Marian Tanofsky-Kraff


Department of Primary Appointment:
School of Medicine
Medical and Clinical Psychology
Professor and Research Director, Military Cardiovascular Outcomes Research Program (MiCOR)
Location: Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD
Research Interests:
Eating disorders, obesity, children and adolescents
Adult obesity, military, under-represented groups
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Postdoctoral NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH, 2003 - 2006
Fellowship Unit on Growth and Obesity, DEB, NICHD
Intramural Research Training Award Fellowship TAGL009655

Clinical Psychology
(APA Accredited)
Emphasis: Pediatric Overweight and Disordered Eating

Predoctoral NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH, 2002 - 2003
Clinical Unit on Growth and Obesity, DEB, NICHD
Internship Psychotherapy component provided at Children’s National Medical Center, Department of Adolescent Medicine

Clinical Psychology
Comprehensive Examination Area: Personality Theory and Disorders

Predoctoral YALE UNIVERSITY, 1992 - 1996
Research Internship Emphasis: Eating and Weight Disorders



Dr. Marian Tanofsky-Kraff is Professor in the Departments of Medical and Clinical Psychology and Medicine at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU) and Researcher in the Section on Growth and Obesity at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development at the NIH. She is also Director of the Developmental Research Laboratory on Eating and Weight Behaviors and Research Director for the Military Cardiovascular Outcomes Research Program (MiCOR). Dr. Tanofsky-Kraff’s research program involves the intersection of obesity and eating disorders and addresses questions about the risks, protective factors, maintenance, consequences, and prevention of excess weight gain, with a particular focus on psychological factors that promote obesity. Her work has emphasized assessment with a goal of endophenotyping pediatric eating patterns that promote excess weight gain. She has carried out intervention trials aimed at preventing adult obesity and eating disorders in targeted populations. Since arriving at USU in 2006, she has focused much of her research on obesity in targeted and special high-risk populations. Dr. Tanofsky-Kraff has published over 190 peer-reviewed papers and chapters, has received research funding from the several NIH institutes and other agencies, and is the recipient of numerous awards. She is a Fellow of The Obesity Society, Fellow and Past Board Member of the Academy for Eating Disorders, and is Past President and Board Member of the Eating Disorders Research Society.

Representative publications, projects, and/or deployments

2020 Co-Mentor, Award of the 2019 Board of Regents (O. Cassidy)

2010 Uniformed Services University Leonard Award for Excellence in Clinical Research

2019 Uniformed Services University Hébert Impact Award (M. Tanofsky-Kraff)

2005 Fellows Award for Research Excellence, NICHD, NIH (

2016 The Obesity Society Lilly Scientific Achievement Award

2018 Mentor, The Obesity Society George A. Bray Master’s Thesis Award (M. Byrne)

2017 Mentor, Award of the 2017 Board of Regents (J. Bakalar)

2016 Mentor, Henry M. Jackson Foundation Fellowship (L. Shank)

2016 Mentor, Academy of Eating Disorders Early Career Scholarship (N. Burke)

2014 Mentor, The Obesity Society Early Career Investigator Award (R. Radin)


Tanofsky-Kraff, M., Schvey, N. A., & Grilo, C. M. (2020). A Developmental Framework of Binge-Eating Disorder Based on Pediatric Loss of Control Eating. American Psychologist, 75, 189-203. doi: 10.1037/amp0000592.

Burke, N. L., Higgins Neyland, M. K., Young, J. F., Wilfley, D. E., & Tanofsky-Kraff, M. (2020). Interpersonal Psychotherapy for the Prevention of Binge-Eating Disorder and Adult Obesity in an Adolescent Military Dependent Boy. Eating Behaviors, 38, 101408. doi: 10.1016/j.eatbeh.2020.101408

Pine, A., Shank, L. M., Burke, N. L., Higgins Neyland, M., Schvey, N. A., Quattlebaum, M., Leu, W., Wilfley, D. E., Stephens, M., Jorgensen, S., Olsen, C. H., Sbrocco, T., Yanovski, J. A., Klein, D. A., Quinlan, J., & Tanofsky-Kraff, M. (2020). An Examination of the Interpersonal Model in Adolescent Military Dependents at High-Risk for Adult Obesity. The American Journal of Psychotherapy, 1, 73(2), 43-49. doi: 10.1176/appi.psychotherapy.20190034

Shank, L. M., Higgins Neyland, M. K., Lavender, J. M., Schindler, R., Solomon, S., Hennigan, K., Leu, W., Schvey, N. A., Sbrocco, T., Jorgensen, S., Stephens, M., Olsen, C. H., Haigney, M., Klein, D. A., Quinlan, J., Yanovski, J. A., & Tanofsky‐Kraff, M. (2020). Sex Differences in Metabolic Syndrome Components in Adolescent Military Dependents at High-Risk for Adult Obesity. Pediatric Obesity; 15(8), e12638. doi: 10.1111/ijpo.12638

Gray, J. C., Schvey, N. A., Tanofsky-Kraff, M. (2019). Demographic, Psychological, Behavioral, and Cognitive Correlates of BMI in Youth: Findings from the Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development (ABCD) Study. Psychological Medicine, 10, 1-9. doi: 10.1017/S0033291719001545

Byrne, M. E., Tanofsky-Kraff, M., Jaramillo, M., Shank, L. M., LeMay-Russell, S., Rubin, S. G., Ramirez, S., Altman, D. R., Schvey, N. A., Brady, S. M., Shomaker, L. B., Courville, A. B., Yang, S. B., Kozlosky, M., Broadney, M. M., Yanovski, S. Z., & Yanovski, J. A. (2019). Relationships of Trait Anxiety and Loss of Control Eating with Serum Leptin Concentrations among Youth. Nutrients, 11(9). pii: E2198. doi: 10.3390/nu11092198.

LeMay-Russell, S., Tanofsky-Kraff, M., Schvey, N. A., Kelly, N. R., Shank, L. M., Mi, S. J., Jaramillo, M., Ramirez, S., Altman, D. R., Rubin, S. G., Byrne, M. E., Burke, N. L., Davis, E. K., Broadney, M. M., Brady, S. M., Yanovski, S. Z., & Yanovski, J. A. (2019). Associations of Weekday and Weekend Sleep with Children’s Reported Eating in the Absence of Hunger. Nutrients, 11(7). pii: E1658. doi: 10.3390/nu11071658.