The New York Obesity Nutrition Research Center

Associate Clinical Professor
Mt. Sinai School of Medicine

Sr. Psychotherapy Consultant
New York Obesity Research Center
St. Luke's Roosevelt Hospital Center

Research Summary:

Fran Weiss has been the psychotherapy consultant to the New York Obesity Research Center since 1979, on the staff of the Weight Control Unit, the Theodore Van Itallie Center for Weight Management and United Weight Control Corp., as well as a consultant on the NIH-funded ORC grant projects Look Ahead and The Diabetes Prevention Program. She has acted as clinical supervisor to pre-medical students, endocrine fellows and psychiatric residents in endocrine rotation at St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital; consulted with attending physicians and nutrition staff; and been the group therapy supervisor for the full time psychotherapy staff of the various clinical arms of the ORC.  Fran Weiss developed and conducted a seminar series Psychosocial Behavioral Approach to the Treatment of Eating Disorders for Institute of Nutrition pre-medical students. She teaches and trains psychiatry residents at Mount Sinai School of Medicine on the psychodynamics of weight regulation, eating regulation and resultant body image issues. She reviews books on eating disorders for the American Journal of Psychotherapy, and is a member of the International Board for Certification of Group Psychotherapists of the American Group Psychotherapy Association.

She has a private practice in NYC conducting individual, couple and group psychotherapy. In addition to her expertise in weight regulation matters her areas of expertise include: 
  • Interpersonal, intimacy and attachment issues 
  • Professional, Executive balancing fast track career with private goals and family life
  • Management of stress, anxiety, trauma, mood disorders 
  • Life transitions - change and loss: separation, divorce, bereavement
  • Women’s health issues 

She has developed the workshop Weight Matters: The Body Image Transformation Experience BITE®.

Selected Publications and Book Reviews, Workshops and Seminars 

Selected Articles 

“Group as a Psychoneurobiological Regulator”.  (2014)  GROUP, Spring, Vol. 38 No.1.

"Psychodynamic Group Psychotherapy for the Obese Disordered-Eating Adult: A Contemporary View. (2006) Special Edition in Eating Disorders. Group.  Dec., Vol. 30, No. 4. 

"Group Psychotherapy with Obese Disordered-Eating Adults with Body-Image Disturbances: An Integrated Model." (2004) American Journal of Psychotherapy. Vol. 58, No. 3, pp.281-303.

“Private Social Work Practice for Obese Adult Clients." (1989) Journal of Independent Social Work. Vol. 4 (1).         

“The Evaluation and Treatment of Body Image Disturbances Among Obese Individuals.”(1986) American Journal of Psychotherapy. Oct., Vol. XL No. 4.

Selected Book Reviews
(for the American Journal of Psychotherapy) 

Food and Addiction:  A Comprehensive handbook:  Kelly D. Brownell and Mark S. Gold (Editors) 2013.

The Treatment of Eating Disorders: A Clinical Handbook
, by Carlos M. Grillo, James E. Mitchell, Eds., (2011) 

The Creative Therapies and Eating Disorders, by Stephanie L. Brooke (2008).

Cognitive Behavior Therapy and Eating Disorders, by Christopher B. Fairburn  (2008).                                     

Clinical Foundations and Treatment, James E. Mitchell, Michael J. Devlin, Martina De Zwaan, Scott J. Crow, and Carol B. Peterson (2008). 

Assessment of Eating Disorders, by James E. Mitchell, M.D. and Carol B. Peterson, PhD., Editors (2006).             

Too Fat or Too Thin?  A Reference Guide to Eating Disorders, by Cynthia R. Kalodner, PhD (2005). 

Help Your Teenager Beat an Eating Disorder, by James Lock, M.D., PhD. and Daniel Le Grange, PhD (2005). 

Cognitive-Behavioral Treatment of Obesity: A Clinician's Guide, by Zafra Cooper  (2004).  

Food and Loathing, A Lament, by Betsy Lerner (2004). 

Body Image, Eating Disorders, and Obesity in Youth:  Assessment, Prevention, and Treatment, edited by J. Kevin Thompson and Linda Smolak (2003). 

Hungers and Compulsions:  The Psychodynamic Treatment of Eating Disorders and Addictions, edited by Jean Petrucelli & Catherine Stuart (2003). 

Exacting Beauty:  Theory, Assessment, and Treatment of Body Image Disturbance, by J.                               Kevin Thompson,

Leslie J. Heinberg, Madeline Altabe, and Stacey Tantleff-Dunn (1999). 

Body Image, Eating Disorders, and Obesity: An Integrative Guide for Assessment and Treatment, edited by J. Kevin Thompson (1999).­­

PsyBC, Web based Continuous Seminar Series

Mind Body Integration of the Self in Treating Weight Regulation: The Hollow Victory of Weight Loss

(The American Group Psychotherapy Association, Eastern Group Psychotherapy Association, and Northeast Society for Group Psychotherapy) 

Group: Working along the Edge of Eating Regulation, Attachment, and the Somatics 

Dysregulated Eating: What’s Modern Attachment Theory and Neuroscience Got to do with it Anyways?

Dysregulated Eating: Imprint of Modern Attachment Theory and Interpersonal Neurobiology

Weight Matters:  Cutting Edge Group Approaches to Dysregulated Eating

Weight Regulation Meets Group Psychotherapy at the Neural Cleft

Integrative Group Therapy for Weight Regulation: The Fear of Change

It's Not About the Food: An Integrative Group Therapy Model for Those Struggling with Weight Regulation

Weight Regulation and Body Image Issues: A Group Psychotherapy Model

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