Angela PintoAngela Pinto

Phone: (646) 312-4447

Location: VC 8-297


Dr. Angela Marinilli Pinto is an Associate Professor in the Psychology Department at Baruch College. She teaches Statistics for Social Science (STA 2100), Research Methods (PSY 3001), and Abnormal Psychology (PSY 3055) at the undergraduate level and Research and Program Evaluation in Mental Health Counseling (PSY 9922) and Assessment and Treatment of Eating Disorders and Obesity (PSY 9826) in the Masters in Mental Health Counseling Program.

Dr. Pinto earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology and biology from Harvard University in 1997 and her Ph.D. in clinical psychology with a subspecialty in behavioral medicine from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County in 2004. She completed her clinical psychology internship at Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine also in 2004. Following graduation, she completed a postdoctoral clinical research fellowship in the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior (DPHB) at Brown Medical School where she studied behavioral obesity treatment. She held a faculty position as Assistant Professor (Research) in the DPHB at Brown from 2006-2007 before joining the faculty at Baruch.


Dr. Pinto’s research is focused on two related areas: obesity and eating disorders.  Her research in obesity has included working with community-wide weight loss initiatives and conducting randomized clinical trials (RCTs) of weight loss interventions.  She is particularly interested in the development of accessible and cost-effective behavioral weight loss treatment programs and working with publicly available commercial weight loss programs.  Her research examines outcomes of weight loss treatment in terms of clinical effectiveness (e.g., weight loss, behavioral changes in diet and physical activity), health parameters (e.g., health-related quality of life), and factors related to costs associated with delivery of such programs.  Her research in eating disorders centers on cognitive factors such as motivation for change and self-efficacy that impact treatment engagement and outcome for individuals with anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa. Beyond clinical eating disorders, she is also interested in body image concerns and subclinical eating disordered behavior and attitudes in nonclinical samples. 


Pinto, A. M., Fava, J. L., Raynor, H. A., LaRose, J. G., Wing, R. R. (2013). Development and validation of the Weight Control Strategies Scale. Obesity, 21(12), 2429-2436. DOI: 10.1002/oby.20368

Pinto, A. M., Fava, J. L., Hoffmann, D. A., Wing, R. R. (2013). Combining behavioral weight loss treatment and a commercial program: A randomized clinical trial. Obesity, 21, 673-680. DOI: 10.1002/oby.20044

Artistico, D., Pinto, A. M., Douek, J., Black, J., Lina, P. (2013). The value of removing daily obstacles via everyday problem solving theory: Developing an applied novel procedure to increase self-efficacy for exercise. Frontiers in Psychology. Front. Psychology 4:20. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2013.00020

Subak, L. L., Pinto, A. M., Wing, R. R., Nakagawa, S., Kusek, J. W., Herman, W. H., Kuppermann, M. (2012). Decrease in urinary incontinence management costs in women enrolled in a clinical trial of weight loss to treat urinary incontinence. Obstetrics and Gynecology, 120(2), 277-283.

Pinto, A. M., Subak, L. L., Nakagawa, S., Vittinghoff, E., Wing, R. R., Kusek, J. W., Herman, W. H., West, D. S., Kuppermann, M. (2012). The effect of weight loss on changes in health-related quality of life among overweight and obese women with urinary incontinence. Quality of Life Research, 21, 1685-1694.

Pinto, A. M., Kupperman, M., Nakagawa, S., Vittinghoff, E., Wing, R. R., Kusek, J. W., Herman, W., Subak, L. L. (2011). Comparison and correlates of three preference-based health-related quality of life measures among overweight and obese women with urinary incontinence. Quality of Life Research, 20, 1655-1662.

Leahey, T. M., Crane, M. M., Pinto, A. M., Weinberg, B. A., Kumar, R., Wing, R. R. (2010). Effect of teammates on changes in physical activity in a statewide campaign. Preventive Medicine, 51, 45-49.

