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Charlotte J. Hagerman, PhD

Charlotte J. Hagerman, PhD

Assistant Research Professor
WELL Center
3201 Chestnut St., Room 232
Philadelphia, PA 19104


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

Curriculum Vitae:

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Research Interests:

  • Obesity
  • Behavioral weight loss treatment
  • Health information avoidance
  • Goal achievement
  • Motivation
  • Self-compassion


I recently received my PhD in Applied Social Psychology from George Washington University, where I studied strategies to promote a wide array of health behaviors. At the WELL Center, I am developing a line of research that applies social psychological principles to behavioral weight control treatment. I am particularly interested in developing interventions to promote sustained motivation and more adaptive responses to setbacks during long-term health behavior change. My research also applies theories health information seeking and processing to promote the effective use of self-monitoring data (e.g., self-weighing, calorie tracking) during behavioral weight control treatment.

Selected Publications:

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., Hoffman, R.K., Vaylay, S., & Dodge, T. (2021). Implementation intentions to prevent smoking: A systematic review of the literature. Nicotine & Tobacco Research, 23(7), 1085–1093. doi:10.1093/ntr/ntaa235

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

Hagerman, C.J., Stock, M.L., Molloy, B.K., Beekman, J.B., Klein, W.M.P., & Butler, N. (2020). Combining a UV photo intervention with self-affirmation or self-compassion exercises: Implications for skin protection. Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 1-11. doi: 10.1007/s10865-019-00104-6

Hagerman, C.J., Bellini, P.G., Davis, K.M., Hoffman, R.M., Aaronson, D.S., Leigh, D.Y., Zinar, R.E., Penson, D., Van Den Eeden, S., & Taylor, K.L. (2017). Physicians' perspectives on the informational needs of low-risk prostate cancer patients. Health Education Research, 32(2), 134-152. doi: 10.1093/her/cyx035

Hagerman, C.J., Tomko, C.A., Stanton, C.A. Kramer, J.A., Abrams, D.B., Anderson, E.A., & Taylor, K.L. (2015). Incorporating a smoking cessation intervention into lung cancer screening programs: Preliminary studies. The Journal of Psychosocial Oncology, 33(6), 703-723. doi: 10.1080/07347332.2015.1082171