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WELL Center Child and Adolescent Eating and Weight Disorders Research Program

The Child and Adolescent Program within the WELL Center at Drexel University conducts research and provides high-quality, evidence-based treatment and clinical services to children and adolescents ages 2-19 with eating and weight concerns.


Eating and weight issues such as binge eating, purging, restrictive eating and overweight/obesity often start during childhood and adolescence. Eating disorders and obesity can poorly impact a child or teen’s quality of life and may cause severe and life-threatening health complications. Early detection and effective treatment are necessary to prevent the problematic medical and psychological consequences of eating and weight disorders.

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See below for more details on ongoing no-cost clinical trials at the Child and Adolescent Program at the WELL Center.


Project BEAT: Cognitive-behavioral treatment for adolescents (ages 12-18) with binge eating

Does your teen struggle with out-of-control eating? Your teen may be eligible to receive no-cost individual, 12 weekly sessions of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) for reducing binge eating. CBT focuses on regularizing eating patterns, reducing problematic eating and dieting behaviors, and decreasing shape and weight concerns. Parents and teens will complete surveys, and teens will also complete additional assessments, including computerized tasks during which we will take measurements of skin sweating and heart rate. To find out more email

Start the enrollment process for Project BEAT

Project PICNIC: Parent coaching for children (ages 2-10) with diet and weight concerns

Are you a parent of a child between ages 2-10 years old? Do you struggle to encourage your child to eat healthy foods, such as vegetables? Have you been told that your child would benefit from weight loss? You may be eligible for a research study teaching parents new skills to help their child eat a healthier diet. Participants will receive in-the-moment coaching to learn new skills and make mealtimes with children less problematic and more enjoyable. To find out more, schedule a call, or send an email to

Learn more about Project Picnic
Start the Enrollment Process for Project PICNIC

Visit the WELL Clinic for fee-for-service treatment options for individuals struggling with eating and weight disorders.