Department of Psychiatry

Penn Behavioral Health

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Kelly C. Allison

Associate Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Director, Center for Weight and Eating Disorders, Department of Psychiatry, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
Department: Psychiatry

Contact information
3535 Market St., Suite 3029
Philadelphia, PA 19104-3309
Office: 215-898-7314
Fax: 215-898-2878
B.A. (Psychology)
University of Notre Dame, 1995.
M.A. (Clinical Psychology)
Miami University, Oxford, OH, 1997.
Ph.D. (Clinical Psychology)
Miami University, Oxford, OH, 2000.
Post-Graduate Training
Postdoctoral Researcher, Weight and Eating Disorders Program, Department of Psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, 2000-2001.
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Selected Publications

Tewksbury CM, Crowley N, Parrott JM, Andromalos L, Isom KA, Smith E, Allison KC. : Weight loss prior to bariatric surgery and 30-day mortality, readmission, reoperation, or intervention: an analysis of 349,016 bariatric surgery cases. Obesity Surgery June 2019 Notes: DOI: 10.1007/s11695-019-04041-w. [E-Pub Ahead of Print]

Pearl RL, Wadden TA, Allison KC, Chao AM, Alamuddin N, Berkowitz RI, Walsh O, Tronieri JS. : Associations between causal attributions for obesity and long-term weight loss. Behavioral Medicine 18: 1-5, 2019.

Pearl RL, Wadden TA, Walton K, Allison KC, Tronieri JS, Williams NN. : Health and appearance: factors motivating the decision to seek bariatric surgery. Surgery and Obesity Related Diseases 15(4): 636-642, 2019.

Pearl RL, Walton K, Allison KC, Tronieri JS, Wadden TA: Preference for people-first language among patients seeking bariatric surgery. JAMA Surgery September 2018 Notes: DOI: 10.1001/jamasurg.2018.2702. [E-Pub Ahead of Print]

Kumanyika S, Morales K, Allison K, Localio R, Sarwer D, Phipps E, Fassbender J, Tsai A, Wadden T: Two-year results of Think Health! Vive Saludable! – a primary care weight management trial. Obesity 26(9): 1412-1421, 2018.

Cooney LG, Milman LW, Hantsoo L, Kornfield S, Sammel MD, Allison KC, Epperson CN, Dokras A: Cognitive-behavioral therapy improves weight loss and quality of life in women with polycystic ovary syndrome: a pilot randomized clinical trial. Fertility and Sterility 110(1): 161-171.e1, 2018.

Pearl RL, Wadden TA, Allison KC, Chao AM, Alamuddin N, Berkowitz RI, Walsh O, Tronieri JS: Causal attributions for obesity among patients seeking surgical versus behavioral/pharmacological weight loss treatment. Obesity Surgery 8(11): 3724-3728, 2018.

Chao AM, Srinivas SK, Studt SK, Diewald LK, Sarwer DB, Allison KC: A pilot randomized controlled trial of a technology-based approach for preventing excess weight gain during pregnancy among women with overweight. Frontiers in Nutrition 4: 57, 2018.

Alamuddin N, Vetter ML, Ahima R, Hesson L, Ritter S, Minnick A, Faulconbridge LF, Allison KC, Sarwer DB, Chitthams J, Williams N, 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 27(6): 1563-1572, 2017.

Fuchs N, Fingerhut R, Allison KC: The Prenatal Distress Measure (Pre-DM): adaptation of the Postpartum Distress Measure for a prenatal sample. Journal of Women’s Health 26(11): 1193-1200, 2017.

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