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Meghan Butryn

Meghan Butryn, PhD

Associate Professor
Department of Psychology
WELL Center
Office: Stratton 286
Phone: 215.553.7108

Additional Sites:

Center for Weight, Eating and Lifestyle Science (WELL Center)

Curriculum Vitae:

Curriculum Vitae (PDF)

Research Interests:

  • Obesity treatment
  • Physical activity promotion
  • Lifestyle modification
  • Eating disorders prevention
  • Behavioral therapy
  • Acceptance and commitment therapy


Meghan Butryn, PhD, is an associate professor in the Department of Psychology and a licensed clinical psychologist. She serves as Director of Research in the Center for Weight, Eating and Lifestyle Science (WELL Center) at Drexel, and Program Leader for Survivorship Research at Thomas Jefferson University’s Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center. Her research interests and expertise lie in weight management, physical activity promotion and dietary change. She specializes in developing and evaluating treatments for obesity, including those that are rooted in traditional and acceptance-based behavioral principles, and also conducts dissemination work related to both eating disorder and obesity prevention. Butryn has been funded as a principal investigator or co-investigator on 10 NIH-funded clinical trials in the areas of eating and weight. She has authored over 100 peer-reviewed manuscripts, co-authored two books, and edited one book. She serves as a standing member of the NIH PRDP study section, a member of the Scientific Review Committee and Publications Board for the Obesity Society, and an editorial board member for the journal Obesity Science & Practice. She also coordinates the faculty/first-year-undergraduate-student mentorship program in Drexel’s Department of Psychology.

Butryn’s work on lifestyle modification is ultimately designed to improve the health of adults by reducing their risk for conditions such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and cancer. The environment factors that promote unhealthy eating and activity habits are so powerful, in combination with innate biological drives, that the majority of adults in the U.S. are now overweight or obese and also engage in insufficient amounts of exercise. The Butryn lab uses behavioral principles to understand the challenges of eating a healthy diet and engaging in physical activity, and creates innovations in intervention programs by integrating the latest advances in scientific theory as well as technology.

Selected Publications:

  • Butryn, M.L., Forman, E.M., Lowe, M.R., Gorin, A., Zhang, F., & Schaumberg, K. (in press). Efficacy of environmental and acceptance-based enhancements to behavioral weight loss treatment: the ENACT trial. Obesity.
  • Butryn, M.L., Kerrigan, S.G., Arigo, D., Raggio, G.A., & Forman, E.M. (in press). A pilot test of an acceptance-based behavioral intervention to promote physical activity during weight loss maintenance. Behavioral Medicine.
  • Forman, E.M., Schumacher, L.M., Crosby, R.C., Manasse, S.M., Goldstein, S.P., Butryn, M.L., Wyckoff, E.P., & Thomas, J.G. (in press).  Ecological momentary assessment of dietary lapses across behavioral weight loss treatment: Characteristics, predictors, and relationships with weight change.  Annals of Behavioral Medicine.
  • Rosenbaum, D.L., Piers, A.D., Schumacher, L.S., Kase, C.A., & Butryn, M.L. (in press). Racial and ethnic minority enrollment in randomized clinical trials of behavioral weight loss utilizing technology: A systematic review. Obesity Reviews.
  • Butryn, M.L., Arigo, D., Raggio, G.A., Colasanti, M., & Forman, E.F. (2016). Enhancing physical activity promotion with technology-based self-monitoring and social connectivity: A pilot study. Journal of Health Psychology, 21, 1548-1555.
  • Forman, E.M., Butryn, M.L., Manasse, S.M., Crosby, R.D., Goldstein, S.P., Wyckoff, E.P., Thomas, J.G. (2016). Acceptance-based versus standard behavioral treatment for obesity: Results from the Mind Your Health randomized controlled trial. Obesity, 24, 2050-2056.
  • Katterman, S.N., Butryn, M.L., Hood, M.M., & Lowe, M.R. (2016). Daily weight monitoring as a method of weight gain prevention in healthy weight and overweight young adult women. Journal of Health Psychology, 21, 2955-2965.
  • Kerrigan, S.G., Schaumberg, K., Kase, C., Gaspar, M., Forman, E., & Butryn, M.L. (2016). From last supper to self-initiated weight loss: pretreatment weight change may be more important than previously thought. Obesity24, 843-849.
  • Lowe, M.R., Arigo, D.R., Butryn, M.L., Gilbert, J., Sarwer, D., & Stice, E. (2016). Hedonic hunger prospectively predicts onset and maintenance of loss of control eating among college women. Health Psychology, 35, 238-244.
  • Schaumberg, K., Schumacher, L.M., Rosenbaum, D.L., Kase, C.A., Piers, A.D., Lowe, M.R., Forman, E.M., & Butryn, M.L. (2016). The role of negative reinforcement eating expectancies in the relation between experiential avoidance and disinhibition. Eating Behaviors, 21, 129-134.
  • Sherwood, N.E., Butryn, M.L., Forman, E.M., Almirall, D., Seburg, E.M., Crain, A.L., Levy, R., & Jeffery, R.W. (2016). The BestFIT trial: A SMART approach to developing individualized weight loss treatments. Contemporary Clinical Trials47, 209-216.
  • Butryn, M.L., Arigo, D.R., Raggio, G.A, Kaufman, A.I., Kerrigan, S.G., & Forman, E.M. (2015). Measuring the ability to tolerate activity-related discomfort: initial validation of the Physical Activity Acceptance Questionnaire (PAAQ). Journal of Physical Activity & Health, 12, 717-726.
  • Forman, E.F., & Butryn, M.L. (2015). A new look at the science of weight control: How acceptance and commitment strategies can address the challenge of self-regulation. Appetite, 84, 171-180.
  • Butryn, M.L., Rohde, P., Marti, C.N., & Stice, E. (2014). Do participant, facilitator, or group factors moderate effectiveness of the Body Project? Implications for dissemination. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 61, 142-149.
  • Katterman, S.N., Goldstein, S.P., Butryn, M.L., Forman, E.M., & Lowe, M.R. (2014). Efficacy of an acceptance-based behavioral intervention for weight gain prevention in young adult women. Journal of Contextual Behavioral Sciences, 3, 45-50.
  • Lowe, M.R., Butryn, M.L., Thomas, J.G., & Coletta, M.C. (2014). Meal replacements, reduced energy density eating and weight loss maintenance: A randomized controlled trial. Obesity, 22, 94-100.
  • Wadden, T.A., Butryn, M.L., Hong, P.S., & Tsai, A.G. (2014). Behavioral treatment of obesity in patients encountered in primary care settings: a systematic review. Journal of the American Medical Association, 312, 1779-1791.