Ariana M. Chao, PhD, CRNP
Obesity is undoubtedly among the most serious and complex public health challenges of the 21st century. I seek to improve the treatment of this heterogeneous disease through a comprehensive bio-behavioral approach. As nurses are on the front-lines of the obesity epidemic, we are ideally positioned to contribute practical and meaningful solutions.
- PHD, Yale University, 2015
- MSN, Boston College, 2011
- BSN, Boston College, 2010
Dr. Chao teaches Weight Management: Principles and Practices of Obesity Treatment (NURS 377) and often serves as a guest lecturer on the topic of weight and eating disorders. Dr. Chao also enjoys mentoring and collaborating with students across all levels and disciplines.
Dr. Chao’s program of research is dedicated to examining bio-behavioral mechanisms related to obesity, addictive-like eating behaviors, and binge eating disorder. She translates her findings into innovative clinical strategies to improve treatment for people with these conditions. Dr. Chao’s research has focused on identifying mechanisms related to weight loss and weight regain, with a focus on binge eating, food cravings, neurocognitive function, self-management, stress physiology, and sex/gender differences.
As a Family Nurse Practitioner, Dr. Chao provides medical management and behavioral weight loss counseling for participants enrolled in research studies at the Center for Weight and Eating Disorders at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine.
Opportunities to Learn and Collaborate at Penn Nursing
Dr. Chao collaborates with interdisciplinary teams to conduct translational and clinical research focused on treatments for binge eating disorder and obesity.
Selected Career Highlights
- 2018, University of Pennsylvania, Department of Biobehavioral Health Sciences, Junior
Faculty Research Award
- 2017, The Obesity Society Journal Symposium Winner
- 2016, The Obesity Society Early Career Abstract Award, Clinical Management Section
- 2014, Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing Emerging Scholar
Chao, A. M., Wadden, T. A., Tronieri, J. S. and Berkowitz, R. I. (2019), Alcohol Intake and Weight Loss During Intensive Lifestyle Intervention for Adults with Overweight or Obesity and Diabetes. Obesity, 27: 30-40. doi:10.1002/oby.22316
Chao, A. M., Rajagopalan, A. V., Tronieri, J. S., Walsh, O. and Wadden, T. A. (2019), Identification of Binge Eating Disorder Criteria: Results of a National Survey of Healthcare Providers. Journal of Nursing Scholarship. doi:10.1111/jnu.12468
Chao, A.M., Wadden, T.A. & Berkowitz, R.I. (2019). Obesity in Adolescents with Psychiatric Disorders. Curr Psychiatry Rep. 21: 3. Doi: 10.1007/s11920-019-0990-7
Chang, P., Chao, A. M., Jang, M., Lu, Y. (2019). Intervention fidelity in qigong randomized controlled trials: A method review. Journal of Geriatric Nursing. 40(1):84-90. Doi: 10.1016/j.gerinurse.2018.07.001
(2019). Associations between causal attributions for obesity and long-term weight loss. Behavioral Medicine.
Wadden, T. A., Walsh, O. A., Berkowitz, R. I., Chao, A. M., Alamuddin, N. , Gruber, K. , Leonard, S. , Mugler, K. , Bakizada, Z. and Tronieri, J. S. (2019), Intensive Behavioral Therapy for Obesity Combined with Liraglutide 3.0 mg: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Obesity, 27: 75-86. doi:10.1002/oby.22359
Berkowitz, B. & Chao, A. M. (2018). Pharmacological treatment of pediatric obesity. In T.A. Wadden & G.A Bray (Eds.), Handbook of Obesity Treatment (2nd ed.). New York, NY: The Guilford Press.
Chao, A. M., Wadden, T. A., & Berkowitz, R. I. (2018). The safety of pharmacologic treatment for pediatric obesity. Expert Opinion on Drug Safety 7,1-7.
Pearl, R. L., Wadden, T. A. Allison, K. C., Chao, A. M., Alamuddin, N., Berkowitz, R. I., Walsh, O., & Tronieri, J. S. (2018). Casual attributions for obesity among patients seeking surgical versus behavioral/pharmacological weight loss treatment. Obesity Surgery, 28(11), 3724-3728.
Chao, A. M., Shaw, J. A., Pearl, R. L., Alamuddin, N., Hopkins, C. M., Bakizada, Z. M., Berkowitz, R. I., & Wadden, T. A. (2018). Effects of addictive-like eating behaviors on weight loss with behavioral obesity treatment. Journal of Behavioral Medicine. Epub ahead of print