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WELL Center Personnel

"Millions of people struggle with eating- and health-related concerns on a daily basis and these struggles profoundly impact psychological and health-related quality of life. The WELL Center pulls together scientific experts from multiple disciplines to develop, test, and implement cutting edge behavioral and technology-based interventions to promote healthier lifestyles. I am excited to be a part of a dynamic and far-reaching effort to improve the health—and the lives--of members of our community and across the world."

- Evan Forman, PhD


Core Faculty & Staff

Evan Forman

Evan Forman, PhD
evan.forman@drexel.eduFaculty Profile | Vita

Evan Forman received his BA from Cornell University and his PhD from the University of Rochester. He completed clinical internships and fellowships at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, the University of Pennsylvania and the Beck Institute. Currently he serves as professor of Psychology and WELL Center Director. He has interests in the development, evaluation and dissemination of innovative behavioral and technology-based interventions for health behavior change.

Meghan Butryn

Meghan Butryn, PhD
mlb34@drexel.edu | Faculty Profile | Vita [PDF]

Meghan Butryn received her BS from Cornell University, and her PhD in clinical psychology from Drexel University. She completed her clinical internship at Brown Medical School. Currently she is an associate professor in the Department of Psychology and Director of Research at the WELL Center. Her primary research interests are innovations in behavioral approaches to obesity treatment and prevention; developing interventions for physical activity promotion; and disseminating evidence-based eating disorders prevention programs.

Adrienne Juarascio

Adrienne Juarascio, PhD
asj32@drexel.edu | Faculty Profile

Adrienne Juarascio, PhD, received her bachelor's degree from the University of Pennsylvania and her PhD in clinical psychology from Drexel University. She is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology and Director of Training at the WELL Center. Her research is focused on the identification of factors that maintain eating pathology (e.g. emotion dysregulation, altered reward responsivity, impulsivity) that are inadequately targeted in existing treatment approaches and the development of novel treatment approaches that can better target these maintenance factors.

Stephanie Manasse, PhD

Stephanie Manasse, PhD
smm522@drexel.edu | Faculty Profile

Stephanie Manasse, PhD, received her bachelor's degree from the University of California, Berkeley, and her PhD in Clinical Psychology from Drexel University. She has also received training in the Center for Weight and Eating Disorders at the University of Pennsylvania and the Stanford University Eating Disorders Research Program. She is the Director of the Child and Adolescent Program at the WELL Center. She is interested in developing novel treatments for adolescents and adults with eating disorders, and utilizing novel assessment methods to identify cognitive and affective maintenance factors of binge eating pathology. Her ongoing projects aim to develop a virtual reality based inhibitory control training for reducing binge eating, and using psychophysiology to identify predictors of outcome from treatment for adolescent eating disorders.

Jeanna Stokes, PsyD

Jeanna Stokes, PsyD
jas952@drexel.edu

Jeanna received her PsyD in clinical psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She completed her clinical internship at Indiana University Counseling and Psychological Services and her post-doctoral fellowship at Veritas Collaborative, a specialty eating disorder hospital setting. Jeanna currently serves as the WELL Clinic Director. She has experience working in a variety of clinical settings where she developed expertise in providing evidence-based treatment for eating disorders and body image concerns. Jeanna approaches therapy from a cognitive behavioral and interpersonal perspective. Her interests include eating disorders, body image, anxiety disorders, self-acceptance, and enhancing awareness of stigma on psychological well-being.

Nancy Sullivan, MPH

Nancy Sullivan, MPH
nes24@drexel.edu

Nancy Sullivan received her BA from the University of Pennsylvania and MPH from Drexel University. Currently she is the Operations and Administrative Manager at the WELL Center. Prior to working at the WELL Center, Nancy worked as an Epidemiologist at local and state health departments in New Jersey. While there, she developed and evaluated health promotion programs while working to coordinate efforts within local communities. Nancy also worked as a Research Project Manager at Harvard Medical School. Her interests include fitness, nutrition and the use of meditation/yoga practice to manage anxiety, build resilience and improve overall wellness.


Postdoctoral Fellows

Drexel WELL Center Research Postdoctoral Fellow Paakhi Srivastava

Paakhi Srivastava, PhD
ps887@drexel.edu

Paakhi received her PhD in clinical psychology from All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India. During her PhD, she worked extensively with adolescents with mood, anxiety and substance use disorders. She developed a computer assisted cognitive behavior therapy intervention for adolescents with major depressive disorder. She is interested in improving treatment outcomes for mental health conditions using technology. Her current research interests include understanding cognitive and affective dysfunctions in eating pathology and improving treatment outcomes for eating disorders. She plans to extend her work in eating disorders to serve adolescent population.


