Lucy F. Faulconbridge, PhD
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This page outlines Dr Lucy Faulconbridge’s formal education, clinical training, awards and publications. For information about her approach to therapy and treatment, please click here.


Dr Lucy Faulconbridge was born and grew up in England, UK, and graduated from the University of St Andrews in Scotland with a BA in Psychology with First Class Honors. She moved to the Philadelphia in 2001 to pursue her Masters and PhD in Neuroscience and Clinical Psychology in the University of Pennsylvania’s Department of Psychology. Upon finishing her PhD she completed a Clinical Internship at Weill Cornell Medical College-New York Presbyterian Hospital in NY. She then took a post-doctoral fellowship at the Center for Weight and Eating Disorders in the Psychiatry Department at University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine.

In 2010 Dr. Faulconbridge joined the faculty in the Center for Weight and Eating Disorders as an Assistant Professor of Psychology, and she became Director of Research at the Center for Weight and Eating Disorders shortly afterwards.

Currently Dr Faulconbridge teaches the neural basis of, and treatment for, weight and eating disorders to medical students and PGY-3 Psychiatry residents at the University of Pennsylvania. She also supervises a clinical psychology graduate student each year. Dr. Faulconbridge also serves as a guest lecturer in the Psychology Department and School of Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania and at Haverford College in Haverford, PA.

Clinical Training:

Dr Faulconbridge’s formal pre-doctoral clinical training included year-long rotations in the Assessment Clinic, the Anxiety Disorders Clinic, and the Depression Clinic, respectively, in the Department of Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania. In addition she completed a year-long rotation at the Anxiety and Agoraphobia Treatment Center in Bala Cynwyd, PA as part of her graduate training. During her Clinical Internship she completed four-month rotations in the Psych ER, the Adolescent and Geriatric Inpatient Unit, and the Bariatric Surgery Program at New York Presbyterian Hospital, as well as completing the year-long training at the Cognitive Therapy Training Clinic at Weill Cornell Medical College.

Dr Faulconbridge’s post-graduate training has focused predominantly on weight and eating disorders. She has extensive training treating individuals with anorexia, bulimia, binge-eating disorder, night-eating syndrome, and body image disturbances, as well as patients who seek weight loss or who have had bariatric surgery. She has completed several training workshops in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy at the Beck Institute in Philadelphia, and worked as a therapist treating Panic Disorder at the University of Pennsylvania. Since 2010 She has been training in group therapy for the treatment of Depression at the University of Pennsylvania, and between 2011-2013 she supervised 3 licensed psychologists administering group cognitive-behavioral therapy for obese individuals with depression.


  • Patty Lipshultz Distinguished Clinician Award, Center for Weight and Eating Disorders, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, 2014
  • Mentored Patient-Oriented Research Career Development Award (K23) awarded by National Institutes of Health – National Institutes of Heart, Blood and Lung (NHLBI), 2011
  • Ruth Roemer Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Psychology Department, University of Pennsylvania, 2006
  • Outstanding General 2005 Poster Winner, Institute for Diabetes, Obesity & Metabolism Spring Symposium & Kroc Lecture, University of Pennsylvania, 2005



Dr. Faulconbridge has appeared on Voices in the Family with Dan Gottlieb on NPR to talk about eating and emotions. To hear the interview, please click here:

Read about the interview conducted with Dr. Faulconbridge prior to her talk at the Women’s Health Congress in Washington, DC, in April 2015 here:


Recent Speaking Engagements:

April 19, 2015
“Bariatric Surgery: Pearls and Pitfalls.” Women’s Health 2015 Congress, Washington, DC.

November 6, 2014
“Changes in neural responsivity to highly-palatable foods following Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery, sleeve gastrectomy, or weight stability: an fMRI study.” The Obesity Society Annual Meeting 2014, Boston, Massachusetts.

dr faulconbridge awards speakerApril 2, 2014
“Gene-environment Interactions in the Triangular Relationship between Obesity, Depression and Cardiovascular Disease.” Obesity Summit 2014, London, UK.

August 8, 2013
“Psychological Predictors of Outcomes Following Bariatric Surgery,” Keynote Lecture, The Care of the Bariatric Surgery Patient, The Ohio State University Center for Minimally Invasive Surgery, Easton, Ohio.

