Ariana M. Chao, PhD, RN is an Assistant Professor at Penn Nursing and at the Perelman School of Medicine. She is the Medical Director at the Center for Weight and Eating Disorders at Penn Medicine and Director of Enrichment Programs at the Penn Center for Nutritional Science and Medicine. Dr. Chao’s research interests include identifying biobehavioral mechanisms related to binge eating and obesity. She is particularly interested in the roles of addiction, stress, and social determinants of health. She is also interested in developing innovative ways to improve the treatment of binge eating disorder and obesity.
She earned her 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.