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Michelle R. Lent, PhD



Michelle R. Lent, PhD


Assistant Professor, Center for Obesity Research and Education

Clinical Psychologist

Telephone:  215-707-8637

Fax: 215-707-6475

Email: michelle.lent@temple.edu


Center for Obesity Research and Education


Educational Background:


BA, Colgate University, Hamilton, NY, 2000


MA, Psychology in Education, Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, NY, 2003


PhD, Clinical Psychology (Health emphasis), Yeshiva University, Bronx, NY, 2012


Psychology Intern, Temple University Hospital, Philadelphia, PA, 2011-2012


Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for Obesity Research and Education, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, 2012-13


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research Interests:


Dr. Lent’s program of research focuses on the psychosocial aspects of obesity prevention and treatment. Her research interests include surgical and cognitive-behavioral treatments for adult obesity, community-based pediatric obesity treatments, addictive eating behaviors, and urban consumer food and beverage purchasing patterns.


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Honors and Awards:


  • NRSA Postdoctoral Fellowship Award (NIH Grant 1F32DK096756), NIDDK 2012-2014
  • Dr. Morton Berger Memorial Prize for Excellence in Research Yeshiva University 2012
  • Judith and Frank Greenberg Scholar Yeshiva University 2007-2011

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Professional Affiliations:


  • The Obesity Society, 2011-present

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Books and Book Chapters:


Makrus, A., Lent, M. R., & Foster, G. D. (in press). Macronutrients and weight loss. In G. Bray & C. Bouchard, Handbook of Obesity, 4th Edition, Vol. 2, Clinical Applications. London: Informa Healthcare.

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

24589566. Trost SG, Sundal D, Foster GD, Lent MR, Vojta D, Effects of a Pediatric Weight Management Program With and Without Active Video Games: A Randomized Trial. JAMA Pediatr :()2014 Mar 3

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

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 :()2013 Sep 10

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

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

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

22888821. Swencionis C, Wylie-Rosett J, Lent MR, Ginsberg M, Cimino C, Wassertheil-Smoller S, Caban A, Segal-Isaacson CJ, Weight change, psychological well-being, and vitality in adults participating in a cognitive-behavioral weight loss program. Health Psychol 32:4(439-46)2013 Apr

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

22177401. Lent MR, Swencionis C, Addictive personality and maladaptive eating behaviors in adults seeking bariatric surgery. Eat Behav 13:1(67-70)2012 Jan

20168309. Kofman MD, Lent MR, Swencionis C, Maladaptive eating patterns, quality of life, and weight outcomes following gastric bypass: results of an Internet survey. Obesity (Silver Spring) 18:10(1938-43)2010 Oct

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