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Gary D. Foster, PhD


Gary D. Foster, PhD


Telephone:  215-707-8632

FAX: 215-707-6475

Email: gary.foster@temple.edu



Center for Obesity Research and Education


Educational Background:


BA, Duquesne University - Psychology


MS, University of Pennsylvania - Psychology


PhD, Temple University - Clinical Psychology


Internship in Psychology - Medical College of Pennsylvania and Hahnemann University, Philadelphia


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clinical and research Interests:


Dr. Foster’s research interests include the prevention and treatment of obesity.  He studies a variety of treatment approaches including behavior therapy, pharmacotherapy, and surgery. He evaluates obesity prevention strategies in schools and communities. His current research studies include: the effects of weight loss on sleep apnea, the safety and efficacy of low and high-carbohydrate diets, and the prevention of obesity in school and community settings.   He has authored or coauthored more than 125 scientific publications and 3 books on the etiology and treatment of obesity. 


Dr. Foster has been a frequent presenter at national and international scientific meetings.  He also has considerable clinical experience treating overweight patients in individual and group settings for over 20 years. Dr. Foster has received numerous awards and honors including:  Outstanding Contributions to Health Psychology from the American Psychological Association, an Honorary Membership from the American Dietetic Association and he served as President of the Obesity Society (2008). His research on the school-based prevention of obesity (Pediatrics, 2008) was cited by the American Heart Association as one of the top 10 advances in cardiovascular research in 2008. 

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Recent Medically Related Publications, Obtained from PubMed (Click on PubMed ID to view abstract)

25311881. Lent MR, Vander Veur SS, McCoy TA, Wojtanowski AC, Sandoval B, Sherman S, Komaroff E, Foster GD, A randomized, controlled study of a healthy corner store initiative on the purchases of urban, low-income youth. Obesity (Silver Spring) :()2014 Oct 14

25245307. Song J, Kane R, Tango DN, Veur SS, Furmato J, Komaroff E, Foster GD, Effects of weight loss on foot structure and function in obese adults: A pilot randomized controlled trial. Gait Posture :()2014 Sep 6

25240637. Fisher JO, Wright G, Herman AN, Malhotra K, Serrano EL, Foster GD, Whitaker RC, "Snacks are not food". Low-income, urban mothers' perceptions of feeding snacks to their preschool-aged children. Appetite :()2014 Sep 18

25225871. Weiss S, Davis E, Wojtanowski AC, Foster GD, Glanz K, Karpyn A, Consumer taste tests and milk preference in low-income, urban supermarkets. Public Health Nutr :(1-4)2014 Sep 16

25132986. Kahn HS, El ghormli L, Jago R, Foster GD, McMurray RG, Buse JB, Stadler DD, Treviņo RP, Baranowski T, Cardiometabolic risk assessments by body mass index z-score or waist-to-height ratio in a multiethnic sample of sixth-graders. J Obes 2014:(421658)2014

25115817. Lent MR, Vander Veur S, Mallya G, McCoy TA, Sanders TA, Colby L, Rauchut Tewksbury C, Lawman HG, Sandoval B, Sherman S, Wylie-Rosett J, Foster GD, Corner store purchases made by adults, adolescents and children: items, nutritional characteristics and amount spent. Public Health Nutr :(1-7)2014 Aug 13

25069621. Herring SJ, Cruice JF, Bennett GG, Davey A, Foster GD, Using Technology to Promote Postpartum Weight Loss in Urban, Low-Income Mothers: A Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial. J Nutr Educ Behav :()2014 Jul 25

24928474. Lawman HG, Polonsky HM, Vander Veur SS, Abel ML, Sherman S, Bauer KW, Sanders T, Fisher JO, Bailey-Davis L, Ng J, Van Wye G, Foster GD, Breakfast patterns among low-income, ethnically-diverse 4th-6th grade children in an urban area. BMC Public Health 14:(604)2014 Jun 14

