Dr. Gorin’s research focuses on developing innovative treatment strategies to improve long-term weight loss and maintenance, with emphasis on motivational and environmental processes that affect weight control. She has been NIH funded to examine the “ripple effect” of a weight loss program – what happens to an untreated partner when one partner is enrolled in an intensive weight loss program. She also is PI on a RCT examining the impact of modifying the physical and social home environment on weight loss and maintenance. Dr. Gorin’s current research directions include couples-based approaches to weight management and weight loss and weight gain prevention in young adults.
Areas of Expertise (5)
Stony Brook University: Ph.D., Clinical Psychology 2002
Stony Brook University: M.A. 1996
College of the Holy Cross: B.A. 1994
Media Appearances (6)
Your partner could help you lose weight — or be your worst enemy, according to new research
Business Insider online
Enlisting a significant other in your weight loss plans could be a great way to help ensure your success, but only if your partner is just as committed as you are, recent research suggests. Conversely, if they struggle to lose weight, your performance may take a similar dive. Amy Gorin, a professor of behavioral psychology at the University of Connecticut and the lead author of a new study on these impacts, calls this the "ripple effect."
Trying to Lose Weight? Your Partner May Reap the Benefits, Too
Health magazine print
Lead author Amy Gorin, PhD, a professor of psychological sciences at the University of Connecticut, said in a press release that when one person changes their behavior, it’s not unusual for the people around them to change, as well. When one partner starts counting calories, weighing themselves regularly, or making healthier food choices, for example, their partners might emulate them.
Dieter's Weight Loss May Have 'Ripple Effect' on Partner
U.S. News & World Report print
According to the study's lead investigator, Amy Gorin, the bottom line is that "when one person changes their behavior, the people around them change." Gorin is a professor of psychological sciences and a weight-loss expert at the University of Connecticut.
"Whether the patient works with their health care provider, joins a community-based, lifestyle approach like Weight Watchers, or tries to lose weight on their own, their new healthy behaviors can benefit others in their lives," she explained
'The ripple effect': having a partner on a diet boosts weightloss chances
The Telegraph print
The study's lead investigator, UConn Professor Amy Gorin, from the University of Connecticut called it a "ripple effect." The behavioural psychologist said: "When one person changes their behavior, the people around them change."
How Online Food Delivery Services Make It Easier For You To Eat Healthy
"We found by using the online service people were really able to cut back on the amount of high fat foods they had in their home, reduced it by up to 40 percent," lead study author Amy Gorin told NBC Connecticut. "We also found the more times people used the ordering service the better their weight losses were, so there was an association there."...
5 Ways to Prevent Relationship Weight Gain
"When we get comfortable in a relationship, we establish new habits together that aren't always the best for our weight," says Amy Gorin, an assistant professor of psychology at the University of Connecticut...
Michelle M. Cloutier, James F. Wiley, Christine Trapp, Jennifer Haile, Amy A. Gorin
Obesity rates in preschool children are high and disproportionately affect low-income children of color in the USA. Since 80% of preschool children spend ∼40 h/week in out-of-the home childcare, childcare centers are promising sites for obesity prevention interventions. Mixed methods were used to develop, implement, and assess the feasibility of an obesity prevention program for children 2–5 years. The intervention which consisted of brief (1–3 min), interactive, educational modules was developed by content experts and parents (n = 20) and targeted four areas (milk, sugar sweetened beverages, screen time, and physical activity). The modules were delivered by community health workers in the childcare center during pick-up and drop-off times, in small groups and home visits upon request. Focus groups with childcare center staff (n = 28) assessed satisfaction and interest in incorporating the intervention into care.
Aschbrenner, K.A., Mueser, K.T., Naslund, J.A., Gorin, A.A., Zawacki, S.A., Pratt, S.I., Kinney, A., Bartels, S.
The purpose of this pilot study was to explore the feasibility of an intervention designed to facilitate partner support for lifestyle change among overweight and obese adults with serious mental illness (SMI). Fifteen adults with SMI enrolled in a lifestyle intervention at community mental health centers participated with a self-selected partner in an additional 12-week intervention component designed to facilitate social support for health behavior change. Participants reported that the program was useful, convenient, and helped them reach their goals.
Gettens, K.M., Gorin, A.A.
Weight loss maintenance is a complex, multifaceted process that presents a significant challenge for most individuals who lose weight. A growing body of literature indicates a strong relationship between cognitive dysfunction and excessive body weight, and suggests that a subset of high-order cognitive processes known as executive functions (EF) likely play an important role in weight management.
Faghri, P.D., Simon, J., Huedo-Medina, T., Gorin, A.
To evaluate if self-efficacy (SE) and financial incentives (FI) mediate the effect of health behavior on weight loss in a group of overweight and obese nursing-home employees participating in a 16-week weight-loss intervention with 12-week follow-up.
Cornelius, T., Gettens, K., Gorin, A.A.
Through a reanalysis of data from a randomized weight loss intervention, this study compared dyadic dynamics in intervention participants and in-home partners.