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Denise Wilfley, PhD

Current Position
Scott Rudolph University Professor of Psychiatry

University Roles
Director, Weight Management & Eating Disorders Program

Education and Training
University of Missouri, Ph.D.
Stanford University, Postdoctoral training

Major Awards
FIRST Independent Research Award, NIH
Fellow, Academy for Eating Disorders
Fellow, The Obesity Society
Eating Disorders Research Society, Board Member
K24 Midcareer NIH Investigator Award in Patient-Oriented Research (2004-present)
Scholar, Institute for Public Health, Washington University School of Medicine
Clinical Care Councilor, The Obesity Society (2011-present)
Secretary/Treasurer, The Obesity Society - Pediatric Obesity Section (2010-11)
Vice President, The Obesity Society - Pediatric Obesity Section (2011-12)
President, The Obesity Society – Pediatric Obesity Section (2012-13)
President-elect, Eating Disorders Research Society (2013-14)

Areas of Clinical Interest
Etiology, prevention, and treatment of eating disorders and obesity.


Areas of Research Interests
Dr. Wilfley’s program of research centers on the causes, prevention, and treatment of eating disorders and obesity among children, adolescents, and adults. Current programs of research include: (1) the classification, characterization, assessment, and risk factors of eating and weight disorders; (2) the development of effective treatments for individuals suffering from eating disorders and obesity; and (3) the development of innovative and cost-effective methods for early intervention and prevention of eating disorders and obesity.

More articles and abstracts at the National Library of Medicine

Key Publications
Jones M, Luce KH, Osborne MI, Taylor K, Cunning D, Doyle AC, Wilfley DE, Taylor CB (2008 Mar). Randomized, controlled trial of an internet-facilitated intervention for reducing binge eating and overweight in adolescents. Pediatrics. 121(3): 453-62.  Full Article ->

Wilson GT, Wilfley DE, Agras WS, Bryson SW (2010 Jan). Psychological treatments of binge eating disorder. Arch Gen Psychiatry. 67(1): 94-101.  Full Article ->

Goldschmidt AB, Stein RI, Saelens BE, Theim KR, Epstein LH, Wilfley DE (2011 Jul). Importance of early weight change in a pediatric weight management trial. Pediatrics. 128(1): e33-9.  Full Article ->

Epstein LH, Raja S, Daniel TO, Paluch RA, Wilfley DE, Saelens BE, Roemmich JN (2012 Oct). The built environment moderates effects of family-based childhood obesity treatment over 2 years. Ann Behav Med. 44(2): 248-58.  Full Article ->

Goldschmidt AB, Wilfley DE, Paluch RA, Roemmich JN, Epstein LH (2013 Jan). Indicated prevention of adult obesity: how much weight change is necessary for normalization of weight status in children? JAMA Pediatr. 167(1): 21-6.  Full Article ->

Theim KR, Wilfley DE, Beach E, Tanofsky-Kraff M, Goldschmidt AB (2014 Jan). Content of children's loss of control eating episodes assessed by self-report and laboratory test meal. Eur Eat Disord Rev. 22(1): 72-6.  Full Article ->

Funded Research Projects
NHLBI 2 T32 HL007456-26 (PI)
Nutrition-Behavioral Cardiovascular Disease Prevention

NIMH 1 K24 MH070446 (PI)
Clinical Research in Eating Disorders and Obesity

1R01MH095748-01 (PI)
Implementation of Evidence-based Treatments for On-campus Eating Disorders

NICHD 2 R01 HD036904-06 (PI)
Childhood Obesity Treatment: A Maintenance Approach

NICHD 3 R01 HD036904-07S1 (PI)
Childhood Obesity Treatment: A Maintenance Approach (Supplement)

NIDDK 1 U01 DK61230 (Subcontract PI)
Studies to Treat or Prevent Type 2 Diabetes in Adolescents & Youth

NIMH 1 R01 MH081125-01A2 (PI)
Preventing Eating Disorders and Reducing Comorbidity

NIMH 1 U01 MH076255 (PI)
Family Therapy and Fluoxetine in the Treatment of Adolescent Anorexia Nervosa

1 R01 DK08 4331-01A1 (Consultant)
Obesity control in a Latino pediatric population

1 R01 DK075861-01A2 (Consultant)
Parents as the Agent of Change for Childhood Obesity

1 K23 NR011175-01A1 (Consultant)
Binge Eating and Drinking: Screening and Intervention for College Students