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Paakha Srivastava, PhD - Drexel University WELL Center

Paakhi Srivastava, PhD

Assistant Research Professor
WELL Center


  • Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Weight, Eating and Lifestyle Science (WELL Center), Drexel University
  • PhD, Clinical Psychology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India
  • M.Phil, Clinical Psychology, Institute of Human Behavior and Allied Sciences, New Delhi, India
  • MA, Clinical Psychology, Delhi University, India
  • BA, Psychology, Delhi University, India

Research Interests:

  • Understanding factors (e.g., body image disturbances) that maintain disordered eating behaviors in real-time and real-world
  • Learning about how evidence-based treatments address maintenance factors to produce improvements in binge eating spectrum disorders
  • Development of novel treatments/treatment augmentations to better address maintenance factors and improve clinical outcomes for binge eating spectrum disorders


Paakhi Srivastava earned her PhD from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India in Clinical Psychology. She has received postdoctoral training at the WELL Center, Drexel University.  Srivastava’s line of research involves 1) developing novel treatment approaches for eating disorders, and 2) the use of technology to a) increase dissemination of evidence-based treatments to individuals with eating disorders who may otherwise never receive treatment, and b) enhance existing evidence based-treatments for eating disorders to increase the efficacy of these approaches. In the past few years, Paakhi Srivastava, PhD, has dedicated her research efforts on understanding the role of body image dissatisfaction in maintaining binge eating spectrum disorders. She has also developed novel self-help treatment delivered via self-help website and smartphone application to improve dissemination of evidence-based treatment for body image disturbances in women with binge eating spectrum disorders. Paakhi is also the Chair of Career and Professional Development Committee for the Humanities and Social Sciences for the Drexel Postdoctoral Association. She is interested in building and implementing resources for career, personal and professional development of postdoctoral fellows in the Humanities and Social Sciences field.

Selected Publications:

  • Srivastava, P., Michael, M.L., Manasse, S.M. & Juarascio, A.S. (2020) Do momentary changes in body dissatisfaction predict binge eating episodes? An ecological momentary assessment study. Eat Weight Disord.
  • Srivastava, P., Felonis, C.R., Wons, O.B., Abber, S.R., Clancy, O.M., & Juarascio, A.S. (2021). Using ecological momentary assessment to better understand body dissatisfaction: Variability, predictors and relationship to eating disorder behaviors. Eat Weight Disord.
  • Lin, M., Gillikin, L. M., Patarinski, A. G. G., Srivastava, P., & Juarascio, A. S. (2021). Characterizing eating disorder psychopathology and body image related constructs in treatment-seeking Black individuals with binge-eating spectrum disorders. Eating and Weight Disorders-Studies on Anorexia, Bulimia and Obesity, 1-6.
  • Srivastava, P., Lampe, E. W., Michael, M. L., Manasse, S., & Juarascio, A. S. (2020). Stress appraisal prospectively predicts binge eating through increases in negative affect. Eating and Weight Disorders-Studies on Anorexia, Bulimia and Obesity, 1-8.
  • Srivastava, P., Lin, M., Felonis, C.F., Clark, K., & Juarascio, A.J. (2021). Trajectories of Change in Overvaluation of Shape and Weight and Body Dissatisfaction and Bulimia Symptoms during Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Bulimia Nervosa. Eating Behaviors.
  • Srivastava, P., Parker, M., Preseller, E.P., Wons, O., Clark, K., & Juarascio, A.J. (2021). A closer look at homework compliance in cognitive behavior therapy for bulimia nervosa: Does homework compliance in between-session period prospectively predicts decline in symptoms?. Eating Disorders: Treatment and Prevention.
  • Juarascio, A, Srivastava, P., Clark, K, Presseler, E, Manasse. S. & Forman, E. (2021). Development and preliminary evaluation of CBT+: A clinician-controlled just-in-time adaptive intervention system designed to promote acquisition and utilization of cognitive-behavioral therapy skills in bulimia nervosa. Journal of Formative Research.  
  • Srivastava, P., Mehta, M., Sagar, R., & Ambekar, A. (2020). Smartteen- a computer assisted cognitive behavior therapy for Indian adolescents with depression- a pilot study. Asian Journal of Psychiatry. 50(1). doi: 10.1016/j.ajp.2020.101970
  • Srivastava, P., & Mehta, M. (2014). Computerized cognitive behavior therapies in psychiatry: a viable option in India?. Asian journal of psychiatry, 11, 72-73.
  • Srivastava, P., Mandal, P., Mehta, M., & Sagar, R. (2014). Psychological Intervention in a Case of Bulimia Nervosa: A Case Report. Psychological Studies, 59(1), 68-75.