Contact Information

Medical and Clinical Psychology: Faculty

Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
Medical and Clinical Psychology
4301 Jones Bridge Road
Bethesda, Maryland 20814-4799
Phone: (301) 295-1482
FAX: (301) 295-3034
Curriculum Vitae

Marian Tanofsky-Kraff, Medical and Clinical Psychology

Marian Tanofsky-Kraff, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Medical & Clinical Psychology
Clinical Practicum Coordinator
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:

  1. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, NIH: 1R01DK080906-01A1 M. Tanofsky-Kraff, PI, 08/08 - 07/14, Preventing excessive weight gain in adolescent girls at high-risk for adult obesity.
  2. National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities, NIH Grant through P20 MD00505-02, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences Center for Health Disparities Research, M. Tanofsky-Kraff, PI, 11/10-1/14, POWER-UP: Preventing Weight Gain and Enhancing Relationships in Underserved Populations.
  3. Center Project Program, USUHS: 72NC-01, M. Tanofsky-Kraff, Investigator, 06/11-05/14, POMC: Preventing Obesity in Military Communities.
  4. Pilot Award, Intramural Research Program, USUHS: 72ON-01, M. Tanofsky-Kraff, PI 10/12-9/14, Pilot Program for the Prevention of Excess Weight Gain in Childhood.
  5. National Institute of Mental Health, NIH, Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award, NIH: 1 F31 MH095348 L. Ranzenhofer, Graduate Student, PI, M. Tanofsky-Kraff, Sponsor, Identifying Mechanisms that Predict Obesity Using Ecological Momentary Assessment: A Pilot Study.

Medical Student Teaching: lectures on eating disorders and childhood obesity.

Graduate Student Teaching: Graduate courses in Lifespan Development and Psychopathology.
students and faculty in action Mentoring: Dr. Tanofsky-Kraff supervises Clinical Psychology graduate students in research and in clinical work. She currently is training one student in her laboratory and several students in clinical settings. She also advises Clinical Psychology graduate students about clinical practicum experiences.

Selected Publications (from > 90)

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. (In press). Obesity and the U.S. Military Family. Obesity.

Miller, M., Tanofsky-Kraff, M., Shomaker, L. B., Field, S. E., Hannallah, L., Reina, S. A., Mooreville, M., Sedaka, N. S., Brady, S. M., Condarco, T., Reynolds, J. C., Yanovski, S. Z., & Yanovski, J. A. (In press). Serum Leptin and Loss of Control Eating in Children and Adolescents. International Journal of Obesity.

Glasofer, D. R., Haaga, D. A. F, Hannallah, L., Field, S. E., Kozlosky, M., Reynolds, J., Yanovski, J. A., & Tanofsky-Kraff, M. (In press). Self-Efficacy Beliefs and Eating Behavior in Adolescent Girls At-Risk for Excess Weight Gain and Binge Eating Disorder. International Journal of Eating Disorders.

Cassidy, O., Sbrocco, T., Vannucci, A., Nelson, B., Heimdal, J., Mirza, N., Wilfley, D. E., Osborn, R., Shomaker, L. B., Young, J. F., Waldron, H., Carter, M., Jackson-Bowen, D., & Tanofsky-Kraff, M. (In press). Adapting Interpersonal Psychotherapy for the Prevention of Excessive Weight Gain in Rural African American Girls. Journal of Pediatric Psychology.

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.

Shomaker, L. B., Tanofsky-Kraff, M., Mooreville, M., Reina, S. A., Courville, A. B., Field, S. E., Matheson, B. E., Brady, S. M., Yanovski, S. Z., & Yanovski, J. A. (In press). Relationships of Adolescent- and Parent-Reported Eating in the Absence of Hunger with Observed Eating in the Absence of Hunger in the Laboratory. Obesity.

Vannucci, A., Tanofsky-Kraff, M., Crosby, R. D., Ranzenhofer, L. M., Shomaker, L. B., Field, S. E., Mooreville, M., Reina, S. A., Kozlosky, M., Yanovski, S. Z., & Yanovski, J. A. (2013). Latent Profile Analysis to Determine the Typology of Disinhibited Eating Behaviors in Children and Adolescents. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 81, 494-507

Tanofsky-Kraff, M., Engel, S. Yanovski, J. A., Pine, D. S., & Nelson, E. E. (2013). Pediatric Disinhibited Eating: Toward a Research Domain Criteria Framework. International Journal of Eating Disorders, 46, 451-5.

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.

Adler-Wailes, D. C., Periwal, V., Ali., A. H., Brady, S. M., McDuffie, J. R., Uwaifo, G. I., Tanofsky-Kraff, M., Salaita, C. G., Hubbard, V. S., Reynolds, J. C., Chow2, C. C., Sumner, A. E., & Yanovski, J. A. (2013). Sex-associated differences in free fatty acid flux of obese adolescents. The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, 98, 1676-84.

Tanofsky-Kraff, M., Bulik, C. M., Marcus, M. D., Striegel, R. H., Wilfley, D. E., Wonderlich, S. A., & Hudson, J. I. (2013). Binge Eating Disorder: The Next Generation of Research. International Journal of Eating Disorders, 46, 193-207.

Tanofsky-Kraff, M. (2012). Psychosocial Preventive Interventions for Obesity and Eating Disorders in Youth. International Review of Psychiatry 24, 262-70.

Tanofsky-Kraff, M., Shomaker, L. B. (co-first authors), Stern, E. A, Miller, R., Sebring, N., DellaValle, D., Yanovski, S. Z., Hubbard, V. S., & Yanovski, J. A. (2012). Children's Binge Eating and Development of Metabolic Syndrome (MetS). International Journal of Obesity, 36, 956-62.

Hilbert, A., Bishop, M. E., Stein, R. I., Tanofsky-Kraff, M., Swenson, A. K., Welch, R. R., & Wilfley, D. E. (2012). Long-term Efficacy of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy and Interpersonal Psychotherapy for Binge Eating Disorder. British Journal of Psychiatry, 200, 232-7.

Tanofsky-Kraff, M., Shomaker, L. B., Roza, C. A., Wolkoff, L. E., Columbo, K. M., Racite, G., Zocca, J. M., Wilfley, D. E., Yanovski, S. Z., & Yanovski, J. A. (2011). A Prospective Study of Pediatric Loss of Control Eating and Psychological Outcomes. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 120, 108-118.

Selected Awards

  • 2013 Mentor, Recipient of Henry M. Jackson Foundation Fellowship (Anna Vannucci)
  • 2013 Mentor, Honorable Mention Recipient the Emma L. Bockman Memorial Award (Anna Vannucci)
  • 2013 Fellowship Awarded from the Obesity Society
  • 2012 Mentor, Recipient of the American Psychological Association Student Travel Award (Anna Vannucci)
  • 2012 Mentor, Finalist in the 2012 USUHS Graduate Student Research Posters (Rachel Miller)
  • 2013 Mentor, Recipient of the National Institutes of Health National Research Service Award (Anna Vannucci)
  • 2013 Mentor, Recipient of the National Institutes of Health National Research Service Award (Rachel Miller)

Selected Professional Activities

Selected Professional Activities: Dr. Tanofsky-Kraff is 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.

Selected Awards and Honors: Early Career Investigator Best Paper Award, International Journal of Eating Disorders for 2006; Fellows Award for Research Excellence, NICHD, National Institutes of Health for 2005; Uniformed Services University Leonard Award for Excellence in Clinical Research for 2010. Invited to serve as a Key Informant for Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's (AHRQ) Effective Health Care (EHC) Program: "Management and Outcomes of Binge Eating Disorder (BED)".