Stephen Wonderlich, PhD

Adjunct Professor

Vice President for Research, Sanford Research
Co-Director, Center for Biobehavioral Research, Sanford Research
Co-Director, Sanford Eating Disorder and Weight Management Center



Doctor of Philosophy, Clinical Psychology, 1985
University of Missouri   

Master of Arts, Clinical Psychology, 1983
University of Missouri   

Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, 1978
Concordia College


Psychiatry Fellow, 1985-1987
Department of Psychiatry
University of Wisconsin


Stephen Wonderlich, Ph.D., is the Chester Fritz Distinguished Professor, University of North Dakota School of Medicine & Health Sciences. He is Co-Director of the Eating Disorder and Weight Management Center at Sanford Health and also the Sanford Center for Bio-behavioral Research. He serves as Vice President and Chief of Behavioral Health Research at Sanford Research. He has published widely in the literature. He currently sits on the Editorial Board for several professional journals, is a Past-President of the Academy for Eating Disorders, and was a member of the Eating Disorder Workgroup for DSM-5. He serves, or has served, on the Board of Directors for several eating disorder organizations, including the Eating Disorder Research Society, Academy for Eating Disorders, Eating Disorder Coalition, and the National Eating Disorder Association. He also serves as the Principal Investigator for the NIH Supported Center of Biomedical Research Excellence in Eating Disorders at Sanford Health.

Areas of Expertise

  • Eating disorders
  • Bariatric surgery
  • Mental healthcare delivery systems
  • Childhood trauma

Selected Publications

Mason TB, Smith KE, Crosby RD, Enget SG. (2019). Examination of momentary maintenance factors and eating disorder behaviors and cognitions using ecological momentary assessment. Eating Disorders: Journal of Treatment and Prevention. 11:1-14.

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