About Rebecca L Pearl
Dr. Rebecca L. Pearl is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Clinical and Health Psychology in the College of Public Health and Health Professions. She is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania (Penn) Perelman School of Medicine, where she was previously an Assistant Professor and Director of Research at the Penn Center for Weight and Eating Disorders. Dr. Pearl received her A.B. from Duke University and her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Yale University. She completed her pre-doctoral clinical internship at McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School and her post-doctoral fellowship at Penn.
Dr. Pearl directs the Body Image and Stigma (BIAS) lab, which investigates visible stigma and its associated health outcomes. Her work explores biosocial mechanisms by which stigma affects health, as well as structural-level processes that may perpetuate or prevent stigma (such as in health care, policy, and the media). Her research primarily focuses on weight stigma, with a particular interest in understanding and reducing internalized or self-directed stigma among patients with obesity. Dr. Pearl is currently conducting a randomized controlled trial to test the effects of a weight stigma-reduction intervention on weight, health behaviors, and cardiometabolic risk. Her research is supported by a K23 Mentored Patient-Oriented Research Career Development Award from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute of the NIH.