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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.

Danielle Arigo

Danielle Arigo, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow
Education: 2012, Syracuse University- PhD (Clinical Psychology), 2005, Drexel University- BS (Psychology)
Research Interests: Dani Arigo is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow for the Innovation Lab and Lowe Labs. She is a graduate of Drexel University (B.S., Psychology). She received her Ph.D. 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-related behavior change in medical settings.

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.

Staci Berkowitz

Staci Berkowitz
Graduate Student
Education: 2009, Emory University - BA (Psychology)
Research Interests: Staci is a third-year doctoral student originally from New York State. She received her bachelor's degree from Emory University in 2009 and worked at the Columbia Center for Eating Disorders in New York prior to beginning graduate school. Her research interests include biological and cognitive factors that contribute to the maintenance of and recovery from eating disorders as well as the integration of biological and psychological models of eating disorders.

Ali Ely

Ali Ely, M.S.
Graduate Student
Education: 2005, University of Pennsylvania - BA (Psychology)
Research Interests: Ali is a fifth-year doctoral student originally from Norwalk, CT. She graduated cum laude in 2005 from the University of Pennsylvania, where she majored in Psychology. After three years in Boston, where she did research in schizophrenia, sleep and memory, she returned to Philadelphia to Drexel to work with Dr. Lowe. Ali has pursued interests both in eating disorders and obesity, focusing on hedonic hunger, loss of control over eating, biobehavioral and neuroimaging correlates of restraint and dieting, and risk factors for both eating disorders and obesity.

Emily Feig

Emily Feig
Graduate Student
Education: 2008, Tufts University, BA (Psychology and Economics)
Research Interests: Emily is a second-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.

Samantha Winter

Samantha Winter
Graduate Student
Education: 2012, University of Michigan, BA, BM (Psychology - Neuroscience concentration; Music - Vocal performance)
Research Interests: Samantha is a second-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 fourth-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.

Alyssa Matteucci

Alyssa Matteucci
Research Assistant
Education: 2013, Drexel University- BS (Psychology)
Research Interests: Alyssa is a recent graduate of Drexel University and works as a research assistant in the Lowe Lab. She is currently interested in researching neurocognitive deficits that contribute to the development and maintenance of eating disorders and obesity. Alyssa plans to pursue a Ph.D. in clinical psychology.

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