Drexel University’s new Center for Weight, Eating and Lifestyle Science (called the WELL Center for short) seeks to untangle Americans’ complicated, often problematic relationships with food. Its launch comes at a critical time, says Center Director and Professor of Psychology Evan Forman, PhD, when 70 percent of Americans are considered overweight or obese and half of the country is considered sedentary due to limited physical activity.
An expansion of Drexel’s Laboratory for Innovations in Health-Related Behavior Change, the Center addresses obesity and other eating disorders by developing, testing and sharing new behavioral and technological solutions. Joining Forman on staff are Assistant Professor of Psychology and WELL Center Director of Training Adrienne Juarascio, PhD, and Associate Professor of Psychology and WELL Center Director of Research Meghan Butryn, PhD. This interdisciplinary research center will allow
for collaboration with more scientists and disciplines, encouraging new advances in evidence-based methods to create lasting lifestyle changes.
The WELL Clinic is slated to open to the public in 2018. For information on research studies and how to participate, visit drexel.edu/WELLCenter.