Tracy Sbrocco


Department of Primary Appointment:
School of Medicine
Medical and Clinical Psychology
Director of Graduate Studies
Location: Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD
Research Interests:
health disparities, obesity, anxiety disorders
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B.S. in Natural Sciences, University of Akron, Akron, OH
Psychology Internship, VA Palo Alto Health Care System, Palo Alto, CA
Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN
Postdoctoral Fellowship, Center for Stress & Anxiety Disorders (CSAD), SUNY-Albany, Albany, NY


For over two decades Dr. Sbrocco has focused on obesity treatment and prevention among African American communities, working to raise the awareness of the health risks associated with obesity and empower faith-based communities to engage in health promotion and disease prevention. More recently, she has turned her focus to include obesity prevention and treatment in military communities at risk for excess weight gain by targeting excessive weight gain during high-risk periods. Dr. Sbrocco conducts research designed to promote long-term behavior change in the treatment of obesity. Her goal is to develop ways to empower communities to support behavior change that prevents weight-related diseases, including cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, and cancers. She also is involved in research examining ethnic differences in psychological constructs (e.g., body image, anxiety) and responses to stress.