Faculty Profile: Suzanne Phelan, PhD

Suzanne Phelan
Suzanne Phelan, PhD
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychiatry & Human Behavior (Research)
Psychiatry & Human Behavior
Work: +1 805-756-2087
Suzanne Phelan's principal research is in the application of behavioral methods to prevent and treat obesity. She is co-principal investigator of the National Weight Control Registry, which is an ongoing longitudinal study evaluating over 5,000 successful weight losers. Phelan is also conducting a one-year investigation of the effects of a lifestyle intervention designed to prevent pregnancy-associated weight retention and obesity.

Biography

Suzanne Phelan, PhD earned her bachelor's degree from the University of Colorado and earned her master's degree and PhD in Clinical and Health Psychology (2001) from MCP Hahnemann University. She completed her internship in Behavioral Medicine at Brown University. Phelan was a postdoctoral research fellow with Rena Wing, PhD, prior to becoming a faculty member at Brown. Her principal research interest is in applying behavioral methods to prevent and treat obesity. She is co-principal investigator of the National Weight Control Registry, which is an ongoing longitudinal study evaluating over 5,000 successful weight losers. Phelan is also conducting research on a lifestyle interventions to prevent pregnancy-associated weight retention and obesity.

Research Description

Suzanne Phelan's principal research is in the application of behavioral methods to prevent and treat obesity. She is co-principal investigator of the National Weight Control Registry, which is an ongoing longitudinal study evaluating over 5,000 successful weight losers. Phelan is also conducting a one-year investigation of the effects of a lifestyle intervention designed to prevent pregnancy-associated weight retention and obesity.

Grants and Awards

2001-2002 Postdoctoral Fellowship, The Miriam Hospital and Brown Medical School, Providence, RI

Affiliations

2005-present, Licensed clinical psychologist, Rhode Island

ACADEMIC APPOINTMENTS
2002-present, Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, Assistant Professor (Research), Brown Medical School, Providence, RI

2000-2002, Department of Psychiatry, Instructor of Psychology, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, Penn.

2001-2002, Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, Postdoctoral Fellow, Brown Medical School, Providence, RI

2000-2001, Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, Psychology Intern, Brown University, Providence, RI

1998-1999, Department of Clinical and Health Psychology, Adjunct Faculty, MCP Hahnemann University, Philadelphia, Penn.

1998-2000, Department of Psychiatry, Graduate Research Assistant, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, Penn.

1997-2000, Department of Clinical and Health Psychology, Graduate Research Assistant, MCP Hahnemann University, Philadelphia, Penn.

1995 – 1996, Department of Preventive Medicine, Research Assistant, University of Southern California School of Medicine, Philadelphia, Penn.

1993 – 1995, Department of Psychology, Research Assistant, University of California at Los Angeles, Los Angeles, Calif.

HOSPITAL APPOINTMENTS
2002-present, The Miriam Hospital, Staff Psychologist, Providence, RI

MEMBERSHIP IN SOCIETIES
2004-present, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

1996-present, American Psychological Association

1996-present, Association for the Advancement of Behavior Therapy

1996-present, North American Association for the Study of Obesity

1998-present, Society for Behavioral Medicine

1998-present, Reviewer for the following journals:
--American Dietetic Association
--American Journal of Health Promotion
--American Journal of Psychiatry
--Health Psychology
--International Journal of Obesity
--Obesity
--Psychological Bulletin
--Journal of Psychosomatic Research
--Body Image

POFESSIONAL COMMITTEES
2004-present, Diabetes Support and Education Committee/Look Ahead project

2004-present, Health Maintenance Consortium/Long-term successful weight loss project

Funded Research

Center for Mind/Body Medicine at MCP Hahnemann University.
5/99- 4/00
$5,000
Co-Principal Investigator
"A Multidimensional Evaluation of Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome."

The Community Foundation for Southeastern Michigan (Metabolife Settlement).
4/02- 3/05
$900,000
Co-Principal Investigator
"The National Weight Control Registry."

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) 3-R01-DK-66787-2W1
10/01/2005-09/30/2006
$250,000
Co-Investigator (Edward Wing, PI)
Long-term weight loss maintenance: Functional Imaging
This study will use fMRI to compare the responses of obese, normal-weight and reduced-obese subjects to food cues.

