Tricia M. Leahey, Ph.D.
|Address||358 Mansfield Road, Box U-1101
Storrs, CT 06269-1101
Dr. Leahey is currently an Associate Professor at the University of Connecticut and an Adjunct Professor at Brown Medical School’s Weight Control and Diabetes Research Center. She completed her clinical internship at Brown and received her doctorate in Clinical Health Psychology in 2008. Dr. Leahey finished her NIH F32 NRSA postdoctoral fellowship in 2010 and was faculty at Brown from 2010 to 2014. Her research focuses on developing and evaluating cost-effective behavioral interventions for the treatment of obesity in real-world settings and on testing novel approaches for weight loss maintenance. Specifically, Dr. Leahey is currently PI or Co-I on several large trials examining the effects of social networks, peer coaching, and financial incentives on weight loss or weight loss maintenance in reduced intensity in-person programs or Internet-based dissemination initiatives. She is also Chief Scientist at a small Internet company where she is helping to develop a wide-reaching, evidence-based commercial weight loss program that involves gamification. Dr. Leahey is a standing member of NIH’s Psychosocial Risk and Disease Prevention Study Section, she has reviewed for over 30 scientific journals and is on the editorial board for several journals, and she has served as scientific expert for John Hopkins’ Comparative Effectiveness Review for Weight Maintenance and NIDDK’s Weight Control Information Network.
Post-doctoral Fellowship: Brown Medical School
Specialty: NIH F32 NRSA (NIDDK), Obesity research
Internship: Brown Medical School
Specialty: Behavioral Medicine, obesity research
Graduate: Kent State University
Major Field: Clinical Psychology
Minor Field: Health Psychology
Degrees: Master of Arts, 2004
Doctor of Philosophy, 2008
Undergraduate: State University of New York at Binghamton
Major Field: Psychology
Degree: Bachelor of Arts, 2002
HONORS & AWARDS
Research Excellence Citation Award, Society of Behavioral Medicine, 2016.
Invited Faculty Member, NIH OBSSR / NHLBI Summer Institute on the Design and Conduct of Randomized Clinical Trials Involving Behavioral Interventions. Coordinator: Peter Kaufmann, PhD, Deputy Chief, Clinical Applications and Prevention Branch, NHLBI, 2013-2016.
Award for Excellence in Science with a Focus on eHealth / mHealth, The Obesity Society, 2013.
Research Mentor Award, Brown Alpert Medical School’s Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, 2012-2013.
Award for Excellence in Science with a Focus on eHealth / mHealth, The Obesity Society, 2012.
Distinguished Fellow, NIH OBSSR / NHLBI 2011 Summer Institute on the Design and Conduct of Randomized Clinical Trials Involving Behavioral Interventions, 2012.
NIH Loan Repayment Award Recipient, NIDDK, 2009-2012.
NIH Ruth L. Kirschstein Fellowship Award (F32), 2008-2010.
Pat Simmons Travel Grant, The Obesity Society, 2007.
Lillian Friedman Fellowship, 2006-2007.
Research Fellowship Award, Kent State University, 2006-2007.
Distinguished Teaching Award, Kent State University, 2005.