Denise E Wilfley, PhD

Denise E. Wilfley, PhD is a Professor of Psychiatry, Medicine, Pediatrics, and Psychology at Washington University in St. Louis, and also serves as Director of the Weight Management and Eating Disorders Program at Washington University School of Medicine. Dr. Wilfley is an internationally recognized expert who has received nearly $25 million from the NIH for the last two decades to study the etiology, prevention, and treatment of obesity and eating disorders in children and adults. Dr. Wilfley has established the clinical significance of binge eating disorder (BED) in overweight individuals, developed and tested novel interventions for BED, demonstrated the significant influence of peer relationships on weight-related attitudes and behaviors, pioneered methods for utilizing a social facilitation approach to support behavior change in family-based weight loss maintenance programs, and developed the first family-based weight control program for the treatment of type 2 diabetes in overweight youth.

For the past 14 years, Dr. Wilfley has been actively involved in TOS. She is a TOS fellow, currently a member of the TOS Scientific Review Committee (appointment 2009-2011), and Secretary/Treasurer of the TOS Pediatric Obesity Section (POS). She will serve as the POS Chair-Elect in 2011/2012. She previously served on the editorial board of Obesity, and regularly presents abstracts and invited presentations at the TOS annual meeting. Dr. Wilfley seeks to contribute further to the TOS mission by serving on the “Council with Portfolio: Clinical Care."

Dr. Wilfley’s influence on the fields of obesity and eating disorders extends to her mentorship activities. She was recently awarded a 5-year renewal of her mid-career investigator/mentorship award by the NIH – a testament to her stellar track record of mentorship and training of clinical research scientists. She is also PI of a T32 training grant aimed at training the next generation of scientists to conduct translational research on obesity prevention and treatment across the lifespan. In addition to being a successful clinical scientist and mentor, Dr. Wilfley has served in numerous leadership positions. For instance, she was chair of a work group on eating disorders and obesity for the Office on Research for Women’s Health. Dr. Wilfley was also recently the recipient of the Pfizer Visiting Professorship at Baylor Medical School and the Washington University in St. Louis Aubuchon Obesity and Behavioral Health Fund. Her large-scale multi-center projects and collaborative work with community organizations (e.g., YMCA, United Health Care, and People’s Health Center) establishes her as a key leader in translating evidence-based treatments for weight- and eating-related disorders into the community.

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