Lucy Hemsley-Faulconbridge, PhD

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Department: Psychiatry

Contact information
Center for Weight and Eating Disorders, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, 3535 Market Street,
Philadelphia, PA 19104-4283
Office: 215-746-7191
Fax: 215-898-2878
BA (Experimental Psychology)
University of St Andrews, Fife, Scotland, 2000.
MA (Psychology)
University of Pennsylvania, 2002.
PhD (Psychology)
University of Pennsylvania, 2007.
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Description of Research Expertise

Dr. Faulconbridge’s research interests currently focus on the co-morbidity of obesity with mental health problems, particularly major depressive disorder. She is interested in changes in mood following weight reduction, as well as the relationship between weight change and risk factors for cardiovascular disease. Dr. Faulconbridge is the recipient of a Mentored Patient Oriented Research Award (K23), funded by the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute, and is currently conducting a randomized controlled trial to evaluate three treatments for obese individuals with comorbid major depressive disorder who are at high risk for cardiovascular disease. Dr. Faulconbridge also has expertise in the neural, endocrine, and psychological outcomes following bariatric surgery and non-surgical weight loss.

Description of Clinical Expertise

In her clinical work, Dr. Faulconbridge uses behavioral weight management to help obese individuals lose weight. She also utilizes cognitive-behavioral therapy to treat patients with comorbid major depressive disorder and obesity, as well as those patients with a range of eating disorders.

Selected Publications

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.

Alamuddin, N., Vetter, ML., Ahima, RS, Hesson, L, Minnick, A., Faulconbridge, LF., Allison, KC., Sarwer, DB, Chittams, J, Williams, NN., Hayes, MR., Loughead, JW., Gur, R, Wadden, TA: Changes in Fasting and Prandial Gut and Adiposity Hormones Following Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy or Roux-en-Y-Gastric Bypass: An 18-month controlled study. Obesity Surgery 2016.

Bechtel, C., Hopkins, CM., Bailer, B., Bishop-Gilyard, CT., Carvajal, R., Wadden, TA., Faulconbridge, LF: Changes in Health-related Quality of Life in Obese Individuals with Depression at risk for CVD: Results from a Randomized Controlled Trial. Presented at the Association for Cognitive and Behavioral Therapies Annual Meeting in Chicago, IL November 2015.

Faulconbridge, L.F., Bechtel, C. Hopkins, CM., Bailer-Benforardo, B., Bishop-Gilyard, C., Carvajal, R., Berkowitz, RI., DeRubeis R., Wadden, TA: Treatment for depression does not augment behavioral weight control in obese, depressed individuals: a randomized controlled trial. Presented at the The Obesity Society Annual Meeting in Los Angeles, CA. November 2015.

Faulconbridge, L.F.: Interviewed for Brave Endurance Wellness Podcast with James Kelley, PhD, Wayne, PA October 16 2015.

Alison, K.C., Faulconbridge, L.F., Hesson, L., Ritter, S., Minnick, A., Ruparel, K., Sarwer, D.B., Geliebter, A., Gur, R., Wadden, T.A. : Changes over six months in food palatability and appetite in Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGB), vertical sleeve gastrectomy (VSG), and control (C) participants. Presented at the International Conference on Eating Disorders, Boston, Massachusetts April 2015.

Faulconbridge, L.F.: Interview with Mitzi Purdue for Women’s Health Congress. Washington, DC Apriil 17 2015.

Faulconbridge, L.F., Hopkins, C.M: Behavior Modification for the Obese Person with Depression: Is It Enough? Behavior Modification: Programs, Techniques, and Effectiveness. NOVA Science Publishers, New York, 2015.

McCaffery, J.M., Papandonatos, G.D., Faulconbridge, L.F., Peter, I., Wagenknecht, L., Pajewski, N., Anderson, A., Wing, R.R., Wadden, T.A., the Look AHEAD Research Group: Genetic predictors of depressive symptoms in the Look AHEAD Trial. Psychosomatic Medicine 77(9): 982-92, 2015.

Hopson, R.D., Elliot, M.N., Ruparel, K., Prabhakaran, K., Faulconbridge, L.F., Allison, K.C., Yodh, E., Gallagher, S., Detre, J.A., Wadden, T.A., Gur, R. : Impact of hematocrit levels on cerebral blood flow in bariatric surgery patients and weight-stable obese controls. Presented at Society for Neuroscience Conference, Washington, D.C. November 2014.

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