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  • Rena Wing, PhD


       Weight Control and Diabetes 
       Research Center

       Dept. of Psychiatry & Human Behavior
       Brown Medical School


    Centers for Behavioral and Preventive Medicine
    Weight Control and Diabetes Research Center
    196 Richmond Street
    Providence, RI 02903
    Phone: (401) 793 - 8959
    Fax: (401) 793 - 5588

    Rena R. Wing, PhD, is a professor of psychiatry and human behavior at Brown Medical School and The Miriam Hospital.  She is the Director of the Weight Control and Diabetes Research Center within the Centers.  In addition, she is professor of psychiatry, psychology, and epidemiology at the University of Pittsburgh.  Wing is well known for her research on behavioral treatment of obesity and particularly its application to type II diabetes.  She has published over 200 peer-reviewed articles on these topics.  Currently, she is the principal investigator on the Diabetes Prevention Program and has developed the lifestyle intervention being used in all twenty seven centers in that study.  In addition, she is principal investigator at The Miriam Hospital site for a fifteen-center trial entitled, Study of Health Outcomes of Weight Loss and serves as chairperson of this multi-site study.  Wing is a member of the council for NIDDK and serves on the NIDDK Task Force on the Prevention and Treatment of Obesity.

    • TOPS Award for Outstanding Achievement, North Atlantic Association for the Study of Obesity (NAASO), 2001

    • NIDDK Council Member, 1999 



    McCaffery, J. M., Pogue-Geile, M. F., Muldoon, M. F., Debski, T. T., Wing, R. R., & Manuck, S. B.  (2001).  The nature of the association between diet and serum lipids in the community: A twin study.  Health Psychology, 20, 341-350. 

    Phelan, S., & Wing, R. R.  (in press).  Treatment approaches for obesity.  National Cancer Institute.

    Polley, B. A., & Wing, R. R.  (in press).  Randomized controlled trial to prevent excessive weight gain in pregnant women.  International Journal of Obesity.

    Tate, D. F., Wing, R. R., & Winett, R. A.  (2001).  Using Internet technology to deliver a behavioral weight loss program.  Journal of the American Medical Association, 285, 1172-1177.

    Wing, R. R.  (2001).  Behavioral treatment of obesity.  In T. A. Wadden & A. J. Stunkard (Eds.), Obesity handbook (pp. 455-462).  New York: Guilford Press.

    Wing, R. R.  (2001).  Weight loss in the management of type 2 diabetes.  In H. H. R. Gerstein (Ed.), Evidence based diabetes care (pp. 252-276).  Ontario, Canada: Decker, Inc.

    Wing, R. R.  (2002).  Behavioral weight control.  In T. A. Wadden & A. J. Stunkard (Eds.), Handbook of obesity treatment.  New York: Guilford Press.

    Wing, R. R.  (2002).  Exercise and weight control.  In N. Rudeima, F. Delvin, & S. Schneider (Eds.), Handbook of exercise in diabetes.  American Diabetes Association.

    Wing, R. R.  (2002).  Improving weight loss and maintenance in patients with diabetes.  In B. J. Anderson & R. R. Rubin (Eds.), Practical psychology for diabetes clinicians.  American Diabetes Association.

    Wing, R. R.  (2002).  Treatment of obesity in patients with type 2 diabetes.  In C. G. Fairburn & K. D. Brownell (Eds.), Eating disorders and obesity (2nd ed.).  New York: Guilford Press.

    Wing, R. R.  (in press).  Behavioral approaches to the treatment of obesity.  In G. Bray, C. Bouchard & P. T. James.  Handbook of obesity (2nd ed.).  New York: Marcel Dekker, Inc.

    Wing, R. R., & Gorin, A. A.  (in press).  Obesity.  In Oxford textbook of primary medical care.  Oxford University Press.

    Wing, R. R., Gorin, A. A., & Tate, D. F.  (2001).  Changing behavior for a healthier lifestyle.  In B. A. Bowman, R. M. Russell, & R. Russell (Eds.), Present knowledge in nutrition (8th ed.).  Washington, DC: International Life Sciences Institute Press.

    Wing, R. R., & Hill, J. O.  (2001).  Successful weight loss maintenance.  Annual Review of Nutrition, 21, 323-341.

    Wing, R. R., & Jeffery, R.W.  (2001).  Food provision as a strategy to promote weight loss.  Obesity Research, 9, 271S-275S.

    Wing, R. R., & Klem, M.  (2002).  Characteristics of successful weight maintainers.  In C. G. Fairburn & K. D. Brownell (Eds.), Eating disorders and obesity (2nd ed.).  New York: Guilford Press.

    Wing, R. R., & Phelan, S.  (in press).  Behavioral treatment of obesity. In R. H. Eckel (Ed.), Obesity: An academic basis for clinical evaluation and treatment.  Lippincott Williams, & Wilkins.

    Wing, R. R., Phelan, S., & Tate, D. F.  (2002).  The role of adherence in mediating the relationship between depression and health outcomes.  Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 53, 877.

    Wing, R. R., & Polley, B. A. (2001).  Obesity.  In A. Baum, T. Revensons, & S. Singer (Eds.), Handbook of health psychology (pp. 263-279).  Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

    Wing, R. R., &Tate, D. F.  (2002).  Behavioral treatment of obesity.  In J. Caro (Ed.), Obesity and nutrition (chap. 17).  Retrieved November 25, 2002, from

    Wyatt, H. R., Grunwald, G. K., Mosca, C. L., Klem, M. L., Wing, R. R., & Hill, J. O.  (2002).  Long-term weight loss and breakfast in the National Weight Control Registry.  Obesity Research, 10, 78-82.