Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology
Office: Wister M-1
Dr. Goldbacher received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from The College of New Jersey in 1998 and her Ph.D. in Clinical and Health Psychology in 2007 from the University of Pittsburgh. She received clinical training in the areas of clinical psychology and health psychology, including treatments for individuals with obesity and eating disorders, and completed an APA-accredited internship at the VA Hospital in Pittsburgh. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Temple University’s Center for Obesity Research and Education, where she obtained specialized training in weight loss interventions, including interventions for individuals with mood disorders and emotional eating.
Dr. Goldbacher’s clinical interests are in the treatment of individuals with weight difficulties and aberrant eating, specifically emotional eating and binge eating, as well as individuals who present with co-morbid weight and mood difficulties. She supervises a clinic team in the doctoral program which focuses on weight management and disordered eating (particularly binge eating).
Dr. Goldbacher’s research interests have focused on weight- and eating-related concerns. In particular, she is interested in the construct of emotional eating and its association with weight change and psychological well-being. She is also interested in the association of mood, individual characteristics (e.g., impulsivity, emotion regulation) and mindfulness-related constructs with weight and eating difficulties. Dr. Goldbacher welcomes undergraduate and graduate student participation in her research activities. There are several ongoing projects focusing on constructs related to weight and aberrant eating, including investigations of the association of emotional and disinhibited eating with body image, psychological well-being (e.g., stress, negative affect) and weight; relationships between negative emotions, emotion regulation and disordered eating; and associations between mindfulness-related constructs and aberrant eating.
Outside of work, Dr. Goldbacher enjoys spending time with her husband and two children, doing activities outside, reading, and doing yoga.
Areas of Expertise
- Obesity, weight management, behavioral weight loss
- Emotional eating
- B.A., Psychology, The College of New Jersey
- M.S., Clinical and Health Psychology, University of Pittsburgh
- Ph.D.,Clinical and Health Psychology, University of Pittsburgh
- Licensed Psychologist (Pennsylvania)
- PSY 360: Health Psychology
- PSY 220: Abnormal Psychology
- PSY 703: Psychopathology
- PSY 706: Psychotherapy Lab - Clinical Interviewing
- PSY 788 & PSY 789: Practicum Seminar
Goldbacher, E.M., Grunwald, H., La Grotte, C., Klotz, A., Oliver, T., Musliner, K., VanderVeur, S., & Foster, G. (2012). Factor structure of the emotional eating scale in overweight and obese individuals seeking treatment. Appetite, 59 (2), 610-615.
Foster, G.D., Borradaile, K.E., Vander Veur, S., Shantz, K.L., Dilks, R.J., Goldbacher, E.M., Oliver, T.L., LaGrotte, C.A., Homko, C., & Satz, W. (2009). The effects of a commercially available weight loss program among obese patients with type 2 diabetes: A randomized study. Postgraduate Medicine, 121 (5), 1- 6.
Goldbacher, E.M., Bromberger, J., & Matthews, K.A. (2009). Major depression predicts increased risk of the metabolic syndrome in middle-aged women. Psychosomatic Medicine, 71(3), 266-272.
Litwin, R., Oddo, J., Goldbacher, E., & Cardaciotto, L. (2012, November). Feeding emotions, not hunger: Examining the relationship between emotional eating and emotion regulation. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Behavior and Cognitive Therapies, National Harbor, MD.
Eichen, D.M., Lent, M., Goldbacher, E., LaGrotte, C., & Foster, G.D. (2012, April). Examining “Food Addiction” among weight-loss seeking obese individuals. Poster presented at the 33rd annual Society for Behavioral Medicine Conference, New Orleans, LA.
Endres, M., Goldbacher, E., Tarves, E., Wesley, K., Brault, M., & Matthews, K. (2012, April). Weight discrimination, weight, and psychological functioning among adolescents. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, New Orleans, LA.
Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies
American Psychological Association
Philadelphia Behavior Therapy Association
Society of Behavioral Medicine