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Marney White, PhD, MS

Professor of Public Health (Social and Behavioral Sciences); Director of Online Education, Social and Behavioral Sciences; Track Director, Critical Topics in Public Health, Online Executive MPH Program; Professor, Social and Behavioral Sciences



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)
  • PhD
    Louisiana State University, Clinical Psychology (2003)
  • MA
    James Madison University (1998)
  • BS
    University of Virginia (1991)


  • Presentation
    Taormina, Italy 2015
  • Presentation
    Salzburg, Austria 2010
  • DSM-IV Psychiatric Disorder Co-morbidity in Binge Eating Disorder
    Montreal, Canada 2009
  • Presentation
    Cancún, Mexico 2009
  • Paper
    Vancouver, 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 AwardYale School of Public Health2020
Distinguished Teaching AwardYale School of Public Health2014

Departments & Organizations