Stephanie L. Fitzpatrick, PhD
What she does at WW
Stephanie is a clinical health psychologist and behavioral medicine researcher with a focus on developing, implementing, and evaluating evidence-based behavioral interventions using a health equity and inclusion lens. At WW, Stephanie works closely with teams across the organization, including Content, Product, Innovation, and Brand. She helps ensure that all aspects of the WW program are developed and implemented with consideration of the sociocultural differences in weight and wellness perspectives, and the contextual factors that facilitate meaningful behavior change. This work is key to strengthening the effectiveness and applicability of the WW program for everyone.
Before joining the WW Science Team in 2021, Stephanie was a senior investigator at the Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research. She holds a PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Miami, completed a one-year health psychology internship at Rush University Medical Center, and completed a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in behavioral medicine at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Stephanie also has expertise in implementation science, community-based participatory research, and advanced statistical modeling.
Throughout her career, Stephanie has authored over 40 peer-reviewed publications, two book chapters, and several health policy briefs. She has also served as a principal or co-investigator on several NIH and PCORI-funded studies and clinical trials. Stephanie is an active member within the Society of Behavioral Medicine and the Society for Health Psychology (American Psychological Association Division 38), and serves on the editorial boards for both Annals of Behavioral Medicine and Health Psychology. Given her passion for disseminating science and elevating the voice of diverse, underserved communities, Stephanie was awarded the Society for Health Psychology Presidential Citation for Outstanding Leadership in Health Policy and Advocacy as well as the Portland Business Journal Health Care Five Under Forty Award.
What brought her to WW
Stephanie’s research career has primarily focused on implementing evidence-based behavioral interventions in clinical and community-based settings to prevent or manage chronic conditions and reduce health disparities. Although important work, she felt her reach and impact was limited. Joining WW has given her an opportunity to promote health equity on a larger scale, both nationally and internationally.
Get to know Stephanie:
- In her free time: Stephanie is always up for packing a bag and traveling somewhere new, and so far, she has explored 10 countries. She also loves to dance, so you might find her somewhere busting a move to good music.
- You might be surprised to learn: Stephanie hates the outdoors, but has adopted the habit of weekly forest bathing—hiking in the urban forest near her home with no music, just fully present with the sounds and feeling of the surrounding nature—as a mindfulness practice.
- The best advice she has ever received: “Don’t take yourself so seriously.” Stephanie tries to embody this advice through daily practice of gratitude, living in the moment, and finding humor in most situations—even if the joke is on her!