Department of Psychiatry
Penn Behavioral Health

Center for Weight and Eating Disorders

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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 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 is the Director of Clinical Services at the Center for Weight and Eating Disorders, overseeing the Stunkard Weight Management Program.  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 is a Fellow of the Academy for Eating Disorders and a member of the Obesity Society. She has published 100 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 3027, Philadelphia, PA 19104-3309, 215-898-7314. Her e-mail address is

Recent publications include:

Allison KC, Lundgren JD, Stunkard AJ, Bulik CM, Lindroos AK, Thornton LM, Rasmussen F. Validation of screening questions and symptom coherence of night eating in the Swedish Twin Register.  Comprehensive Psychiatry, 55(3):579-587, 2014.

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

Allison KC, Studt SK, Berkowitz RI, Hesson LA, Dubroff J, Newberg A, Stunkard AJ. An open-label trial of escitalopram for night eating syndrome. Eating Behaviors, 14(2):199-203, 2013.

Gallant AR, Mathieu ME, Lundgren JD, Allison K, Tremblay A, O'Loughlin J, Drapeau V. Daily physical activity patterns of children with delayed eating behaviors.  Journal of Biological Rhythms, 28(5):332-338, 2013.

Lundgren JD, Allison KC, Stunkard AJ (Eds.) Night Eating Syndrome: Research, Assessment, and Treatment. New York: Guilford, 2012.

Kelly Costello Allison

Dr. Kelly C. Allison