Carly Pacanowski

Carly Pacanowski

Assistant Professor

Behavioral Health & Nutrition
015 Carpenter Sports Bldg.
Ph: 302-831-1109


Carly R Pacanowski PhD RD joined the faculty in Behavioral Health and Nutrition in the College of Health Sciences at the University of Delaware in the summer of 2016. Originally from Bucks County, Pennsylvania, Dr. Pacanowski was honored and thrilled to become a faculty member and return to the east coast after a whirlwind of training in various locations.

After completing her BS in Nutritional Sciences at the Pennsylvania State University, she became a Registered Dietitian and earned her PhD in Human Nutrition from Cornell University. Following her doctoral training, Dr. Pacanowski was awarded a National Institutes of Health research fellowship and trained for two years in Minneapolis, MN with experts in Obesity, and then a final year in Fargo, ND with experts in Eating Disorders. This training has allowed for collaborations in both fields, and a passion for health and well-being across the spectrum of body weights, both at the individual and population level.

Dr. Pacanowski is thankful and proud to be a blue hen, is already impressed by the welcoming environment, excellence and progressiveness of UD, and is excited to collaborate with colleagues and students on the frontiers of nutrition and behavioral psychology research.




Energy Balance and Nutrition Laboratory

Self-weighing’s Psychological Effects: A randomized controlled trial using Ecological Momentary Assessments

Purpose: To determine if daily self-weighing in a college aged female population has a positive or negative psychological effect.  Half of the fifty participants in the study will be weighing themselves to assess this, while the other half will be taking their temperature to provide a control group.

Eligibility: College aged females between the ages of 18-26 who live on campus at the University of Delaware

Requirements (e.g. time commitment, number of sessions): The participants are asked to complete either daily self-weighing or temperature taking on Wi-Fi enabled scales and thermometers provided to them.  They are also asked to answer questions through out the day when prompted by an app on their smart phones.

Investigator: Dr. Carly Pacanowski, PhD RD

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