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Yang Yu, PhD, MPH, MSN
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Yang Yu, PhD, MPH, MSN

  • Assistant Professor


  • PhD, 2019. University of Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh, PA


Yang Yu obtained her PhD and MPH from the University of Pittsburgh where she received substantial training on weight management and behavior change theories and practices. Her current research focuses on the disordered eating behaviors such as loss of control eating and binge eating in patients with severe obesity who are seeking or have undergone bariatric surgery. Through examining the physiological and psychosocial mechanisms underlying disordered eating behaviors, more tailored interventions can be developed to improve post-surgical weight loss outcome. She also has examined the overlapping between disordered eating behaviors and smoking, alcohol misuse and illicit drug use among bariatric patients.

Previously, Yu studied psychosocial and behavioral factors that contribute to weight loss among Chinese patients who have undergone sleeve gastrectomy. Her work has been published in peer-reviewed journals such as Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases and Obesity and American Journal of Health Behavior.

Highlight in the Editor’s Focus
Pediatric Research, 2022

Abstract of Distinction
American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery, 2022
Prepregnancy Dieting and Perinatal Outcomes: Findings from a Nationally Representative Survey
The Obesity Society 2023, 2023
Dallas, Texas

Associations of Trimester-specific Eating Behaviors and Eating Patterns with Excessive Gestational Weight Gain
Eastern Nursing Research Society, 2021

Pre-surgical Predictors of 30-day Follow-up Visits after Primary Bariatric Surgery: an Analysis of MBSAQIP
American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Annual Meeting, 2021

Problem-solving, Adherence to Lifestyle Goals, and Weight Loss among Individuals Participating in a Weight Loss Study.
The Obesity Society, 2020
Yu, Y., Ma, Q., & Groth,S. (2024). Prepregnancy weight loss and maternal metabolic and inflammatory biomarkers during pregnancy: An analysis of National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Research. PMID: 38369640 DOI: 10.1111/jog.15904

Yu, Y., Ma, Q., & Groth, S.W. (2024). Prepregnancy dieting and obstetrical and neonatal outcomes: Findings from a national surveillance project in the United States. Midwifery. PMID: 38493519 DOI: 10.1016/j.midw.2024.103972

Yu, Y., & Groth, S.W. (2023). Use of Continuous Glucose Monitoring in Patients Following Bariatric Surgery: A Scoping Review. Obesity Surgery. PMID: 37410260 DOI: 10.1007/s11695-023-06704-1

Yu, Y., Yeh, K., Kalarchian, M.A., & Groth, S.W. (2023). Experiences of loss of control eating in women after bariatric surgery: A qualitative study. International Journal of Eating Disorders. PMID: 36786350 DOI: 10.1002/eat.23912

Yu Y., Lyo, V. & Groth, S.W. (2023). The impact of maternal bariatric surgery on long-term health of offspring: a scoping review. Pediatric Research. DOI: 10.1038/s41390-023-02698-9

Yu, Y., Ma, Q., & Groth, S.W. (2022). Association between maternal psychological factors and offspring executive function: analysis of African-American mother–child dyads. Pediatric Research. PMID: 35505078 DOI: 10.1038/s41390-022-02084-x

Yu, Y., Miller, R., & Groth, S.W. (2022). A literature review of dopamine in binge eating. Journal of Eating Disorders, 10 (1). PMID: 35090565 PMCID: PMC8796589 DOI: 10.1186/s40337-022-00531-y

Yu, Y., Kalarchian, M.A., Ma, Q., & Groth, S.W. (2022). Corrigendum to Eating Patterns and Unhealthy Weight Control Behaviors are Associated with Loss of Control Eating following Bariatric Surgery: [Surg Obes Relat Dis. 17 (2021) 976-985, (Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases (2021) 17(976-985) (S1550728921000344), (10.1016/j.soard.2021.01.008)). Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases, 18 (7), 999. PMID: 35459622 DOI: 10.1016/j.soard.2022.03.013

Yu, Y., Ma, Q., Hollenbach, S., Zhu, Y., & Groth, S.W. (2022). Pregnant Women following Bariatric Surgery: A Focus on Maternal Mental Health and its Impact on Birth Outcomes. Obesity Surgery. DOI: 10.1007/s11695-022-06283-7

Yu, Y., Ma, Q., & Groth S.W. (2022). Risk factors for preterm birth in pregnancies following bariatric surgery: an analysis of the Longitudinal Assessment of Bariatric Surgery-2. Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases. PMID: 35995663 PMCID: PMC9617754 DOI: 10.1016/j.soard.2022.07.013

Yu, Y., Ma, Q., & Groth. S.W. (2022). Desire to lose weight was associated with the adoption of weight control strategies but not healthier lifestyle behaviours among post‐bariatric surgery patients: NHANES 2013–2018. Clinical Obesity. PMID: 35170233 DOI: 10.1111/cob.12511

