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Michelle Lent
Investigator I

Geisinger Obesity Institute
100 North Academy Avenue
Danville, PA 17822

Research Interests

My ongoing program of research focuses on obesity treatment and prevention in children and adults. My dissertation research examined the impact of addictive personality on eating behaviors. Following completion of my clinical psychology internship, I received the Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA F32 post-doctoral grant) from the National Institutes of Health to study the impact of social support on weight loss outcomes in bariatric surgery patients. Currently, my research interests span pediatric obesity treatment, psychosocial factors in bariatric surgery, school and community-based obesity prevention and treatment initiatives, “food addiction,” urban consumer food purchasing behaviors, and cognitive-behavioral interventions for adult obesity.

Recent Publications 

  • Lent, M.R., Bailey-Davis, L., Wood, G.C., Cook, A., Hirsch, A.G., et al. (2016). “Bariatric surgery patients and their families: Health, physical activity and social support.” Obesity Surgery, 26, 12; doi: 10.1007/s11695-016-2228-7.
  • Lent, M.R., Vander Veur, S. S., Hill, J.O., Peters, J.C., Herring, S.J., Wyatt, H.J., et al. (2016). “Initial weight loss goals: Have they changed and do they matter?” Obesity Science & Practice, 2, 2; doi: 10.1002/osp4.45. 
  • Lent MR, Eichen DM, Wadden T, Goldbacher E, Foster GD. (2014, Jan). Relationship of food addiction to weight loss and attrition during behavioral obesity treatment. Obesity , 22 (1), 52-55. Full Text
  • Foster GD, Sundal D, Lent MR, McDermott C, Jelalian E, Vojta D. (2014, Jun). 18-month outcomes of a community-based treatment for childhood obesity. Pediatric Obesity , 9(3), e63-7. Full Text


PhD, Yeshiva University, 2007-2012

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