Adrienne Juarascio, PhD, is an Assistant Research Professor in the Department of Psychology, Director of Practicum Training, and a licensed clinical psychologist. Adrienne’s line of research is focused on:
- the development of innovative treatments for eating disorders and obesity
- the assessment of risk and maintenance factors for eating pathology that could be targeted in treatment programs
She has served as the primary investigator on over a dozen research studies that have focused on evaluating innovative treatments in populations with weight and eating disorders. She is the PI of a NIH-funded K23 grant (The INSPIRE Project) focused on evaluating an acceptance-based behavioral treatment for addressing weight suppression and propensity towards weight gain in patients with bulimia nervosa. She is also a co-investigator (Forman, PI) on an NCI R21 project evaluating the effect of repeated, short, home computer-based neurocognitive training sessions on helping individuals stay adherent to a healthy diet. In addition to these NIH funded projects, she is currently the PI on the iCAT+ Project (funded through a Feeding Hope Grant from the National Eating Disorder Association), where her team is developing a smartphone application that provides just-in-time adaptive interventions for patients with bulimia nervosa based on principles from Integrative Cognitive Affective Therapy. She is also a co-investigator on several other projects that are evaluating the use of technology to enhance behavior change including TakeControl (a smartphone-based system for treating binge eating disorder) and DietAlert (a smartphone-based system for improving dietary adherence).
In addition to the research described above, Adrienne is the director for training of the Center for Weight, Eating and Lifestyle Science, or the WELL Center. She also leads the DELTA Clinic, Drexel’s Eating Disorders and Weight Loss Treatment and Assessment Clinic where she provides training and supervision to clinical psychology doctoral students.