Carly Pacanowski

Carly Pacanowski

Associate Professor

Office Location:
015 Carpenter Sports Bldg

Carly R Pacanowski PhD RD joined the Health Behavior and Nutrition Sciences faculty in 2016. 

She earned a BS in Nutritional Sciences from the Pennsylvania State University, became a Registered Dietitian and earned her PhD in Human Nutrition from Cornell University. Dr. Pacanowski completed National Institutes of Health postdoctoral research fellowships in both obesity prevention (University of Minnesota) and eating disorders (Sanford Health in North Dakota).

Dr. Pacanowski collaborates with interdisciplinary scholars to study quantifiable and intuitive approaches to health and well-being across the spectrum of body weights, both at the individual and population levels. 



  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Neuropsychiatric Research Institute, 2016
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Minnesota, 2015
  • PhD, Human Nutrition, Cornell University, 2013
  • Dietetic Internship, Cornell University, 2009
  • BS, Applied Nutrition, Pennsylvania State College, 2006

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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  • Disordered eating cognitions and behaviors that relate to weight gain over time
  • Behavioral, physiological, and psychological well-being