Robyn Osborn Pashby, PhD
Dr. Robyn Osborn Pashby is the Assistant Director of NCWW. She is a clinical health psychologist who specializes in the cognitive, behavioral and emotional aspects of weight management and wellness. Her training in both medical and clinical psychology provides a unique perspective on the bridge between psychology and health.
Patients often first meet Dr. Osborn Pashby at our information session or their initial “behavioral assessment” appointment. Others might join her for a guided meditation in her drop-in Stress and Coping class or check out her fun and engaging class on cognitive-behavioral therapy for weight management. More extensive work with Dr. Osborn Pashby often comes in the form of goal-oriented individual appointments where patients can work on identifying and overcoming behavioral and cognitive struggles they have faced when working on weight and wellness.
In addition to clinical work, Dr. Osborn Pashby has conducted clinical research in academic and community settings for multiple National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded research projects exploring the prevention and treatment of obesity. She has extensive training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Interpersonal Psychotherapy—both treatment modalities are evidence-based interventions for issues related to eating and weight.
She also received intensive training from the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital focused on mind-body interventions. She has dedicated much of her career to understanding the links between how people think and feel as it relates to their eating and activity. She also is passionate about teaching patients about the impact of stress on our health and wellness.
Dr. Osborn Pashby has numerous peer-reviewed scientific publications in the area of weight management and health disparities. She has presented her research at both national and international scientific conferences, including the Society of Behavioral Medicine, the Eating Disorders Research Society, the International Conference on Eating Disorders, the Health Disparities and Social Justice Conference, and the Annual Australian AUCEA National Conference. She currently serves as an advisory board member for the MOVE program at the Mautner Project in Washington DC.
Prior to working at NCWW, Dr. Osborn Pashby worked as a consulting psychologist at the George Washington University Weight Management Program and a lead therapist on several NIH funded studies. She is currently working on developing an adolescent and family program for NCWW that will provide a place for patients to access support for their teenage children who are struggling with weight and wellness issues.