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Charlotte J. Hagerman, PhD

Charlotte J. Hagerman, PhD

Assistant Research Professor
WELL Center
Office: 3201 Chestnut Street, Room 232


  • PhD, Applied Social Psychology, George Washington University, 2021
  • BS, Psychology, University of Mary Washington 2014

Curriculum Vitae:

Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests:

  • Obesity
  • Behavioral weight loss treatment
  • Habit formation
  • Goal achievement
  • Motivation
  • Self-compassion


My research seeks to inform and improve interventions that promote healthier eating and exercise behavior. I am especially interested in applying social psychological theories of motivation and goal achievement to identify strategies that facilitate persistence toward long-term goals. For example, I am currently pilot testing a group-based behavioral weight loss intervention focused entirely on forming and disrupting habits, i.e., behaviors that are automatically cued in response to specific contexts. I am also developing interventions that prevent goal disengagement following setbacks during long-term weight control.

Selected Publications:

  • Hagerman, C.J., Ehmann, M.M., Taylor, L., Forman, E.M. (2023). The role of self-compassion and its individual components in adaptive responses to dietary lapses. Appetite, 107009. doi: 10.1016/j.appet.2023.107009
  • Hagerman, C.J., Macura, Z., Stock, M.L., Moore, P.J., & Dodge, T. (in press). The effects of implicit theories on body weight information avoidance. Experimental Psychology. 70(3), 180–191. doi: 10.1027/1618-3169/a000585
  • Hagerman, C.J., Miller, N.A., & Butryn, M.L. (2023). Latent profile analysis of physical activity motivation during behavioral weight loss treatment. Psychology of Sport & Exercise, 66,102376. doi: 10.1016/j.psychsport.2022.102376
  • Hagerman, C.J., Ferrer, R., & Persky, S. (2021). The influence of implicit theories and perceived risk on parents’ feeding behavior and pursuit of obesity risk information. Journal of Health Psychology. doi: 10.1177/13591053211061412
  • Hagerman, C.J., Stock, M.L., Beekman, J.B., Yeung, E., & Persky, S. (2021). The ironic effects of dietary restraint in situations that undermine self-regulation. Eating Behaviors, 43. doi: 10.1016/j.eatbeh.2021.101579
  • Hagerman, C.J., Ferrer, R.A., Klein, W.M.P., & Persky, S. (2020). Association of parental guilt with harmful versus healthful eating and feeding from a virtual reality buffet. Health Psychology, 39(3), 199–208. doi: 10.1037/hea0000831