Shannon D. Donofry

  • Assistant Professor
  • Clinical Health Psychologist

Education & Training

  • PhD, University of Pittsburgh

Research Interest Summary

Mood and anxiety; health neuroscience; eating and weight regulation.

Research Interests

My research focuses on (1) understanding the relationship between mood and brain network function and how this relates to health behaviors and health outcomes such as obesity; (2) using behavioral interventions to elucidate mechanisms linking psychological health to physical health.

Representative Publications:

Donofry, S. D., Emery, R. L., Kolko Conlon, R. P., Germeroth, L. J., Wang, B., Cheng, Y., & Levine, M. D. (2021).  Documenting the course of loss of control over eating prior to, during and after pregnancy among women with overweight and obesity. International Journal of Eating Disorders. DOI: 10.1002/eat.23454

Donofry, S. D., Erickson, K. I., Levine, M. D., Gianaros, P. J., Muldoon, M. F., & Manuck, S. B. (2020). Depressive symptoms mediate the relationship between dispositional mindfulness and diet quality among healthy midlife adults. Nutrients, 12, 3414. DOI:10.3390/nu12113414

Peven, J. A., Jackicic, J. M., Rogers, R. J., Lesnovskaya, A., Erickson, K. I., Kang, C., Zhou, X., Porter, A., Donofry, S. D., Watt, J. C., & Stillman, C. M. (2020). The effects of a 12-month weight loss intervention on cognitive outcomes in adults with overweight and obesity. Nutrients, 12, 2988. Special Issue on the Role of Physical Activity and Diet in Human Health during Aging.

Donofry, S. D., Germeroth, L. J., Conlon, R. P. K., Venditti, E. M., & Levine, M. D. (2020). Correlates of physical activity engagement among pregnant women with overweight and obesity. Women’s Health Issues, 30, 393-400. PMID: 32646724; DOI: 10.1016/j.whi.2020.06.001

Donofry, S. D., Jakicic, J. M., Rogers, R. J., Watt, J. C., Roecklein, K. A., & Erickson, K. I. (2020). Comparison of Food Cue-Evoked and Resting State Connectivity in Obesity. Psychosomatic Medicine, 82, 261-271. DOI: 10.1097/PSY.0000000000000769

Donofry, S. D., Stillman, C. M., & Erickson, K. I. (2020). A review of the relationship between eating behavior, obesity, and functional brain network organization. Social, Cognitive, and Affective Neuroscience, 15, 1157-1181. Special Issue on Health Neuroscience. DOI: 10.1093/scan/nsz085

Stillman, C. M., Donofry, S. D., & Erickson, K. I. (2019). Exercise, Fitness and the Aging Brain: A Review of Functional Connectivity in Aging. Archives of Psychology, 3. DOI:

Donofry, S. D., van Zoest, W., Moonen, A. W., Sacchetti, S., Nederkoorn, C., & Roefs, A. (2019). Effect of negative mood on attentional processing of food cues. Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry, 62, 117-124. DOI:

Donofry, S. D., Roecklein, K. A., Wildes, J. E., Miller, M. A., & Erickson, K. I. (2016). Alterations in Emotion Generation and Regulation Neurocircuitry in Depression and Eating Disorders: A Comparative Review of Structural and Functional Neuroimaging Studies. Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews, 68, 911-927. DOI: 10.1016/j.psychres.2014.03.012

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