Michael Lowe, PhD
Professor and Lab Director
Education: 1978, Boston College - PhD (Clinical Psychology - Behavioral Therapy) 1973, Boston University - BA (Psychology)
Research Interests: The relationship between dieting, overeating, and weight control. Obesity and the prevention of weight gain and weight regain. Eating disorders research. Integrating biological and psychological influences on eating and weight regulation.
Meghan Butryn, PhD
Assistant Research Professor
Education: 2006, Brown Medical School, Clinical Psychology Internship 2006, Drexel University - PhD (Clinical Psychology) 2001, Cornell University - BS (Human Development)
Research Interests: Innovations in behavioral treatment for obesity; dissemination of evidence-based eating disorder prevention programs; acceptance and commitment therapy; physical activity promotion.
Diane Rosenbaum, PhD
Education: 2014, VA Palo Alto Health Care System, Clinical Psychology Internship – Behavioral Medicine Track; 2014, University of Missouri-St. Louis, PhD (Clinical Psychology); 2005, Boston University, BA (Psychology)
Research Interests: Diane is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow for the Innovation Lab and Lowe Labs. After obtaining a PhD in Clinical Psychology with a specialization in Behavioral Medicine, she returned to her hometown of Philadelphia to pursue clinical research focused on behavioral and psychological factors in eating and weight management. Her interests include evidence-based interventions for obesity, binge eating disorder, women’s health concerns, and facilitating health behavior change in medical settings. She also enjoys teaching.
Education: 2008, Tufts University, BA (Psychology and Economics)
Research Interests: Emily is a fourth-year doctoral student originally from Newton, Massachusetts. She received her bachelor's degree from Tufts University in 2008, where she studied psychology and economics. Before coming to Drexel, she was living in Washington, DC, working at the National Institute of Mental Health. Her research interests include obesity prevention and treatment, loss of control over eating, hedonic hunger, and neural and biological correlates of obesity and eating disorders.
Education: 2012, University of Michigan, BA, BM (Psychology - Neuroscience concentration; Music - Vocal performance)
Research Interests: Samantha is a fourth-year doctoral student from the Washington DC area. She graduated from the University of Michigan in 2012 with degrees in neuroscience and vocal performance. She is currently interested in researching neural correlates of obesity and eating disorders. She hopes to specifically examine comorbidity of eating disorders and other psychological disorders.
Hallie Espel, MS
Education: 2013, University of Minnesota - BIS (Psychology, Life Sciences, and Public Health)
Research Interests: Hallie is a third-year doctoral student originally from Minneapolis, Minnesota. She received her bachelor's degree from the University of Minnesota in 2013, where she majored in psychology, life sciences, and public health. During her undergraduate career, she worked as a research assistant in the Mann Lab for Health and Eating Behavior Research, and also served as Education Chair for the Emily Program Foundation, a nonprofit eating disorders prevention and advocacy organization. Hallie's current research interests include: examining loss-of-control eating as a dimensional construct; understanding the role of hedonic hunger in weight control and eating behavior; and identifying factors which predict the risk and maintenance of eating pathology.
Education: 2011, Skidmore College, BA (Psychology)
Research Interests: Alex is a second-year doctoral student from Connecticut. Before attending Drexel, she worked as a clinical research coordinator at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City, where she studied obsessive-compulsive and related disorders. Since starting at Drexel, Alex has been involved in behavioral and neuroimaging projects examining the relationship between body weight, weight change, and eating pathology. Her current research interests include identifying the biological correlates of eating disorders, cognitive and affective mechanisms associated with eating pathology, and markers of treatment outcome.
Education: 2013, Hamilton College, BA (Psychology, Minor in History)
Research Interests: Elin is a second-year doctoral student originally from Minnesota. She earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Hamilton College, where she completed research in neuropsychology and motor control. Before joining the Lowe lab, she researched eating disorders at a treatment center in Minneapolis and racial and gender intersectional identities at UCLA. Her interests include the trajectory of eating disorders, the interaction between biological and psychological factors that influence the course of a disorder, comorbidity, and the development of new evidence-based treatments. Her current research examines the relationship between weight trajectories or premorbid weights and eating disorder subtypes. While in the Lowe lab, she has also contributed to research on the distinct motivations behind dieting and their relationship with binge eating, the psychometric properties of a measure related to eating disorder psychopathology (Drive for Objective Thinness), and possible ways to improve the CBT model for bulimia nervosa.
Education: 2015, The Pennsylvania State University, BS (Psychology – Neuroscience Concentration)
Research Interests: Kirstie is a research coordinator primarily working on two of Dr. Lowe’s studies: the study of weight suppression, dieting, and bulimia nervosa and the study of weight history, brain activation to food cues, and eating disorder psychopathology. She graduated from Penn State in 2015 with a B.S. is Psychology and a minor in Biology. During her undergraduate career she assisted in research on psychophysiology and anxiety. Her research interests include the interplay of behavioral, physiological, and psychological factors of eating disorders and the mechanisms through which treatment alleviates these symptoms. Kirstie hopes to pursue a PhD in clinical psychology in 2017.
Education: 2016, Drexel University, BS (Biology; Psychology)
Research Interests: Allison has served as a research assistant for Michael Lowe, PhD, for the past 3 years and is currently a research coordinator helping with several studies examining concepts such as the neural correlates of bulimia nervosa and the effects of palatable food exposure on cognitive performance and physiological arousal. Her research interests include identification of risk factors for eating disorders and the development of early interventions, the relationship between biological, psychological and socio-cultural factors contributing to eating disorder development and maintenance, and the development of new evidence-based treatments. Allison hopes to pursue her MD and eventually begin a career in the eating disorder field.
Former Lab Members
Jason van Steenburgh