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Faculty and Staff

"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 livesof 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 ProfileVita

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 Psychological and Brain Sciences 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 Psychological and Brain Sciences 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.

WELL Center Assistant Research Professor Stephanie Manasse

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 is the Director of the Child and Adolescent Program at the Center for Weight, Eating, and Lifestyle Sciences (WELL Center) and also directs the mPOWER program, a summer fellowship for underrepresented minority trainees who wish to pursue research careers. Her research program is centered around developing novel treatments for adolescents and adults with eating and weight disorders, with a particular focus on improving self-regulation. She also is particularly interested in discovering maintenance factors (e.g., neurocognitive, affective, sleep-related) of disordered eating behavior that can serve as novel intervention targets.

Paakhi Srivastava, PhD

Paakhi Srivastava, PhD
ps887@drexel.edu

Paakhi Srivastava earned her PhD from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, India in Clinical Psychology. She has received postdoctoral training at the WELL Center, Drexel University. She is interested in identifying modifiable cognitive and emotional factors that maintain transdiagnostic binge eating disorders. Specifically, she is interested in understanding the role of body image disturbances in maintaining transdiagnostic binge eating. She is also interested in developing novel treatments, and treatment augmentations such as digital health technology tools to improve body image disturbances in individuals with eating disorders. Her current project involves development and examination of a smartphone application that is designed to deliver interventions to improve body dissatisfaction in real-time to individuals with transdiagnostic binge eating. Paakhi is also the Chair of Career and Professional Development Committee for the Humanities and Social Sciences for the Drexel Postdoctoral Association. She is interested in building and implementing resources for career, personal and professional development of postdoctoral fellows in the Humanities and Social Sciences field.

WELL Center Assistant Research Professor Erica Schulte, PhD

Erica Schulte, PhD

Erica Schulte, PhD, earned her Bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Kansas and her doctoral degree in clinical psychology from the University of Michigan. Dr. Schulte completed a predoctoral internship at the Medical University of South Carolina and a two-year postdoctoral research fellowship with the Center for Weight and Eating Disorders at the University of Pennsylvania. Her program of research applies a cutting-edge perspective to understanding overeating and obesity by examining 1) which foods or food attributes (e.g., sugar) may be reinforcing in a manner that directly drives overeating, 2) whether core mechanisms of addictive disorders (e.g., withdrawal) may contribute to eating-related problems for vulnerable individuals, and 3) how food addiction may be a useful construct for individualized interventions. Dr. Schulte has investigated these empirical questions using a multi-method approach, including neuroimaging, scale development, food consumption paradigms, and self-report.

WELL Center Operations Manager Judy Swanick

Judy Swanick
jes527@drexel.edu

Judy is originally from St. Louis and attended Southeast Missouri State University on an academic scholarship where she majored in accounting. Upon graduation, she was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the US Air Force. She subsequently served for 23 years primarily in the healthcare administration field and also earned an MBA from Golden Gate University before retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel. Following retirement from the Air Force, Judy moved to Kentucky and continued her work in the healthcare field serving on staff at the Louisville VA Medical Center. Judy currently serves as the Operations Manager for the WELL Center. 


Postdoctoral Fellows



WELL Center Postdoc Mallory Frayn, PhD

Mallory Frayn, PhD
Vita [PDF]
mf3286@drexel.edu

Mallory is a Clinical Postdoctoral Fellow in the WELL Center at Drexel working with Dr. Adrienne Juarascio, where she provides treatment to individuals with binge eating and other eating disorders. She received her PhD in clinical psychology from McGill University and for her doctoral dissertation she studied emotional eating and its relationship to weight outcomes. Her clinical experience has included the treatment of eating disorders, disordered eating, and obesity in both individual and group contexts. Mallory practices within an Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) frame. Her research interests include using qualitative methodologies to better understand disordered eating processes.

Margaret Sala

Margaret Sala, PhD
Vita [PDF]
ms5276@drexel.edu

Margaret Sala received her BS from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, her PhD in Clinical Psychology from Southern Methodist University, and her clinical internship training from the Connecticut VA in West Haven. Margaret Sala's research interests focus on understanding the role that mindfulness plays in promoting adaptive eating and exercise behaviors and alleviating eating pathology.

