Department of Psychiatry

Penn Behavioral Health

Kelly Costello Allison, PhD, Director

Kelly Costello Allison, PhD

Kelly 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 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, binge eating disorder, 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 management and disordered eating at CWED, 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 and postdoctoral fellows 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 has also worked at the Philadelphia Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center where she provided cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia to veterans through the National Telemental Health program.

Dr. Allison is a Fellow of the Academy for Eating Disorders and a member of the Obesity Society. She has published over 120 peer-reviewed papers and chapters, and two books.

Dr. Allison can be contacted at: Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, 3535 Market St., Suite 3029, Philadelphia, PA 19104-3309, 215-898-7314. Her e-mail address is

Recent publications include:

Haggerty AF, Sarwer DB, Schmitz K, Ko E, Allison KC, Chu CS. Obesity and endometrial cancer: A lack of knowledge but opportunity for intervention. Nutrition and Cancer: An International Journal, in press.

Lee I, Cooney LG, Saini S, Smith ME, Sammel MD, Allison KC, Dokras A. Increased risk of disordered eating in polycystic ovary syndrome. Fertility & Sterility, 107(3):796-802, 2017.

Haggerty AF, Huepenbecker S, Sarwer DB, Spitzer J, Raggio G, Chu CS, Ko E, Allison KC. The use of novel technology-based weight loss interventions for obese women with endometrial hyperplasia and cancer. Gynecologic Oncology, 140(2):239-44, 2016.

Legro RS, Dodson WC, Kris-Etherton PM, Kunselman AR, Stetter CM, Williams NI, Gnatuk CL, Estes SJ, Fleming J, Allison KC, Sarwer DB, Coutifaris C, Dokras A. Randomized controlled trial of preconception interventions in infertile women with polycystic ovary syndrome. Journal of Endocrinology and Metabolism, 100(11):4048-58, 2015.

Allison KC, Goel N, Ahima RS. Delayed timing of eating: Impact on weight and metabolism. Current Obesity Reports, 3:91-100, 2014.

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