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., Eriksen, W.T., Souders, M.C., Pinto-Martin, J.A. (2013). Eating behaviors, diet quality, and gastrointestinal symptoms in children with autism spectrum disorders: a brief review. Journal of Pediatric Nursing, in press.

Kral, T.V.E., Allison, D.B., Birch, L.L., Stallings, V.A., Moore, R.H., 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: 574-583.

Faith, M.S., Van Horn, L., Appel, L.J., Burke, L., Carson, J.A.S., Franch, H.A., Jakicic, J.M., Kral T.V.E., Odoms-Young, A., Wansink, B., Wylie-Rosett, J. (Writing group of the American Heart Association) (2012). Evaluating parents and adult caregivers as “agents of change” for treating obese children – Evidence for parent behavior change strategies and research gaps: Statement from the Council on Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Metabolism. Circulation, 125(9): 1186-1207.

Mathias, K.C., Rolls, B.J., Birch, L.L., Kral, T.V.E., Hanna, E.L., Davey, A., Fisher, J.O. (2012). Serving larger portions of fruits and vegetables together at dinner promotes intake of both foods among young children. Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 112: 266-270.

Kral, T.V.E., Whiteford, L.M., Heo, M., Faith, M.S. (2011). Effects of eating breakfast compared with skipping breakfast on ratings of appetite and intake at subsequent meals in 8- to 10-year-old children. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 93: 284-291.