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Dorothy Van Buren, PhD

Current Position
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry

Education and Training
PhD, Psychology, Louisiana State University, 1987
Internship, Clinical Psychology, University of Alabama in Birmingham, School of Medicine, Dept of Psychiatry, 1984-1985
MA, Psychology, Louisiana State University, 1983
BA, Psychology and Human Development and Family Living, University of Kansas, 1980

Areas of Clinical Interest
Eating disorders, chronic illness, marital and family relationships


Areas of Research Interests
Lifestyle interventions for youth with Type 2 Diabetes and their families, psychological treatments for Binge Eating Disorder,family based, behavioral treatments for pediatric obesity, and dissemination of evidence based treatments for eating disorders into community practice settings


Key Publications
Rieger E, Van Buren DJ, Bishop M, Tanofsky-Kraff M, Welch R, Wilfley DE (2010 Jun). An eating disorder-specific model of interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT-ED): causal pathways and treatment implications. Clin Psychol Rev. 30(4): 400-10.  Full Article ->

Wilfley DE, Van Buren DJ, Theim KR, Stein RI, Saelens BE, Ezzet F, Russian AC, Perri MG, Epstein LH (2010 Feb). The use of biosimulation in the design of a novel multilevel weight loss maintenance program for overweight children. Obesity (Silver Spring). 18 Suppl 1S91-8.  Full Article ->

The TODAY Study Group (2010). Design of a family-based lifestyle intervention for youth with type 2 diabetes: the TODAY study. International Journal of Obesity. 34: 217-226.

Van Buren DJ, Sinton MM (2009 Dec). Psychological aspects of weight loss and weight maintenance. J Am Diet Assoc. 109(12): 1994-6.  Full Article ->

TODAY Study Group, Zeitler P, Epstein L, Grey M, Hirst K, Kaufman F, Tamborlane W, Wilfley D (2007 Apr). Treatment options for type 2 diabetes in adolescents and youth: a study of the comparative efficacy of metformin alone or in combination with rosiglitazone or lifestyle intervention in adolescents with type 2 diabetes. Pediatr Diabetes. 8(2): 74-87.  Full Article ->

Wilfley DE, Tibbs TL, Van Buren DJ, Reach KP, Walker MS, Epstein LH (2007 Sep). Lifestyle interventions in the treatment of childhood overweight: a meta-analytic review of randomized controlled trials. Health Psychol. 26(5): 521-32.  Full Article ->