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Edie Goldbacher, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Office: Wister Hall, M-1
Phone: (215) 951-5179

Licensure: Pennsylvania
Postdoctoral Fellowship: Center for Obesity Research and Education, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
Ph.D.: Clinical and Health Psychology, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
M.S.: Clinical and Health Psychology, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
B.A.: Psychology, The College of New Jersey, Ewing, NJ

Membership in Professional Associations:
American Psychological Association
Society of Behavioral Medicine
The Obesity Society

Clinical Interests:
My clinical interests are in the treatment of individuals with weight difficulties and aberrant eating, specifically emotional eating and binge eating.  These treatments include behavioral weight management, cognitive behavioral therapy, and mindfulness-based techniques as a supplement to behavioral and CBT treatments for weight management and aberrant eating.  I am also interested in interventions for individuals presenting with emotional eating or co-morbid mood symptoms.

Research Interests:
Broadly speaking, my research interests are in the associations of mood (e.g., depression, anxiety), individual characteristics (e.g., emotion regulation; impulsivity; mindfulness), and environmental variables (e.g., stress) with aberrant eating and weight-related disorders.  I am interested in the implications of these associations for the treatment of aberrant eating and weight difficulties, particularly in treatment refractory and previously overlooked populations.  My current work has focused more specifically on the operationalization of emotional eating and its correlates in overweight and obese individuals, and the implications of emotional eating for weight management. 

Representative Publications:
Goldbacher, E., Grunwald, H., LaGrotte, C., Klotz, A., Oliver, T., Musliner, K., VanderVeur, S., and Foster, G. (under review).  Psychometric properties of the Emotional Eating Scale in overweight and obese individuals seeking weight-loss treatment.

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.

Thurston, R.C., Bromberger, J., Chang, Y., Goldbacher, E., Brown, C., Cyranowski, J., & Matthews, K. (2008).  Childhood abuse or neglect is associated with increased vasomotor symptom reporting among midlife women.  Menopause – The Journal of the North American Menopause Society, 15 (1), 16-22.

Goldbacher, E.M. and Matthews, K.A.  (2007).  Are psychological characteristics correlated with risk of the metabolic syndrome? A review of the literature.  Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 34 (3), 240-252.

Goldbacher, E.M., Matthews, K.A., & Salomon, K. (2005).  Central adiposity is associated with
cardiovascular reactivity to stress in healthy adolescents.  Health Psychology, 24 (4), 375-384.