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Dana L. Rofey, PhD

Job Title Assistant Professor, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
3420 Fifth Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
412-692-6677 Phone
412-692-8584 Fax

Education and Training

Graduate School:

2002 MA, University of Cincinnati
2005 PhD, University of Cincinnati


  • American Psychological Association
  • Academy for Eating Disorders
  • Association for the Advancement of Behavior Therapy
  • Obesity and Eating Disorders Special Interest Group of the Association for Advancement of Behavior Therapy
  • Women's Special Interest Group of the Association for Advancement of Behavior Therapy
  • National Association for the Study of Obesity/The Obesity Society
  • Eating Disorder Research Society

Board Certifications

  • Psychologist


  • 2014-2016 Secretary/President, The Obesity Society, Clinical Management Section
  • 2013 Advisory Committee on Childhood Obesity, Pennsylvania Community Health Needs 
  • 2013 The Obesity Society, Fellow
  • New Investigator Travel Award, North American Association for the Study of Obesity (NAASO) / The Obesity Society
  • Four Star Customer Service Award, Weight Management and Wellness Center
  • Summer Institute Recipient, Pittsburgh Mind-Body Center
  • Committee Chair, Annual Conference, Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies
  • Member, Membership, Recruitment, and Retention Committee, Academy for Eating Disorders
  • Editor, Women's Special Interest Group, Association for the Advancement of Behavior Therapy
  • Treasurer, Obesity and Eating Disorders, Association for the Advancement of Behavior Therapy
  • Public Affairs Committee, Academy for Eating Disorders
  • Graduate Student Board, Pennsylvania Psychological Association
  • Graduate Student Research Award , Association for the Advancement of Behavior Therapy, Obesity and Eating Disorders Special Interest Group
  • Presenter-of-the-Year, Graduate Research Award, University of Cincinnati
  • Honorary Award, American Psychological Association, Division 35
  • Travel Award, Graduate Student Governance Association, University of Cincinnati
  • Grant Recipient, Undergraduate Researcher Award, Bucknell University
  • Scholarship Recipient, Subway Restaurants, Bucknell University, Women's Soccer
  • Academic Honor Roll, Patriot League, Bucknell University, Women's Soccer
  • Captain, Bucknell University, Women's Soccer
  • Scholarship Recipient, Pennsylvania Association of Community Banks


  • Hannon, T.S., Rofey, D.L., Lee, S.J., & Arslanian, S.A. (2013). Depressive symptoms and metabolic markers of risk for type 2 diabetes in obese adolescents. Pediatric Diabetes, 14, 497-503.
  • Rofey, D.L., McMakin, D.L., Shaw, D., & Dahl, R.E. (2013). Self-regulation of sleep, emotion and weight during adolescence: Implications for translational research and practice. Clinical and Translational Science, 6, 238-243.
  • Verstynen, T.D., Weinstein, A.M., Schneider, W.W., Jakicic, J. Rofey, D.L., Erickson, K.I. (2013). Increased body mass index is associated with global decreases in white matter microstructural integrity. Psychosomatic Medicine, 74, 682-690.

Biography Summary

Dana L. Rofey, PhD, joined Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC in 2005 and is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics. She brings a strong background in clinical care and research focused on the relationships among weight and eating, psychological well-being and health.

Dr. Rofey earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology at Bucknell University and her clinical psychology degree at the University of Cincinnati. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System and Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh and her postdoctoral training at Children’s and Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic.

At Children’s Hospital, Dr. Rofey has conducted studies that focus on seriously overweight children, adolescents with polycystic ovary syndrome, and cognitive behavioral treatment for children with diabetes. Dr. Rofey has been involved with NIH-funded grants and has completed research trials investigating mood disturbances across the lifespan, health promotion in adolescents, smoking cessation programs, collaborative care models in pediatric primary care, pediatric variants of bipolar disorder, and psychosocial implications of bariatric surgery. She is the author and co-author of numerous articles that have been published in peer-reviewed scientific journals. She is a reviewer for several journals and serves on boards for the Academy for Eating Disorders and the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies.

Active Research Projects / Grants

  • Cognitive Functioning in children Pre- and Post-Bariatric Surgery
  • Psychosocial Outcomes in Adolescents Receiving Bariatric Surgery
  • Collaborative Mental Health Services for Behavior Disorders in Primary Care
  • Impaired Sleep, Insulin Action, and Overweight in Youth
Last Update
October 22, 2014
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Last Update
October 22, 2014