Affiliated Faculty

Drexel Assistant Professor of Computer Science Santiago Ontanon

Santiago Ontañón, PhD
santi@cs.drexel.edu | Faculty Profile

Santiago Ontañón's research focus lies in the intersection of artificial intelligence, computer games, machine learning and case-based reasoning. He has published over 90 scientific articles in these areas. Previous to joining Drexel University, he spent three years at the Georgia Institute of Technology as a postdoctoral researcher, and two years as a researcher at the Artificial Intelligence Research Institute (IIIA) in Barcelona, Spain.

Zoe Zhang

Zoe Zhang, PhD
fengqing.zhang@drexel.edu | Faculty Profile | Vita [PDF]

Zoe Zhang, PhD, is an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology. Prior to joining Drexel University, she obtained her PhD in Statistics at Northwestern University. Her general research interests lie in neuroimaging data analysis and quantitative research methods including hierarchical models, multivariate analysis, generalized linear models, data mining, and Bayesian modeling. She is particularly passionate about statistical modeling and methodological development for social, behavioral, and biomedical related problems.


WELL Clinic Staff

Drexel WELL Clinic Director Jeanna Stokes

Jeanna Stokes, PsyD
WELL Clinic Director & Clinical Psychologist
jas952@drexel.edu

Jeanna Stokes received her PsyD in clinical psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She completed her clinical internship at Indiana University Counseling and Psychological Services and her post-doctoral fellowship at Veritas Collaborative, a specialty eating disorder hospital setting. Jeanna currently serves as the WELL Clinic Director. She has experience working in a variety of clinical settings where she developed expertise in providing evidence-based treatment for eating disorders and body image concerns. Jeanna approaches therapy from a cognitive behavioral and interpersonal perspective. Her interests include eating disorders, body image, anxiety disorders, self-acceptance, and enhancing awareness of stigma on psychological well-being. Jeanna believes that recovery is not only possible, it is probable with the right treatment.

Stephanie Manasse, PhD

Stephanie Manasse, PhD
Director, Child and Adolescent Program
smm522@drexel.edu | Faculty Profile

Stephanie Manasse, PhD, received her bachelor's degree from the University of California, Berkeley, and her PhD in Clinical Psychology from Drexel University. She has also received training in the Center for Weight and Eating Disorders at the University of Pennsylvania and the Stanford University Eating Disorders Research Program. She is the Director of the Child and Adolescent Program at the WELL Center. She is interested in developing novel treatments for adolescents and adults with eating disorders, and utilizing novel assessment methods to identify cognitive and affective maintenance factors of binge eating pathology. Her ongoing projects aim to develop a virtual reality based inhibitory control training for reducing binge eating, and using psychophysiology to identify predictors of outcome from treatment for adolescent eating disorders.

Drexel WELL Clinic Staff Member Danielle Kerns

Danielle Kerns Clauss, PhD
danielle.kerns@drexel.edu

Danielle received her BA from The College of New Jersey and her PhD in clinical psychology from Drexel University. She completed her clinical internship at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. She is currently an assistant clinical professor in the Department of Psychology at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Danielle has worked in the areas of health psychology and behavioral medicine for the past ten years, providing empirically supported behavioral health treatment to military service members, veterans and individuals with chronic medical conditions. She has also worked in the area of weight management for the past five years, providing behavioral interventions for obesity as part of the research teams led by Meghan Butryn, PhD, and Evan Forman, PhD.

Drexel WELL Clinic Staff Member Marie Colasanti

Marie Colasanti, MS
Behavioral Weight Loss Coach
marie.g.colasanti@drexel.edu

Marie has a Bachelor's degree from Temple University in Psychology and a Master’s degree in Psychology from Drexel University where she studied behavioral interventions for promoting health behavior change. While at Drexel she received extensive hands on training in delivering weight loss and lifestyle modification programs. She has experience working with individuals and groups of all sizes. Marie enjoys helping people achieve their weight loss goals and find balance in their lives.

Britt Evans

Britt Evans
Staff Clinician
bce27@drexel.edu

Britt received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Amherst College, and her Master's degree in clinical psychology from Drexel University. She is currently a 5th year doctoral candidate in clinical psychology at Drexel University. Britt specializes in working with children and adolescents, and has experience delivering cognitive-behavioral and acceptance-based behavioral treatments for eating disorders, such as bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder, as well as cognitive-behavioral treatment for youth with anxiety disorders and sleep disorders. Britt also has years of delivering weight management interventions with adolescent and adult patients. Britt has previously trained at the Drexel University Psychological Services Center in the Eating and Weight Disorder Treatment Clinic (DELTA Clinic), the COTTAGe (Child & Adolescent OCD, Tic, Trich & Anxiety Group) at the University of Pennsylvania, and in the Sleep Center at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).


