Carlos Grilo, PhD

Professor of Psychiatry and of Psychology; Director, Clinical Training in Psychology, Yale Department of Psychiatry; Director, Program for Obesity Weight and Eating Research (POWER)

Departments & Organizations

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

Obesity Research Working Group

Yale Medicine

Office of Cooperative Research


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, self-help, and pharmacotherapy interventions for eating/weight disorders in diverse patient groups/settings; his 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 over 20 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 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 430 peer-reviewed journal articles (“h” index of 74 with over 20,000 citations), 25 chapters, and two books on eating and weight disorders.

In his capacity as Director of Training in Psychology, Dr. Grilo works closely with the Deputy Director, the Executive Training Committee, and the department’s psychology faculty to leverage the strengths of the Psychology Section and the clinical structures of the Yale Psychiatry Department to provide advanced training in clinical and community psychology to pre- and post-doctoral fellows. His involvement with the psychology training program dates back to 1993-2000, when he coordinated the doctoral training program at the Yale Psychiatric Institute while serving as Director of Psychology.

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.

Education & Training

PhD University of Pittsburgh (1991)
Internship Clinical Psychology Harvard Medical School
Fellowship Clinical Psychology Harvard Medical School
Postdoc Clinical Psychology Yale University

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