Department of Psychiatry

Penn Behavioral Health

Lucy F. Faulconbridge, PhD

Dr. Lucy F. Faulconbridge

Lucy F. Faulconbridge, Ph.D. is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychology in the Center for Weight and Eating Disorders at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine. She received her B.A. from the University of St Andrews in Scotland in 2000, and her M.A. in Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania in 2002.  She completed her pre-doctoral internship at Weill Cornell Medical College-NY Presbyterian Hospital in New York, NY, and received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania in 2007. She served on the Full-Time Faculty in the Center for Weight and Eating Disorders from 2010 to 2016 and as Director of Research in the unit from 2011 to 2016.

Dr. Faulconbridge’s research interests focused on the co-morbidity of obesity with mental illness, particularly depression. From 2010-2015 she conducted a large randomized controlled trial, funded by a K23 award from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, which examined a novel treatment for obese, depressed individuals at risk for cardiovascular disease. She continues to be interested in how mood changes with weight loss. Dr. Faulconbridge also has expertise in the neural, endocrine, and psychological changes following bariatric surgery and non-surgical weight loss. 

Dr. Faulconbridge continues to supervise students at Center for Weight and Eating Disorders and now owns a private practice in Wayne, PA, (www.mainlinetherapist.com).  Dr. Faulconbridge is a diplomate of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy. In her clinical work, she uses cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) to treat patients with eating and weight problems, as well as depression, in both individual and groups settings. She is also skilled at administering behavioral weight management to treat individuals with obesity seeking weight loss, as well as eating disorders including binge-eating disorder, night-eating syndrome, anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa.

Dr. Faulconbridge can be contacted at: University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, 3535 Market St., Suite 3021, Philadelphia, PA 19104-3309, 215-898-7314. Her e-mail address is lucyhf@mail.med.upenn.edu.

Recent publications include:

Faulconbridge L.F. Social and Psychological Effects of Weight Loss. In: Brownell, K & Walsh, T. Eating Disorders and Obesity, 3rd Edition. Guildford Press, New York, 2017.

Faulconbridge, L.F., Ruparel, K., Loughead, J.W., Allison, K.C., Hesson, L.A., Fabricatore, A. Baxley, A. Ritter, S., Hopson, R.D., Sarwer, D., Williams, N., Geliebter, A., Gur, R.C. Wadden, T.A. Changes in neural responsivity to highly-palatable foods following Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, sleeve gastrectomy, or weight stability: an fMRI study. Obesity; 24(5): 1054-60, 2016

Faulconbridge, L.F., Bechtel, C.F. Depression and Disordered Eating in the Obese Person. In Hetherington, M., Drapeau, V. (Eds.) Current Obesity Reports; 3(1):127-136, 2014

Faulconbridge, L.F., Fabricatore, A.F. Obesity and Mental Health. In: Bray, R. and Bouchard, C. eds. The Handbook of Obesity, Third Edition, Vol. 1, Epidemiology, Etiology, and Physiopathology. Informa Healthcare, London, 2014.

Faulconbridge, L.F., Wadden, T.A., Rubin, R.R., Wing, R.R., Walkup, M.P., Fabricatore, A.N., Coday, M, Van Dorsten, B., Mount, D.L., Ewing, L.J., and the Look AHEAD Research Group. (2011) One-Year Changes in Symptoms of Depression and Weight in Obese Individuals with Type 2 Diabetes in the Look AHEAD study. Obesity; 20(4):783-793, 2012.


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