24918371. Chirinos JA, Gurubhagavatula I, Teff K, Rader DJ, Wadden TA, Townsend R, Foster GD, Maislin G, Saif H, Broderick P, Chittams J, Hanlon AL, Pack AI, CPAP, weight loss, or both for obstructive sleep apnea. N Engl J Med 370:24(2265-75)2014 Jun 12

24695894. Foster GD, Karpyn A, Wojtanowski AC, Davis E, Weiss S, Brensinger C, Tierney A, Guo W, Brown J, Spross C, Leuchten D, Burns PJ, Glanz K, Placement and promotion strategies to increase sales of healthier products in supermarkets in low-income, ethnically diverse neighborhoods: a randomized controlled trial. Am J Clin Nutr 99:6(1359-1368)2014 Apr 2

24508445. Jago R, Drews KL, Otvos JD, Foster GD, Marcus MD, Buse JB, Mietus-Snyder M, Willi SM, Effect of relative weight group change on nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy derived lipoprotein particle size and concentrations among adolescents. J Pediatr 164:5(1091-1098.e3)2014 May

24239498. Herring SJ, Nelson DB, Pien GW, Homko C, Goetzl LM, Davey A, Foster GD, Objectively measured sleep duration and hyperglycemia in pregnancy. Sleep Med 15:1(51-5)2014 Jan

24183136. Lent MR, Hayes SM, Wood GC, Napolitano MA, Argyropoulos G, Gerhard GS, Foster GD, Still CD, Smoking and alcohol use in gastric bypass patients. Eat Behav 14:4(460-3)2013 Dec

24061557. Makris A, Darcey VL, Rosenbaum DL, Komaroff E, Vander Veur SS, Collins BN, Klein S, Wyatt HR, Foster GD, Similar effects on cognitive performance during high- and low-carbohydrate obesity treatment. Nutr Diabetes 3:(e89)2013 Sep 23

24019105. Foster GD, Sundal D, Lent MR, McDermott C, Jelalian E, Vojta D, 18-month outcomes of a community-based treatment for childhood obesity. Pediatr Obes 9:3(e63-7)2014 Jun

23920353. Haddock CK, Poston WS, Lagrotte C, Klotz AA, Oliver TL, Vander Veur SS, Foster GD, Jebb SA, Moore C, Roberts SA, Reeves RS, Bolton MP, Foreyt JP, Findings from an online behavioural weight management programme provided with or without a fortified diet beverage. Br J Nutr 111:2(372-9)2014 Jan 28

23776067. Lent MR, Eichen DM, Goldbacher E, Wadden TA, Foster GD, Relationship of food addiction to weight loss and attrition during obesity treatment. Obesity (Silver Spring) 22:1(52-5)2014 Jan

23633746. Kuna ST, Reboussin DM, Borradaile KE, Sanders MH, Millman RP, Zammit G, Newman AB, Wadden TA, Jakicic JM, Wing RR, Pi-Sunyer FX, Foster GD, Long-term effect of weight loss on obstructive sleep apnea severity in obese patients with type 2 diabetes. Sleep 36:5(641-649A)2013 May 1

23563909. Herring SJ, Foster GD, Pien GW, Massa K, Nelson DB, Gehrman PR, Davey A, Do pregnant women accurately report sleep time? A comparison between self-reported and objective measures of sleep duration in pregnancy among a sample of urban mothers. Sleep Breath 17:4(1323-7)2013 Dec

23535004. Eichen DM, Lent MR, Goldbacher E, Foster GD, Exploration of "food addiction" in overweight and obese treatment-seeking adults. Appetite 67:(22-4)2013 Aug

23507967. Foster GD, Wadden TA, Lagrotte CA, Vander Veur SS, Hesson LA, Homko CJ, Maschak-Carey BJ, Barbor NR, Bailer B, Diewald L, Komaroff E, Herring SJ, Vetter ML, A randomized comparison of a commercially available portion-controlled weight-loss intervention with a diabetes self-management education program. Nutr Diabetes 3:(e63)2013 Mar 18

