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WW's Scientific Advisory Board

Here's a peek at the advisory board members' qualifications and accomplishments.
Published November 16, 2016

WW is a science-based behavior change company. To ensure our program is up-to-date based on the latest clinical evidence, we enlist highly-regarded experts to inform and advise our brand innovations.

Meet the WW Scientific Advisory Board:

Cheryl A.M. Anderson, PhD, MPH, MSCheryl A.M. Anderson, PhD, MPH, MS

Professor and Interim Chair of the Department of Family Medicine and Public Health at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine, with a primary appointment in the Division of Preventive Medicine and a joint appointment in the Department of Medicine Division of Nephrology and Hypertension

Dr. Anderson serves as Director of UC San Diego Center of Excellence in Health Behavior Change and Equity. She received her MPH in health behavior and health education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Public Health, and MS in epidemiology and PhD in nutrition science from the University of Washington at Seattle School of Public Health and Community Medicine. Her research is focused on the role of nutrition in chronic disease prevention. Dr. Anderson has served on the Pan American Health Organization’s Technical Advisory Group on Cardiovascular Disease Prevention through Dietary Salt Reduction, the National Academies of Medicine’s Food and Nutrition Board, and the 2015 US Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee. Currently, she serves on the editorial board of Circulation. Dr. Anderson was elected to the U.S. National Academy of Medicine in 2016.

Gary G. Bennett, PhDGary G. Bennett, PhD

Bishop-MacDermott Family Professor of Psychology Neuroscience, Global Health and Medicine at Duke University

Dr. Bennett directs the Duke Global Digital Health Science Center. Dr. Bennett is also President of the Society of Behavioral Medicine. His research program designs, tests, and disseminates digital obesity treatments, including the interactive obesity treatment approach (iOTA). His recent work demonstrates the effectiveness of coach-led, digital obesity treatments. He has authored more than 125 scientific papers and his research program has been continuously supported by the National Institutes of Health. Prior to joining Duke in 2009, Dr. Bennett served on the faculties of the Harvard School of Public Health and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. At Duke, Dr. Bennett is a member of Duke's Bass Society of Fellows, is the founding director of Duke's undergraduate major in global health, and has been repeatedly recognized as in the top 5 percent of Duke's undergraduate instructors. He also co-founded two digital health startups: Crimson Health Solutions (acquired by Health Dialog in 2007) and Scale Down (acquired by Anthem in 2017). 

Robert Kushner, MD, MSRobert Kushner, MD, MS

Professor of Medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Clinical Director of the Northwestern Comprehensive Center on Obesity, and Director for the Center for Lifestyle Medicine in Chicago

Dr. Kushner’s principal research is in patient-health provider communication and lifestyle treatment of obesity. He has also investigated pharmacological and surgical interventions for obesity.

Marsha D. Marcus, PhDMarsha D. Marcus, PhD

Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, and former Chief of the Eating Disorders Program at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

Dr. Marcus’ research has focused on the characterization and treatment of disordered eating and the behavioral management of adult and pediatric obesity.

Thomas N. Robinson, MD, MPHThomas N. Robinson, MD, MPH

Irving Schulman, MD Endowed Professor in Child Health, Professor of Pediatrics and of Medicine, in the Division of General Pediatrics and the Stanford Prevention Research Center at Stanford University School of Medicine, and Director of the Center for Healthy Weight at Stanford University and Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford

Dr. Robinson directs the Stanford Solutions Science Lab. He studies obesity and disordered eating, nutrition, physical activity/inactivity, and more. Published widely in scientific literature, Dr. Robinson also teaches undergraduate and graduate students at Stanford, and practices Pediatrics at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital. He received his B.S. and M.D. from Stanford University and his M.P.H. from the University of California, Berkeley. He trained in Pediatrics at Children's Hospital, Boston and Harvard Medical School.

Sylvia RoweSylvia Rowe

President of SR Strategy, which addresses the science to communications to policy continuum on a broad range of global health, nutrition, food safety, and risk issues; Adjunct Professor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and Tufts Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy

Previously, Rowe served as a president and chief executive officer of the International Food Information Council (IFIC) and IFIC Foundation, in Washington, DC. During her 11-year tenure, IFIC established itself as a leader in consumer research and consumer-based communications in nutrition, food safety, and health.

Deborah Tate, PhDDeborah Tate, PhD

Professor of Health Behavior and Nutrition at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the Gillings School of Global Public Health, Director of the Communication for Health Applications and Interventions Core in the Nutrition Obesity Research Center and the Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center

Dr. Tate's research focuses on prevention and treatment of obesity and includes innovative approaches involving health communication, technology, and digital media.

Thomas Wadden, PhDThomas Wadden, PhD

The Albert J. Stunkard Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, and the Director of the Center for Weight and Eating Disorders 

Dr. Wadden's principal research is on the treatment of obesity by methods that have included lifestyle modification, very-low-calorie diets, exercise, medication, and surgery. He has also investigated the metabolic and psychosocial consequences of obesity and weight loss.

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