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Janelle Wilder Coughlin, Ph.D.

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Associate Director, Center for Behavior and Health

Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences


Expertise: Anorexia Nervosa, Body Image Disturbance, Bulimia, Eating Disorders, Psychiatry, Psychologist

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The Johns Hopkins Hospital (Main Entrance)
Appointment Phone: 443-287-8315

1800 Orleans St.
Sheikh Zayed Tower
Baltimore, MD 21287 map
Phone: 443-287-8315

Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center
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4940 Eastern Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21224 map
Phone: 443-287-8315



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

Departments / Divisions



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

Research & Publications

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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