Robin Masheb, PhD

Research Scientist in Psychiatry

Research Interests

Eating Disorders; Body Image; Obesity; Pain; Psychiatry; Veterans; Health Behavior; Cognitive Therapy

Research Organizations

Psychiatry: Program for Obesity, Weight and Eating Research (POWER) at Yale | Psychology Section

Office of Cooperative Research

Research Summary

Dr. Masheb is a Research Scientist at the Yale School of Medicine and the VA Connecticut Healthcare System. She specializes in the design and implementation of behavioral, dietary, and pharmacologic interventions, and has extensive NIH-funded research experience conducting clinical trials for weight loss, and more recently, weight loss maintenance. Her research is focused on improving weight loss outcomes, and treating eating disorder symptoms, in non-traditional populations (i.e., binge eating, male, minority, pain and Veteran groups). Dr. Masheb also serves as scientific consultant to the VA National Weight Management Program, MOVE!.

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

Extensive Research Description

Dr. Masheb has published over 125 peer-reviewed articles, including articles related to obesity (weight loss/dieting, physical activity, bariatric surgery and metabolic syndrome), eating disorders (binge eating/binge eating disorder, bulimia, eating behaviors, and body image), and pain.

The gut-brain axis: a novel target for treating behavioral alterations in obesity

Robin Masheb, Ph.D. (Subaward PI)



The major goal of this subaward is to determine whether gut N-Acylethanolamines precursors rescue striatal function and reduce impulsivity scores in overweight/obese human subjects during the course of weight loss and weight loss maintenance.

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.

Selected Publications

  • Masheb RM, Lutes LD, Kim HM, Holleman RG, Goodrich DE, Janney CA, Kirsh S, Higgins DM, Richardson CR, Damschroder LJ. Weight loss outcomes in patients with pain. Obesity, 2015, 23, 1778-84 PMID: 26237112
  • 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, 2015, 23, 54-61. PMID: 25385705
  • Masheb RM, White MA. Bulimia nervosa in overweight and normal weight women. Comprehensive Psychiatry. 2012, 53, 181-186. PMCID: PMC3154451
  • 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
  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy, behavioral weight loss, and sequential treatment for obese patients with binge-eating disorder: a randomized controlled trial. Grilo CM, Masheb RM, Wilson GT. Gueorguieva R, White MA. J Consult Clin Psychol. 2011 Oct;79(5):675-85. doi: 10.1037/a0025049.
  • 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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