Danielle Arigo

Danielle Arigo, PhD

Dani Arigo is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow for the Innovation Lab and Lowe Labs. She is a graduate of Drexel University (BS, Psychology). She received her PhD in Clinical Psychology (Health Psychology/Behavioral Medicine emphasis) from Syracuse University and completed her clinical internship at the Syracuse VA Medical Center. Her research investigates the use of social information to inform health decisions and health behaviors, including social facilitation of health behavior change via web-based social networking. Much of this work focuses on the influence of social comparisons on health behaviors in populations with eating- and weight-related conditions, including obesity, type 2 diabetes, celiac disease, eating disorders, and body dissatisfaction. Dani also specializes in the delivery of cognitive-behavioral interventions for health behavior change in medical settings. She has accepted a position as an Assistant Professor of Psychology the University of Scranton, to begin in the fall of 2014.
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Alison Kaufman

Alison Infield Kaufman, Psy.D.

Alison Infield Kaufman is a Licensed Psychologist in Pennsylvania and Delaware. She conducts group therapy for the treatment of obesity and is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Psychology at Drexel University. She received her B.A. from Skidmore College, and her M.S. and Psy.D. in clinical psychology from Loyola University Maryland. She completed her residency in clinical psychology at Regional Mental Health Center in northwest Indiana, near Chicago. She completed her postdoctoral fellowship at Drexel University’s Department of Psychology in the Laboratory for Innovations in Health-Related Behavior Change. She was a visiting fellow in the Division of Gastroenterology of the University of Pennsylvania. Her primary research interests are behavioral approaches to obesity treatment and prevention, including acceptance-based therapies, and disseminating evidence-based eating disorders prevention programs. Alison specializes in cognitive-behavioral treatments for eating disorders, obesity, and chronic health conditions, specifically gastrointestinal disorders. She will be joining the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia in summer 2014.

Masters Students

Renee Mikorski

Renee Mikorski, M.S.

Renee Mikorski received her undergraduate degree in Psychology and Biology from Boston University and her master’s from Drexel University. During her time at Drexel, Renee developed a strong interest in body image and media images of women and, for her master’s thesis, designed a cognitive defusion intervention to buffer the effects of these images. Renee also has a strong interest in social justice and, in the fall, will be beginning a doctoral program in Counseling Psychology at the University of Tennessee studying LGBT mental health, body image, sexual objectification of women, and feminist therapy.

Research Coordinators

Drew Frohn

Drew Frohn

Drew Frohn is a research coordinator for Evan Forman, PhD, primarily working on the second iteration of the Mind Your Health project. He graduated from the State University of New York at Geneseo in 2012 with a BA in psychology, and plans to further pursue a doctoral degree in clinical psychology. His research interests include the prevention and treatment of obesity and maladaptive eating behaviors and mindfulness- and acceptance-based approaches to therapy.

Madeline Kirch

Madeline Kirch

Madeline Kirch is a former research coordinator for Dr. Meghan Butryn and worked on the Body Project and ENACT during her time at Drexel. In January 2014 she began the Master's in Public Health program at the Milken Institute School for Public Health at George Washington University in Washington, DC. She has continued her work on research projects involving weight loss and physical activity and currently works as a graduate research coordinator in the Health Promotion and Exercise Science departments at GWU.

Alyssa Matteucci

Alyssa Matteucci

Alyssa Matteucci recently earned her B.S. in Psychology from Drexel University. Alyssa has pursued interests in both eating and weight disorders, focusing on neural correlates of eating disorders, and neurocognitive functioning in obesity. Alyssa is currently working under the mentorship of Angela Duckworth, Ph.D., in the department of psychology at the University of Pennsylvania.


Samantha Siwulec

Samantha Siwulec is a research coordinator for Meghan Butryn, PhD, primarily working on Project ENACT. She graduated from Goucher College in 2012 with a bachelor's degree in Psychology and Cognitive Studies. Her research interests include eating disorders and acceptance-based interventions. In the future, she plans to pursue a doctoral degree in clinical psychology.