WELL Center Postdoctoral Fellow Amani Piers

Amani Piers, PhD
adp84@drexel.edu

Amani Piers earned her B.S. in psychology and biology from Trinity University and her PhD in clinical psychology from Drexel University. She has received extensive clinical training in eating disorders and health psychology concerns through positions at the Drexel University WELL Center, the Penn Center for Women’s Behavioral Wellness, the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Eating Disorder Assessment and Treatment Program, and the University of California San Diego Eating Disorders Center. Her research interests span the interaction between biological and psychological factors on the development and maintenance of eating pathology.

WELL Center Postdoctoral Fellow Charlotte Hagerman

Charlotte Hagerman, PhD
cjh427@drexel.edu

Charlotte Hagerman grew up in Street, Maryland and received her B.S. in Psychology from the University of Mary Washington. In 2021, she received her PhD in Applied Social Psychology at the George Washington University in Washington, D.C, where she studied under Dr. Michelle Stock. Charlotte's research examines the social psychological influences of health behavior, with a focus on weight management. She is especially interested in research that can inform interventions to promote healthy eating and self-weighing while mitigating the harmful effects of weight stigma. In her spare time, Charlotte enjoys singing and traveling.


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 Psychological and Brain Sciences. 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.

Dani Arigo, WELL-Center-Affiliated Faculty

Dani Arigo, PhD
arigo@rowan.edu | Faculty Profile | Vita [PDF]

Dani Arigo received her BS from Drexel University and her PhD in clinical psychology from Syracuse University. She is a faculty member in the Department of Psychology at Rowan University and holds appointments with the Department of Family Medicine at Rowan School of Osteopathic Medicine and the Department of Biomedical Sciences at Cooper Medical School of Rowan University. The overarching goals of her research program are to better understand psychological and social influences on health behaviors such as physical activity and dietary intake, and to effectively harness these influences in digital health behavior change interventions. A critical component of this program is differentiating stable, person-level relations from those that vary within-person (e.g., at the day or moment levels). Her current work focuses on (1) understanding within-person relations between social perceptions and physical activity engagement among midlife women with elevated risk for cardiovascular disease, and (2) tailoring the social features of digital physical activity interventions to meet the needs of this population. She has worked closely with WELL Center investigators on these and related research topics since 2012.


WELL Clinic Staff



Drexel WELL Clinic Interim Director Paakhi Srivastava

Paakhi Srivastava, PhD
WELL Clinic Interim Director
ps887@drexel.edu

Paakhi Srivastava earned her PhD from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India in Clinical Psychology. She has received postdoctoral training at the WELL Center, Drexel University. Srivastava’s line of research involves 1) developing novel treatment approaches for eating disorders, and 2) the use of technology to a) increase dissemination of evidence-based treatments to individuals with eating disorders who may otherwise never receive treatment, and b) enhance existing evidence based-treatments for eating disorders to increase the efficacy of these approaches. In the past few years, Paakhi Srivastava, PhD, has dedicated her research efforts on understanding the role of body image dissatisfaction in maintaining binge eating spectrum disorders. She has also developed novel self-help treatment delivered via self-help website and smartphone application to improve dissemination of evidence-based treatment for body image disturbances in women with binge eating spectrum disorders. Paakhi is also the Chair of Career and Professional Development Committee for the Humanities and Social Sciences for the Drexel Postdoctoral Association. She is interested in building and implementing resources for career, personal and professional development of postdoctoral fellows in the Humanities and Social Sciences field.

Drexel WELL Clinic Staff Member Danielle Kerns

Danielle Kerns Clauss, PhD
Clinical Psychologist
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.

