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Behavioral Weight Loss Treatment

Project: 2
Name: Meghan Butryn, PhD (; 215.553.7108)
Department: Psychology


Applicants are being sought for a research fellowship in the Center for Weight, Eating and Lifestyle Science(the WELL Center), under the mentorship of Meghan Butryn, Ph.D. Dr. Butryn’s work primarily focuses on the areas of behavioral weight loss and improving obesity treatment for adults. Current projects include a lifestyle modification program that utilizes digital self-monitoring devices such as FitBit activity monitors and wireless scales to track daily activity, eating, and weight changes. Similarly, we are conducting follow-up assessments for participants who have already completed a behavioral weight loss treatment incorporating acceptance-based principles to examine their weight loss maintenance after the conclusion of the program.

Associated Independent Study

Independent study projects could focus on various aspects of obesity treatment, tailored to the interests and career goals of the individual. For example, students interested in nutrition may choose to focus on the dietary intake of participants in our behavioral weight loss programs whereas those interested in physical activity may choose to analyze participant's experiences of exercise throughout treatment. There is a considerable amount of data we have collected that could be analyzed for such projects. Alternatively, students could conduct a scientific literature review in an area of obesity treatment as a focus of an independent study.

Gained Experience

A research fellow would gain valuable experience in data collection and analysis, with the potential to conduct participant assessments should they desire additional clinical experience. Research fellows would also be welcome to shadow group treatment sessions for our behavioral weight loss treatment. Additionally, they would have the opportunity to develop a research idea and abstract that could be presented at future conferences, and to be a full participant in team meetings in which research ideas are developed.


The research being conducted in the lab will lead to publications, presentations at conferences, and future NIH grant proposals.


The student will assist the project research coordinators with various study coordination tasks, such as scheduling participants, managing data, and assisting with participant assessments. The student will conduct literature reviews, participate in meetings focused on grant writing and manuscript writing, and learn about the process of conducting NIH-funded clinical trials.


Drexel University - University City Campus. Stratton Hall.


The schedule is flexible. We'd like a research fellow to work approximately 20 hours per week Monday-Friday, working one evening of their choice until 8 pm.

Interview Availability

April 10