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The Biobehavioral Study of Eating and Weight (The Lowe Lab)

Michael R. Lowe, PhD, is a professor of psychology in the PhD training program in clinical psychology at Drexel University in Philadelphia. The Program in Eating Disorders and Obesity Research was started by Professor Lowe in 1989. The domains of research reflected in this program include restrained eating and dieting, nutritionally-focused interventions for obesity, the role of weight suppression and current dieting in eating disorders, the investigation of “hedonic hunger” and a tool (the Power of Food Scale) to measure it, and the use of various neuroimaging methods to better understand disordered eating and obesity. Professor Lowe’s research lab consists of post-doctoral fellows, several doctoral and masters students, research coordinators and undergraduate co-op students and volunteers. He also collaborates with Professors Meghan Butryn, Evan Forman, Zoe Zhang, Dan Mirman and John Kounios on studies of obesity and eating disorders.

Professor Lowe’s research on eating disorders and obesity has been continuously funded by NIH since 1999. He was an associate editor for Journal of Abnormal Psychology, an Executive Editor for Appetite and an associate editor for Frontiers in Eating Behavior. He was a consultant to Weight Watchers from 1991-2014 and a member of their Scientific Advisory Board from 1997-2014. He has been a research consultant to the Renfrew Center for eating disorders since 2005, and a training consultant there since 2012.

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