Janelle Wilder Coughlin, Ph.D.

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  • Associate Director, Center for Behavior and Health
  • Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences


Anorexia Nervosa, Body Image Disturbance, Bulimia, Eating Disorders, Psychiatry, Psychologist ...read more

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Dr. Janelle Wilder Coughlin is a licensed psychologist and Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and holds Associate Faculty appointments in the Department of Oncology and the Welch Center for Prevention, Epidemiology and Clinical Research.  She is the Director of Obesity Behavioral Medicine at Johns Hopkins where she provides psychological services to individuals with obesity and comorbid health conditions. Dr. Coughlin specializes in cognitive behavioral treatment of binge eating disorder and other maladaptive eating behaviors associated with obesity. Additionally, she specializes in the behavioral health management of adolescents and adults pursuing metabolic and bariatric surgery. She has served in principal and co-investigator roles on several NIH-funded research trials assessing behavioral weight loss interventions in both efficacy and effectiveness trials and public health initiatives. 

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  • Associate Director, Center for Behavior and Health
  • Director, Obesity Behavioral Medicine Program
  • Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
  • Associate Professor of Oncology

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  • Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (2002)
  • Psychiatry; Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (2004)

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Selected Publications

  1. Coughlin, J.W., Edwards, R., Redgrave, G., & Guarda, A. (2009). Pain severity in eating disorders predicts longer inpatient hospitalization. International Journal of Eating Disorders, 43(8), 737-42.
  2. Svetkey, L.P., Stevens, V.J., Brantley, P.J., Appel, L.J., Hollis, J.F., Loria, C., Vollmer, W.M., Gullion, C.M., Funk, K., Smith, P., Samuel-Hodge, C., Myers, V., Lien, L.F., Laferriere, D., Kennedy, B., Jerome, G.J., Heinith, F., Harsha, D., Evans, P., Erlinger, T., Dalcin, A, Coughlin, J.W., Charleston, J., Champange, C.M., Bauck, A., Ard, J.D., & Aicher, K., for the Weight Loss Maintenance Collaborative Research Group. (2008). Comparison of strategies for sustaining weight loss: Main results of the Weight Loss Maintenance Randomized Trial. JAMA, 299, 1139-1148.
  3. Appel L.J., Clark J.M., Yeh H.C., Wang N.Y., Coughlin J.W., Daumit G., Miller E.R., Dalcin A., Jerome G.J., Geller S., Noronha G., Pozefsky T., Charleston J., Reynolds J.B., Durkin N., Rubin R.R., Louis T.A., Brancati F.L. (2011). Comparative effectiveness of weight-loss interventions in clinical practice. N Engl J Med. 365(20).
  4. Coughlin, JW., Schreyer, C., Sarwer, D., Heinberg, LJ, Redgrave, GW, & Guarda, AS. (2012). Cosmetic surgery in inpatients with eating disorders: Attitudes and experience. Body Image: An International Journal of Research, 9(1):180-3.
  5. Coughlin JW, Guarda A, Clark J, Furtado M, Steele KE, Heinberg L. (in press). A Screening Tool to Assess and Manage Behavioral Risk in the Postoperative Bariatric Surgery Patient: The WATCH. The Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings.

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