NIDDK 1 R01 DK066787
2/1/04-1/31/08
$949,750
Co-Investigator (Edward Wing, PI)
Long-term weight loss maintenance
This study compares successful long-term weight loss maintainers with normal-weight controls to determine whether the former must work harder to maintain their weight.

NIDDK 1 R01 DK066787-02S1
05/1/2005-1/31/2008
$150,000
Principal Investigator
Predictors of long-term weight loss maintenance
This study examines predictors of long-term successful weight loss across a variety of patient and treatment populations.

NIDDK 1 U01 DK56992
9/99-9/08
$5,496,057
Interventionist (Edward Wing, PI)
Study of Health Outcomes of Weight Loss-SHOW Trial
The purpose of this study is to investigate the health outcomes of long-term weight loss and maintenance.

NIDDK 1R01 DK71667-01A1
7/01/06 - 6/30/10
$1,923,275
Prevention of pregnancy-associated weight gain and obesity
Principal Investigator
Prevention of postpartum weight retention
This randomized controlled trial examines the effect of an intervention to promote healthy weight gain during pregnancy and reduce postpartum weight retention.

Selected Publications

  • Phelan, S., Wyatt, H, Hill, J., Wing, R.R. (in press) Are the eating and activity habits of successful weight losers changing? Obesity Research. (IN PRESS)
  • Phelan, S., Wing, R.R. (2005). Letter to the editor: Long-term successful weight loss. Archives of Internal Medicine; 165: 2430 (2005)
  • Wadden, T.A., Berkowitz, M.D., Womble, L.G., Sarwer, D.B., Phelan, S., Cato, R., Hesson, L.A., Osei, S.Y., Kaplan, R., Stunkard, A.J (2005). A randomized trial of lifestyle modification, pharmacotherapy, and their combination in the treatment of obesity: Implications for primary care practice. New England Journal of Medicine 17;353(20):2111-20. (2005)
  • Raynor, H., Wing, R.R., Phelan, S. (2005) Amount of food group variety consumed in the diet and long-term weight loss maintenance. Obesity Research May; 13(5):883-890. (2005)
  • Gorin, A, Phelan, S., Wing, R., Sherwood, N., Jeffery, R (2005). Involving peer support in weight loss treatment. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology; Apr;73(2):341-3. (2005)
  • Foster GD, Phelan S, Wadden TA, Gill D, Ermold J, Didie E.(2004) Promoting more modest weight losses: a pilot study. Obesity Research. Aug;12(8):1271-7. (2004)
  • Gorin, A., Phelan, S., Hill J., Wing, R.R. (2004) Medical triggers are associated with better short- and long-term weight loss outcomes. Preventive Medicine Sep;39(3):612-16. (2004)
  • Foster, G.D., Phelan, S., Wadden, T.A. (2004) Helping obese patients alter unrealistic weight loss expectations: A pilot study. Obesity Research 12 (8):1271-1277. (2004)
  • Gorin, A., Phelan, S., Hill, J., Wing, R.R. (2004). Promoting long-term weight control: does dieting consistency matter? International Journal of Obesity and Related Metabolic Disorders Feb;28(2):278-81 (2004)
  • Wadden TA, Foster GD, Sarwer DB, Anderson DA, Gladis M, Sanderson RS, Letchak RV, Berkowitz RI, Phelan S. (2004). Dieting and the development of eating disorders in obese women: results of a randomized controlled trial. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Sep;80(3):560-8. (2004)
  • Phelan, S., Wing, R.R., Hill, J., Dibello, J. (2003). Recovery from relapse among successful weight maintainers. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 78 (6):1079-1084 (2003)
  • Phelan, S. & Wadden, T.A. (2002) Combining behavioral and pharmacologic treatments for obesity. Obesity Research 10:560-574. (2002)
  • Foster,G.D., Wadden, T.A., Phelan, S. & Swain, R. (2001). Obese patients' perceptions of treatment outcomes and the factors that influence them. Archives of Internal Medicine 161(17):2133-2139. (2001)
  • Lowe, M.R., Miller-Kovach, K. & Phelan, S. (2001). Weight-loss maintenance in overweight individuals one to five years following successful completion of a commercial weight loss program. International Journal of Obesity and Related Metabolic Disorders 25(3):325-31 (2001)
  • Lowe, M.R., Miller-Kovach, K., Frye, N. & Phelan, S. (1999). An initial evaluation of a commercial weight loss program: Short-term effects on weight, eating behavior, and mood. Obesity Research 7:51-59. (1999)