Dana L. Rofey, PhD, FTOS, FAED

  • Associate Professor of Pediatrics
  • Director, Pittsburgh Obesity, Weight, and Emotion Research
  • Co-Director, Center for Psychiatry Psychotherapy Training Clinic
  • Licensed Psychologist, Gender and Sexual Development Center

Administrative Assistant: Amanda Trujillo

Dana L. Rofey, Ph.D., FTOS, FAED is the Director of the Pittsburgh Obesity, Weight, and Emotion Research (POWER) Lab and an Associate Professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

Dr. Rofey earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology at Bucknell University and her clinical psychology degree at the University of Cincinnati. . She currently is funded by the National Institute of Health and oversees several federally-funded grants aiming to examine the effects of obesity on the developing brain; to enhance motivation and treatment success in health promotion for high-risk adolescents; and to understand the role of weight disparities in transgender youth. She is also the PI on several foundation grants.

Dr. Rofey is the author and co-author of numerous articles that have been published in peer-reviewed scientific journals; she also serves as a reviewer for several journals, as well as NIH study sections. She has served as the President for The Obesity Society Pediatric Obesity Section, the Secretary for The Obesity Society Clinical Management Section, the Chair for The Obesity Society Membership Committee, the Co-Chair of the Academy of Eating Disorder’s Membership, Recruitment, and Retention Committee and Special Interest Group Oversight Committee, and the Treasurer for the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies Obesity and Eating Disorders Group.

Dr. Rofey is passionate about increasing access to evidence-based clinical practices, especially as it relates to adolescents and young adults.

Education & Training

  • BA, Psychology, Bucknell University, 2000
  • MA, Clinical Psychology, University of Cincinnati, 2002
  • PhD, Clinical Psychology, University of Cincinnati, 2005
  • Internship-Externship in Clinical Psychology, Veterans Affairs Pittsburgh Healthcare System and UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, 2004-2005
  • Postdoctoral Training in Clinical Psychology, Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic and UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, 2005-2006

Selected Publications

Rofey DL, Reede VK, Landsbaugh J, Corcoran KJ. Perceptions and metaperceptions of same-sex social interactions in college women with disordered eating patterns. Body Image. 2007;4(1):61-8. PMID: 18089252

Rofey, DL, Corcoran, KJ, Tran, GQ, Nabors, LA, Matthews, GD. Demand on mental workload: Relation to cue reactivity and craving in women with disordered eating and problematic drinking. Addiction Research & Theory Addict Res Theory. 2007;15(2):189–203.

Kalarchian MA, Levine MD, Courcoulas AP, Pilkonis PA, Ringham RM, Soulakova JN, Weissfeld LA, Rofey, DL, Marcus MD. Psychiatric disorders among bariatric surgery candidates: relationship to obesity and functional health status. Am J Psychiatry. 2007;164(2):328-34. PMID:17267797.

Kilbourne AM, Rofey DL, Mccarthy JF, Post EP, Welsh D, Blow FC. Nutrition and exercise behavior among patients with bipolar disorder. Bipolar Disord. 2007;9(5):443-52. PMID: 17680914
Rofey, DL, Corcoran, KJ, Kavanagh, G. Alcohol Expectancy and Sex Predict Alcohol Relevant Stroop Interference. Addictive Disorders & Their Treatment. 2006;5(4):173–178.

Nabors L, Rofey DL, Sumajin IC, Lehmkuhl HD, Zins JE. Teacher perceptions of the emotional and behavioral functioning for children experiencing homelessness. Journal of Social Distress and the Homeless. 2005; 14(3-4), 171-189.

Barzman, DH, DelBello MP, Kowatch RA, Rofey DL, Warner J, Stanford K, Rappaport K, Daniels JP, Strakowski, S. Adjunctive topiramate in hospitalized children and adolescents with bipolar disorders. J Child Adolesc Psychopharmacol. 2005;15(6):931-7. PMID: 16379513.

Tran, GQ, Anthenelli, RM, Smith, JP, Corcoran, KJ, Rofey, DL. Alcohol use, cognitive correlates of drinking and change readiness in hazardous drinkers with high versus low social anxiety. J Stud Alcohol Journal of Studies on Alcohol. 2004;65(6):715–724. PMID: 15700508.

Rofey DL, Corcoran KJ, Tran GQ. Bulimic symptoms and mood predict food relevant Stroop interference in women with troubled eating patterns. Eat Behav. 2004;5(1):35-45. PMID:15000952.
Nabors, L, Sumajin I, Zins J. Rofey DL, Berberich D, Brown S, Weist M. Evaluation of an intervention for children experiencing homelessness. Child and Youth Care Forum. 2004; 32, 211– 227.

Tran, GQ, Rofey D, Corcoran KJ, Mueller M. Situation specific drinking and alcohol expectancies of binge drinkers with high and low social anxiety. Alcohol: Clinical and Experimental Research. 2002; 26, 24-27.

Research Grants

Ameliorate Childhood Obesity Risk from Newer Antipsychotics for Individuals with ASD, Autism Intervention Research on Physical Health (AIR-P) | Autism Treatment Network (ATN), 2.16 Calendar Months

EHealth Mobile Technology Connecting Young Adults to Routine Engagement for Obesity-induced Asthma, Pittsburgh Health Data Alliance, 3.6 Calendar Months

Optimizing the Perioperative Period: Motivational Principles for Weight Management Training, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation, Department of Anesthesiology, 1.8 Calendar Months

HRSA M01HP31291, Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training (BHWET) Program (Site PI: Rofey), 2017-2021, 1.2 Calendar Months

NIH UGOD02334, Pre- and postnatal exposure periods for child health: Common risks and shared mechanisms (PI: O'Connor, Simhan), 2018-2021, 1.8 Calendar Months