Rena R. Wing, Ph.D.
Director, Weight Control and Diabetes Research Center
Dr. Rena R. Wing is Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at the Alpert Medical School at Brown University and Director of the Weight Control & Diabetes Research Center at The Miriam Hospital.
Dr. Wing is well known for her programmatic research investigating the most effective strategies for long-term weight loss and weight gain prevention in overweight children and adults. She was responsible for designing and implementing the lifestyle intervention in the Diabetes Prevention Program, an NIH multi-center trial that provides the strongest proof to date of health benefits of weight loss. Currently she is Chairman of Look AHEAD, a 12-year NIH clinical trial of weight loss in 5,000 adults with type 2 diabetes.
In addition, she has served on NIDDK Council, the Obesity Clinical Research Panel, NIH Study Sections, and as President of the Society of Behavioral Medicine. Dr. Wing has published over 250 peer-reviewed articles and mentored many junior faculty members studying behavioral weight control.
Dr. Wing received her Ph.D. degree in Social Relations from Harvard University in 1971 and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Massachusetts Mental Health Center. She spent 25 years at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic (University of Pittsburgh), where she was a Professor of Psychiatry, Psychology, and Epidemiology and the Director of the NIDDK funded Obesity/Nutrition Research Center before moving to Brown Medical School.
Link to Brown Research Profile