June 24, 2013
“Primary Results of the Look AHEAD Randomized Controlled Trial of a Lifestyle Intervention in Overweight and Obese Individuals with Type 2 Diabetes: Impact of a Lifestyle Intervention on Depression and Quality of Life,” American Diabetes Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, Illinois

November 15, 2012
“A New Treatment for Obese, Depressed Patients at Risk for CVD: Preliminary Results,” Symposium, Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies Annual Convention 2012, National Harbor, Maryland

October 19, 2012
“Obesity: Causes, Prevention and Treatment,” Health Care Symposium, Wellspan Behavioral Health, York, Pennsylvania

August 27, 2012
“Obesity and Mental Health,” Grand Rounds, Princeton House Behavioral Health, Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey

November 16, 2011
“Obesity and Depression,” Graduate Student Symposium, Drexel University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

September 21, 2010
“Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Eating Disorders and Obesity,” Student Health Symposium, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

June 26, 2010
“Psychosocial Issues in Bariatric Surgery,” American Diabetes Association 70th Scientific Sessions, Orlando, Florida

October 8, 2009
“Neuroendocrine and Psychological Changes in Obesity and Weight Loss,” Columbia University, New York, New York

April 28, 2009
“Neuroendocrine and Psychological Changes in Obesity: A Translational Perspective,” University of Exeter, Exeter, United Kingdom