WELL Clinic Staff Psychologist Catherine Dubaillou

Catherine Dubaillou, PsyD
Staff Psychologist
csd28@drexel.edu

Catherine Dubaillou received her PsyD in clinical psychology from the Institute for Graduate Clinical Psychology at Widener University and her MA in Art Therapy from Drexel University. She completed her post-doctoral fellowship and worked for several years at The Renfrew Center’s residential program in Philadelphia providing specialized treatment to women struggling with eating disorders, body image issues and co-occurring mental health issues. Over the past 20 years, Catherine has worked in a variety of clinicals settings and has provided therapeutic services to families, couples, children and adults from various cultural backgrounds and levels of functioning. She takes a relational approach to therapy, grounded in psychodynamic and interpersonal theories, while integrating motivational interviewing, DBT and CBT skills-based interventions. Her areas of interest include eating disorders, body image issues, trauma, interpersonal issues, and cultural adjustment. Catherine is bilingual in French and English.

WELL Clinic Administrative Coordinator Daniella DePaz

Daniella DePaz
WELL Clinic Administrative Coordinator

Daniella DePaz graduated from Franklin & Marshall College in 2020 with her BA in Sociology. Dani joined the WELL Clinic this year as the Administrative Coordinator to peruse a career related to her professional goals, as she is beginning her Master of Social Work program at Temple University this Fall. In her free time, Dani enjoys spending time with her friends, reading good books, and getting outside!


Research Staff



WELL Center Research Assistant Emily Lufburrow

Emily Lufburrow
ehl28@drexel.edu

Emily Lufburrow received her B.S. in neuroscience with a minor in mathematics from Bates College in 2019. During her senior year, Emily worked with The Dempsey Center, a community organization providing services for those managing the impacts of cancer, to complete her thesis on the efficacy and mechanisms of acupuncture for cancer patients’ pain management. Emily is now a rising second year medical student at Drexel University College of Medicine and is particularly interested in the ways in which patient’s can alter their diets and physical activity to combat disease as a treatment unto itself.

WELL Center Research Coordinator Nicole Miller

Nicole Miller
nem57@drexel.edu

Nicole Miller is a research coordinator for Meghan Butryn, PhD, working primarily on Project Data Sharing. She graduated from The George Washington University in 2021 and holds a B.A. in Psychological & Brain Science and Criminal Justice. During her time at GWU, Nicole worked as a research assistant under Dr. Michelle Stock in the Health Cognitions and Behaviors Lab and earned a psychology department grant for her independent research regarding the impacts of COVID-19 related stress on weight-related behaviors. She also conducted psychometric assessments as an intern at the Pine Rest Psychological Consultation Center. Nicole’s research interests lie at the intersection of social and clinical psychology. She is particularly interested in how social factors impact the development of negative weight-related behaviors. After her time at the WELL Center, Nicole hopes to pursue a PhD in Clinical Psychology.

WELL Center Research Coordinator Zhuoran Huang

Zhuoran Huang
zh424@drexel.edu

Zhuoran Huang is a research coordinator for Evan Forman, PhD, working primarily on ReLearn. He graduated from New York University with a B.A. in Psychology and a B.A. in Computer Science. As an undergraduate, he worked as a research assistant in the Lab for the Developing Mind, which investigates children's cognitive developmental process, and worked closely with a project that compared infants' and AI's performance on several agency reasoning tasks. He is interested in studying how to deliver evidence-based behavioral interventions through computerized technology to communities, especially children and adolescents. He plans to pursue a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology.

WELL Center Research Coordinator Francesca Knudsen

Francesca Knudsen
fk365@drexel.edu

Francesca Knudsen is a research coordinator for Dr. Meghan Butryn, working primarily on Project Health. She is a recent graduate from Lehigh University where she double-majored in Psychology and Health, Medicine, & Society. She has been a RA in two labs at Lehigh that focused on examining parent-child communication about health topics and race. Francesca also conducted a Senior Honors Thesis which explored the usefulness of the Advice Response Theory in understanding how emerging adults respond to parental advice about alcohol use. Francesca is excited to expand her research experience within Health Psychology topics and is generally interested in the way that mental health and physical health affect one another, especially in the presence of obesity and eating disorders. She plans to pursue a PhD in Clinical Psychology.

