Books and Articles


Books and Articles about Weight Loss & Sport Psychology

Chicago CBM programs are based on decades of research in the areas of weight loss and cognitive behavior therapy. The center’s director Dr. Kirschenbaum published 10 books and more than 100 articles. His books were translated in Spanish, Japanese and Hebrew.

Many of the books are available at local bookstores and can be purchased online from Most recent articles published by Dr. Kirschenbaum can be found via Google Scholar.

  • Sierras Weight Loss For Teens And Kids (2007)
  • The Healthy Obsession Program: Smart Weight Loss Instead of Low-Carb Lunacy. (2006)
  • The 9 Truths about Weight Loss: The No-Tricks, No-Nonsense Plan for Lifelong Weight Control (2000) Translated into Hebrew (2004)
  • Mind Matters: Seven Steps to Smarter Sport Performance (1998)
  • Smart Golf: How to Simplify and Score Your Mental Game (1998)
  • Weight loss through persistence: Making science work for you. (1994)
  • Helping young children develop social skills. (1992) Translated into Japanese (1996)
  • Treatment of childhood and adolescent obesity. (1987) Also translated into Spanish.
  • Adjustment and competence: Concepts and applications. (1986)
  • Psychology of adjustment and competence: An applied approach. (1980)
Selected Articles

Kirschenbaum, D.S., & Karoly, P. (1977). When self-regulation fails: Tests of some preliminary hypotheses. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 45, 1116-1125.

Seidner, M.L., & Kirschenbaum, D.S. (1980). Behavioral contracts: Pre-treatment information and intention statements. Behavior Therapy, 11, 689-698.

Kirschenbaum, D.S., Humphrey, L.L., & Malett, S.D. (1981). Specificity of planning in adult self-control: An applied investigation. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 40, 941-950.

Kirschenbaum, D.S., & Tomarken, A.J. (1982). Some antecedents of regulatory eating in restrained and unrestrained eaters. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 91, 326-336.

Kirschenbaum, D.S., Tomarken, A.J., & Ordman, A.M. (1982). Specificity of planning and choice applied to adult self-control. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 41, 576-585.

Tomarken, A.J., & Kirschenbaum, D.S. (1982). Self-regulatory failure: Accentuate the positive? Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 43, 584-597.

Donahoe, C.P., Jr., Lin, D.H., Kirschenbaum, D.S., & Keesey, R.E. (1984). Metabolic consequences of dieting and exercise in the treatment of obesity. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 52, 827-836.

Kirschenbaum, D.S., Harris, E.S., & Tomarken, A.J. (1984). Effects of parental involvement in behavioral weight loss therapy for preadolescents. Behavior Therapy, 15, 485-500.

Tomarken, A.J., & Kirschenbaum, D.S. (1984). Effects of plans for future meals on counterregulatory eating by restrained and unrestrained eaters. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 93, 458-472.

Kirschenbaum, D.S. (1985). Proximity and specificity of planning: A position paper. Cognitive Therapy and Research, 9, 489-506.

Kirschenbaum, D.S., Stalonas, P.M., Zastowny, T.R., & Tomarken, A.J. (1985). Behavioral treatment of adult obesity: Attentional controls and a two-year follow-up. Behavior Research and Therapy , 23, 675-682.

Kirschenbaum, D.S., Tomarken, A.J., & Humphrey, L.L. (1985). Affect and adult self-regulation. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 48, 509-523.

Ordman, A.M., & Kirschenbaum, D.S. (1985). Cognitive-behavioral therapy for bulimia: An initial outcome study. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 53, 305-313.

Stalonas, P.M., Jr., & Kirschenbaum, D.S. (1985). Behavioral treatments for obesity: Eating habits revisited. Behavior Therapy, 16, 1-14.

Flanery, R.C., & Kirschenbaum, D.S. (1986). Dispositional and situational correlates of long-term weight reduction in obese children. Addictive Behaviors, 11, 249-261.

