Chanelle T. Bishop-Gilyard, PsyD, MS

Chanelle T. Bishop-Gilyard, Psy.D. is an Instructor of Psychology in Psychiatry at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. She received her B.S. and M.S. in Health Psychology from Saint Joseph’s University. Dr. Bishop-Gilyard also received her M.A. and Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from LaSalle University. She completed a clinical internship at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center (CCHMC)inpediatric and child clinical psychology. Dr. Bishop-Gilyard completed a postdoctoral fellowship in pediatric obesity at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

Dr. Bishop-Gilyard has expertise in pediatric obesity. Her research interests include obesity-related health disparities including ethnic differences in weight loss. She is also interested in innovative treatment approaches to weight loss induction and maintenance. She has worked on several federally-funded obesity projects gaining experience in behavioral health assessments, and the development and implementation of adolescent obesity treatments (i.e. family-based lifestyle modification programs, meal replacements, pharmacotherapy, and bariatric surgery). She has experience in tailoring lifestyle modification programs for health disparity populations (i.e. urban African-American, Latino, and rural Caucasian youth). In addition, she has collaborated with primary care centers and trained multidisciplinary providers (i.e. physicians, nurses, dietitians, therapists) in the assessment and treatment of pediatric obesity. Currently, she is an interventionist for the NIH funded LookAHEAD (Action for Health in Diabetes) trial, in which she conducts individual and group weight loss treatment in adults with diabetes. She also provides pre-operative psychological evaluations for bariatric surgery candidates and continues to conduct evaluations and treatment for adolescents who are overweight.  She also supervises practicum students who provide behavioral weight management.

Dr. Bishop-Gilyard is a member of the Obesity Society and the Society of Pediatric Psychology.  In addition to presenting her work at professional meetings, she has also published in peer-reviewed journals.

Dr. Bishop-Gilyard can be contacted at: Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, 3535 Market St., Suite 3021, Philadelphia, PA 19104-3309, 215-746-7180.  Her e-mail address is

Recent Publications

Butryn ML, Wadden TA, Rukstalis MR, Bishop-Gilyard CT, Xanthopoulos MS, Louden D, Berkowitz RI. Maintenance of weight loss in adolescents: current status and future directions. J Obes 2010 (in press).

Berkowitz RI, Wadden TA, Gehrman CA, Bishop-Gilyard CT, Moore RH, Womble L, Cronquist JL, Katz L, Trumpikas N, Xanthopoulos MS. Meal replacements in the treatment of adolescent obesity: A randomized controlled trial. Obesity 2010 (in press).

Bishop-Gilyard CT, Berkowitz RI, Wadden TA, Gehrman CA, Cronquist JL, Moore RH. Weight reduction in obese adolescents with and without binge eating. Obesity(advance online publication, 14 October 2010 (DOI:10.1038/oby.2010.249).

Ratcliff M, Bishop-Gilyard CT, Reiter-Purtill J, Zeller M. Racial differences in obese youth’s perception  of healthcare and weight loss. Clin Pediatr (advance online publication, 19 August 2010 (DOI: 10.1177/0009922810374976).

Mitchell MJ, Carpenter GJO, Crosby LE, Bishop CT, Hines J, Noll, J. Growth status in children and adolescents with sickle cell disease. J Pediatr Hematol Oncol 2009;26:202-15.

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