Lauren Fowler

Instructor in Psychiatry

Additional Titles & Roles


  • Instructor
  • Research Faculty

Education & Training


  • Postdoctoral Training, Clinical Psychology: Washington University, St. Louis, MO, 2021
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Applied Social Psychology: George Washington University, Washington, DC, 2018
  • Master of Philosophy, Applied Social Psychology: George Washington University, Washington, DC, 2018
  • Bachelor of Science, Psychology (Honors): Eastern Michigan University Honors College, 2013
  • Bachelor of Science, Mathematics with a Concentration in Statistics: Eastern Michigan University, 2013

Major Awards


  • NIMHD K01 Career Development Award, 2022
  • Diversity Institute for Emerging Leaders Scholar, Society of Behavioral Medicine, 2022
  • Citation Award, Society of Behavioral Medicine, 2022
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, Washington University in St. Louis, 2018
  • Summer Dissertation Fellowship, George Washington University, 2018
  • Fellowship Award and Graduate Teaching Assistantship, George Washington University, 2013

Research Interests


health equity; behavioral medicine; digital health technology; weight-related behaviors (e.g., eating behavior, physical activity, sedentary activity, sleep, stress) and cognitions; physical, psychological, and social health of individuals with diverse genders and sexual orientations (LGBTQIA+ health); digital mental health; mixed methods; childhood obesity treatment and prevention; social and environmental influences on health; health behavior theory and prediction; health behavior decision-making; attitudes and norms of energy-balance behaviors; stress and health; ecological momentary assessment

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Key Publications


  • Fowler, L. A., Hampl, S., Dryer-Gilette, M. L., Staiano, A. E., Graham, A. K., Kracht, C. L., Gabbert, S., Springstroh, K., Thomas, F., Nelson, L., Hampp, A. E., Carlson, J. A., Welch, R. R., Epstein, L., Wilfley, D. E. & The MO-CORD Study Group (2021). Translating family-based behavioral treatment for childhood obesity into a user-friendly digital package for delivery to low-income families through primary care partnerships: The MO-CORD Study. Childhood Obesity, 17(S1), S-30-S-38. https://doi.org/10.1089/chi.2021.0174.
  • Fowler, L. A., Litt, M., Rotman, S. A., Conlon, R. K., Jakubiak, J., Stein, R. I., Balantekin, K. N., Welch, R. R., Perri, M. G., Epstein, L. H., & Wilfley, D. E. (2021). Relation of Social Network Support to Child Health Behaviors Among Children in Treatment for Overweight/Obesity. Eating and Weight Disorders. https://doi.org/10.1007/s40519-021-01303-4
  • Fowler, L. A., Kracht, C. L., Denstel, K. D., Stewart, T. M., & Staiano, A. E. (2021). Bullying experiences, body esteem, and the moderating role of weight status among adolescents. Journal of Adolescence, 91, 59-70. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.adolescence.2021.07.006
  • Fowler, L. A., Moore, P. J., Macura, Z., Singh, M. A., Cooke, F. P. R. & Charmak, W. D. (2021). How are expectancies and values combined to determine behavioral intentions? The role of expectancy-value theory, information integration and behavioral outcomes in dietary intentions. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 1-12. https://doi.org/10.1002/acp.3833.
  • Fowler, L. A., Grammer, A. C., Staiano, A. E., Fitzsimmons-Craft, E. E., Chen, L., Yaeger, L. H., & Wilfley, D. E. (2021). Harnessing technological innovations for pediatric obesity prevention and treatment: A systematic review and meta-analysis of current applications. International Journal of Obesity, https://doi.org/10.1038/s41366-021-00765-x.
  • Fowler, L. A., Grammer, A. C., Ray, M. K., Balantekin, K. N., Stein, R. I., Conlon, R. K., Welch, R. R., Perri, M. G., Epstein, L. H., & Wilfley, D. E. (2020). Examining the interdependence of child-parent dyads: Effects on weight loss and maintenance. International Journal of Pediatric Obesity; e12697. Doi: 10.1111/ijpo.12697

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Funded Research Projects


NIMHD (Principal Investigator): A Mixed Methods Approach to Understanding Obesity Risk among Sexual Minority Women (K01 MD017630-01)

Washington University Center for Diabetes Translation Research (Co-Investigator): Developing and Piloting a Virtual Reality Experience to Address Childhood Obesity

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Significant Contributor): Dissemination and Implementation of an Evidence-Based Pediatric Weight Management Program for Use by Low-Income Families: A User-Friendly Package of Family-Based Behavioral Treatment (U18DP006425)