Humphrey, L.L., Apple, R.F., & Kirschenbaum, D.S. (1986). Differentiating bulimic-anorexic from normal families using interpersonal and behavioral observational systems. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 54, 190-195.

Kirschenbaum, D.S., Obesity. (1986). In Britannica International Encyclopaedia. Chicago: Britannic Centre.

Ordman, A.M., & Kirschenbaum, D.S. (1986). Bulimia: Assessment of eating, psychological adjustment, and familial characteristics. International Journal of Eating Disorders, 5, 865-878.

Kirschenbaum, D.S. (1987). Toward the prevention of sedentary lifestyles. In W.P. Morgan & S.E. Goldston (Eds.). Exercise and mental health. NY: Hemisphere Publishing.

Kirschenbaum, D.S. (1987). Elements of success in the treatment of childhood and adolescent obesity. In W.G. Johnson (Ed.) Advances in eating disorders, Vol 1: Treating and preventing obesity.Greenwich, CT: JAI Press.

Kirschenbaum, D.S. (1987). Adjusted weight measure for children. In M. Hersen & A.S. Bellack (Eds.) Dictionary of behavioral assessment techniques. NY: Pergamon.

Kirschenbaum, D.S. (1987). Self-regulatory failure: A review with clinical implications. Clinical Psychology Review, 7, 77-104.

Fitzgibbon, M.L., & Kirschenbaum, D.S. (1990). Heterogeneity of clinical presentation among obese individuals seeking treatment. Addictive Behaviors, 15, 291-295.

Fitzgibbon, M.L., & Kirschenbaum, D.S. (1991). Distressed binge eaters as a distinct subgroup among obese individuals. Addictive Behaviors, 16, 441-451.

Kirschenbaum, D.S., & Dykman, B.M. (1991). Disinhibited eating by resourceful restrained eaters. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 100, 227-230.

Beliard, D., Kirschenbaum, D.S., & Fitzgibbon, M.L. (1992). Evaluation of an intensive weight control program using apriori criteria to determine outcome. International Journal of Obesity, 16, 505-517.

Fitzgibbon, M.L., & Kirschenbaum, D.S. (1992). Who succeeds in losing weight? In J.D. Fisher, J. Chinsky, Y. Klan, & A. Nadler (Eds.) Initiating self-changes: Social psychological and clinical perspectives.NY: Springer-Verlag.

Kirschenbaum, D.S. (1992). Elements of effective weight control programs: Implications for applied exercise and sport psychology. Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, 4, 77-93.

Kirschenbaum, D.S., Fitzgibbon, M.L., Conviser, J.H., Shrifter, S.A., & Langdon, F.J. (1992). Nurturing healthy weight control programs. The Behavior Therapist, 15, 185-188.

Kirschenbaum, D.S., Fitzgibbon, M.L., Martino, S., Conviser, J.H., Rosendahl, E.H., & Laatsch, L. (1992). Stages of change in successful weight control: A clinically derived model. Behavior Therapy, 23, 623-635.

Baker, R.C., & Kirschenbaum, D.S. (1993). Self-monitoring may be necessary for effective weight control. Behavior Therapy. 24, 377-394.

Fitzgibbon, M.L., Stolley, M.R., & Kirschenbaum, D.S. (1993). Obese people who seek treatment have different characteristics than those who do not seek treatment. Health Psychology , 12, 342-345.

Rosendahl, E.H., & Kirschenbaum, D.S. (1994). Factors associated with weight control in older adults. Obesity Research, 2, 220-229.

Fitzgibbon, M.L., Stolley, M.R., & Kirschenbaum, D.S. (1995). An obesity prevention pilot program for African-American mothers and daughters. Journal of Nutrition Education, 27, 93-99.

Kirschenbaum, D.S., & Fitzgibbon, M.L. (1995). Controversy about the treatment of obesity: Criticisms or challenges? Behavior Therapy, 26, 43-68.

Kirschenbaum, D.S. (1996). Helping physicians make useful recommendations about losing weight. In R.J. Resnick & R.H. Rozensky (Eds.). Health psychology through the life span: Practice and research opportunities (pp. 163-176). Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association.

