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Obesity, dietary health, eating disorders and physical activity attainment are significant public health concerns, and there is a clear need for academic programs that provide training to the next generation of scientists focused on these pressing concerns. The core teaching mission of the WELL Center is to provide undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate trainees across multiple disciplines with experiential learning opportunities designed to foster expertise in the science of behavior change related to obesity, eating disorders and lifestyle modification. Those trained in the Center will be prepared to design, implement and evaluate novel treatments for obesity, eating disorders and sedentary behavior. Thus, training will span research, clinical and consulting domains.

Prospective Undergraduate Students

The WELL Center has training opportunities for undergraduates from Drexel, University of Pennsylvania and other local universities. The opportunities take the form of research assistantships, part- and full-time co-ops, STAR student sponsorships and supervised honors thesis projects.

If interested, please complete an application form.

Prospective Graduate Students

Currently the WELL Center is recruiting MS psychology and clinical psychology PhD students to train under the mentorship of Meghan Butryn, PhD, Evan Forman, PhD, and Adrienne Juarascio, PhD. For information about applying for a Master's in Psychology, please visit the Prospective Psychology MS and PhD Student page.

The WELL Center will be recruiting graduate students to train in other disciplines in the near future.

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Prospective Postdoctoral Fellows

Currently, the WELL Center offers postdoctoral training in psychology, and will offer postdoctoral training in other disciplines in the near future. Postdoctoral fellows work closely with one or more faculty mentors. The position offers ample opportunities for, and training/mentoring in, manuscript writing, grant writing, the use of innovative technology and methodology, and leadership roles. Considerable attention is devoted to developing the postdoctoral fellow’s line of research including the planning and execution of an independent project; pilot study funding will be provided.

In addition, the postdoc fellow will be mentored in the writing of one or more independent grant proposals. Responsibilities often include assistance overseeing research coordinators, undergraduate and graduate students; monitoring study protocols; conducting statistical analyses; writing scientific manuscripts; and potentially clinical service and/or supervision of clinical service.

Postdoctoral fellows are eligible, and highly competitive, for the NIH Loan Repayment Program.

Clinical Training for Current Doctoral Students

The Center offers formalized (practicum) and ad hoc clinical training opportunities through supervised roles in clinical research trials and through the WELL Clinic. For more information about these opportunities, contact Adrienne Juarascio, PhD, at

Professional Training Offered

The WELL Center offers off-site and on-site training in the following specialty areas:

  • Acceptance-based behavioral treatment (ABT) for obesity
  • Acceptance-based behavioral treatment for eating disorders
  • Physical activity promotion
  • Deploying just-in-time adaptive interventions (JITAIs)

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Training Workshop in Acceptance-Based Behavioral Treatment for Weight Control: July 25, 2018

Join us for a training and workshop in Acceptance-Based Behavioral Treatment for Weight Control. Trainers and presenters include, Meghan Butryn, PhD, Stephanie Manasse, PhD.

Learn more and register

For more information about training or to request a training, please contact Stephanie Manasse, PhD at