Robin Masheb PhD

Research Scientist in Psychiatry and Assistant Professor of Divinity; Director of Education, Pain, Research, Informatics, Multimorbidities & Education (PRIME) Center; Associate Director, Program for Obesity, Weight and Eating Research (POWER) at Yale

Research Interests

Pain; obesity; eating disorders; cognitive-behavioral therapy; empirically-supported treatments; health behavior change; body image

Current Projects

CBT and Dieting: Effects on Psychopathology and Weight in Binge Eating Disorder

Robin Masheb, Ph.D. (PI)



The major goal of this project is to evaluate the efficacy of cognitive-behavioral therapy plus nutritional treatments for outcomes related to obesity, nutrition, binge eating disorder, and health status.

Treatment of Obesity and Binge Eating: Behavioral Weight Loss versus Stepped-Care

Carlos Grilo, Ph.D. (PI); Robin Masheb, Ph.D. (Co-I)



The major goal of this project is to evaluate the efficacy of behavioral weight loss compared to a stepped-care model for the treatment of obesity and binge eating disorder.

Treatment of Binge Eating in Obese Patients in Primary Care

Carlos Grilo, Ph.D. (PI); Robin Masheb, Ph.D. (Co-I)



The major goal of this project is to evaluate the efficacy of self-help cognitive-behavioral therapy plus medication (sibutramine or placebo) for the treatment of obesity and binge eating disorder.

Testing Modifications in Child-Care Settings to Promote Nutritional Quality in the Context of Food Insecurity

Marlene Schwartz, Ph.D. (PI); Robin Masheb, Ph.D. (Co-I)


RWJF Healthy Eating Research

The goal of this project is to test interventions to increase fruit and vegetable consumption and limit the intake of high-calorie/low nutrient foods in preschool children from low-income families.

Research Summary

Dr. Robin M. Masheb is a Research Scientist and clinical psychologist in the Department of Psychiatry at the Yale School of Medicine and the VA Connecticut Healthcare System. Her research at the Yale School of Medicine has been prominent in developing behavioral treatments for medical conditions, particularly conditions that disproportionately affect women’s physical and mental health. Dr. Masheb has received grants from the National Institutes of Health to conduct clinical trials for the treatment of pain and obesity, and co-founded the Program for Obesity, Weight and Eating Research at Yale. As of October 1, 2013, she joined the Pain Research, Informatics, Medical Comorbidities and Education Center at the VA Connecticut Healthcare System as Education Director. In this new position Dr. Masheb will have the opportunity to evaluate and develop behavioral programs for women’s health that will be accessible to veterans across the country through the use of technology.

Extensive Research Description

In addition to her clinical trial work investigating behavioral, nutritional and medication treatments for outcomes related to obesity and eating disorders, Dr. Masheb has published on eating behaviors, dieting, body image, pain, changes in psychosocial factors related to gastric bypass surgery, and most recently, predictors of treatment outcome/prognosis.

Selected Publications

  • Masheb RM, Lutes LD, Kim HM, Holleman RG, Goodrich DE, Janney CA, Kirsh S, Richardson CR, Damschroder LJ. High frequency binge eating predicts weight gain among veterans receiving behavioral weight loss treatments. Obesity, in press. [PubMed – in process]
  • 86. Masheb RM, Grilo CM, Rolls BJ. A randomized controlled trial for obesity and binge eating disorder: Low-energy-density dietary counseling and cognitive behavioral therapy. Behav Res Ther. 2011, 49, 821-829. PMCID: PMC3223390
  • Masheb RM, White MA. Bulimia nervosa in overweight and normal weight women. Comprehensive Psychiatry. 2012, 53, 181-186. PMCID: PMC3154451
  • Grilo CM, Masheb RM, Wilson GT. Gueorguieva R, White MA. Cognitive-behavioral therapy, behavioral weight loss, and sequential treatment for obese patients with binge eating disorder: A randomized controlled trial. J Consult Clin Psychol, 2011, 79, 675-685. PMID: 21859185
  • Masheb RM, Kerns RD, Lozano C, Minkin MJ, Richman S. A randomized clinical trial for vulvodynia: Cognitive-behavioral therapy vs. supportive psychotherapy. PAIN. 141, 31-40, 2009
  • Masheb RM, Grilo CM. Examination of predictors and moderators for self-help treatments of binge eating disorder. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology. 76, 900-904, 2008

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