Thomas A. Wadden, PhD
Thomas A. Wadden, Ph.D.
Albert J. Stunkard Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry
Director, Center for Weight and Eating Disorders
Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania
Thomas A.Wadden, Ph.D. is the Albert J. Stunkard Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and Director of the Center for Weight and Eating Disorders. He received his A.B. in 1975 from Brown University and his doctorate in clinical psychology in 1981 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Dr. Wadden's principal research is on the treatment of obesity by methods that have included lifestyle modification, very-low-calorie diets, exercise, medication, and surgery. He has also investigated the metabolic and psychosocial consequences of obesity and weight loss. He has published over 300 scientific papers and book chapters and has co-edited four books, the most recent of which is Obesity and Associated Eating Disorders: A Guide for Mental Health Professionals (with Albert J. Stunkard, Terence Wilson, and Robert I. Berkowitz). His research has been supported for more than 25 years by grants from the National Institutes of Health.
Dr. Wadden has served on expert panels for the National Institutes of Health, the Federal Trade Commission, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, and the Institute of Medicine. He served as President of the Obesity Society in 2006 and from 2008-2012 was an associate editor of Obesity, the journal published by the Obesity Society.
Dr. Wadden may be contacted at the University of Pennsylvania, 3535 Market Street, Suite 3029, Philadelphia, PA 19104. His e-mail address is: Wadden@mail.med.upenn.edu.
Recent publications include:
Wadden TA, Faulconbridge LF, Jones-Corneille LR, et al. Binge eating disorder and the outcome of bariatric surgery at one year: a prospective, observational study. Obesity. 2011;19:1220-8.
Wadden TA,Volger S,Sarwer DB,et al. A two-year randomized trial of obesity treatment in primary care practice. N Engl J Med. 2011;365:1969-79.
Faulconbridge LF, Wadden TA, Rubin RR, et al. 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). 2011;20:783-93.
Wadden TA, Neiberg RH, Wing RR, et al; Look AHEAD Research Group. Four-year weight losses in the Look AHEAD study: factors associated with long-term success. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2011;19:1987-98.
Wadden TA, Webb VL, Moran CH, Bailer BA. Lifestyle modification for obesity: new developments in diet, physical activity, and behavior therapy. Circulation. 2012;125:1157-70.