Marian Tanofsky-Kraff, Ph.D.

Marian Tanofsky-Kraff, Ph.D.

Marian Tanofsky-Kraff

Name: Marian Tanofsky-Kraff, Ph.D.

Department of Primary Appointment: Medical & Clinical Psychology
Position: USU Faculty
Title: Professor

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Office Phone: (301) 295-1482



Professor of Medical & Clinical Psychology

Education: B.A. (1987) in English, University of Rochester; M.A. (2000) and Ph.D. (2003) in Clinical Psychology, Catholic University of America

Developmental Research Laboratory on Eating and Weight Behaviors

Research and Teaching

Research Topics: Dr. Tanofsky-Kraff studies eating disorders and obesity in children and adolescents. Her research addresses the risks, protective factors, maintenance, and consequences of childhood eating disturbance and overweight, with a particular focus on loss of control eating and the prevention of excessive weight gain. She is studying loss of control eating behaviors in children and adolescents in the laboratory using multiple assessments. Dr. Tanofsky-Kraff also conducts psychotherapeutic programs to prevent excessive weight in adolescent girls who are at high risk for adult obesity in lab-based and community (under-represented minorities and military) settings.

Dr. Tanofsky-Kraff working with students
Methods and Approach: psychotherapy trials, field and laboratory studies (human); interviews, qualitative assessment, and laboratory measures of behaviors, cognitions, and biological responses.

Current Grant Support:

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, NIH: 1R01DK104115-01
M. Tanofsky-Kraff, PI
12/14 – 11/18, Total direct and indirect costs: $2,466,466
Preventing Obesity in Military Communities - Adolescents
Bench-to-Bedside Award, NIH Intramural Research Program
J.A. Yanovski, Intramural PI
M. Tanofsky-Kraff, Extramural PI
03/14 – 02/16, Total direct: $136,800
Testing Neurobehavioral Endophenotypes of Loss of Control Eating
Exploratory Award, Intramural Research Program, USUHS: R072300415                          
M. Tanofsky-Kraff, PI
06/15-5/17, Total costs: $150,000
Mobile Attention Retraining for Adolescent Loss of Control Eating
Center Project Program, USUHS: 72NC-01                                                  
M. Tanofsky-Kraff, Investigator
06/11-05/14, Total direct and indirect costs: $2,100,000; No cost extension through 8/15
POMC: Preventing Obesity in Military Communities.
National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, NIH
Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award, NIH: 1F32HD082982-01A1
N. Kelly, Post-Doctoral Fellow, PI
M. Tanofsky-Kraff, Sponsor
The Cognitive Capacity Model for Energy Intake and Excess Weight Gain in Youth.
National Institute of Mental Health, NIH
Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award, NIH: 1 F31 MH101949
R. Miller, Graduate Student, PI
M. Tanofsky-Kraff, Sponsor
Physiological Reactivity and Leptin in Youth with and without Loss of Control Eating.



students and faculty in action

Mentoring: Dr. Tanofsky-Kraff supervises Medical and Clinical Psychology graduate students in research and in clinical work. She currently is training five students and four post-docs in her laboratory. 


Selected Publications (from > 140)

*First author a student mentee

**First author a post-doctoral fellow mentee


1.     Tanofsky-Kraff, M., Shomaker, L. B., Wilfley, D, E., Young, J. F., Sbrocco, T., Stephens, M., Brady, S. M., Galescu, O., Demidowich, A., Olsen, C. H., Kozlosky, M., Reynolds, J. C., & Yanovski, J. A. (In press). Prevention of excess weight gain in adolescent girls with loss of control eating: The roles of social problems and anxiety in 3-year weight and adiposity outcomes of a randomized, controlled trial. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology.

2.     *Shank, L. M., Tanofsky-Kraff, M., Kelly, N. R., Schvey, N. A., Marwitz, S. E., Mehari, R. D., Brady, S. M., Demidowich, A. P., Broadney,M. M., Galescu, O. A., Pickworth, C. K., Yanovski, S. Z., & Yanovski, J. A.(In press). Pediatric Loss of Control Eating and High-Sensitivity C-Reactive Protein Concentrations. Pediatric Obesity.

