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WELL Center Personnel

"Millions of people struggle with eating- and health-related concerns on a daily basis and these struggles profoundly impact psychological and health-related quality of life. The WELL Center pulls together scientific experts from multiple disciplines to develop, test, and implement cutting edge behavioral and technology-based interventions to promote healthier lifestyles. I am excited to be a part of a dynamic and far-reaching effort to improve the health—and the lives--of members of our community and across the world."

- Evan Forman, PhD


Core Faculty & Staff

Evan Forman

Evan Forman, PhD
evan.forman@drexel.eduFaculty Profile | Vita

Evan Forman received his BA from Cornell University and his PhD from the University of Rochester. He completed clinical internships and fellowships at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, the University of Pennsylvania and the Beck Institute. Currently he serves as professor of Psychology and WELL Center Director. He has interests in the development, evaluation and dissemination of innovative behavioral and technology-based interventions for health behavior change.

Meghan Butryn

Meghan Butryn, PhD
mlb34@drexel.edu | Faculty Profile | Vita [PDF]

Meghan Butryn received her BS from Cornell University, and her PhD in clinical psychology from Drexel University. She completed her clinical internship at Brown Medical School. Currently she is an associate professor in the Department of Psychology and Director of Research at the WELL Center. Her primary research interests are innovations in behavioral approaches to obesity treatment and prevention, including acceptance-based therapies; understanding self-control of eating behavior; developing interventions for physical activity promotion; and disseminating evidence-based eating disorders prevention programs.

Adrienne Juarascio

Adrienne Juarascio, PhD
asj32@drexel.edu | Faculty Profile

Adrienne Juarascio received her bachelor's degree from the University of Pennsylvania and PhD in clinical psychology from Drexel University. She is currently an assistant  professor in the Department of Psychology and Director of Training at the WELL Center. Her primary research interests involve the development and evaluation of innovative treatments for eating disorder including acceptance-based treatments, ecological momentary interventions, and neurocognitive training.


Research Faculty

Stephanie Manasse

Stephanie Manasse, PhD
smm522@drexel.edu

Stephanie Manasse received her bachelor's degree from the University of California, Berkeley, and is an incoming assistant research professor at the WELL Center. Prior to receiving her clinical psychology degree at Drexel, she was a research coordinator in the Stanford University Eating Disorders Research Program. She is interested in utilizing novel assessment methods, including behavioral and neural measurement, to identify affective and neuropsychological maintenance factors of binge eating pathology, and the development and evaluation of new treatment components to target these factors. Her NIH National Research Service Award (F31)-funded project aims to develop a novel behavioral measure of emotional distress tolerance.


Affiliated Faculty

Drexel Assistant Professor of Computer Science Santiago Ontanon

Santiago Ontañón, PhD
santi@cs.drexel.edu | Faculty Profile

Santiago Ontañón's research focus lies in the intersection of artificial intelligence, computer games, machine learning and case-based reasoning. He has published over 90 scientific articles in these areas. Previous to joining Drexel University, he spent three years at the Georgia Institute of Technology as a postdoctoral researcher, and two years as a researcher at the Artificial Intelligence Research Institute (IIIA) in Barcelona, Spain.

Zoe Zhang

Zoe Zhang, PhD
fengqing.zhang@drexel.edu | Faculty Profile | Vita [PDF]

Zoe Zhang, PhD, is an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology. Prior to joining Drexel University, she obtained her PhD in Statistics at Northwestern University. Her general research interests lie in neuroimaging data analysis and quantitative research methods including hierarchical models, multivariate analysis, generalized linear models, data mining, and Bayesian modeling. She is particularly passionate about statistical modeling and methodological development for social, behavioral, and biomedical related problems.


Operations and Administration

Stephanie L. Vander Veur, Director of Operations at the WELL Center at Drexel University

Stephanie L. Vander Veur
slv47@drexel.edu

Stephanie L. Vander Veur is the Director of Operations at the WELL Center. Previously, she was the Director of Science and Behavior Change at Weight Watchers International and the Director of Clinical Research and Operations at Temple’s Center for Obesity Research and Education (CORE) and Manager of Research Projects at the University of Pennsylvania’s Weight and Eating Disorders Program. She has a BS in Criminal Justice and an MPH in Community Health (both Summa Cum Laude) from West Chester University. Stephanie is also a certified clinical research coordinator (CCRC) with the Association of Clinical Research Professionals. Her primary research interests include behavioral approaches to obesity treatment and prevention, the effects of physical activity on weight maintenance, the effects of weight on sleep, and the prevention of obesity in school and community settings.


Research Staff

Drexel WELL Center Research Staff Alexandra Convertino

Alexandra Convertino
adc335@drexel.edu

Alexandra is a research coordinator for Meghan Butryn, PhD, working mainly on Project ImPACT. She graduated in 2015 from Northeastern University with a BS in psychology, and spent a year working as a residence counselor on the Klarman Eating Disorders Unit of McLean Hospital. In the future, she plans to pursue graduate work in clinical psychology. Her current research interests include behavioral treatments for disordered eating and related comorbidities.

Drexel WELL Center Research Staff Valerie Everett

Valerie Everett
valerie.s.everett@drexel.edu

Val is a research coordinator for Evan Forman, PhD, who primarily works on Project DASH. She earned her bachelor's degree in psychology and English from the University of Connecticut in 2015. Prior to joining the lab, Val interned for the Mental Health and Non-Communicable Disease Unit at the World Health Organization Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. Her research interests include developing in-school intervention for at-risk urban youth, specifically targeting under-developed emotional education and expression, distress tolerance, and subsequent maladaptive coping mechanisms. Val plans to pursue a doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology in the near future.

Drexel WELL Center Research Staff Gerald Martin

Gerald Martin
gerald.j.martin@drexel.edu

Gerald Martin is a research coordinator for Evan Forman, PhD, who primarily coordinates Project DietAlert and Mind Your Health. He graduated in 2015 from Temple University with a BA in Psychology. Gerald plans to pursue a doctoral degree in clinical psychology in the near future. His primary research interests include behavioral treatments for anxiety and mood disorders, specifically among children and adolescents.

Danielle Moskow

Danielle Moskow
dmm537@drexel.edu

Danielle received her BS in Neuroscience & Behavioral Biology and Psychology at Emory University in 2015, graduating summa cum laude. After Emory, Danielle worked for two years as a research assistant in the Anxiety Disorders Clinic at the New York State Psychiatric Institute/Columbia University Medical Center. Danielle’s research interests include studying the effects of stress and anxiety on eating behaviors, and utilizing mindfulness, ACT, CBT and technological techniques. Danielle plans to ultimately pursue a PhD in Clinical Psychology.

Savannah Roberts

Savannah Roberts
savannah.r.roberts@drexel.edu

Savannah Roberts is a research coordinator for Meghan Butryn, PhD, working primarily on Project Impact. She graduated from Western Washington University in 2016 with a BS in Psychology and BA in Spanish. During her time there, she researched the effects of gender stereotypes on eating disorder stigmatization. She plans to pursue a PhD in Clinical Psychology in the future. Her research interests include culturally-sensitive treatments and prevention for eating disorders.