Tracy Sbrocco, Ph.D.

Tracy Sbrocco, Ph.D.

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Name: Tracy Sbrocco, Ph.D.

Department of Primary Appointment: Medical & Clinical Psychology
Position: USU Faculty
Title: Professor; Director, Center for Health Disparities

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Office Phone: (301) 295-9674

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Professor of Medical & Clinical Psychology
Director of Research, USU Center for Health Disparities
Education: B.S. (1983) in Biology & Chemistry, University of Akron; Ph.D. (1994) in Clinical Psychology, Vanderbilt University

Research and Teaching

Research Topics: Dr. Sbrocco conducts research designed to promote long-term behavior change in the treatment of obesity. She develops and examines the efficacy of community-based weight management programs for African American women in the Washington, DC, metropolitan area. Her goal is to develop ways to empower communities to support behavior change that prevents weight-related diseases, including cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, and cancers. She also is involved in research examining ethnic differences in biological (e.g., HPA axis) and psychological (e.g., body image, anxiety) responses to stress, especially among people who are overweight or obese. In addition, her research group conducts studies on sexual behavior and disorders.

Methods and Approach: field and laboratory studies (human); psychological, social, behavioral, and biological measures.

Current Grant Support: NCMHD/NIH

Medical Student Teaching: Lectures on Obesity, Sexual Behavior & Dysfunction.

Graduate Student Teaching: Adult Psychopathology, Ethics & the Responsible Conduct of Research, Medical Psychology Seminar, Graduate lecturer, Behavior and Health, PMB, Health Disparities lecture.

Summer Internship Program: Mentor, USUCHD Summer Undergraduate Research Internship Program (SURIP).

Mentoring: Dr. Sbrocco has supervised doctoral dissertations in Medical & Clinical Psychology. She currently is training five students in her laboratory and several students in clinical settings. She also mentors postdoctoral fellows.

Selected Recent Publications

Ranzenhofer, L. M., Hannallah, L., Field, S. E., Shomaker, L. B., Stephens, M., Sbrocco, T., Kozlosky, M., Reynolds, J., Yanovski, J. A., & Tanofsky-Kraff, M. (2013). Associations Between Pre-Meal Affective State and Laboratory Test Meal Intake in Adolescent Girls with Loss of Control Eating. Appetite, 68, 30-37.

Cassidy, O., Sbrocco, T., Vannucci, A., Nelson, B., Heimdal, J., Mirza, N., Wilfley, D., Osborn, R., Shomaker, L.B., Young, J., Waldron, H., Carter, M.M., & Tanofsky-Kraff, M. (2013). Adapting interpersonal psychotherapy for the prevention of excessive weight gain in rural African American girls. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 1–13, doi:10.1093/jpepsy/jst029

Tanofsky-Kraff, M., Sbrocco, T., Theim, K. R., Cohen, L. A., Mackey, E. R., Stice, E., Henderson, J. L., McCreight, S. J., Bryant, E. J., &Stephens, E. B. (2013). Obesity and the U.S. Military Family. Obesity, 1-10, doi:10.1002/oby.20566

Vannucci, A., Shomaker, L. B., Field, S. E., Sbrocco, T., Stephens, M., Kozlosky, K., Reynolds, J. C., Yanovski, J. A., & Tanofsky-Kraff, M. (In press). History of Dieting Among Adolescent Girls with Loss of Control Eating. Heath Psychology.

Sbrocco, T., Carter, M.M., Hsiao, C., Gold, D., Hill, L.D, Kazman, J., &Bowie, J,. (in press). Successful Faith Based Community-University Partnership to Promote Health among African Americans: G.O.S.P.E.L. Cares. Progress in Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education, and Action

Sbrocco, T., &Osborn, R. (in press). BMI, Central Obesity, Obesity, Weight Loss. In S. R. Waldstein, W. J. Kop, &L. I. Katzel, L. I. (Eds.), Cardiovascular Behavioral Medicine, New York, NY: Springer.

Nedegaard, R., &Sbrocco, T. (In press). The impact of anger on the decision making process of abusive men. Journal of Family Violence.

Selected Professional Activities

Selected Professional Activities: Dr. Sbrocco is a member of the American Psychological Association, the Society of Behavioral Medicine, and the Association for the Advancement of Behavior and Cognitive Therapy (AABCT). She has been a member of the White House Interagency Working Group on Overweight and Obesity and NIH research review groups. She also has served as an advisor to the Department of Health and Human Services? African-American Health program and is a licensed clinical psychologist in Maryland.

Selected Awards and Honors: USU Center for Health Disparitities Building Partnerships for Better Health Award (2007).