Department of Psychiatry
Penn Behavioral Health

Center for Weight and Eating Disorders

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Tanja V.E. Kral, PhD

Tanja V.E. Kral, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the School of Nursing (primary appointment) and in the Perelman School of Medicine (secondary appointment). Dr. Kral received her B.S. (1998) in Ecotrophology from the University of Applied Sciences in Muenster, and her M.S. (2001) and Ph.D. (2003) in Nutritional Sciences from The Pennsylvania State University.

Dr. Kral’s research focuses on the cognitive, sensory, and nutritional controls of appetite and eating in children and adults and their relevance to obesity; with specific research attention devoted to identifying familial and environmental risk factors for overeating. Dr. Kral uses a combination of behavioral genetic and experimental research methods to study human ingestive behavior and its implications for the prevention and treatment of obesity.

Dr. Kral can be contacted at the School of Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania, 418 Curie Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19104-4217. Phone: 215-573-7512. Her email address is:


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Recent publications include:

Kral, T.V.E., Souders, M.C., Tompkins, V.H., Remiker, A.M., Eriksen, W.T., Pinto-Martin, J.A. Child eating behaviors and caregiver feeding practices in children with autism spectrum disorders. Public Health Nursing, in press.

Kral, T.V.E., Hetherington, M. M. Variability in children’s eating response to portion size: A biobehavioural perspective. Appetite, in press.

Kral, T.V.E., Remiker, A.M., Rauh, E.M., Moore, R.H. (2014). Role of child weight status and the relative reinforcing value of food in children’s response to portion size increases. Obesity, 22: 1716-1722.

Faith, M.S., Carnell, S., Kral, T.V.E. (2013). Genetics of food intake self-regulation in childhood: Literature review and research opportunities. Human Heredity, 75(2-4): 80-89.

Kral, T.V.E., Allison, D.B., Birch, L.L., Stallings, V.A., Moore, R., Faith, M.S. (2012). Caloric compensation and eating in the absence of hunger in 5- to 12-year-old weight-discordant siblings. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 96: 574-83.