Tricia M. Leahey, PhD

Professor (PI)

Department of Allied Health Sciences

Research Overview

My research focuses on developing and evaluating cost-effective behavioral interventions for the treatment of obesity in real-world settings and on testing novel approaches for weight loss maintenance. Specifically, I am currently PI or Co-I on several large trials examining the effects of social networks and financial incentives on weight loss or weight loss maintenance in reduced intensity in-person programs or Internet-based dissemination initiatives. I am also collaborating with a small Internet company to develop a wide-reaching, evidence-based commercial weight loss program that involves social gaming and financial incentives.


B.A., 2002, Psychology, SUNY Binghamton
M.A., 2004, Clinical Psychology, Kent State University
Ph.D., 2008, Clinical Health Psychology, Kent State University
Pre-doctoral internship, Brown Medical School, 2008
Post-doctoral fellowship, Brown Medical School, 2010

Recent/Selected Publications


Contact Information
Phone(860) 486-0083
Mailing AddressKoons Hall, Room 228
358 Mansfield Rd
Unit 1101
Storrs, CT 06269-1101