Department of Psychiatry
Penn Behavioral Health

Albert J. Stunkard Weight Management Program

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Kelly Costello Allison, PhD

Kelly Costello Allison, PhDKelly C. Allison, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and Director of Clinical Services at the Center for Weight and Eating Disorders. She received her B.A. from the University of Notre Dame and her M.A. and Ph.D. from Miami University.

Dr. Allison's research interests include characterizing and treating the Night Eating Syndrome and the role of weight and eating behaviors on reproductive health. She is also engaged in studies on bariatric surgery outcomes and clinical trials for weight and disordered eating. Dr. Allison enjoys providing psychotherapy related to weight loss and disordered eating through this program, and she provides pre-operative bariatric surgery psychological evaluations at Penn Medicine’s bariatric program. Additionally, she provides supervision for pre-doctoral psychology practicum students at CWED. She serves as a faculty mentor for undergraduate and medical student research projects and lectures in the Perelman School of Medicine. Dr. Allison also works at the Philadelphia Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center where she provides cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia to veterans through the National Telemental Health program.

Dr. Allison actively participates in The Obesity Society, where she is a member of their Clinical Committee and the Academy for Eating Disorders, where she is a member of the Awards and Scientific Committee. She has published 100 peer-reviewed papers and chapters, along with two books, and has presented her work at various professional meetings and media outlets.

Dr. Allison can be contacted at: Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, 3535 Market St., Suite 30217 Philadelphia, PA 19104-3309. Her e-mail address is