Dr. Grilo is an internationally-recognized expert on eating disorders, obesity, and manifestations of disordered eating. His secondary clinical-research interests include psychopathology, personality disorders, addictions, and the sociocultural contexts of functioning. Dr. Grilo’s current work focuses on performing controlled treatment studies testing behavioral, cognitive-behavioral, guided-self-help scalable treatments, and pharmacotherapy interventions for eating/weight disorders in diverse patient groups/settings, including bariatric surgery. Dr. Grilo’s current RCTs include adaptive “SMART” stepped-care designs. His current collaborative work is interdisciplinary, integrating laboratory and neurobiological methods, extending across diverse settings and patient groups, and includes epidemiological and longitudinal outcome studies, with an increasing emphasis on health disparities and stigma.
Dr. Grilo has been continuously funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for 25 years and has served as Principal Investigator on 17 NIH grants. Dr. Grilo received two K24 Mid-Career Investigator Awards in Eating/Weight Disorders from the NIH/NIDDK, which reflect his longstanding commitment to training and mentoring and in collaborative clinical-research activities. Dr. Grilo’s involvement with the psychology training program dates back to 1993-2000, when he coordinated the pre-doctoral internship and postdoctoral training programs at the Yale Psychiatric Institute while serving as Director of Psychology.
Dr. Grilo currently serves on the editorial boards of 10 professional journals, including the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology and the American Psychologist. Dr. Grilo has published over 440 peer-reviewed journal articles (“h” index of 77 with over 21,000 citations), 25 chapters, and two books on eating and weight disorders.
In his capacity as Director of POWER, Dr. Grilo provides leadership of this entirely grant-funded clinical-research and training program focused on eating/weight disorders. POWER provides research training to students/trainees (undergraduate, graduate, pre-doctoral, post-doctoral, and junior faculty levels) with interests in academic careers; the primary focus is on post-doctoral training.