Tester, June M., MD, MPH

June Tester


Lipidology, Pediatrics, Prediabetes

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Clinical Specialties

Pediatric obesity, clinical weight management, pre-diabetes, dyslipidemia, lipidology, childhood obesity-related conditions, public health, physical activity, food insecurity, nutrition, prediabetes, familial hypercholesterolemia, familial combined hyperlipidemia, and hypertriglyceridemia


Board Certification
  • Pediatrics, Obesity Medicine, Clinical Lipidology


Medical School

University of California, San Francisco, CA


UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland


UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland


University of California, Berkeley School of Public Health. Berkeley, CA
(Master of Public Health)


Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health and Society Scholar. University of California, San Francisco & Berkeley
(Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Population Health)

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About Me

Dr. June Tester is a pediatrician who specializes in obesity-related conditions at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital. She takes care of children with conditions such as prediabetes, familial hypercholesterolemia, familial combined hyperlipidemia, and hypertriglyceridemia. She is board-certified in obesity medicine (American Board of Obesity Medicine, 2013) and lipid management (American Board of Clinical Lipidology, 2018).

Her research interests currently focus on strategies to improve nutrition in low-income children at risk of diet-sensitive chronic disease. She has also conducted extensive research in pediatric obesity, and the role of the food environment and built environment with healthy eating and active living.

Research Awards and Grants

  • Battery Powered (PI Tester) Food as Medicine 4/3/18 – 5/31/2019
    Prescribing fresh produce and whole grains to low-income food-insecure families identified at Children’s Hospital Oakland and La Clinica de la Raza
  • 1 K23 HD075852-01A1 (PI Tester) 12/16/2013 – 11/30/2018
    The impact of concurrent food insecurity and obesity in children
  • Safeway Foundation (PI Tester/King) 4/1/13- 3/31/14
    Evaluating cardiometabolic risk markers among obese children participating in lifestyle improvement

  • CHORI Clinical Research Grant (PI Tester) 8/1/11 – 7/31/13
    Childhood Obesity and Food Insecurity: Studying the paradox within the context of a longitudinal weight management program

  • Active Living Research, Rapid Response Grant ID 65540 (PI Tester) 12/1/08-11/30/09
    Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) 
    The park as our patient: Evaluating child physical activity and neighborhood indicators before and after playlot revitalization in Richmond, CA

  • UCSF Center for the Health Professions Seed Funding Program (PI Tester) 2/1/11 – 1/31/12
    The California Endowment Disparities in Pediatric Obesity: Bridging the Gap

  • Healthy Eating Research, Grant ID 63049 (PI Laraia, role co-PI) 9/1/2007– 6/30/10
    Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF)
    The Role of Street Vendors in the After School Environment1

Peer Reviewed Publications:

  1. Bundle MW, Hoppeler H, Vock R, Tester JM, Weyand PG. High metabolic rates in running birds. Nature 1999; 397:31-32.
  2. Tester JM, Rutherford GW, Wald Z, Rutherford MW. A matched case-control study evaluating the protective effectiveness of speed humps in reducing child pedestrian injuries. American Journal of Public Health 2004 Apr; 94(4):646-650. [PMID 15054019]
  3. Jackson, RJ, Tester JM. How the built environment influences health- including children’s mental health. Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry 2008; 47 (2):129-31. [PMID 19482771]
  4. The built environment: designing communities to promote physical activity in children. Committee on Environmental Health, Tester JM. Pediatrics 2009; 123(6):1591-8. [PMID 19482771]
  5. Tester J and Baker R. Making the Playing Fields Even: Evaluating the impact of an environmental intervention on park use and physical activity. Preventive Medicine 2009; 48(4):316-320. [PMID 19463491]
  6. Laska MN, Borradaile KB, Tester J, Foster G, Gittelsohn J. Healthy food availability in small urban food stores: a comparison of four U.S. cities. Public Health Nutrition. 2009; 13(7):1031-1035. [PMID 19968901]
  7. Tester JM, Yen IH, Laraia B. Mobile food vending and the after-school food environment. American Journal of Preventive Medicine 2010 Jan; 38(1):70-73. [PMID 20117559]
  8. Tester JM, Stevens SA, Yen IH, Laraia B. Is it time for nutritious food on wheels? An analysis of public health policy and legal issues relevant to mobile food vending. American Journal of Public Health 2010 Nov;100(11):2038-2046.
  9. Tester JM, Yen IH, Pallis, LC, Laraia B. Healthy food availability and participation in WIC in food stores around lower- and higher-income elementary schools. Public Health Nutrition 2010; Published online Dec 21, 2010. First View: 1-5.
  10. Razani N, Tester JM. Childhood Obesity and the role of the built environment. Pediatric Annals 2010;39(3):133-139.
  11. Gittelsohn J, Laska MN, Andreyeva T, Foster G, Rose D, Tester J, Lee SH, Zenk SN, Odoms-Young A, McCoy T, Ayala GX. Small Retailer Perspectives of the 2009 Women, Infants and Children Program Food Package Changes. American Journal of Health Behavior. 2012 Sep;36(5):655-65.
  12. Ayala GX, Laska MN, Zenk SN, Tester J, Rose D, Odoms-Young A, McCoy T, Gittelsohn J, Foster GD, Andreyeva T. Stocking characteristics and perceived increases in sales among small food store managers/owners associated with the introduction of new food products approved by the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children. Public Health Nutr. 2012 May 14: 1-9.
  13. Tester JM, Yen IH, Laraia B. Using Mobile Fruit Vendors to Increase Access to Fresh Fruit and Vegetables for Schoolchildren. Prev Chronic Dis 2012;9:e110222.
  14. Tester JM, Sharma S, Jasik CB, Mietus-Snyder M, Tinajero-Deck L. Gender differences in prediabetes and insulin resistance among 1356 obese children in Northern California. Diabetes & Metabolic Syndrome: Clinical Research & Reviews 2013. 7(3):161-5.
  15. Tester JM, Lang TC, Laraia BA. Disordered eating behaviors and food insecurity: A qualitative study about children with obesity in low-income households. Obesity Research & Clinical Practice. Accepted November 20, 2015.
  16. Tester JM, Laraia BA, Leung CW, Mietus-Snyder ML. Dyslipidemia and food security in low-income US adolescents: NHANES 2003-2010. Preventing Chronic Disease. Accepted December 15, 2015.
  17. Tester JM, Leung CW, Crawford PB. WIC food package change is associated with an improvement in children’s diet quality: NHANES 2003-12: Pediatrics. Pediatrics 2016. 137(5):11. e20153557
  18. Laraia BA, Leak TM, Tester JM, Leung CW. Biobehavioral Factors that shape nutrition in low-income populations: A narrative review. Am J Prev Med. 2016. 52(2): S118-S126.
  19. Leung CW, Tester JM, Rimm EB, Willett WC. SNAP participation and diet-sensitive cardiometabolic risk factors in adolescents. Am J Prev Med. 2016. 52(2):S127-S137.
  20. Leung CW, Tester JM, Laraia BA. Household food insecurity and ideal cardiovascular health factors in U.S. adults. JAMA Internal Medicine. 2017; 177(5):730-732. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed. 2017.0239.
  21. Tester JM, Leung CW, Leak TM, Laraia BA. Recent Uptrend in Whole Grain Intake is Absent for Low-Income Adolescents, National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, 2005-2012. Prev Chronic Dis. 2017. July 6; 14:E55. PMCID: PMC5510329
  22. Tester JM, Phan TL, Tucker JM, Leung CW, Dreyer Gillette ML, Sweeney BR, Kirk S, Tindall A, Olivo-Marson S, and Eneli IU. Characteristics of Children 2 to 5 Years of Age with Severe Obesity. Pediatrics. 2018; 141 (3): e20173228.
  23. Mirza, Nazrat, Phan TL, Tester JM, Fals A,  Fernandez C, Datto G, Estrada E, and Eneli IU. "Expert Exchange Workgroup on Children Age 5 and Younger with Severe Obesity: A Narrative Review of Medical and Genetic Risk Factors. Childhood Obesity. 2018;14(7):443-452.
  24. Leung CW and Tester JM. The association between food insecurity and diet quality varies by race/ethnicity: an analysis of NHANES 2011-2014. Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Accepted 10/4/2018. 

Books and Chapters

  1. Tester JM, Jackson RJ. Book chapter titled “Our Health In Response to the Built Environment,” in Green Living: Architecture and Planning. Eds. Kenda B and Parissien S. Rizzoli, New York. 2010.
  2. Brock-Utne, A, Tester JM. Book chapter titled “Built Environment” In Etzel RA, ed. Pediatric Environmental Health, 3rd Edition. Elk Grove Village, IL. American Academy of Pediatrics; 2012: 99-108.