23505165. Napolitano MA, Hayes S, Bennett GG, Ives AK, Foster GD, Using Facebook and text messaging to deliver a weight loss program to college students. Obesity (Silver Spring) 21:1(25-31)2013 Jan

23404949. Mohler ER 3rd, Sibley AA, Stein R, Davila-Roman V, Wyatt H, Badellino K, Rader DJ, Klein S, Foster GD, Endothelial function and weight loss: comparison of low-carbohydrate and low-fat diets. Obesity (Silver Spring) 21:3(504-9)2013 Mar

22987880. Foster GD, Sundal D, McDermott C, Jelalian E, Lent MR, Vojta D, Feasibility and preliminary outcomes of a scalable, community-based treatment of childhood obesity. Pediatrics 130:4(652-9)2012 Oct

22818249. Herring SJ, Nelson DB, Davey A, Klotz AA, Dibble LV, Oken E, Foster GD, Determinants of excessive gestational weight gain in urban, low-income women. Womens Health Issues 22:5(e439-46)2012 Sep

22743313. Foster GD, Shantz KL, Vander Veur SS, Oliver TL, Lent MR, Virus A, Szapary PO, Rader DJ, Zemel BS, Gilden-Tsai A, A randomized trial of the effects of an almond-enriched, hypocaloric diet in the treatment of obesity. Am J Clin Nutr 96:2(249-54)2012 Aug

22709701. Reyes NR, Oliver TL, Klotz AA, Lagrotte CA, Vander Veur SS, Virus A, Bailer BA, Foster GD, Similarities and differences between weight loss maintainers and regainers: a qualitative analysis. J Acad Nutr Diet 112:4(499-505)2012 Apr

22612792. Singh A, Foster GD, Gunawardana J, McCoy TA, Nguyen T, Vander Veur S, Komaroff E, Rao AK, Elevated circulating tissue factor procoagulant activity, factor VII, and plasminogen activator inhibitor-1 in childhood obesity: evidence of a procoagulant state. Br J Haematol 158:4(523-7)2012 Aug

22160656. Herring SJ, Henry TQ, Klotz AA, Foster GD, Whitaker RC, Perceptions of low-income African-American mothers about excessive gestational weight gain. Matern Child Health J 16:9(1837-43)2012 Dec

22098806. Makris A, Foster GD, Dietary approaches to the treatment of obesity. Psychiatr Clin North Am 34:4(813-27)2011 Dec

21760633. Borradaile KE, Halpern SD, Wyatt HR, Klein S, Hill JO, Bailer B, Brill C, Stein RI, Miller BV 3rd, Foster GD, Relationship between treatment preference and weight loss in the context of a randomized controlled trial. Obesity (Silver Spring) 20:6(1218-22)2012 Jun

21720421. Makris AP, Borradaile KE, Oliver TL, Cassim NG, Rosenbaum DL, Boden GH, Homko CJ, Foster GD, The individual and combined effects of glycemic index and protein on glycemic response, hunger, and energy intake. Obesity (Silver Spring) 19:12(2365-73)2011 Dec

20679559. Foster GD, Wyatt HR, Hill JO, Makris AP, Rosenbaum DL, Brill C, Stein RI, Mohammed BS, Miller B, Rader DJ, Zemel B, Wadden TA, Tenhave T, Newcomb CW, Klein S, Weight and metabolic outcomes after 2 years on a low-carbohydrate versus low-fat diet: a randomized trial. Ann Intern Med 153:3(147-57)2010 Aug 3

20559296. Wadden TA, Foreyt JP, Foster GD, Hill JO, Klein S, O'Neil PM, Perri MG, Pi-Sunyer FX, Rock CL, Erickson JS, Maier HN, Kim DD, Dunayevich E, Weight loss with naltrexone SR/bupropion SR combination therapy as an adjunct to behavior modification: the COR-BMOD trial. Obesity (Silver Spring) 19:1(110-20)2011 Jan

19822591. Borradaile KE, Sherman S, Vander Veur SS, McCoy T, Sandoval B, Nachmani J, Karpyn A, Foster GD, Snacking in children: the role of urban corner stores. Pediatrics 124:5(1293-8)2009 Nov

