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Janell L. Mensinger, PhD

Janell Mensinger

Associate Research Professor, Director, Biostatistics Service Center
Epidemiology and Biostatistics
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PhD, Psychology, City University of New York, Graduate Center, BA Psychology, West Chester University of Pennsylvania


Dr. Mensinger arrives to the Dornsife School of Public Health after spending 7 years as a faculty member in the College of Nursing and Health Professions at Drexel.  She is an interdisciplinary trained scholar with doctoral and post doctoral education in psychological and behavioral health science, clinical epidemiology, and biostatistics. Her work is informed by a social-determinants of health and social justice framework.  Her primary research interests involve improving the dissemination and implementation of evidence-based eating disorders treatment and prevention, and reducing weight-related stigma and implicit bias among healthcare professionals.  She is deeply passionate about dismantling structural oppression, and enhancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in higher education, public health, and the health professions. Dr. Mensinger brings her consulting and management experiences from academic medicine and her expertise in quantitative research methods and data analysis to direct and grow the Drexel University Biostatistics Service Center.

Research Interests

  • Clinical Trials 
  • Community Based Participatory Research
  • eHealth
  • Health Services Research
  • Health Disparities
  • Mental health and Behavioral health
  • Nutrition
  • Violence and Trauma
  • Social Determinants of Health
  • Health Promotion
  • Social Justice in Public Health and Healthcare
  • Structural Oppression
  • Intersectional Identities and Health
  • Eating Disorders
  • Body Politics
  • Weight Stigma
  • Implicit Bias


Mensinger, J.L., & Meadows, A. (2017). Internalized weight stigma mediates and moderates physical activity outcomes during a healthy living program for women with high BMI. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 30, 64-72. doi:10.1016/j.psychsport.2017.01.010

Mensinger, J.L., Calogero, R.M., Stranges, S., & Tylka, T.L. (2016).  A weight-neutral versus a weight-loss approach to health and well-being in women with high BMI: A randomized controlled trial. Appetite, 105, 364-374. doi:10.1016/j.appet.2016.06.006 (PMID: 27289009)

Weinberger-Litman, S.L., Rabin, L.A., Fogel, J., Mensinger, J.L., & Litman, L. (2016).  Psychosocial mediators of the relationship between religious orientation and eating disorder risk factors in young Jewish women. Psychology of Religion and Spirituality, 8(4), 265-276. doi:10.1037/a0040293

Mensinger, J.L., Calogero R.M., & Tylka, T.L. (2016). Internalized weight stigma moderates eating behavior outcomes in women with high BMI participating in a healthy living program. Appetite, 102, 32-43. doi: 10.1016/j.appet.2016.01.033 (PMID: 26829370)

Calogero R.M., Tylka T.L., & Mensinger, J.L. (2016). Scientific weightism: A view of mainstream weight stigma research through a feminist lens. In T-A. Roberts, N. Curtin, L. Cortina, and L. E. Duncan (Eds.), Best Practices on Building a Psychological Science of Gender. New York, NY: Springer

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