The National Weight Control
Rena R. Wing, PhD
Rena Wing, PhD, is Professor of Psychiatry and
Human Behavior at Brown Medical School and Director of the Weight Control &
Diabetes Research Center at The Miriam Hospital. 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. Dr.
Wing is well known for her programmatic research investigating the most
effective strategies for long-term weight loss.
published over 200 peer-reviewed articles in the area of obesity
treatment and prevention. She was the principal investigator on the Diabetes Prevention Program and
developed the lifestyle intervention being used in all twenty seven centers in
that study. In addition, she is
principal investigator at The Miriam Hospital site for a fifteen-center trial
entitled, Study of Health Outcomes of
Weight Loss, and serves as chairperson of this multi-site study.
Wing is a member of the council for the National Institute of Diabetes and
Diagestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)
and serves on the NIDDK Task Force on the Prevention and Treatment of
Obesity. She co-founded the National
Weight Control Registry with James Hill in 1994. Dr. Wing has received
numerous awards, including the Taking Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS) Award for
Outstanding Achievement in obesity research.