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Edie Goldbacher, Ph.D.

Edie Goldbacher, Ph.D.

Associate Professor


Dr. Goldbacher received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from The College of New Jersey and her M.S. and 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 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 additional specialized training in evidence-based interventions for individuals with weight and eating disorders.

Dr. Goldbacher’s clinical interests are in the treatment of individuals with weight difficulties and aberrant eating, particularly emotional eating and binge eating, as well as individuals with co-morbid weight and mood difficulties. She supervises a clinic team in the doctoral program which focuses primarily on the treatment of individuals with weight and eating-related concerns.

Dr. Goldbacher’s research interests include the role of emotions and stress in eating and weight difficulties; the relationship of mindfulness-related constructs with eating, weight and health more broadly; and the forms and consequences of weight bias and discrimination.

Outside of work, Dr. Goldbacher enjoys spending time with her husband and two children, doing activities outside, singing, and doing yoga.


  • Obesity and weight management
  • Emotional eating
  • Eating disorders


  • Licensed Psychologist (Pennsylvania)
  • Ph.D., Clinical and Health Psychology, University of Pittsburgh
  • M.S., Clinical and Health Psychology, University of Pittsburgh
  • B.A., Psychology, The College of New Jersey


  • PSY 703: Psychopathology (doctoral)
  • PSY 706: Psychotherapy Lab – Clinical Interviewing
  • PSY 788 and PSY 789: Practicum Seminar
  • PSY 220: Psychopathology (undergraduate)
  • PSY 360: Health Psychology


Litwin, R., Goldbacher, E., Cardaciotto, L., & Gambrel, L. (2016).  Experiential avoidance as a mediator of the relationship between negative affect and emotional eating.   Eating and Weight Disorders. doi: 10.1007/s40519-016-0301-9

Goldbacher, E.M., LaGrotte, C., Komaroff, E. & Foster, G. (2016).  An initial evaluation of a weight loss intervention for individuals who engage in emotional eating. Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 39 (1), 139-150.  doi:10.1007/s10865-015-9678-6.

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.


Benner, E., Goldbacher, E., Cardaciotto, L., & Spokas, M. (2019, March).  Exploration of body dissatisfaction as a link between social appearance anxiety and bulimic symptoms in college women. Poster presented at the International Conference on Eating Disorders, New York, NY.

Robbins, E., Yeh, R., & Goldbacher, E. (2017, November).  Relations among weight-based teasing, self-compassion and shame.  Poster presented at the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies Conference, San Diego, CA.

Benner, E., Haas, M., Goldbacher, E., Cardaciotto, L., & Fillipuzzi-Barcelona, A. (2016, November). Mindful acceptance and awareness as unique predictors of binge eating. Poster presented at the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies Conference, New York, NY.

Sokol, A., Goldbacher, E., McClure, K., & McMahon, C. (2015, March).  Interoceptive awareness and emotional eating: The role of appetite and emotional awareness.  Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, Washington, D.C.


  • Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies
  • Academy of Eating Disorders
  • Society of Behavioral Medicine
  • American Psychological Association