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 three NIH-funded weight loss intervention studies, called Mind Your Health, Project ENACT, and Project Impact.

Research Participation Opportunities

Project Impact – Now Recruiting

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.

Project AWARE – Now Recruiting

Are you concerned about your weight? Would you like to lose weight and decrease your food intake?

Drexel University is conducting a research study that offers a non-medication 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. Interested participants must be willing to participate in 3 small 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 may 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