Department of Clinical Psychology
Associate Professor

Dr. Michelle R. Lent


Email: michellele@pcom.edu
Office: 215-871-6138

Dr. Lent received her PhD in clinical psychology (health emphasis) from Yeshiva University and completed her pre-doctoral internship and post-doctoral fellowship in behavioral medicine at Temple University Hospital and the Temple University Center for Obesity Treatment and Research. She specializes in the cognitive-behavioral treatment of obesity and binge eating disorder.

  • Education

    • PhD, Clinical Psychology (Health Emphasis), Yeshiva University
  • Courses

    • CPSY 662: Behavior Therapy
    • CPSY 653: Practicum II
    • CPSY 713: Practicum VIII
    • CPSY 664: Psychology of Eating and Weight Disorders
  • Research

    Dr. Lent's ongoing program of research focuses on obesity treatment and prevention in children and adults. In 2012, she received the Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA F32 post-doctoral grant) from the National Institutes of Health to study the impact of social support on weight loss outcomes in bariatric surgery patients. Currently, her research interests span pediatric obesity treatment, psychosocial factors in bariatric surgery, school and community-based obesity prevention and treatment initiatives, “food addiction,” urban consumer food purchasing behaviors and cognitive-behavioral interventions for adult obesity.

  • Publications

    • Lent, M.R., Boscarino, J.S., Hoffman, S., Pitvacage, J., & Boscarino, J.A. (2017). “Attitudes About Genetic Testing for Addiction and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Among Community-based Veterans.” Psychiatric Genetics. 8:76. doi: 10.3389/fpsyt.2017.00076. eCollection 2017.

    • Benotti, P.N., Wood, G.C., Carey, D., Mehra, V., Mirshahi, T., Lent, M.R., Petrick, A., Still, C.D., Gerhard, G., & Hirsch, A.G. (2017). “Gastric bypass surgery produces a durable reduction in cardiovascular disease risk and reduced the long-term risks of congestive heart failure.” JAHA: Journal of the American Heart Association. 6(5). pii: e005126. doi: 10.1161/JAHA.116.005126.

    • Chen, E., Feroze, M., Foster, G.D., Tewksbury, C., Lent, M.R., et al. (2017). “Genetic and neural predictors of behavioral weight loss treatment. A preliminary study.” Obesity. 25 (1), 66-75. Doi: 10.1002/oby.21691.

    • Irving, B.A., Wood, G.C., Ellapan, B., Benotti, P.N., Lent, M.R., Petrick, A., et al. (2016). “Ion-dependent transporter expression in the human jejunum in relation to body mass index in bariatric surgery patients.” Nutrients, 8, 683; doi:10.3390/nu8110683.

    • Wood, G.C., Benotti, P.N., Lee, C.J., Mirshahi, T., Still, C.D., Gerhard, G.S., & Lent, M.R. (2016). “Evaluation of the association between preoperative clinical factors and long-term weight loss after Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass.” JAMA Surgery, 151, 11; doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2016.2334. PMCID – in process.

    • Fleming, J., Irving, B.A., Wood, G.C., Seiler, C., Lent. M.R., et al. (2016). “Electronically captured, patient-reported physical function: An important vital sign in obesity medicine.” Obesity Science & Practice, online first. doi: 10.1002/osp4.67.

    • Lent, M.R., Bailey-Davis, L., Wood, G.C., Cook, A., Hirsch, A.G., et al. (2016). “Bariatric surgery patients and their families: Health, physical activity and social support.” Obesity Surgery, 26, 12; doi: 10.1007/s11695-016-2228-7.

    • Lent, M.R., Vander Veur, S. S., Hill, J.O., Peters, J.C., Herring, S.J., Wyatt, H.J., et al. (2016). “Initial weight loss goals: Have they changed and do they matter?” Obesity Science & Practice, 2, 2; doi: 10.1002/osp4.45.

    • Hayes, S. M., Napolitano, M. A., Lent, M. R., Wood, G. C., Argyropoulos, G., Irving, B., Gerhard, G. S., Foster, G. D., & Still, C. D. (2015). The effect of insurance status on pre- and post-operative bariatric surgery outcomes. Obesity Surgery, 25(1), 191-194. doi: 10.1007/s11695-014-1478-5.

    • Lawman, H.G., Vander Veur, S., Mallya, G., McCoy, T., Wojtanowski, A., Colby, L., Sanders, T.A, Lent, M. R., Sandoval, B.A., Sherman, S., Wylie-Rosett, J., Foster, G.D. (2015). Changes in quantity, spending patterns, and nutritional characteristics of adult, adolescent, and child urban corner store purchases after an environmental intervention. Preventive Medicine, 74, 81-85.

    • Lent, M. R., Vander Veur, S. S., Wojtanowski, A. C., Sandoval, B., Sherman, S., Komaroff, E., & Foster, G. D. (2014). A randomized, controlled study of a healthy corner store initiative on the purchases of urban, low-income youth. Obesity, 22(12), 2494-2500. doi: 10.1002/oby.20878.

