The Biobehavioral Study of Eating and Weight

Michael R. Lowe, Ph.D., is a professor of psychology in the Ph.D. training program in clinical psychology at Drexel University in Philadelphia. The Program in Eating Disorders and Obesity Research was started by Dr. Lowe in 1989. The domains of research reflected in this program include restrained eating and dieting, nutritionally-focused interventions for obesity, the role of weight suppression and current dieting in eating disorders, the investigation of “hedonic hunger” and a tool (the Power of Food Scale) to measure it, and the use of various neuroimaging methods to better understand disordered eating and obesity. Dr. Lowe’s research lab consists of post-doctoral fellows, several doctoral and masters students, research coordinators and undergraduate co-op students and volunteers. He also collaborates with Drs. Meghan Butryn, Evan Forman and John Kounios on studies of obesity and eating disorders.

Dr. Lowe’s research on eating disorders and obesity has been continuously funded by NIH since 1999. He was an associate editor for Journal of Abnormal Psychology and an Executive Editor for Appetite, and he currently serves as an associate editor for Frontiers in Eating Behavior. He has been a consultant to Weight Watchers since 1991 and a member of their Scientific Advisory Board since 1997. He has been a research consultant to the Renfrew Center for eating disorders since 2005, and a training consultant there since 2012. For a detailed description of current research areas, click here.

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Address: Department of Psychology, Stratton Hall, Suite 119, 3141 Chestnut St., Philadelphia, PA, 19104
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Vitae (PDF)
1978, Boston College - PhD (Clinical Psychology - Behavioral Therapy)
1973, Boston University - BA (Psychology)
Publications: Please see Dr. Lowe’s CV or the Research Description page for publications