Weight Wellness Education

Wellness Education Intervention

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The purpose of this study is to determine if delivery of psychoeducation regarding the primitive brain and model of safety in a group setting to those who are overweight and looking to lose weight has an impact on psychiatric symptoms of depression and anxiety, weight loss, eating behaviors, sleeping patterns, activity level, and health-related quality of life. This project will improve our understanding of the role of mental health and stress response in weight gain.

This research study aims to determine if psychological symptoms are responsive to psychoeducation and if clinical symptom changes related to weight and quality of life are affected. After the eight-week group intervention, subjects will potentially be actively aware of their emotional relationship to food and weight wellness behaviors.

What does this study entail?

Participants will attend eight weekly sessions of a group psychoeducational intervention. Participants will complete homework assignments, and online questionnaires, and participate in guided group discussions led by clinicians at UT Southwestern.

How long does each visit last?

Each session will be held virtually and will take about an hour to complete.

Are you eligible?

Participants who meet the criteria below are eligible to participate:

  • BMI > 25
  • Appropriate for outpatient care
  • Able to provide informed consent and fluent in English.

Please contact the research team if you have questions about your eligibility.

Current Status:


For more information or to enroll in the study, contact:

Mohita Patel

Meet the Group Leaders

Carrie J. McAdams, M.D., Ph.D.

Principal Investigator
Associate Professor
Department of Psychiatry
UT Southwestern Medical Center

Carrie J. McAdams, M.D., Ph.D.

Alan Johnson, Psy.D.

Assistant Professor
Department of Internal Medicine and Psychiatry
UT Southwestern Medical Center

Alan Johnson, Psy.D.

Megan Lowther, M.D.

PGY-4 Resident
Department of Psychiatry
UT Southwestern Medical Center

Megan Lowther, M.D.