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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 completed her bachelor’s degree in psychology at the University of California, Berkeley, and her PhD in clinical psychology at Drexel University. Manasse specializes in delivering cognitive-behavioral and acceptance-based behavioral treatments for eating disorders such as bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder. She also has years of experience delivering weight management interventions. She completed her training at the Department of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry at Stanford University, the Center for Eating and Weight Disorders at the University of Pennsylvania, and the DELTA clinic at Drexel University.


Postdoctoral Fellow

Drexel WELL Center Research Faculty Member Katherine Godfrey

Kathryn Godfrey
kathryn.m.godfrey@drexel.edu

Katie received her PhD from the San Diego State University / University of California, San Diego Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology and completed her clinical internship at the VA Connecticut Healthcare System. Before graduate school she was a research associate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Massachusetts General Hospital. Her program of research examines the impact of stress on health, with an emphasis on obesity and pain, to uncover the biopsychosocial factors involved in developing and treating these two widespread health conditions. She is especially interested in physiological measures, mindfulness-based interventions, and technology for behavior change.


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.


WELL Clinic Staff

Drexel WELL Clinic Staff Member Marie Colasanti

Marie Colasanti, MS
marie.g.colasanti@drexel.edu

Marie has a Bachelor's degree from Temple University in Psychology and a Master’s degree in Psychology from Drexel University where she studied behavioral interventions for promoting health behavior change. While at Drexel she received extensive hands on training in delivering weight loss and lifestyle modification programs. She has experience working with individuals and groups of all sizes. Marie enjoys helping people achieve their weight loss goals and find balance in their lives.

Drexel WELL Clinic Staff Member Danielle Kerns

Danielle Kerns Clauss, PhD
danielle.kerns@drexel.edu

Danielle received her BA from The College of New Jersey and her PhD in clinical psychology from Drexel University. She completed her clinical internship at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. She is currently an assistant clinical professor in the Department of Psychology at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Danielle has worked in the areas of health psychology and behavioral medicine for the past ten years, providing empirically supported behavioral health treatment to military service members, veterans, and individuals with chronic medical conditions. She has also worked in the area of weight management for the past five years, providing behavioral interventions for obesity as part of the research teams led by Meghan Butryn, PhD, and Evan Forman, PhD.

Stephanie Manasse

Stephanie Manasse, PhD
smm522@drexel.edu

Stephanie completed her bachelor’s degree in psychology at the University of California, Berkeley, and her PhD in clinical psychology at Drexel University. Manasse specializes in delivering cognitive-behavioral and acceptance-based behavioral treatments for eating disorders such as bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder. She also has years of experience delivering weight management interventions. She completed her training at the Department of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry at Stanford University, the Center for Eating and Weight Disorders at the University of Pennsylvania, and the DELTA clinic at Drexel University.


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.

Rowan Hunt, Research Staff at Drexel's WELL Center

Rowan Hunt
rowan.a.hunt@drexel.edu

Rowan is a research coordinator for Adrienne Juarascio, PhD, working primarily on The INSPIRE Project and ICAT+. She graduated in 2016 from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a BA in Psychology and Economics. During her time at UNC, Rowan was a research assistant on a NIMH-funded study aimed at defining recovery from eating disorders, and transitioned to working full-time on the study upon graduating. Rowan's research interests include the role of emotion dysregulation and impulsivity in the maintenance of both eating disorder and self-injurious behaviors and predictors of recovery, remission and relapse in eating disorders. She plans to pursue a PhD in Clinical Psychology.

Drexel WELL Center Research Assistant Eddie Lieber

Eddie Lieber
eddielieber@gmail.com

Eddie is a member of the WELL Clinic at Drexel. He received his bachelor's degree in International Business and Economics and his Master’s of Business Administration both from Temple University in 2012 and 2015, respectively. He joined the WELL Center in 2017 as a research assistant, providing support to both Project DASH and Project ReLearn. Eddie plans to pursue a PhD in Industrial and Organizational Psychology. His research interests include employee motivation, work-family conflict, job stress, organizational culture and occupational health.

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.