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Agras, W Stewart

W. Stewart Agras

(May 7, 1929 - )


Primary Areas of Study 

Application of basic psychology to investigation of behavior change in medical and psychiatric problems (treatment compliance, essential hypertension, other cardiovascular risk factors, and anxiety disorders). He started one of the first Behavioral Medicine clinics in the United States at Stanford University in 1974. Since 1985 he has narrowed his focus to the area of eating disorders. Agras studies epidemiology, basic psychological mechanisms, and treatment. He has conducted research on obesity, anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating disorder. 




Biography on Stanford School of Medicine website


Selected Papers


Selected Books






Intellectual Ancestry


Additional Information

Agras was the editor of Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis (JABA) from 1974-1977 as well as the Annals of Behavioral Medicine from 1987-1990. He was the first president of the Society for Behavioral Medicine from 1978-1979. He served as president for the Association for the Advancement of Behavior Therapy from 1985-1986. 


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