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Participate in a Clinical Trial or Research Study

The WELL Center provides state-of-the art, evidence-based treatment for weight management, eating disorders and related conditions.

To participate complete our Interest Survey

Interest Survey

Types of Research at the WELL Center

A core mission of the WELL Center is to improve treatments for eating and weight disorders and for health promotion. In our clinical trials, we evaluate the effectiveness of new cognitive, behavioral and technology-based treatments. Participants in a clinical trial receive free state-of-the-art treatment.

Clinical Trials

A core mission of the WELL Center is to improve treatments for eating and weight disorders and for health promotion. In our clinical trials, we evaluate the effectiveness of new cognitive, behavioral and technology-based treatments. Participants in a clinical trial receive free state-of-the-art treatment.

Clinical trials are currently offered for the following individuals.

  • Adults seeking weight loss: We are currently recruiting for several, large National Institutes of Health-funded clinical trials investigating new cognitive and behavioral treatments for weight loss. One project, Project Activate, is determining the most effective combination of behavioral and cognitive components. Another project, Balancing ACT, compares two behavioral weight loss treatments for individuals who experience loss-of-control over their eating.

  • Young adults concerned about weight gain: Project Health is designed to help young adults adopt healthier lifestyle habits, reduce current weight concerns, and prevent unhealthy weight gain. If you are interested in participating, please visit the Project Health website, email projecthealth@drexel.edu, or call 215-553-7161.

  • Adults with Binge Eating, Loss-of-Control or Compulsive Eating: The WELL Center is conducting several trials evaluating new behavioral treatments it has developed, as well as new “brain training” games designed to help people take control of their binge eating.

  • Teenagers with Eating Disorders: Project BEAT is evaluating cognitive behavioral therapy and the role of emotions in adolescents with loss of control eating, binge eating, and/or purging.

  • Parents seeking to improve their children’s diets: Project PICNIC is evaluating an in-the-moment, video coaching program that teaches parents new skills to make mealtimes with children less problematic and more enjoyable, and to help their child eat a healthier diet.

Basic Research Studies

In basic research trials, we aim to learn more about how different psychological, neurocognitive and behavioral variables work together to explain our eating and health behaviors. Participants are paid to compensate for participating in basic research trials. Examples include a study evaluating how eating affects the biochemistry of people’s bodies, and a study of the brain mechanisms involved in gaining enjoyment from eating and non-eating rewarding activities.

To participate in any of the above studies (with the exception of Project Health) complete our INTEREST SURVEY