Lucy Hemsley-Faulconbridge

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Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Director of Research, Center for Weight and Eating Disorders, University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine
Department: Psychiatry

Contact information
Center for Weight and Eating Disorders, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, 3535 Market Street,
Philadelphia, PA 19104-4283
Office: 215-746-7191
Fax: 215-898-2878
Education:
BA (Experimental Psychology)
University of St Andrews, Fife, Scotland, 2000.
MA (Psychology)
University of Pennsylvania, 2002.
PhD (Psychology)
University of Pennsylvania, 2007.
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Description of Research Expertise

Dr. Faulconbridge’s research interests currently focus on the co-morbidity of obesity with mental health problems, particularly major depressive disorder. She is interested in changes in mood following weight reduction, as well as the relationship between weight change and risk factors for cardiovascular disease. Dr. Faulconbridge is the recipient of a Mentored Patient Oriented Research Award (K23), funded by the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute, and is currently conducting a randomized controlled trial to evaluate three treatments for obese individuals with comorbid major depressive disorder who are at high risk for cardiovascular disease. Dr. Faulconbridge also has expertise in the neural, endocrine, and psychological outcomes following bariatric surgery and non-surgical weight loss.

Description of Itmat Expertise

Dr. Faulconbridge’s research interests focus on the co-morbidity of obesity with mental illness, particularly depression. She is interested in the triangular relationship between depression, obesity and cardiovascular disease, both from an etiological and a treatment perspective. Her research is currently funded by a K23 award from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute to examine a novel treatment for obese, depressed individuals at risk for cardiovascular disease. In addition, Dr. Faulconbridge is interested in translational research addressing the amelioration of type 2 diabetes and weight loss following bariatric surgery.

Selected Publications

Rubin Richard R, Peyrot Mark, Gaussoin Sarah A, Espeland Mark A, Williamson Don, Faulconbridge Lucy F, Wadden Thomas A, Ewing Linda, Safford Monika, Evans-Hudnall Gina, Wing Rena R, Knowler William C: Four-year analysis of cardiovascular disease risk factors, depression symptoms, and antidepressant medicine use in the Look AHEAD (Action for Health in Diabetes) clinical trial of weight loss in diabetes. Diabetes care 36(5): 1088-94, May 2013.

Vetter, M.L., Wadden, T.A., Vinnard, C., Moore, R.H., Kahn, Z., Volger, S., Sarwer, D.B., Faulconbridge, L.F.: Gender differences in the relationship between high-sensitivity CRP and symptoms of depression. International Journal of Obesity 2013 Notes: in press.

Sarwer, D.B., Allison, K.C., Bailer, B.A., Faulconbridge, L.F.: Psychosocial characteristics of bariatric surgery candidates. The ASMBS Textbook of Bariatric Surgery. Integrated Health, Springer Science + Business Media, 2, 2013.

Faulconbridge, L.F., Fabricatore, A.F.: Obesity and Mental Health The Handbook of Obesity, Third Edition, Epidemiology, Etiology, and Physiopathology. Bray, R., Bouchard, C. (eds.). Informa Healthcare, 1, 2013 Notes: (in press).

Faulconbridge Lucy F, Wadden Thomas A, Thomas John G, Jones-Corneille Lashanda R, Sarwer David B, Fabricatore Anthony N: Changes in depression and quality of life in obese individuals with binge eating disorder: bariatric surgery versus lifestyle modification. Surgery for obesity and related diseases : official journal of the American Society for Bariatric Surgery Nov 2012.

Neiberg Rebecca H, Wing Rena R, Bray George A, Reboussin David M, Rickman Amy D, Johnson Karen C, Kitabchi Abbas E, Faulconbridge Lucy F, Kitzman Dalane W, Espeland Mark A: Patterns of weight change associated with long-term weight change and cardiovascular disease risk factors in the Look AHEAD Study. Obesity (Silver Spring, Md.) 20(10): 2048-56, Oct 2012.

Faulconbridge, L.F., Wadden, T.A., Rubin, R.R., Knowler, W.C., Chen, H., Coday, M., Ewing, L.J., Rejeski, J., West, D., the Look AHEAD Research Group: Changes in weight and symptoms of depression in overweight/obese individuals with type 2 diabetes in the Look AHEAD trial: four-year results. Presented at The Obesity Society Annual Meeting September 2012.

Faulconbridge Lucy F, Wadden Thomas A, Rubin Richard R, Wing Rena R, Walkup Michael P, Fabricatore Anthony N, Coday Mace, Van Dorsten Brent, Mount David L, Ewing Linda J: One-year changes in symptoms of depression and weight in overweight/obese individuals with type 2 diabetes in the Look AHEAD study. Obesity (Silver Spring, Md.) 20(4): 783-93, Apr 2012.

Jones-Corneille LaShanda R, Wadden Thomas A, Sarwer David B, Faulconbridge Lucy F, Fabricatore Anthony N, Stack Rebecca M, Cottrell Faith A, Pulcini Melissa E, Webb Victoria L, Williams Noel N: Axis I psychopathology in bariatric surgery candidates with and without binge eating disorder: results of structured clinical interviews. Obesity surgery 22(3): 389-97, Mar 2012.

Sarwer, D.B., Allison, K.C., Bailer, B.B., Faulconbridge, L.F., Wadden, T.A.: Bariatric Surgery. Presurgical Psychological Screening: Understanding Patients, Improving Outcomes. Block, A.R., Sarwer, D.B. (eds.). American Psychological Association, 2012.

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Last updated: 08/12/2013
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