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. 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 the Penn Center for Weight and Eating Disorders.
Dr. Pearl directs the Body Image and Stigma (BIAS) Lab, which investigates appearance- and health-related stigma and associated health outcomes. Her research primarily focuses on weight stigma, with a particular interest in understanding and reducing internalized or self-directed stigma. Her work is supported by funding from the National Institutes of Health, including the 2022 NIH Director’s New Innovator Award.