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Associate Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences

Janelle W. Coughlin, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.  She is the Director of the Obesity Behavioral Medicine Program, Associate Director of the Center for Behavior and Health, and Associate Faculty for the Welch Center for Prevention, Epidemiology and Clinical Research at Johns Hopkins.  She is a licensed psychologist with clinical and research expertise in obesity and eating behaviors.  Her work in obesity includes development and oversight of technology-enhanced behavioral weight managment interventions and modification of these interventions for specific medical populations (e.g., cancer survivors, pregnant and postpartum women).  She has trained and supervised interventionists for a number of research trials (e.g., the Weight Loss Maintenance Trial, WLM; Practice-based Opportunities for Weight Reduction, POWER, Cancer, Obesity/Overweight and Insomnia, COIN) and specializes in the pre- and post-surgical psychological management of both adult and adolescent bariatric surgery patients. She is interested in the interrelationships among sleep conditions (e.g., insomnia), eating and physical activity behaviors and weight conditions and is involved in research assessing sleep and timing of eating using mobile technology.  Dr. Coughlin is also interested in the treatment of eating disorders, particularly binge eating disorder, and has been involved in research assessing psychosocial and biological aspects of eating disorders with her colleagues in the Johns Hopkins Eating Disorders Program. 

Click on the links below to learn about Dr. Coughlin's current projects

Cancer, Overweight/Obesity, and Insomnia Study

Contact Information


Phone Number: 410-550-7988

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