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 was previously an Assistant Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry and Surgery at the University of Pennsylvania (Penn) Perelman School of Medicine and Director of Research at the Penn Center for Weight and Eating Disorders, where she maintains an adjunct appointment. 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 appearance- and health-related stigma and 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. 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.