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Drexel Psychology Doctoral Student Stephanie Manasse

Stephanie M. Manasse, PhD

Assistant Research Professor
WELL Center
Office: Stratton 244
Phone: 215.553.7157


  • PhD Clinical Psychology, Drexel University
  • Pre-doctoral clinical internship, Drexel Psychological Services Center
  • MS, Clinical Psychology, Drexel University
  • BA, Psychology, University of California Berkeley

Research Interests:

Development of novel treatments to improve self-regulation in adolescents and adults with eating and weight disorders, examination of trait and state factors that contribute to poor treatment outcome (e.g., negative affect, impulsivity, familial factors, sleep) in eating and weight disorders, ecological momentary assessment


Stephanie Manasse, PhD, received her bachelor's degree from the University of California, Berkeley, and her PhD in Clinical Psychology from Drexel University. She is the Director of the Child and Adolescent Program at the Center for Weight, Eating, and Lifestyle Sciences (WELL Center) and also directs the mPOWER program, a summer fellowship for underrepresented minority trainees who wish to pursue research careers. Her research program is centered around developing novel treatments for adolescents and adults with eating and weight disorders, with a particular focus on improving self-regulation. She also is particularly interested in discovering maintenance factors (e.g., neurocognitive, affective, sleep-related) of disordered eating behavior that can serve as novel intervention targets. Her ongoing projects include: (1) Project REBOOT and TakeControlVR: developing novel inhibitory control training programs for reducing binge eating, (2) Project REACH: understanding aberrant decision-making and neurocognitive processes that contribute to disordered disordered eating behavior in adolescents, (3) FamilySafetyNet: Testing a novel attachment-based family therapy for adolescents with eating disorders; (4) Project MOMENT: A study using ecological momentary assessment to understand predictors of disordered eating behavior.

Selected Publications:

  • Manasse, S. M., Lampe, E. W., Juarascio, A. S., Zhu, J., & Forman, E. M. (2020). Using virtual reality to train inhibitory control and reduce binge eating: A proof-of-concept study. Appetite, 157, 104988.
  • Manasse, S. M., Lampe, E. W., Gillikin, L., Payne‐Reichert, A., Zhang, F., Juarascio, A. S., & Forman, E. M. (2020). The project REBOOT protocol: Evaluating a personalized inhibitory control training as an adjunct to cognitive behavioral therapy for bulimia nervosa and binge‐eating disorder. International Journal of Eating Disorders, 53(6), 1007-1013.
  • Manasse, S. M., Murray, H. B., Parker, M., Forman, E. M., & Juarascio, A. S. (2019). A characterization of binge planning behavior in individuals with binge-spectrum eating disorders. Eating and Weight Disorders - Studies on Anorexia, Bulimia and Obesity, 1-5.
  • Manasse, S.M., Clark, K.C., Juarascio, A.S., & Forman, E.M. (2019). Developing more efficient, effective, and disseminable treatments for eating disorders: An overview of the Multiphase Optimization Strategy. Eating and Weight Disorders - Studies on Anorexia, Bulimia, and Obesity, 1-13.
  • Manasse, S. M., Crochiere, R. J., Dallal, D. H., Lieber, E. W., Schumacher, L. M., Crosby, R. D., ... & Forman, E. M. (2018). A multimodal investigation of impulsivity as a moderator of the relation between momentary elevations in negative internal states and subsequent dietary lapses. Appetite, 127, 52-58.
  • Manasse, S. M., Schumacher, L. M., Goldstein, S. P., Martin, G. J., Crosby, R. D., Juarascio, A. S., ... & Forman, E. M. (2018). Are individuals with loss‐of‐control eating more prone to dietary lapse in behavioural weight loss treatment? An ecological momentary assessment study. European Eating Disorders Review, 26(3), 259-264.
  • Manasse, S.M., Flack, D., Dochat, C., Zhang, F., Butryn, M. L., & Forman, E. M. (2017). Not so fast: The impact of impulsivity on weight loss varies by treatment type. Appetite, 113, 193-199.
  • Manasse, S.M., Espel, H. M., Schumacher, L. M., Kerrigan, S. G., Zhang, F., Forman, E. M., & Juarascio, A. S. (2016). Does impulsivity predict outcome in treatment for binge eating disorder? A multimodal investigation. Appetite, 105, 172-179.
  • Manasse, S.M., Goldstein, S.P., Wyckoff, E.P., Forman, E.M., Butryn, M.L., Juarascio, A.S., Ruocco, A.C., & Nederkoorn, C. (2016). Slowing down and taking a second look: Inhibitory deficits in binge eating disorder are not food-specific. Appetite, 96, 555-559
  • Manasse, S.M., Forman, E. M., Ruocco, A.C., Butryn, M.L., Juarascio, A. S. & Fitzpatrick, K. K. (2015), Do executive functioning deficits underpin binge eating disorder? A comparison of overweight women with and without binge eating pathology. Int. J. Eat. Disord. 48: 677–683. doi: 10.1002/eat.22383
  • Manasse, S.M., Espel, H. M., Forman, E. M., Ruocco, A. C., Juarascio, A. S., Butryn, M. L., ... & Lowe, M. R. (2015). The independent and interacting effects of hedonic hunger and executive function on binge eating. Appetite, 89, 16-21.
  • Manasse, S.M., Juarascio, A.S., Forman, E.M., Berner, L.A., Butryn, M.L., & Ruocco, A.C. (2014). Executive Functioning in Overweight Individuals with and without Loss‐of‐Control Eating. European Eating Disorders Review, 22(5), 373-377.