Robert I. Berkowitz, MD

Robert I. Berkowitz, MD
Dr. Robert I. Berkowitz

Robert I. Berkowitz, M.D. is Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania.  He is the Senior Medical Director of the Center for Weight and Eating Disorders. He is also the former Psychiatrist-in-Chief and Chair of the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Dr. Berkowitz has had a distinguished academic career as a clinician, clinical researcher, educator, and administrator.

He received his B.A. from Wesleyan University and his M.D. from the University of Connecticut. He completed his adult psychiatry training at the University of Connecticut, his child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship at the Yale Child Study Center, and a research fellowship at Stanford University.

Dr. Berkowitz's research interests include the etiology of obesity and its treatment. His work has focused on evaluating the efficacy and safety of different modes of treatment, including pharmacological and behavioral approaches. He has also been interested in the development of obesity, assessing the role of feeding behavior, physical activity, and metabolism in infancy and childhood.  He has also been a research mentor to medical students and post-doctoral fellows at the Center. Dr. Berkowitz also has supervised the clinical training of psychiatry residents in the treatment of obesity and eating disorders, behavioral medicine and psychopharmacology.

Dr. Berkowitz serves as a reviewer for a number of journals including the International Journal of Obesity, Journal of the American Medical Association, and Journal of Adolescent Health Care.  He is on the editorial board of the International Journal of Obesity.

Dr. Berkowitz may be contacted at Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, 3440 Market Street, Suite 410, Philadelphia, PA 19104. He can be reached by e-mail at

Recent publications include:

Look AHEAD Study Group; Look AHEAD Study Group:, Jakicic JM, Berkowitz RI, Bolin P,  et al.

Association Between Change in Accelerometer-Measured and Self-Reported Physical Activity and Cardiovascular Disease in the Look AHEAD Trial. Diabetes Care. 2022;45(3):742-749.

Button A, Faith MS, Berkowitz RI. Temperament and eating self-regulation in young children with or at risk for obesity: An exploratory report. Pediatr Obes. 2021;16(11):e12821.

Gupta SR, Zhou Y, Wadden TA, Berkowitz RI, Chao AM. A Systematic Review of Genetic Correlates of Weight Loss After Bariatric Surgery. Obes Surg. 2021;31(10):4612-4623.

Littleton SH, Berkowitz RI, Grant SFA. Genetic Determinants of Childhood Obesity. Mol Diagn Ther. 2020;24(6):653-663.

Wadden TA, Walsh OA, Berkowitz RI, Chao AM, Alamuddin N, Gruber K, Leonard S, Mugler K, Bakizada Z, Tronieri JS. Intensive Behavioral Therapy for Obesity Combined with Liraglutide 3.0 mg: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Obesity. 2019;27(1):75-86.

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