Laboratory for Innovations in Health-Related Behavior Change


Meghan Butryn, Ph.D.
Evan Forman, Ph.D.

Research Coordinators:

Colleen Kase (; 215-553-7161)
Amani Piers (; 215-553-7161)
Emily Wyckoff (; 215-553-7104)


The Laboratory for Innovations in Health-Related Behavior Change is an academic center within the Department of Psychology at Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA. The program’s mission is to develop innovative behavioral treatments for obesity, eating disorders and other behavioral health problems, particularly incorporating acceptance-based treatment components. Our core research projects include three NIH-funded weight loss intervention studies, called Mind Your Health, Project ENACT, and Project Impact.

Research Participation Opportunities

Healthy Habits - Now Recruiting

Healthy Habits is study (PI: Butryn) investigating how social processes relate to health. Over the course of 3 months, participants in Healthy Habits will attend 4 group sessions or 1 workshop led by lifestyle modification specialists. During these sessions, they will learn skills related to healthy weight management, healthy eating, and physical activity. If you are interested in participating or would like more information, please contact Colleen Kase, research coordinator, at or (215) 553-7110.

Project Impact

Are you an adult looking to lose weight? We are recruiting men and women to participate in a group-based weight loss study. This program will teach skills related to nutrition, physical activity, and lifestyle modification in 30 group sessions over the course of 18 months to help participants lose weight. The program also has a unique focus on helping participants learn skills for keeping weight off long-term. To participate, you must be between the ages of 18-70 and have a Body Mass Index (BMI) between 27 to 45. To learn more, please contact Amani Piers, research coordinator, at or (215) 553-7110.

DietAlert: A Companion Smartphone App for Weight Loss

We are looking for individuals willing to volunteer as test users, which involves using an early version of DietAlert, in conjunction with a commercial weight loss app, for approximately 6 weeks and completing questionnaires about yourself and your experience of the app. Interested volunteers must be between ages 18-65, be overweight or obese, and have an iPhone 5 or 6. For more information, visit our web page.

INSPIRE- Now Recruiting

If you suffer from bulimia nervosa and are interested in seeking treatment, Drexel University's, INSPIRE project, is looking for volunteers to participate in their free treatment outcome study. The INSPIRE project compares a novel, acceptance-based behavioral treatment for bulimia nervosa to an existing behavioral treatment. Study participants must be 18 or over, meet criteria for a primary diagnosis of bulimia nervosa, and receive medical clearance from their PCP for participation in an outpatient treatment study.

If you are interested, please call (215) 553-7137 or e-mail to receive more information.

Inhibitory Control Training to Improve Healthy Eating

This project is an NIH-funded study investigating how personal computer games can be used to train healthy eating habits which lead to lowered fat and sugar intake, weight loss, and risk reduction for cancer and other diseases. Participants will we asked to complete 6 weeks of daily at-home training (10 minutes per day), and attend three on-site appointments over the course of 10 weeks. If you would like more information, please contact Cara Dochat, research coordinator, at or (215) 553-7114.

Contact Us

Research Coordinators: Colleen Kase, Amani Piers, and Emily Wyckoff

Laboratory for Innovations in Health-Related Behavior Change
Department of Psychology
Drexel University
3201 Chestnut Street, Stratton 119
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Phone: (215) 553-7161; (215) 553-7104
Fax: (215) 762-8706