Lab Members

Michael Lowe

Michael Lowe, Ph.D.
Professor and Lab Director
Education: 1978, Boston College - PhD (Clinical Psychology - Behavioral Therapy) 1973, Boston University - BA (Psychology)
Research Interests: The relationship between dieting, overeating, and weight control. Obesity and the prevention of weight gain and weight regain. Eating disorders research. Integrating biological and psychological influences on eating and weight regulation.

Meghan Butryn

Meghan Butryn, Ph.D.
Assistant Research Professor
Education: 2006, Brown Medical School, Clinical Psychology Internship 2006, Drexel University - PhD (Clinical Psychology) 2001, Cornell University - BS (Human Development)
Research Interests: Innovations in behavioral treatment for obesity; dissemination of evidence-based eating disorder prevention programs; acceptance and commitment therapy; physical activity promotion.

Diane Rosenbaum

Diane Rosenbaum, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow
Education: 2014, VA Palo Alto Health Care System, Clinical Psychology Internship – Behavioral Medicine Track; 2014, University of Missouri-St. Louis, PhD (Clinical Psychology); 2005, Boston University, BA (Psychology)
Research Interests: Diane Rosenbaum is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow for the Laboratory for Innovations in Health-Related Behavior Change and the Lowe Lab. After obtaining a PhD in Clinical Psychology with a specialization in Behavioral Medicine, she returned to her hometown of Philadelphia to pursue clinical research focused on behavioral and psychological factors in eating and weight management. Her interests include evidence-based interventions for obesity, binge eating disorder, women's health concerns, and facilitating health behavior change in medical settings. She also enjoys teaching.

Laura Berner

Laura A. Berner, M.S.
Graduate Student
Education: 2007, Princeton University - BA (Psychology, Neuroscience; Minor: French Language & Culture)
Research Interests: Laura is a fifth-year doctoral student from Rye, NY. She received her bachelor's degree from Princeton University in June 2007, where she majored in Psychology and received certificates in Neuroscience and in French Language and Culture. Her primary research interests include neural and biological correlates of eating disorders; neurocognitive functioning in eating and weight disorders; the role of self-regulatory control in eating disorders, disorders that are highly comorbid with eating disorders, and obesity; and implications of body weight history across eating and weight disorders. Laura's current research uses functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIR) to examine brain activity in women with bulimia nervosa and healthy controls during a standard inhibitory control task and a novel, eating-related task that she developed. She will cross-validate the fNIR data for the standard task using fMRI. Her research is supported by a National Research Service Award from the National Institute of Mental Health. She is completing her clinical internship with the Eating Disorders Program at University of California, San Diego.

Emily Feig

Emily Feig
Graduate Student
Education: 2008, Tufts University, BA (Psychology and Economics)
Research Interests: Emily is a third-year doctoral student originally from Newton, Massachusetts. She received her bachelor's degree from Tufts University in 2008, where she studied psychology and economics. Before coming to Drexel, she was living in Washington, DC, working at the National Institute of Mental Health. Her research interests include obesity prevention and treatment, loss of control over eating, hedonic hunger, and neural and biological correlates of obesity and eating disorders.

Elin Lantz

Elin Lantz
Graduate Student
Education: 2013, Hamilton College, BA (Psychology, Minor in History)
Research Interests: Elin is a first year doctoral student originally from Minnesota. She earned her bachelor's degree in psychology from Hamilton College, where she completed research in neuropsychology and motor control. Before joining the Lowe lab, she researched eating disorders at a treatment center in Minneapolis and racial and gender intersectional identities at UCLA. Her interests include the trajectory of eating disorders, the reciprocal relationship between biological and psychological factors that influence the course of a disorder, comorbidity, and the development of new evidence-based treatments.

Alexandra Muratore

Alexandra Muratore
Graduate Student
Education: 2011, Skidmore College, BA (Psychology)
Research Interests: Alex is a first-year doctoral student from CT. Before attending Drexel, she worked as a clinical research coordinator at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City, where she studied obsessive-compulsive and related disorders. Her research interests include identifying the neural correlates of eating disorders, cognitive and affective mechanisms associated with eating pathology, and markers of treatment outcome.

Samantha Winter

Samantha Winter
Graduate Student
Education: 2012, University of Michigan, BA, BM (Psychology - Neuroscience concentration; Music - Vocal performance)
Research Interests: Samantha is a third-year doctoral student from the Washington DC area. She graduated from the University of Michigan in 2012 with degrees in neuroscience and vocal performance. She is currently interested in researching neural correlates of obesity and eating disorders. She hopes to specifically examine comorbidity of eating disorders and other psychological disorders.

Ashley Witt

Ashley Witt, M.S.
Graduate Student
Education: 2008, Harvard University, A.B. (Psychology)
Research Interests: Ashley is a fifth-year doctoral student originally from Boulder, Colorado. She received her bachelor's degree in Psychology from Harvard University in 2008, and worked at Boston University for two years prior to coming to Drexel. Her research interests include co-occurrence of eating disorders and self-injurious behaviors, loss of control over eating, hedonic hunger, and treatment development for eating disorders.

Carey Pietsch
Research Coordinator
Education: 2010, Swarthmore College- BA (Psychology, Cognitive Science)
Research Interests: Carey is a research coordinator whose primary focus is Dr. Lowe's study of weight loss and weight loss maintenance. She graduated from Swarthmore College in 2010 with a B.A. in Psychology and in Cognitive Science. Her research interests include obesity prevention and treatment, the effectiveness of programs increasing the availability of healthy foods in food deserts, and the facilitation of spatial reorientation through availability of linguistic labels for landmarks. In her spare time, she enjoys taking art classes and trying new cookie recipes.

Jenny Gilbert

Jenny Gilbert
Research Coordinator
Education: 2013, University of Pennsylvania- BA (Biological Basis of Behavior)
Research Interests: Jenny is a research coordinator working on Dr. Lowe's study of weight suppression, dieting, and bulimia nervosa. She graduated from Penn in 2013 with a B.A. in Neuroscience. Her research interests include obesity prevention and treatment and the neural circuits and neurochemical systems that control food intake and energy expenditure. She hopes to pursue a PhD in experimental psychology in 2015.

Former Lab Members:
Dani Arigo
Yelena Chernyak
Vicki Clark
Maria Coletta
Sapna Doshi
Aly Ely
Shawn Katterman
Jessica Markowitz
Alyssa Matteucci
Amy Neeren
Jena Shaw
Karyn Tappe
Jason van Steenburgh