C. Alix Timko PhD

C. Alix Timko PhD

Director of Graduate Psychology Program

Assistant Professor of Psychology


BS (St. Lawrence University)

MA (MCP Hahnemann University)

PhD (Drexel University)

Research Interests

Dr Timko’s research interests fall into the area of eating and weight regulation, eating disorders, and obesity.   Within this area, she has a number of specific foci.

  • The treatment and prevention of anorexia nervosa in adolescents.
  • Use of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy to treat adolescents and children with weight and food concerns (including pediatric obesity).
  • The construct of “restrained eating” and how it is similar and different to self-identified current dieting in normal weight women.
  • The study of emotional eating.
  • Implicit assessment of attitudes towards the body, food, and weight behaviors – specifically using the Implicit Relational Assessment Procedure (IRAP).

For more information, see Dr. Timko's Eating Behavior Research Laboratory website.


Dr. Timko received an MA in clinical health psychology from MCP Hahnemann University and a PhD in clinical psychology from Drexel University. She completed a pre-doctoral internship at the Center for Counseling and Student Development at the University of Delaware and a post-doctoral residency at the Renfrew Center of Philadelphia.  Her research interests include the treatment and prevention of disordered eating in adolescent males and females, understanding the differences between dieting and restraint, and the use of acceptance-based treatment with adolescents.  She is currently Principal Investigator on an NIMH funded study that is developing a new acceptance based family treatment for adolescents with anorexia nervosa.

Selected Scholarly Activity

Dakanalis, A., Timko, C.A., Riva, G., Madeddu, F., Clerici, M., di Mattei, V. E., & Zanetti, M.A. (in press). Comprehensive examination of the Transdiagnostic Cognitive Behavioral Model  of eating disorders in males. Eating Behaviors.

Juarascio, A., Shaw, J., Forman, E., Timko, C.A., Herbert, J.D., Butryn, M.L., &  Lowe, M.R. (in press). Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for eating disorders: Clinical applications of a group treatment. Journal of Contextual Behavioral Science.

Dakanalis, A., Timko, C.A.,Madeddu, F., Volpato, C., Clerici, M., Riva, G., & Zanetti, M.A. (in press). Are the Male Body Dissatisfaction and Drive for Muscularity scales reliable and valid instruments? Journal of Health Psychology.

Juarascio, A.S., Shaw, J., Forman, E., Herbert, J.D., Timko, C.A., Butryn, M., Bunnell, D., Matteucci, A.J., &  Lowe, M.R. (in press). Acceptance and Commitment Therapy as a novel treatment for eating disorders: An initial test of efficacy and mediation. Behavior Modification.

Merwin, R.M., Zucker, N.L., & Timko, C.A. (in press).  A Pilot Study of Acceptance-based Separated Family Treatment for Adolescent Anorexia Nervosa. Cognitive and Behavioral Practice.

Martin, L.M., Vildarga-Plumb, J.C., Timko, C.A. (2012). Examining the relationship amongst varieties of interpersonal valuing and mindfulness processes in eating pathology. Mindfulness, 1-13.  doi: 10.1007/s12671-012-0156-8.

Timko, C.A., Chubski, J., & Hormes, J. (2012).  Will the real vegetarian please stand up?  Eating disorder symptomatology and its relationship to true vegetarianism. Appetite, 58, 982-990.

Timko, C.A., Juarascio, A.S., Chowansky, A. (2012). The effect of a pre-load experiment on subsequent food consumption:  Caloric and macronutrient intake in the days following a pre-load manipulation. Appetite, 58, 747-753.

Professional Information

Prior Positions :

  • Assitant Professor, Towson University, 2007-2010
  • Assistant Director of Undergraduate and Graduate Studies, University of Pennsylvania, 2005-2007
  • Post-doctoral Resident, The Renfrew Center of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA 2003-2000

Contact Information

Office location: Kline Hall Room 218
Mailing address: University of Sciences
600 South 43rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-4495
Office Phone: 215.596.7182
Office Fax: 215.596.7625

a [dot] timko [at] usciences [dot] edu