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
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
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.
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:
Medical Student Teaching: lectures on eating disorders and childhood obesity.
Graduate Student Teaching: Graduate courses in Developmental Psychology.
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.
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.
Vannucci, A., Tanofsky-Kraff, M., Shomaker, L. B., Matheson, B. E., Cassidy, O. L., Zocca, J. M., Kozlosky, M., Yanovski, S., & Yanovski, J. (2012). A Validation of the Emotional Eating Scale Adapted for Children and Adolescents with Energy Intake in the Laboratory. International Journal of Obesity, 36, 938-43.
Cassidy, O. L., Matheson, B., Osborn, R., Vannucci, A., Kozlosky, M., Shomaker,L. B., Yanovski, S. Z., & Tanofsky-Kraff, M.(2012). Loss of Control Eating in African-American and Caucasian Youth. Eating Behaviors, 13, 174-8.
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.
Shomaker, L. B., Tanofsky-Kraff, M., Zocca, J. M., Field, S. E., Drinkard, B., & Yanovski, J. A. (2012). Depressive Symptoms and Cardiorespiratory Fitness in Obese Adolescents. Journal of Adolescent Health, 50, 87-92.
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.
Tanofsky-Kraff, M., Wilfley, D. E., Young, J. F., Mufson, L., Yanovski, S. Z., Glasofer, D. R., Salaita, C., & Schvey, N. A. (2010). A pilot study of interpersonal psychotherapy for preventing excess weight gain in adolescent girls at-risk for obesity. International Journal of Eating Disorders, 43, 701-706.
Elliott, C., Tanofsky-Kraff, M., Shomaker, L. B., Columbo, K. M., Wolkoff, L. E., Ranzenhofer, L. M., & Yanovski, J. A. (2010). An Examination of the Interpersonal Model of Loss of Control Eating in Children and Adolescents. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 48, 424-8.
Tanofsky-Kraff, M., Han, J. C. (co-first authors), Anandalingam, K., Shomaker, L. B., Columbo, K. M., Wolkoff, L. E., Kozlosky, M. S., Elliott, C., Ranzenhofer, L. M., Roza, C. A., Yanovski, S. Z., & Yanovski, J. A. (2009). The FTO gene rs9939609 obesity risk allele and loss of control over eating. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 90, 1483-8.
Tanofsky-Kraff, M., McDuffie, J. R., Yanovski, S. Z., Kozlosky, M., Schvey, N. A., Shomaker, L. B., Salaita, C., & Yanovski, J. A. (2009). Laboratory assessment of the food intake of children and adolescents with loss of control eating. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 89, 738-745.
Tanofsky-Kraff, M., Goossens, L., Eddy, K. T., Ringham, R., Goldschmidt, A.S., Yanovski, S.Z., Braet, C., Marcus, M.D., Wilfley, D. E., Olsen, C. & Yanovski, J.A. (2007). A multi-site investigation of binge eating behaviors in children and adolescents. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 75, 901-913.
Eddy, K. T., Tanofsky-Kraff, M., Thompson-Brenner, H., Herzog, D. B., Brown, T. A., & Ludwig, D. S. (2007). Eating disorder pathology among overweight treatment-seeking youth: Clinical correlates and cross-sectional risk models. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 45, 2360-2371.
Tanofsky-Kraff, M., Wilfley, D.E., Young, J.F., Mufson, L., Yanovski, S.Z., Glasofer, D.R., & Salaita, C.G. (2007). Preventing excessive weight gain in adolescents: Interpersonal psychotherapy for binge eating. Obesity, 15, 1345-1355.
Glasofer, D. R., Tanofsky-Kraff, M., Eddy, K., Yanovski, S. Z, Theim, K., Mirch, M., Ghorbani, S., Ranzenhofer, L. M, Haaga, D., & Yanovski, J. A. (2007). Binge eating in overweight treatment-seeking adolescents. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 32, 95-105.
Tanofsky-Kraff, M., Cohen, M. L., Yanovski, S. Z., Cox, C., Theim, K. R., Keil, M., Reynolds, J. C., & Yanovski, J. A. (2006). A prospective study of psychological predictors for body fat gain in children at high risk for adult obesity. Pediatrics, 117, 1203-1209.
Tanofsky-Kraff, M., Yanovski, S. Z., Wilfley, D. E., Marmarosh, C., Morgan C., & Yanovski, J. A. (2004). Eating disordered behaviors, body fat, and psychopathology in overweight and normal weight children. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 72, 53-61.
Tanofsky-Kraff, M.& Yanovski, S. Z. (2004). Eating disorder or disordered eating? Non-normative eating patterns in obese individuals. Obesity Research, 12, 1361-1366.
Selected Professional Activities: Dr. Tanofsky-Kraff is President of the Eating Disorders Research Society (2012-2013), Board Member of the Academy for Eating Disorders, a member of the Obesity Society and the American Psychological Association.
Selected Awards and Honors: Early Career Investigator Best Paper Award, International Journal of Eating Disorders (2006); Fellows Award for Research Excellence, NICHD, National Institutes of Health (2005); Uniformed Services University Leonard Award for Excellence in Clinical Research for 2010.