WELL Center Research Coordinator Stephanie Fan

Stephanie Fan
sf856@drexel.edu

Stephanie is a research coordinator for Adrienne Juarascio, PhD, and Paakhi Srivastava, PhD, working primarily on Projects Compass and BODY+, respectively. She received her BA in Psychology from Stony Brook University with a minor in Health, Medicine, and Society. During her time at Stony Brook, she worked as a research assistant in a lab focused on examining eyewitness memory. As a part of the Psychology Honors Program, she completed a thesis by expanding on the topic of weapon focus. Since graduating she has worked as a Clinical Research Assistant at the Eating Disorder and Anxiety Treatment (EAT) Lab and a Peer Facilitator at Very Real Help at Vanderbilt University. Her research interest includes understanding stress and emotion regulation as maintenance factors in eating disorders and examining the intersection between eating disorders, suicide, and addiction specifically focused on traditionally minoritized or marginalized populations. She plans to pursue a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology.

Drexel WELL Center Research Staff Olivia Horgan

Olivia Horgan
oh65@drexel.edu

Olivia is a research coordinator for Meghan Butryn, PhD, and Evan Forman, PhD, working primarily on Projects EatWell and Activate, respectively. She received her BS in Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience with a concentration in Criminal Justice from the University of Michigan in 2020. During her time in undergrad, Olivia worked as a research assistant in the Jonides Neuroimaging lab examining the efficacy of tDCS and cognitive training as treatment options for adult ADHD. After her time at the WELL Center, she plans to pursue a PhD in Forensic Psychology.

Drexel WELL Center Research Staff Laura Boyajian

Laura Boyajian
leb338@drexel.edu

Laura Boyajian is a research coordinator for Adrienne Juarascio, PhD, working primarily on Project Compass. In 2020, she graduated summa cum laude with a BS in Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh. During her time at Pitt, she worked as a research assistant in two labs studying primarily adolescent populations. One lab examined adolescent mental health, body image, and social media use, while the other studied borderline personality disorder (BPD) among adolescents and the treatment of BPD among diagnosed mothers. Her honors thesis examined body image among gender minority adolescents, with a focus on understanding the underlying mechanisms of gender minority adolescents’ elevated self-objectifying beliefs. Laura’s research interests include treatment development for eating disorders and understanding the role of body image in the development and maintenance of disordered eating behaviors, among adolescent and adult populations. She plans to pursue a PhD in Clinical Psychology.

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.

Drexel WELL Center Staff Gabrielle Patarinski

Gabrielle Patarinski
gp479@drexel.edu

Gabrielle Patarinski is a research coordinator for Adrienne Juarascio, PhD, primarily working on The BALANCING ACT Project, a clinical trial study evaluating the efficacy of acceptance-based treatment methods for binge eating disorder. She received her BS in clinical psychology from George Mason University with a minor in neuroscience. As a part of the Honors Psychology program, she completed a thesis exploring the possible differences in the relationship of eating disorder symptoms and perfectionism in men and women. As an undergraduate, Gabrielle worked closely with Sarah Fischer, PhD, on a number of projects including her thesis, an independent-study summer grant, a dissertation study on cognitive dissonance in the perception of eating and weight, and launching a pilot fMRI study examining the effects of social drinking on impulsivity and decision-making. She plans to pursue a PhD in clinical psychology.

Lauren Taylor

Lauren Taylor
lct42@drexel.edu

Lauren Taylor is a research coordinator for Evan Forman, PhD, working primarily on Project Activate. In 2020, she graduated with honors from Lehigh University earning a B.A. in Psychology and Health, Medicine, and Society. During her time at Lehigh University, Lauren worked as a research assistant in two faculty members' labs. One focusing on the development of a technological aid for the treatment of eating disorders, and the other looking at the relationship between parental alcohol communication and their college-aged children's subsequent risky drinking and sexual behaviors. Lauren also completed an honors thesis that examined how different alcohol-specific messages are perceived by both mothers and children. She plans to pursue a PhD in Clinical Psychology.