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Addressing Weight History to Improve Behavioral Treatments for Bulimia Nervosa (The INSPIRE Project)

Project: 15
Name: Adrienne Juarascio, PhD (; 215.553.7514)
Department: Psychology


The student would be working primarily on the INSPIRE Project, a study comparing a novel, acceptance-based behavioral treatment for bulimia nervosa to the existing gold-standard behavioral treatment for bulimia nervosa. The student would also have the ability to work on other Juarascio lab projects. Our team of doctoral and masters-level graduate students, full-time research coordinators and undergraduate research assistants conduct NIH-funded clinical trials in the areas of the enhancement of treatment outcomes for eating disorders and obesity, acceptance-based behavioral treatments, evaluating mechanisms of action in behavioral treatments, and technology-aided health behavior change.

Associated Independent Study

The student will meet with Dr. Juarascio and other lab members within the first two weeks of the fellowship to discuss the students' interests and goals for the fellowship. Based on the students' interest, Dr. Juarascio will work with the student to develop an independent research project. An independent research project could consist of doing secondary data analysis on previously collected data and developing a poster, but the independent project could take another form dependent on the students' interest.

Gained Experience

Students will gain experience in eating disorders research and the process of designing and conducting clinical trials research. Students will also have the opportunity to observe treatment provision, and receive training in coding therapy session recordings for fidelity and other content.


The project is expected to produce several publications, including publications evaluating the acceptability and feasibility of the developed treatment and assessing target engagement and target validation within the treatment. The project will also serve as a data collection for other independent projects, including a master's thesis project and poster presentations.


The co-op student will be trained to code recorded therapy sessions for fidelity and treatment content. Opportunities also will be available for additional training in data entry and data analysis, and study recruitment and participant screening.


In the lab, located in Stratton Hall.


Students will have flexibility of scheduling their research hours. They will be expected to a 1-hour research assistant meeting (time to be determined by student's availability), and a 1-hour meeting with their supervisor (also to be determined by student's availability).

Interview Availability

April 10, April 11, April 12