    • Lent, M. R., Napolitano, M., Wood C., Hayes, S. M., Argyropoulos, G., Gerhard, G., Foster, G. D., & Still, C. D. (2014). Internalized weight bias in weight-loss surgery patients: Psychosocial correlates and weight loss outcomes. Obesity Surgery, 24(12), 2195-99. doi: 10.1007/s11695-014-1455-z.

    • Lundgren, J. D., Rempfer, M. V., Lent, M. R., & Foster, G. D. (2014). Perceptions of factors associated with weight management in obese adults with schizophrenia. Psychiatric Rehabilitation, 37(4), 304-308. doi: 10.1037/prj0000098.

    • Lent, M. R., Vander Veur, S. S., Mallya, G., McCoy, T., Sanders, T.A., Colby, L., Rauchut C., Lawman, H. G., Sandoval, B., Sherman, S. S., Wylie-Rosett, J., & Foster, G. D. (2014). Corner store purchases of adults, adolescents and children: Items, nutritional quality, and amount spent. Public Health Nutrition, 18(9), 1706-1712. doi:10.1017/S136898001400167

    • Hirsch, A. G., Wood, G. C., Bailey-Davis, L., Lent, M. R., Gerhard, G. S., & Still, C. D. (2014). Collateral weight loss in children living with adult bariatric surgery patients: A case control study. Obesity, 22(10), 2224-9. doi:10.1002/oby.20827.

    • Trost S., Sundal D., Foster G. D., Lent M. R., Vojta, D. (2014). Effects of a pediatric weight management program with and without active video games: A randomized trial. JAMA Pediatrics, 168(5), 40-413. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2013.3436.

    • Lent, M. R., Eichen, D. M., Wadden, T., Goldbacher, E., & Foster, G. D. (2014). Relationship of food addiction to weight loss and attrition during behavioral obesity treatment. Obesity, 22(1), 52-55. doi:10.1002/oby.20512

    • Foster G. D., Sundal D., Lent, M. R, McDermott C., Jelalian, E., Vojta, D. (2014). 18-month outcomes of a community-based treatment for childhood obesity. Pediatric Obesity, 9(3), e63-7. doi: 10.1111/j.2047-6310.2013.00197.

    • Makrus, A., Lent, M. R., & Foster, G. D. (2014). Diet composition and weight loss. In G. Bray & C. Bouchard, Handbook of Obesity, 4th Edition, Vol. 2, Clinical Applications. CRC Press. ISBN-10:1841849812.

    • Vander Veur, S. S., Sherman, S., Lent, M. R., McCoy, T., Wojtanowski, A., Sandoval, B., Karpyn, A., & Foster, G. D. (2013). Corner store purchasing, corner store spending and commuting patterns of low-income, urban elementary school students. Current Urban Studies, 1(4), 166-170. doi:10.4236/cus.2013.14018.

    • Lent, M. R., Hayes, S. M., Wood C., Napolitano, M., Gerhard, G., Foster, G. D., & Still, C. D. (2013). Smoking and alcohol use in gastric bypass patients. Eating Behaviors, 14, 460-463. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.eatbeh.2013.08.008.

    • Eichen, D., Lent, M. R., Goldbacher, E., & Foster, G. D. (2013). Examining “food addiction” among obese treatment-seeking individuals. Appetite, 67, 22-4. doi: 10.1016/j.appet.2013.03.008.

    • Swencionis, C., Wylie-Rosett, J., Lent, M. R., Ginsberg, M., Cimino, C., Wasserthiel-Smoller, S., Caban, A., & Segal-Isaacson C. J. (2013). Weight change, psychological well-being, and vitality in adults participating in a cognitive-behavioral weight loss intervention. Health Psychology, 32, 439-446. doi:10.1037/a0029186.

    • Lent, M. R., & Swencionis, C. (2012) Addictive personality and maladaptive eating behaviors in adults seeking bariatric surgery. Eating Behaviors, 13, 67-70. doi:10.1016/j.eatbeh.2011. 10.006.

    • Foster, G. D., Sundal, D., McDermott, C., Jelalian, E., Lent, M. R., & Vojta, D., (2012). Feasibility and preliminary outcomes of a scalable, community-based treatment of childhood obesity. JAMA Pediatrics, 130, 652-659. doi: 10.1542/peds.2012-0344.

    • Foster, G. D., Shantz, K. L., Vander Veur, S. S., Oliver, T., Lent M. R., Virus A., Szapary, P. O., Rader, D. J., Zemel, B., & Gilden-Tsai, A. (2012). A randomized clinical trial of the effects of an almond-enriched, hypocaloric diet on overweight and obese persons. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 96, 249-54. doi: 10.3945/ajcn.112.037895.

    • Kofman, M. D., Lent, M. R., & Swencionis, C. (2010). Maladaptive eating patterns, quality of life and weight outcomes following gastric bypass: Results of an Internet survey. Obesity, 18, 1938-1943.

  • Memberships

    • ASMBS
    • The Obesity Society
    • American Psychological Association


  • Grants

    Role: Principal Investigator
    Title: "The role of social support in bariatric surgery weight and behavioral outcomes”
    Funding Source: NIH
    Duration: July 2012 – June 2014