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Janell Mensinger


Associate Teaching Professor

Health Sciences Department

267.359.5716 P
Three Parkway Building, Room 9121

Janell L. Mensinger, PhD, came to the College of Nursing and Health Professions at Drexel in 2009 after serving as the Director of Research at the Reading Hospital and Medical Center.  Prior to then she was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Preventive Medicine and Community Health at the State University of New York – Downstate College of Medicine. Mensinger has a PhD in health psychology from the City University of New York Graduate Center and completed postdoctoral training in community-based behavioral health, biostatistics, and epidemiology at the University of Pennsylvania.  She brings her expertise in data analysis, research methodology, and an interdisciplinary social-determinants framework to understanding health problems and healthcare delivery.  Mensinger teaches the course series in Statistics and Clinical Research for students in the Health Sciences Program.

Research Interests:

Weight stigma; body appreciation; intuitive eating; disordered eating; health promotion; physical activity; quality of life; health disparities; social determinants

Mensinger is currently analyzing and disseminating data from a randomized controlled trial comparing a weight-neutral to a weight-loss approach for health promotion among women with a high body mass index. The results of her trial have led to a focus on internalized and experienced weight stigma as chronic stressors in the lives of individuals with high BMI.

Professional Society:

American Public Health Association, Academy for Eating Disorders, Eating Disorder Research Society, Association for Size Diversity and Health