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Marney White, PhD, MS

Professor of Public Health (Social and Behavioral Sciences); Director of Online Education, Social and Behavioral Sciences; Professor, Social and Behavioral Sciences; Affiliated Faculty, Yale Institute for Global Health; Professor, Psychiatry



Marney A. White, PhD, MS, is a clinical psychologist, specializing in eating and weight disorders. In addition to her appointment as Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences in the Yale School of Public Health, she holds a secondary appointment in the Department of Psychiatry (Yale School of Medicine). Professor White's research focus is on weight and eating problems, with particular emphasis on the interaction of tobacco use with eating disorders and weight concerns. Current projects include curriculum-based interventions to improve student mental health on college campuses.

At YSPH she teaches courses in Questionnaire Development (psychometrics) and Behavior Change, and serves as the SBS Director of Online Education. She also teaches the undergraduate course in Epidemiology and Public Health at Yale College, and Biostatistics in the Yale National Clinician Scholars Program.

Professor White's innovative "Self Care" course (Health Behavior Change: From Evidence to Action) is now publicly available through Coursera.

Education & Training

  • MS
    Yale School of Public Health, Chronic Disease Epidemiology (2009)
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship
    Yale University School of Medicine (2005)
  • Resident
    Medical University of South Carolina (2003)
  • PhD
    Louisiana State University, Clinical Psychology (2003)
  • MA
    James Madison University (1998)
  • BS
    University of Virginia (1991)


  • Self-Care for Health Professionals
    Adelaide, SA, Australia 2021
    International Healthcare Forum: Connecting World Health. TAFE-SA. Adelaide, Australia.
  • Randomized controlled trial of an internet-administered cognitive behavioral smoking cessation treatment for weight-concerned smokers.
    Taormina, Sicily, Italy 2015
    Eating Disorders Research Society International Conference
  • Examining the Interpersonal Model of Binge Eating and Loss of Control Over Eating in Women
    Salzburg, Salzburg, Austria 2011
    International Conference on Eating Disorders (ICED)
  • Binge eating, purging, or both: eating disorder psychopathology findings from an internet community survey
    Cancún, Q.R., Mexico 2009
    International Conference on Eating Disorders (ICED)
  • DSM-IV Psychiatric Disorder Co-morbidity in Binge Eating Disorder
    Montreal, QC, Canada 2008
    Eating Disorders Research Society
  • Accuracy of self-reported weight among gastric bypass surgery candidates
    Vancouver, BC, Canada 2005

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
#3 World Expert in Binge Eating DisorderExpertscape2021
World Expert in Feeding and Eating Disorders (top 1%)Expertscape2021
Distinguished Teaching Award/ Teacher of the YearYale School of Public Health2020
Distinguished Teaching AwardYale School of Public Health2014
Early Career Investigator AwardEating Disorders Research Society 2007

Departments & Organizations