Department of Psychiatry

Penn Behavioral Health

Jena Shaw Tronieri, Ph.D.

Jena Shaw Tronieri, PhD
Jena Shaw Tronieri, PhD

Jena Shaw Tronieri, Ph.D.  is an Assistant 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 Franklin and Marshall College, and her M.S. and Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Drexel University. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at Geisinger Medical Center.

Dr. Tronieri's research focuses on identifying individual predictors of weight loss success and improving weight loss treatment outcomes for patients with obesity. She is also interested in evaluating acceptance-based treatments for weight and eating disorders. Dr. Tronieri is currently involved in studies examining predictors of bariatric surgery outcomes and clinical trials evaluating behavioral and pharmaceutical treatments for weight loss and for binge eating disorder.

In her clinical work, Dr. Tronieri provides behavioral weight control therapy in both individual and groups settings. She uses evidence-based treatments, including cognitive therapy and acceptance and commitment therapy, to treat patients with eating disorders and patients seeking weight loss who have comorbid anxiety or depression. She also serves as a supervisor to practicum students at CWED engaged in the treatment of these populations.

Dr. Tronieri can be contacted at: University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, 3535 Market St., Suite 3025, Philadelphia, PA 19104-3309, 215-898-7314. Her e-mail address is

Recent publications include:

Shaw Tronieri J, Wadden TA, Berkowitz RI, Chao AM, Pearl RL, Alamuddin N, Leonard SM, Carvajal R, Bakizada ZM, Pinkasavage E, Gruber KA, Walsh OA, & Alfaris N. A randomized trial of lorcaserin and lifestyle counseling for maintaining weight loss achieved with a low-calorie diet. Obesity, 26(2): 299-309, 2018. DOI: 10.1002/oby.22081

Shaw Tronieri J, Wadden TA, Chao AM, Pearl RL, Alamuddin N, & Berkowitz RI. Early weight loss in behavior treatment predicts later rate of weight loss and response to pharmacotherapy. Annals of Behavior Medicine, 2018. DOI: 10.1093/abm/kay036

Shaw JA, Forman EM, Espel HM, Butryn ML, Herbert JD, Lowe, MR, Nederkoorn C.  Can evaluative conditioning decrease soft drink consumption? Appetite, 105: 60-70, 2016. DOI: 10.1016/j.appet.2016.05.016.

Juarascio, A.J., Shaw, J.A., Forman, E.M., Timko, A., Herbert, J.D., Butryn, M.L., Bunnell, D., Matteucci, A. & Lowe, M.R. (2013). Acceptance and Commitment Therapy as a novel treatment for eating disorders: An initial test of efficacy and mediation. Behavior Modification. 37(4), 459-89. DOI: 10.1177/0145445513478633.

Forman, E.M., Butryn, M.L., Juarascio, A.S., Bradley, L.E., Lowe, M.R., Herbert, J.D. & Shaw, J.A. (2013) The Mind Your Health Project: A randomized controlled trial of an innovative behavioral treatment for obesity. Obesity. 21(6), 1119-26. DOI: 10.1002/oby.20169.

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