Thomas Wadden

Albert J. Stunkard Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry
Director of the Center for Weight and Eating Disorders (1993-2017)

AB, Brown University;

Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill

Office Location: 
3535 Market St., Suite 3029
Research Interests: 

Treatment of obesity

Research Synopsis: 
Dr. Wadden's principal research is on the treatment of obesity by methods that have included lifestyle modification, very-low-calorie diets, exercise, medication, and surgery. He has also investigated the metabolic and psychosocial consequences of obesity and weight loss. 
Psychology Graduate Group
Selected Publications: 

Wadden TA, West DS, Neiberg RH, Wing RR, Ryan DH, Johnson KC, Foreyt JP, Hill JO, Trence DL, Vitolins MZ; Look AHEAD Research Group. One-year weight losses in the Look Ahead study: factors associated with success. Obesity. 2009;17:713-22

Tsai AG, Wadden TA, Pillitteri JL, Sembower MA, Gerlach KK, Kyle TK, Burroughs VJ. Disparities by ethnicity and socioeconomic status in the use of weight loss treatments. J Natl Med Assoc. 2009;101:62-70

Fabricatore AN, Wadden TA, Rohay JM, Pillittei JL, Shiffman S, Harkins AM, Burton SL. Weight loss expectations and goals in a population sample of overweight and obese US adults.Obesity. 2008;16:2445-50

Tsai AG, Wadden TA, Sarwer DB, Berkowitz RI, Womble LG, Hesson LA, Phelan S, Rothman R. Metabolic syndrome and health-related quality of life in obese individuals seeking weight reduction. Obesity. 2008;16:59-63

Wadden TA, Sarwer DB, Fabricatore AN, Jones L, Stack R, Williams NS. Psychosocial and behavioral status of patients undergoing bariatric surgery: what to expect before and after surgery. Med Clin North Am. 2007 May;91(3):451-69.

Wadden TA, Butryn ML, Wilson C. Lifestyle modification for the management of obesity. Gastroenterology. 2007 May;132(6):2226-38.

Phelan S, Wadden TA, Berkowitz RI, Sarwer DB, Womble LG, Cato RK, Rothman R. Impact of weight loss on the metabolic syndrome. Int J Obes (Lond). 2007 Mar 13.

Wadden TA, Sarwer DB. Behavioral assessment of candidates for bariatric surgery: a patient-oriented approach. Surg Obes Relat Dis. 2006 Mar-Apr;2(2):171-9.

Wadden TA, Butryn ML, Sarwer DB, Fabricatore AN, Crerand CE, Lipschutz PE, Faulconbridge L, Raper S, Williams NN. Comparison of psychosocial status in treatment-seeking women with class III vs. class I-II obesity. Surg Obes Relat Dis. 2006 Mar-Apr;2(2):138-45.