Research Staff

Drexel WELL Center Research Staff Laura D'Adamo

Laura D'Adamo

Laura is a research coordinator for Meghan Butryn, PhD, working primarily on Project Health. She graduated from Rutgers University in 2018 with a BA in Psychology. During her time there, she worked as a research assistant in a lab focused on emotion dysregulation in the context of self-injurious behaviors, disordered eating and smoking. Her honors thesis examined the role of sexuality-specific social support as a buffer against the impact of minority stressors on distress outcomes in daily life among sexual minority women with overweight or obesity. Her research interests include risk factors, prevention and treatment development for eating disorders, particularly in racial and sexual minority populations. She plans to pursue a PhD in Clinical Psychology.

Drexel WELL Center Research Staff Alex Forde

Alex Forde
ajf393@drexel.edu

Alex Forde is a research coordinator for Evan Forman, PhD, working primarily on a new study investigating the effectiveness of various components of weight loss interventions, including mindfulness, acceptance, and behavioral strategies. Alex graduated from Middlebury College in 2019 with a BA in psychology. At Middlebury, he contributed to research on student stress and social life and led a study on perceptions of sexual consent. He hopes to pursue a PhD in clinical psychology and eventually practice psychotherapy.

Lindsay Gillikin Research Coordinator at Drexel's Well Center

Lindsay Gillikin
lmg374@drexel.edu

Lindsay Gillikin in a research coordinator for Stephanie Manasse, PhD, working on a study that utilizes computerized inhibitory control training as an adjunct to CBT treatment for binge eating disorder and bulimia nervosa. She graduated from Ohio State University with a BA in Psychology and a BA in Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies. Her senior thesis looked at sexual minority identity as a moderator between body image and eating disorder symptoms. Lindsay's research interests include the development of novel treatments for eating disorders and looking at how maladaptive coping strategies, particularly compulsive exercise, contributes to the development of and maintenance of eating disorders.

Mandy Lin, Research Staff at Drexel's WELL Center

Mandy Lin, MPhilEd, MSEd
mandy.lin@drexel.edu

Mandy is a research coordinator for Adrienne Juarascio, PhD, working primarily on the Continuous Glucose Monitoring project. She received her BA in Psychology from the City University of New York Hunter College and her Masters’ degrees in Counseling and Mental Health Services and Professional Counseling from the University of Pennsylvania. Mandy has had a wide range of clinical experience working with the eating disorder population and plans to pursue a PhD in Clinical Psychology. Her research interests include the role of psychiatric comorbidity in individuals with eating disorders and the role of family dynamics in eating disorders.

Drexel WELL Center Research Coordinator Megan Michael

Megan Michael
mlm582@drexel.edu

Megan Michael is a research coordinator for Adrienne Juarascio, PhD, working primarily on the Balancing Act Project. She graduated in 2018 from University of Alabama with a BS in Psychology, minoring in Addiction and Recovery. During her time at the University of Alabama, Megan worked as a student case manager at a collegiate drug and alcohol treatment program and was a research assistant in a lab focused on the relationship between trauma and alcohol abuse. She also completed an independent research project examining executive functioning under stress testing condition for individuals with restrictive eating patterns. Megan's research interests include the relationship between maladaptive coping behaviors such as disordered eating behaviors and alcohol abuse.

Drexel WELL Center Research Coordinator Adam Payne-Reichert

Adam Payne-Reichert
amp572@drexel.edu

Adam Payne-Reichert is working as a Research Coordinator under Stephanie Manasse, PhD, primarily helping to evaluate and develop a virtual reality tool intended to treat binge eating disorder. He graduated from Fordham University with a BS in Psychology and a BA in Philosophy. His senior honors thesis explored the longitudinal association between teacher stress and student attributional biases. After working at the WELL Center, he intends to pursue a PhD in Clinical Psychology and to balance his interest in patient care and research.

Drexel WELL Center Research Coordinator Emily Presseller

Emily Presseller
ekp55@drexel.edu

Emily Presseller is a research coordinator for Adrienne Juarascio, PhD, working primarily on the ACQUIRE Project. She graduated in 2018 from Johns Hopkins University with a BA in Psychology and English. During her time at Hopkins, Emily was a research assistant working on a DoD-funded clinical trial aimed at evaluating the safety, efficacy and opiate-sparing effect of ketamine following acute burn injury. Emily’s research interests include illness trajectory, predictors of relapse and recovery, and evaluating treatment efficacy in eating disorders.