Entry Year


Major Area of Study

Behavioral Medicine


Niloo Afari, PhD



Research Interests
  • Eating behavior (dietary restriction versus restraint; effect of dieting on eating and weight outcomes)
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) for diet-related chronic health conditions (DRCHCs), particularly Celiac Disease
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) to address psychosocial concerns, health behavior engagement, and self-management in chronic medical conditions
  • Mind-body approaches to treatment of mental and physical health concerns, including complementary and alternative therapies such as yoga, acupuncture, and biofield therapies
Representative Publications
  • Dochat, C., Godfrey, K. M., Golshan, S., Cuneo, J. G., Afari, N. (2019). Dietary restraint and weight  loss in relation to disinhibited eating in obese veterans following a behavioral weight loss intervention. Appetite, 140, 98-104.

  • Wooldridge, J. L., Herbert, M. S., Hernandez, J., Dochat, C., Godfrey, K. M., Gasperi, M. Afari, N. (2019). Improvement in six-minute walk test distance following treatment for behavioral weight loss and binge eating behavior: An exploratory secondary analysis. International Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 26, 443–448.

  • Barney, J. L., Murray, H. B., Manasse, S. M., Dochat, C., Juarascio, A. (2019). Mechanisms and Moderators in Mindfulness- & Acceptance-Based Treatments for Binge Eating Spectrum Disorders: A Systematic Review. European Eating Disorders Review. https://doi.org/10.1002/erv.2673

  • Herbert, M. S., Malaktaris, A. L., Dochat, C., Thomas, M. L., Wetherell, J. L., Afari, N. (2019). Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for chronic pain: Does Post-traumatic Stress Disorder impact treatment outcomes? Pain Medicine, pny272.

  • Goldstein, S. P., Dochat, C., Schumacher, L. M., Manasse, S. M., Crosby, R. D., Thomas, J. G., Butryn, M. L. & Forman, E. M. (2018). Using ecological momentary assessment to better understand dietary lapse types. Appetite, 129, 198-206.


Cara Dochat CV