Selected Publications

  • Faulconbridge, L.F., Bechtel, C., Hopkins, C.M., Bailer, B., Bishop, C., Carjval, R. Berkowtiz, R., Wadden, T.A. Changes in weight, mood and CVD risk factors in depressed, obese individuals: a randomized, controlled trial. In press, Obesity
  • Faulconbridge, L.F., Ruparel, K., Loughead, J., Allison, C.K.., Hesson, L.A., Fabricatore, A., Baxley, A., Ritter, S., Hopson, R.D., Sarwer, D., Williams, N. Geliebter, A., Gur, R., Wadden, T.A. Changes in neural responsivity to highly-palatable foods following Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, sleeve gastrectomy, or weight stability: an fMRI study. Obesity, 2016; 24 (5) 1054-60
  • Faulconbridge, L.F., Hopkins, C.M.: Behavior Modification for the Obese Person with Depression: Is It Enough? Behavior Modification: Programs, Techniques, and Effectiveness, NOVA Science Publishers, New York, in press.
  • Faulconbridge, L.F., Fabricatore, A.F.: Obesity and Mental Health in: Bray, R. and Bouchard, C. (Eds.) The Handbook of Obesity, Third Edition, Vol. 1, Epidemiology, Etiology, and Physiopathology, Informa Healthcare, London, in press.
  • Sarwer, D.B., Allison, K.C., Bailer, B.A., Faulconbridge, L.F.: Psychosocial Characteristics of Bariatric Surgery Candidates. The ASMBS Textbook of Bariatric Surgery, Volume II, Integrated Health, Springer Science +Business Media, New York, 2013.
  • Faulconbridge, L.F., Bechtel, C.F. Depression and Disordered Eating in the Obese Person. In Hetherington, M., Drapeau, V. (Eds.) Current Obesity Reports 3(1) 2013.
  • Vetter, M.L., Wadden, T.A., Vinnard, C., Moore, R.H., Kahn, Z., Volger, S., Sarwer, D.B. Faulconbridge, L.F.: Gender differences in the relationship between high-sensitivity CRP and symptoms of depression. International Journal of Obesity, 37 Suppl 1:S38-43, 2013.
  • Rubin, R.R., Peyrot, M., Gaussoin, S.A., Espeland, M.A., Williamson, D., Faulconbridge, L.F., Wadden, T.A., Ewing, L., Safford, M., Evans-Hudnall, G., Wing, R.R., Knowler, W.C., the Look AHEAD Research Group: Four-year analysis of cardiovascular disease risk factors, depression symptoms, and antidepressant medicine use in the Look AHEAD (Action for Health in Diabetes) clinical trial of weight loss in diabetes. Diabetes Care 36(5):1088-1094, 2013.
  • Faulconbridge, L.F., Wadden, T.A., Thomas, J.G., Jones-Corneille, L.R., Sarwer, D.B., Fabricatore, A.N.: Changes in depression and quality of life in obese individuals with binge eating disorder: bariatric surgery versus lifestyle modification. Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases. 2012
  • Faulconbridge, L.F., Wadden, T.A., Rubin, R.R., Wing, R.R., Walkup, M.P., Fabricatore, A.N., Coday, M., Van Dorsten, B., Mount, D.L., Ewing, L.J., the Look AHEAD Research Group: One-year changes in symptoms of depression and weight in overweight/obese individuals with type 2 diabetes in the Look AHEAD study. Obesity 20(4):783-793, 2012.
  • Sarwer, D.B., Allison, K.C., Bailer, B.B., Faulconbridge, L.F., Wadden, T.A.: Bariatric Surgery in Block, A.R., Sarwer, D.B. (Eds.) Presurgical Psychological Screening: Understanding Patients, Improving Outcomes, American Psychological Association, Washington, DC, 2012.
  • Jones-Corneille, L.R., Wadden, T.A., Sarwer, D.B., Faulconbridge, L.F., Fabricatore, A.N., Stack, R.M., Cottrell, F.A., Pulcini, M.E., Webb, V.L., Williams, N.N.: Axis I psychopathology in bariatric surgery candidates with and without binge eating disorder: results of structured clinical interviews. Obesity Surgery 22(3):389-397, 2012.
  • Vetter, M.L., Faulconbridge, L.F., Williams, N.N., Wadden, T.A.: Surgical Treatments for Obesity in Brownell, K.D., Gold, M.S. (Eds.) Food and Addiction: A Comprehensive Handbook, Oxford University Press, New York, 2012.
  • Faulconbridge, L.F., Hayes. M.R.: Regulation of Energy Balance and Body Weight by the Brain: A Distributed System Prone to Disruption in Wadden, T.A., Wilson, T., Berkowitz, R. and Stunkard, A. (Eds.) Obesity and Associated Eating Disorders: A Guide for Mental Health Practitioners, An Issue of Psychiatric Clinics of North America, W.B. Saunders, Philadelphia, 2011, pp. 733-745.
  • Wadden, T.A., Faulconbridge, L.F., Jones-Corneille, L.R., Sarwer, D.B., Fabricatore, A.N., Thomas, J.G., Wilson, G.T., Alexander, M.G., Pulcini, M.E., Webb, V.L., Williams, N.N. Binge eating disorder and the outcome of bariatric surgery at one year: a prospective, observational study. Obesity 19(6):1220-1228, 2011.
  • Faulconbridge, L.F., Wadden, T.A., Berkowitz, R.I., Pulcini, M.E., Treadwell, T.: Treatment of comorbid obesity and major depressive disorder: a prospective pilot study for their combined treatment. Journal of Obesity 2011:870385, 2011.
  • Fabricatore, A.N., Wadden, T.A., Higginbotham, A.J., Faulconbridge, L.F., Nguyen, A.M., Heymsfield, S.B., Faith, M.S.: Intentional weight loss and changes in symptoms of depression: a systematic review and meta-analysis. International Journal of Obesity 35(11):1363-1376, 2011.
  • Vetter, M.L., Faulconbridge, L.F., Webb, V.L., Wadden, T.A.: Behavioral and pharmacologic therapies for obesity. Nature Reviews Endocrinology 6(10):578-588, 2010.
  • Sarwer, D.B., Faulconbridge, L.F., Steffen, K.J., Roerig, J.L., Mitchell, J.E.: Managing patients after surgery: changes in drug prescription, body weight can affect psychotropic prescribing. Current Psychiatry 10(1):3-9, 2010.
  • Faulconbridge, L.F., Wadden, T.A:. Managing the Obesity Epidemic in Suls, J., Davidson, K.W., Kaplan, R.K. (Eds.) Handbook of Health Psychology and Behavioral Medicine, The Guildford Press, New York, 2010, pp.508-526.
  • Faulconbridge, L.F., Wadden, T.A., Berkowitz, R.I., Sarwer, D.B., Womble, L.G., Hesson, L.A., Stunkard, A.J., Fabricatore, A.N.: Changes in symptoms of depression with weight loss: results of a randomized trial. Obesity 17(5):1009-1016, 2009.