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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 also serves as Director of Research in the Center for Weight, Eating and Lifestyle Science (WELL Center). Her research interests and expertise lie in weight management, physical activity promotion and dietary change. She specializes in developing and evaluating behavioral interventions for obesity, including those that are rooted in traditional and acceptance-based behavioral principles. Butryn has been funded as a principal investigator or co-investigator on 8 NIH-funded clinical trials in the areas of eating and weight. She has authored over 75 peer-reviewed manuscripts, co-authored two books, and edited one book. She serves as a member of the NIH PRDP study section and as an editorial board member for the journal Obesity Science & Practice.

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.