3.     **Stojek, M. K., Tanofsky-Kraff, M., Shomaker, L. B., Kelly, N. R., Thompson, K. A., Mehari, R. D., Marwitz, S. E., Demidowich, A. P., Galescu, O. A., Brady, S. M., Yanovski, S. Z., & Yanovski, J. A. (In press). Associations of Adolescent Emotional and Loss of Control Eating with 1-year Changes in Disordered Eating, Weight and Adiposity. International Journal of Eating Disorders.

4.     Suelter, C. S., Schvey, N., Kelly, N. R., Shanks, M., Thompson, K. A., Mehari, R., Brady, S., Yanovski, S. Z., Melby, C. L., Tanofsky-Kraff, M., Yanovski, J. A., & Shomaker, L. B. (In press). Relationship of Pressure to be Thin with Gains in Body Weight and Fat Mass in Adolescents.Pediatric Obesity.

5.     **Schvey, N. A., Sbrocco, T., Bakalar, J. L., Ress, R., Barmine, M., Gorlick, J., Pine, A., Stephens, M., & Tanofsky-Kraff, M. (In press). The Experience of Weight Stigma among Gym Members with Overweight and Obesity. Stigma and Health.

6.     *Ranzenhofer, L. M., Engel, S. G., Crosby, R. D., Haigney, M., & Tanofsky-Kraff, M. (In press). Attachment style relates to experienced negative affect and physiologic “stress” indices: A preliminary naturalistic investigation of overweight adolescent girls with loss of control eating.Advances in Eating Disorders.

7.     **Schvey, N.A., Barmine, M., Bates, D., Oldham, K., Bakalar, J. L., Spieker, E., Maurer, D., Stice, E., Stephens, M., Tanofsky-Kraff, M., & Tracy Sbrocco, T. (In press). Weight Stigma among Active Duty U.S. Military Personnel with Overweight and Obesity. Stigma and Health.

8.     Shomaker, L. B., Kelly, N. R., Pickworth, C. K., Cassidy, O. L., Radin, R., Shank, L. M., Vannucci, A., Thompson, K. A., Armaiz-Flores, S. A.,Brady, S. M., Demidowich, A. P., Galescu, O. A., Courville, A., B., Olsen, C., Chen, K. Y., Stice, E., Tanofsky-Kraff, M., & Jack A. Yanovski, M.D. (In press). A Randomized Controlled Trial to Prevent Depression and Ameliorate Insulin Resistance in Adolescent Girls At-Risk for Type 2 Diabetes. Annals of Behavioral Medicine.

9.     **Kelly, N. R., Tanofsky-Kraff, M., Vannucci, A. Altschul, A., Schvey, N. A., Shank, L. M., Brady, S. M., Galescu, O., Kozlosky, M., Yanovski, S. Z., & Yanovski, J. A. (In press). Emotion Dysregulation and Loss-of-Control Eating in Children and Adolescents. Health Psychology.

10.  *Matherne, C. E., Zucker, N., Bryant, E. J., Sbrocco, T., Mirza, N., & Tanofsky-Kraff, M. (In press). A Feasibility Study of Group Caregiver Training for the Prevention of Obesity (GPT-O) in African Americans.Clinical Practice in Pediatric Psychology.

11.  *Radin, R. M., Shomaker, L. B., Kelly, N. R., Pickworth, C. K., Thompson, K. A., Brady, S. M., Demidowich, A., Galescu, O., Altschul, A. M., Shank, L. M., Yanovski, S. Z., Tanofsky-Kraff, M., & Yanovski, J. A. (In press). Cortisol Response to an Induction of Negative Affect among Adolescents with and without Loss of Control Eating. Pediatric Obesity.

12.  Tanofsky-Kraff, M., Shomaker, L. B., Young, J. F., & Wilfley, D. E. (2016). Interpersonal Psychotherapy for the Prevention of Excess Weight Gain and Eating Disorders: A Brief Case Study. Psychotherapy, 53, 188–194.


13.  **Kelly, N. R., Shomaker, L. B., Radin, R. M., Thompson, K. A., Cassidy, O. L., Brady, S., Mehari, R., Courville, A. B., Chen, K. Y., Galescu, O. A., Tanofsky-Kraff, M., & Yanovski, J. A. (2016). Associations of Sleep Duration and Quality with Disinhibited Eating Behaviors in Adolescent Girls At-Risk for Type 2 Diabetes. Eating Behaviors, 22, 149-55.

