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
- 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
Berkowitz, B. & Chao, A. M. (In press). 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., Jastreboff, A. M., White, M. A., Grilo, C. M., & Sinha, R. (2017). Stress, cortisol, and other appetite-related hormones: Prospective prediction of 6-month changes in food cravings and weight. Obesity, 25(4), 713-720.
Chao, A. M., Shaw, J. A., Pearl, R. L., Alamuddin, N., Hopkins, C. M., Bakizada, Z. M., Berkowitz, R. I., & Wadden, T. A. (2017). Prevalence and psychosocial correlates of food addiction in persons with obesity seeking weight loss reduction. Comprehensive Psychiatry, 73, 97-104.
Chao, A. M., Grilo, C. M., White, M. A., & Sinha, R. (2017). Examining the effects of cigarette smoking on food cravings and intake, depressive symptoms, and stress. Eating Behaviors. 24, 61-65.
Pearl, R. L., Wadden, T. A., Hopkins, C. M., Shaw, J. A., Hayes, M R., Bakizada, Z. M., Alfaris, N., Chao, A. M., Pinkasavage, E., Berkowitz, R. I., & Alamuddin, N. (2017). Association between weight bias internalization and metabolic syndrome among treatment-seeking individuals with obesity. Obesity, 25(2), 317-322.
Chao, A. M., Loughead, J., Bakizada, Z. M., Hopkins, C.M., Geliebter, A., Gur, R. C., & Wadden, T. A (2017). Sex/gender differences in neural correlates of food stimuli: A systematic review of functional neuroimaging studies. Obesity Reviews. 18(6), 687-699.
Shaw Tronieri, J., Alfaris, N., Chao, A. M., Pearl, R. L., Alamuddin, N., Bakizada, Z. M., Berkowitz, R. I., & Wadden, T. A. (2017). Lorcaserin plus lifestyle modification for weight loss maintenance: Rationale and design for a randomized controlled trial. Contemporary Clinical Trials, 59, 105-112.
Chao, A. M., Wadden, T. A., Faulconbridge, L. F., Sarwer, D. B., Webb, V. L., Shaw, J. A., Thomas, J. G., Hopkins, C. M., Bakizada, Z. M., Alamuddin, N., & Williams, N. N. (2016). Binge eating disorder and the outcome of bariatric surgery in a prospective, observational study: Two year results. Obesity, 24(11), 2327-2333.
Minges, K. E., Whittemore, R., Chao, A., Jefferson, V., Murphy, K. M., & Grey, M. (2016). Clinical, psychosocial and demographic factors are associated with overweight and obesity in early adolescent girls with type 1 diabetes. The Diabetes Educator, 42(5), 538-548.
Chao, A., Grilo, C., & Sinha, R. (2016). Food cravings, binge eating, and eating disorder psychopathology: Exploring the moderating roles of gender and race. Eating Behaviors, 21, 41-47.