Yu, Y., Ma, Q., Johnson, J.A., O'Malley, W.E., Sabbota, A., & Groth, S.W. (2022). Predictors of 30-day follow-up visit completion after primary bariatric surgery: an analysis of the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program data registry. Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases. PMID: 34974998 DOI: 10.1016/j.soard.2021.12.003

Yu, Y., Fernandez, I.D., Meng, Y., Zhao, W., & Groth, S.W. (2021). Gut hormones, adipokines, and pro- and anti-inflammatory cytokines/markers in loss of control eating: A scoping review. Appetite, 166. PMID: 34111480 DOI: 10.1016/j.appet.2021.105442

Yu, Y., Kalarchian, M.A., Ma, Q., & Groth, S.W. (2021). Eating patterns and unhealthy weight control behaviors are associated with loss-of-control eating following bariatric surgery. Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases, 17 (5), 976-985. PMID: 33619009 PMCID: PMC8096657 DOI: 10.1016/j.soard.2021.01.008

Yu, Y., Ma, Q., Fernandez, I.D., & Groth, S.W. (2021). Mental Health, Behavior Change Skills, and Eating Behaviors in Postpartum Women. Western Journal of Nursing Research. PMID: 34088249 PMCID: PMC8670629 DOI: 10.1177/01939459211021625

Yu, Y., Sereika, S.M., Finegold, D.N., & Burke, L.E. (2021). Problem-solving, Adherence to Lifestyle Goals, and Weight Loss Among Individuals Participating in a Weight Loss Study. International Journal of Behavioral Medicine. DOI: 10.1007/s12529-020-09922-4

Groth, S.W., Fernandez, I.D., Block, R.C., Thurston, S.W., Wong, E., Brunner, J., Mayo, N., Kapula, N., Yu, Y., Meng, Y., Yeh, K., Kinkade, C.W., Thornburg, L.L., O'Conner, T.G., & Barrett, E.S. (2021). Biological changes in the pregnancy-postpartum period and subsequent cardiometabolic risk—UPSIDE MOMS: A research protocol. Research in Nursing and Health. PMID: 33993510 PMCID: PMC8378197 DOI: 10.1002/nur.22141

Burke, L.E., Conroy, M.B., Parmanto B., Beatrice, B., Loar, I., Pulantara, W., Wang, Y., Kariuki, J., Cajita, M., Yu, Y., Cedillo, M., & Sereika, S.M. (2020). The SMARTER Trial: Design of a trial testing tailored mHealth feedback to impact self-monitoring of diet, physical activity, and weight. Contemporary Clinical Trials. PMID: 32087342 PMCID: PMC7269678 DOI: 10.1016/j.cct.2020.105958

Yu, Y., Sereika, S.M., Finegold, D.N., & Burke, L.E. (2020). Problem-solving, Adherence to Lifestyle Goals, and Weight Loss Among Individuals Participating in a Weight Loss Study. International Journal of Behavioral Medicine. PMID: 32681361 DOI: 10.1007/s12529-020-09922-4

Yu, Y., Burke, L.E., Shen, O., Imes, C.I., Sun, R., Groth, S., Zhang, W., & Melissa A. Kalarchian, M.A. (2020). A Qualitative Exploration of Patients’ Experiences with Lifestyle Changes After Sleeve Gastrectomy in China. Obesity Surgery. PMID: 32385666 DOI: 10.1007/s11695-020-04653-7

Sun, R., Rohay, J., Sereika, S.M., Zheng, Y., Yu, Y., & Burke, L.E. (2019). Psychometric Evaluation of the Barriers to Healthy Eating Scale: Results from Four Independent Weight Loss Studies. Obesity. PMID: 30843367 PMCID: PMC6478518 DOI: 10.1002/oby.22414

Yu, Y., Klem, M.L., Kalarchian, M.A., Ji, M., & Burke, L.E. (2019). Predictors of weight regain after sleeve gastrectomy: an integrative review. Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases. PMID: 31085036 DOI: 10.1016/j.soard.2019.02.009

Mao, Y., Wang, S., Li, M., Huang, M., Mo, M., Gu, L., Muyiduli, X., Lian, H., Jiang, S., Wang, Z., & Shao, B. (2019). Association of trimester-specific gestational weight gain with birth weight and fetal growth in a large community-based population. Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics. DOI: 10.1007/s00404-019-05188-8

Yu, Y., Shiffman, S., Rohay, J., Ma, Q., Sun, R., Sereika, S.M., & Burke, L.E. (2018). Psychometric Evaluation of the Relapse Situation Efficacy Questionnaire in a Weight Loss Treatment Study. American Journal of Health Behavior. PMID: 29973313 DOI: 10.5993/AJHB.42.4.8
Prepregnancy Surgical and Pharmacological Weight Loss: Considerations on Pregnancy and Birth Outcomes
Heilbrunn Family Center for Research Nursing, The Rockefeller University
None/2024 - None/2026
Role: Principal Investigator
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