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 (; 215-5553-7161)
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 two NIH-funded weight loss intervention studies called Mind Your Health and Project ENACT.

Research Participation Opportunities

Project AWARE – Now Recruiting

Are you concerned about your weight? Would you like to lose weight and decrease your food intake? Would you like to learn a new weight loss method that helps you become more mindful of your eating habits?

Drexel University is conducting a research study that offers a non-medication mindfulness-based group treatment for adults interested in losing weight and decreasing their food intake. To participate, you must be between the ages of 18-70, have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of at least 25 and no greater than 50, have the ability to speak and read fluent English, and reside in the Philadelphia area. You also must have access to a computer/laptop with an Internet connection that has a monitor screen of at least 10 inches diagonal. Interested participants must be willing to participate in 3 group sessions, for a total of 6 treatment hours. The study will last approximately 6 weeks. The treatment program is offered without charge and participants will be compensated $40 for full study participation. To learn more, please call (215) 553-7114 or email us at

The Soda Study – Now Recruiting

Do you regularly drink non-diet soda? Researchers are testing the effect of visual imagery on liking of non-diet soft drinks. The study requires one in-person study visit, and using your smartphone to keep track of how much soda you drink. Contact or call (215) 553-7110 for more information.

TakeControl: A Smartphone App For Binge Eating - Now Recruiting

Do you experience loss-of-control eating? We are looking for volunteers to participate in several studies to assist with the development of a new app designed to treat binge eating disorder. You will be paid for participation. If you are interested, call (215) 553-7111 or e-mail

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