Crystal Lim

Crystal Lim


Health Psychology Department Chair and Associate Professor

Research at a glance

Research Topics

Research Summary

Dr. Lim studies medical and psychological health issues related to childhood obesity, and ways to help families improve their well-being.


  • Licensed psychologist in Missouri and Mississippi
  • Board Certified in Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology

Education and training


  • Post-Doctoral Associate in Pediatric Psychology, University of Florida


  • Clinical Internship, Child Track, University of Florida
  • Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, Georgia State University
  • M.A., Clinical Psychology, Georgia State University


  • B.S., Psychology, Highest Honors, University of Florida

Professional Membership and Service

  • Journal of Pediatric Psychology, Editorial Board Member
  • American Psychological Association
  • Society of Pediatric Psychology
  • Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology
  • Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies
  • The Obesity Society
  • American Board of Professional Psychology Foundation Board
  • Missouri Psychological Association

Research Interests

Dr. Lim directs the Mizzou Health Psychology Research lab, in addition to providing clinical assessment and therapy services in the Department of Health Psychology clinics. Her work has previously been supported by NIH, HRSA, CDC, and SAMSHA. Dr. Lim has current funding from the University of Missouri. Research in the lab focuses on three primary areas: 1) examining psychological and physical health comorbidities associated with obesity in children and adults, 2) developing and evaluating family-based and technology-based behavioral weight management interventions, and 3) exploring issues related to cultural and family factors that intersect with engagement in health behaviors and health equity.

Selected Publications

*denotes trainee/student author

  1. *Gissandaner, T., Lim, C. S., Sarver, D. E., Brown, D., McCulloh, R., Malloch, L., & Annett, R. D. (2023). The Impact of COVID-19 on Families with Children: Examining Sociodemographic Differences. Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics, 44(2), e88-e94. Doi: 10.1097/DBP.0000000000001147
  2. Lim, C. S., *Dodd, C., *Rutledge, L., Sandridge, S., King, K., Jefferson, D. J., & Tucker, T. (2023). Usability & satisfaction outcomes from a pilot open trial examining remote patient monitoring to treat pediatric obesity during the COVID-19 pandemic. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 20, 2373. doi:10.3390/ijerph20032373.
  3. Nadorff, D. K., Duck, A., Lim, C. S., & Fastring, D. (2022). The Charm of Country Life? Impact of Rural Childhood Residence on Physical and Mental Health in Later Life. The Journal of Rural Health. Doi: 10.1111/jrh.12734.
  4. Darden, P. M., Davis, A. M., Lee, J. Y., Bimali, M., Simon, A. E., Atz, A. M., Lim, C. S., Phan, T. T., Roberts, J. R., McCulloh, R. J., Pyles, L., Shaffer, M., & Snowden, J. N. (2022). Active vs traditional methods of recruiting children for a clinical trial in rural primary care clinics: A cluster-randomized clinical trial. JAMA Network Open, 5(11), e2244040. Doi:10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2022.44040.
  5. Lim, C. S., Robinson, J., Hinton, E., Gordy, X., Gamble, A., Compretta, C., Holmes, M., & Ravola, M. (2022). School-based obesity prevention programs in rural communities: a scoping review. JBI Evidence Synthesis, 20(12), 2936-2985. doi: 10.11124/JBIES-21-00233

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