Assistant Professor


B.A. Miami University, 2006

M.S. Case Western Reserve University, 2008

Ph.D. Case Western Reserve University, 2012

Post-doctoral training:  University of California, San Diego, 2012-2015

Phone: (419) 372-9405


Office: Psychology Building 248

Lab Page:  Finding Balance in Emotions and Eating

Research Interests:

A primary goal of my research is to improve behavioral treatments for adults with obesity, particularly those with co-occurring emotional factors such as depression or emotional eating. I am specifically interested in augmenting traditional behavioral weight loss treatment with Dialectical Behavioral Therapy skills to target emotion dysregulation in overweight adults. I am also interested in improving our understanding of emotional eating by examining mechanisms associated with emotional eating behavior in the lab, including psychophysiological variables.

Taking Graduate Students:  Yes

Sponsoring Undergraduate Research:  Yes

Courses Taught:

Graduate Courses:

PSYC 6640 Foundations of Clinical Psychology Assessment

PSYC 7090 Advanced Clinical and Research Practice

PSYC 7800 Health Psychology

Selected Publications:

Knatz, S., Braden, A., & Boutelle, N. Parent coaching model for adolescents with emotional eating. Eating Disorders: The Journal of Treatment and Prevention (in press, 2015).

Braden, A., Madowitz, J., Bergmann, K., Matheson, B., Strong, D., & Boutelle, K. Parent binge eating and depression as predictors of attrition in family-based treatment for childhood obesity. Childhood Obesity (in press, 2015).

Braden, A., Overholser, J., Fisher, L., & Ridley, J. (2015). Life meaning is associated with suicidal ideation in depressed veterans. Death Studies, 39(1), 1-6.

Braden, A., Crow, S., & Boutelle, K. (2014). Child self-reported motivations for weight loss:  Impact of personal vs. social/familial motives on family-based behavioral weight loss treatment outcomes.  Eating and Weight Disorders – Studies on Anorexia, Bulimia, and Obesity, 1-9.

Braden, A., Strong, D., Crow, S., & Boutelle, K. (2014). Parent changes in diet, physical activity, and behavior in family-based treatment for childhood obesity. Clinical Pediatrics, 0009922814538702.

Braden, A., Rhee, K., Peterson, C.B., Rydell, S.A., Zucker, N., & Boutelle, K. (2014). Associations between child emotional eating and parenting factors. Appetite, 80, 35-40.

Rutledge, T., Braden, A., Woods, G., Herbst, K., Groesz, L.M. & Savu, M. (2012). Five-year changes in psychiatric treatment status and weight-related comorbidities following bariatric surgery in a veteran population.  Obesity Surgery, 22(11), 1734-1741.

Overholser, J., Braden, A., & Dieter, L. (2012). Understanding suicide risk: Identification of high risk groups during high risk times. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 68(3), 349-361.

Braden, A., Overholser, J., & Silverman, E. (2011). Depression and reasons for living among AIDS patients: Protecting the quality of life when the end is in sight. International Journal of Psychiatry in Medicine, 41(2), 173-185.