19820280. Foster GD, Borradaile KE, Vander Veur SS, Leh Shantz K, Dilks RJ, Goldbacher EM, Oliver TL, Lagrotte CA, Homko C, Satz W, The effects of a commercially available weight loss program among obese patients with type 2 diabetes: a randomized study. Postgrad Med 121:5(113-8)2009 Sep

19786682. Foster GD, Borradaile KE, Sanders MH, Millman R, Zammit G, Newman AB, Wadden TA, Kelley D, Wing RR, Pi-Sunyer FX, Reboussin D, Kuna ST, A randomized study on the effect of weight loss on obstructive sleep apnea among obese patients with type 2 diabetes: the Sleep AHEAD study. Arch Intern Med 169:17(1619-26)2009 Sep 28

19279303. Foster GD, Sanders MH, Millman R, Zammit G, Borradaile KE, Newman AB, Wadden TA, Kelley D, Wing RR, Sunyer FX, Darcey V, Kuna ST, Obstructive sleep apnea among obese patients with type 2 diabetes. Diabetes Care 32:6(1017-9)2009 Jun

18796104. Friedenberg FK, Xanthopoulos M, Foster GD, Richter JE, The association between gastroesophageal reflux disease and obesity. Am J Gastroenterol 103:8(2111-22)2008 Aug

18541552. Borradaile KE, Foster GD, May H, Karpyn A, Sherman S, Grundy K, Nachmani J, Vander Veur S, Boruch RF, Associations between the Youth/Adolescent Questionnaire, the Youth/Adolescent Activity Questionnaire, and body mass index z score in low-income inner-city fourth through sixth grade children. Am J Clin Nutr 87:6(1650-5)2008 Jun

18381508. Foster GD, Sherman S, Borradaile KE, Grundy KM, Vander Veur SS, Nachmani J, Karpyn A, Kumanyika S, Shults J, A policy-based school intervention to prevent overweight and obesity. Pediatrics 121:4(e794-802)2008 Apr

18377783. Samaha FF, Foster GD, Makris AP, Low-carbohydrate diets, obesity, and metabolic risk factors for cardiovascular disease. Curr Atheroscler Rep 9:6(441-7)2007 Dec

17712135. Geier AB, Foster GD, Womble LG, McLaughlin J, Borradaile KE, Nachmani J, Sherman S, Kumanyika S, Shults J, The relationship between relative weight and school attendance among elementary schoolchildren. Obesity (Silver Spring) 15:8(2157-61)2007 Aug

17471295. Fabricatore AN, Wadden TA, Womble LG, Sarwer DB, Berkowitz RI, Foster GD, Brock JR, The role of patients' expectations and goals in the behavioral and pharmacological treatment of obesity. Int J Obes (Lond) 31:11(1739-45)2007 Nov

17372325. Crerand CE, Wadden TA, Foster GD, Sarwer DB, Paster LM, Berkowitz RI, Changes in obesity-related attitudes in women seeking weight reduction. Obesity (Silver Spring) 15:3(740-7)2007 Mar

16931504. Foster GD, Clinical implications for the treatment of obesity. Obesity (Silver Spring) 14 Suppl 4:(182S-185S)2006 Jul

16925345. Wadden TA, Foster GD, Weight and Lifestyle Inventory (WALI). Surg Obes Relat Dis 2:2(180-99)2006 Mar-Apr

16648601. Wadden TA, Foster GD, Weight and Lifestyle Inventory (WALI). Obesity (Silver Spring) 14 Suppl 2:(99S-118S)2006 Mar

16002827. Foster GD, Makris AP, Bailer BA, Behavioral treatment of obesity. Am J Clin Nutr 82:1 Suppl(230S-235S)2005 Jul

15733615. Makris AP, Foster GD, Dietary approaches to the treatment of obesity. Psychiatr Clin North Am 28:1(117-39, viii-ix)2005 Mar

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