Villejo, R.E., Humphrey, L.L. & Kirschenbaum, D.S. (1997). Affect and self-regulation in binge eaters: Effects of activating family images. International Journal of Eating Disorders , 21, 237-249.

Baker, R.C., & Kirschenbaum, D.S. (1998). Weight control during the holidays: The potentially critical role of self-monitoring. Health Psychology, 17, 367-370.

Boutelle, K.N., & Kirschenbaum, D.S. (1998). Further support for consistent self-monitoring as a vital component of successful weight control. Obesity Research, 6, 219-224.

Boutelle, K.N., Kirschenbaum, D.S., Baker, R.C., & Mitchell, M.E. (1999). How can obese weight controllers minimize weight gain during the high risk holiday season? By self-monitoring very consistently. Health Psychology, 18, 364-368.

Kirschenbaum, D.S. (2005). Very low-fat diets are much better than low-carbohydrate diets: A position paper based on science. Patient Care, 39, 47-55.

Kirschenbaum, D.S., Germann, J.N., & Rich, B.H. (2005). Treatment of morbid obesity in low-income minority adolescents: Participant and parental self-monitoring as determinants of initial success. Obesity Research, 13, 1527-1529.

Germann, J.N., Kirschenbaum, D.S Rich, B.H., & O’Koon, J.C. (2006). Long-term evaluation of multi-disciplinary treatment of morbid obesity in low income minority adolescents: La Rabida Children’s Hospital’s FitMatters program. Journal of Adolescent Health, 39, 553-561.

Germann, J.N., Kirschenbaum, D.S., & Rich, B.H. (2006). Use of an orientation session may help decrease attrition in a pediatric weight management program for low income minority adolescents. Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings, 13, 177-187.

Kirschenbaum, D.S. (2006). The healthy obsession program: Smart weight loss instead of low-carb lunacy. Dallas, Texas: BenBella Books.

Germann, J.N., Kirschenbaum, D.S., & Rich, B.H. (2007). Participant and parental self-monitoring as determinants of success in the treatment of morbid obesity in low-income minority children. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 32, 111-121.

Kirschenbaum, D.S., Craig, R.D., Kelly, K.P., & Germann, J.N. (2007). Immersion programs for treating pediatric obesity: Follow-up evaluations of Wellspring Camps and Academy of the Sierras – A boarding school for overweight teenagers. Obesity Management, 3, 261-266.

Kirschenbaum, D.S., Craig, R. D., Tjelmeland, L. (2007). Sierras weight loss solution for teens and kids. NY/Toronto: Penguin.

Kirschenbaum, D.S. Kelly, K.P., (2009, in press). Five reasons to distrust the trust model. Obesity.

Kirschenbaum, D.S. (2009) (Guest Editor). Revisiting the 2007 Pediatric recommendations: Making a good thing even better. Obesity Management, 5 (1).

Kirschenbaum, D.S. (2009). 2007 Expert committee recommendations about the treatment of pediatric obesity: Special issue introduction. Obesity Management, 5, 1-4.

Kirschenbaum, D.S. , DeUgarte, D., Frankel, F., Germann, J.N., McKnight, T.L., Nieman, P., Sandler R.H., & Slusser, W. (2009). Seven steps to success: AHandout for parents of overweight children and adolescents. Obesity Management, 5, 29-33.

Kirschenbaum, D.S., Germann, J.N., McKnight, T.L., Slusser, W., & Frankel, F. (2009). Comments on the Comments: Substantial agreement and a couple of disagreements. Obesity Management, 5, 26-28.

Kirschenbaum, D.S., Kelly, K.P., & Germann, J.N. (2009, In press). Efficacy of a screening procedure to identify potentially disruptive participants in an immersion program for the treatment of adolescent obesity. Obesity Facts.

Kirschenbaum, D.S., Nieman, P., Sandler, R.H., &
Brady, T.J. (2009). Tertiary care – Immersion program perspective. Obesity Management, 5, 17-21.