Wing, R. R., Pinto, A. M., Crane, M. M., Kumar, R., Weinberg, B., Gorin, A. A. (2009). A statewide intervention reduces BMI in adults: Shape Up Rhode Island Results. Obesity, 17, 991-995.

Pinto, A. M., Gorin, A. A., Raynor, H. A., Tate, D. F., Fava, J. L., Wing, R. R. (2008). Successful weight loss maintenance in relation to method of weight loss. Obesity, 16, 2456-2461.

Pinto, A. M., Heinberg, L. J., Coughlin, J. W., Fava, J. L., Guarda, A. S. (2008). The Eating Disorder Recovery Self-Efficacy Questionnaire (EDRSQ): Change with treatment and prediction of outcome. Eating Behaviors, 9, 143-153.

Heinberg, L. J., Coughlin, J. W., Pinto, A. M., Haug, N. A., Brode, C., Guarda, A. S. (2008). Validation and predictive utility of the Sociocultural Attitudes Towards Appearance Questionnaire for Eating Disorders (SATAQ-ED): Internalization of sociocultural ideals predicts weight gain. Body Image: An International Journal of Research, 5, 279-290.

Pinto, A. M., Gokee-LaRose, J., Wing, R. R. (2007). Behavioral approaches to weight control: A review of current research. Women’s Health, 3, 341-353.

Gorin, A. A., Pinto, A. M., Tate, D. F., Raynor, H. A., Fava, J. L., Wing, R. R. (2007). Failure to meet weight loss expectations does not impact maintenance in successful weight losers. Obesity, 15, 3086-3090.

Pinto, A., Pinto, A. M., Neziroglu, F., Yaryura-Tobias, J. A. (2007). Motivation to change as a predictor of treatment response in obsessive compulsive disorder. Annals of Clinical Psychiatry, 19, 83-87.

Guarda, A. S., Pinto, A. M., Couglin, J., Hussain, S., Haug, N. A., Heinberg, L. J. (2007). Perceived coercion and change in perceived need for admission in hospitalized eating disorder patients. American Journal of Psychiatry, 164, 108-114.

Pinto, A. M., Guarda, A. S., Heinberg, L. J., DiClemente, C. C. (2006). Development of the Eating Disorder Recovery Self-Efficacy Questionnaire. International Journal of Eating Disorders, 39, 376-384.

Guarda, A. S., Coughlin, J. W., Cummings, M., Pinto, A. M., Haug, N., Boucher, M., Heinberg, L. J. (2004). Chewing and spitting in eating disorders and its relationship to binge eating. Eating Behaviors, 5, 231-239.

DiClemente, C. C., Pinto, A. M., Singh, M., Belino, L. E. (2001). The role of feedback in the  process of health behavior change. American Journal of Health Behavior, 25, 217-227.

Book Chapters/Invited Papers

Wing, R. R., Niemeier, H., Pinto, A. M. (2008). Weight loss in type 2 diabetic patients: Is it worth the effort? Controversies in Treating Diabetes: Clinical and Research Aspects In D. LeRoith & A. Vinik (Ed.). (pp. 201-232). Totowa, NJ: Humana Press.

Wing, R. R., Pinto, A. M., Niemeier, H. (2007). Maintenance: The ultimate goal. A Clinical Guide for Management of Overweight and Obese Children and Adults In C. M. Apovian and C. M. Lenders (Ed.). (pp. 177-196). Boca Raton, FL: Taylor & Francis Group, CRC Press.

Coughlin, J. W., Heinberg, J. L., Pinto, A. M., Guarda, A. S. (2003). Body image disturbance in children: The role of parental influences. Healthy Weight Journal, 17, 56-59.

DiClemente, C. C., Jordan, L., Pinto, A. M., Nidecker, M. (2003). Psychotherapy in alcoholism treatment Handbook of  Clinical Alcoholism Treatment In B. A. Johnson, P. Ruiz, & M. Galanter (Ed.). (pp. 102-110). Baltimore, MD: Lippincott, Williams, & Wilkins.

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