14.  Mazzeo, S. E., Lydecker, J., Harney, M., Palmberg, A. A., Kelly, N. R., Gow, R. W., Bean, M. K., Thornton, L. M., Tanofsky-Kraff, M., Bulik, C. M., LatzerY., & Stern, M. (2016). Development and Preliminary Effectiveness of an Innovative Treatment for Binge Eating in Racially Diverse Adolescent Girls. Eating Behaviors, 22,199-205.

15.  Tanofsky-Kraff, M., Crosby, R. D., Vannucci, A., Kozlosky, M., Shomaker, L. B., Brady, S, M., Sbrocco, T., Pickworth, C. K., Stephens,M., Young, J. F., Olsen, C., Kelly, N. R., Radin, R., Cassidy, O., Wilfley, D. E., Reynolds, J. C., & Yanovski, J. A. (2016). Effect of Adapted Interpersonal Psychotherapy vs. Health Education on Mood and Eating in the Laboratory among Adolescent Girls with Loss of Control Eating.International Journal of Eating Disorders, 49, 490-8.


16.  Mason, S. M., Austin, S. B., Bakalar, J. L., Boynton-Jarrett, R., Field, A. E., Gooding, H. C., Holsen, L. M., Neumark-Sztainer, D., Sogg, S.,Tanofsky-Kraff, M., & Rich-Edwards, J. W. (2016). Child Maltreatment’s Heavy Toll: Evidence linking childhood trauma to adult weight status should be translated into obesity treatment and prevention. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 50, 646-9.

17.  *Ranzenhofer, L. M., Engel, S. G., Crosby, R. D., Haigney, M., Anderson, M., McCaffery, J. M., & Tanofsky-Kraff, M. (2016). Real-time Assessment of Heart Rate Variability and Loss of Control Eating in Adolescent Girls. International Journal of Eating Disorders, 49, 199-203.

18.  **Schvey, N. A., Shomaker, L. B., Kelly, N. R., Pickworth, C. K., Cassidy, O., Galescu, O., Demidowich, A. P., Brady, S. M., Tanofsky-Kraff, M., & Yanovski, J. A. (2016). Pressure to be Thin and Insulin Sensitivity among Adolescents. Journal of Adolescent Health, 58, 104-10.

19.  *Vannucci, A., Nelson, E. E., Bongiorno, D. M., Pine, D. S., Yanovski, J. A., & Tanofsky-Kraff, M. (2015). Behavioral and Neurodevelopmental Precursors to Binge-Type Eating Disorders. Psychological Medicine, 45,2921-36.

**Schvey, N.A., Sbrocco, S., Stephens, M., Bryant, E. J., Ress, R., Spieker, E. A., Conforte, A., Bakalar, J. L., Pickworth, K. C., Barmine, M., Klein, D., Brady, S. M., Yanovski, J. A., & Tanofsky-Kraff, M. (2015).Comparison of Military Dependent and Civilian Adolescent Girls with Loss of Control Eating. International Journal of Eating Disorders, 48, 790-4.


Selected Awards (Past 2 years)

  • 2016   The Obesity Society Lilly Scientific Achievement Award (M. Tanofsky-Kraff)
  • 2016   Mentor, Henry M. Jackson Foundation Fellowship (L. Shank)
  • 2016   Mentor, Society of Multivariate Experimental Psychology Travel Scholarship (N. Burke)
  • 2016   Mentor, The Obesity Society George A. Bray Master’s Thesis Award (L. Shank)
  • 2016   Mentor, National Psychologist Trainee Register Credentialing Scholarship (J. Bakalar)
  • 2016   Mentor, Strengthening Causal Inference in Behavioral Obesity Research Travel Scholarship (L. Shank)
  • 2016   Mentor, Academy of Eating Disorders Early Career Scholarship (N. Burke)
  • 2015   Uniformed Services University Hébert Impact Award (M. Tanofsky-Kraff)
  • 2015   Mentor, Henry M. Jackson Foundation Fellowship (J. Bakalar)
  • 2015   Mentor, The Mathematical Sciences in Obesity Research Travel Scholarship (L. Shank)
  • 2015   Mentor, Academy of Eating Disorders Early Career Scholarship (L. Shank)


Selected Professional Activities

Selected Professional Activities: Dr. Tanofsky-Kraff was President of the Eating Disorders Research Society (2012-2013), Board Member and Fellow of the Academy for Eating Disorders, Fellow of the Obesity Society and member of the American Psychological Association.