Katelyn Gettens

Graduate Student, Psychology (Affiliate)

Research Overview

My general research interests include health behavior change, weight loss, and weight loss maintenance. I am particularly interested in the role that individual and environmental factors (e.g. physical activity, self-monitoring strategies, motivation, and social support) play in long-term weight loss maintenance. Before coming to UConn I worked on several behavioral weight loss interventions, including group treatment, online treatment, and smart phone-based intervention at the Weight Control and Diabetes Research Center at Brown University. Currently, I am working on several weight-related health behavior change studies with Dr. Amy Gorin including a self-guided health behavior change study in college students entitled “Support for Health Behavior Change”. I am also the coordinator for Dr. Gorin’s R21 project “Weight Loss for Couples”. Finally, I am interested in the neuropsychological underpinnings of health behavior change. I hope to explore the use of imaging techniques, psychophysiological measures, and behavioral data to study the processes of decision-making, impulsivity, reward and motivation networks underlying eating and physical activity choices.


College of the Holy Cross, B.A., 2011: double-major in Psychology and Spanish

Contact Information
Mailing AddressDepartment of Psychology
406 Babbidge Road, Unit 1020
Bousfield Building, BOUS)
Storrs CT, 06269-1020