Ariana M. Chao, PhD, RN, CRNP is an Assistant Professor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing (primary appointment) and Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania (secondary appointment). Dr. Chao’s research interests include identifying biobehavioral mechanisms related to binge eating and obesity. She is particularly interested in the roles of food cravings, addiction, stress, impulsivity, and reward. She is also interested in developing innovative ways to improve the treatment of binge eating disorder and obesity. Currently, Dr. Chao is conducting studies examining neural changes before and after treatment for binge eating disorder and obesity. In Dr. Chao’s clinical practice, she provides medical management for participants enrolled in research studies at the Center for Weight and Eating Disorders.
She earned her BSN and MSN as a Family Nurse Practitioner from Boston College and her PhD in Nursing Science from Yale University. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship in health promotion research in vulnerable women, children and families at the University of Pennsylvania.