormone-related peptide supplementation of soy protein formulas in the neonatal pig model. J Bone Mineral Res, 9(7), 1047-52. PMID: 7942151.