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Ann E. Goebel-Fabbri, Ph.D.

Special Interests

Eating disorders and diabetes, women's health

Teaching Appointment

Assistant Professor in Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School


Wesleyan University

Graduate School

Boston University


Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center; Joslin Diabetes Center

Specialty Training

Child Psychology Training: The Cambridge Hospital

Research at Joslin Diabetes Center

Dr. Goebel-Fabbri is an Investigator in the Section on Clinical, Behavioral and Outcomes Research at Joslin Diabetes Center. Dr. Goebel-Fabbri is a recipient of the Priscilla White Fellowship and has received grants for her research from the Harvard Scholars in Medicine Program and the Harvard Center of Excellence in Women’s Health.


Research Investigations

Goebel, A. E., Scheibe, K. E., Grahling, S. C., Striegel-Moore, R. H. Disordered eating in female alcohol dependent inpatients: Prevalence and associated psychopathology. Eating Disorders: the Journal of Treatment and Prevention. 1995;3(1):37-46.

Muller RT, Goebel-Fabbri AE, Diamond T, Dinklage D. Social support and the relationship between family and community violence exposure and psychopathology among high risk adolescents. Child Abuse Negl. 2000;24(4):449-64.

Anderson, B. J., Vangsness, L. J., Connell, A. J., Butler, D., Goebel-Fabbri, A. E., & Laffel, L. Family conflict, adherence, and glycemic control in youth with short duration type 1 diabetes. Diabetic Medicine. 2002;19:635-642.

Laffel, L., Vangsness, L. J., Connell, A. J., Goebel-Fabbri, A. E., Butler, D., & Anderson, B. J. Impact of ambulatory, family-focused teamwork intervention on glycemic control in youth with type 1 diabetes. Journal of Pediatrics. 2003;142:409-416.

Goebel-Fabbri AE, Fikkan J, Franko DL, Pearson K, Anderson BJ, Weinger K. Insulin restriction and associated morbidity and mortality in women with type 1 diabetes. Diabetes Care. 2008;31(3):415-419.

Goebel-Fabbri AE, Anderson BJ, Fikkan J, Franko DL, Pearson K, Weinger K. Improvement and Emergence of Insulin Restriction in Women with Type 1 Diabetes. Diabetes Care. 204;34(3):545-550.

Other Peer-Reviewed Publications

Goebel-Fabbri AE, Fikkan J, Connell A, Vangsness L, Anderson BJ. Identification and treatment of eating disorders in women with type 1 diabetes mellitus. Treat Endocrinol. 2002;1(3):155-62.

Goebel-Fabbri, A. E., Fikkan, J., & Franko, D.L. Beyond the manual: The flexible use of cognitive behavioral therapy for bulimia nervosa. Cognitive and Behavioral Practice. 2003;10:41-50.

Goebel-Fabbri, AE. Diabetes and Eating Disorders. Journal of Diabetes Science and Technology. 2008;2(3):530-532.

Hamdy, O., Goebel-Fabbri, A., Carver, C., Arathuzik, G., Shahar, J., Capelson, R., Beaton, J., O’Donnell, S., El Sayed, N., Mitri, J., Mentzelopoulos, V., & Abrahamson, M. Why WAIT Program: A Novel Model for Diabetes Weight Management in Routine Clinical Practice. Obesity Management. 2008;4(4):176-183.

Goebel-Fabbri AE. Disturbed eating behaviors and eating disorders in type 1 diabetes: Clinical significance and treatment recommendations. Current Diabetes Reports. 2009; 9 (2):133-139.

Goebel-Fabbri, AE., Polonsky, W., Uplinger, N., Gerkin, S., Mangham, D., Moxness, R., Taylor, D., & Parkin, C. Outpatient management of eating disorders in type 1 diabetes. Diabetes Spectrum. 2009; 22 (3):147-152.

Urbanski, P., Goebel-Fabbri, AE., Powers, M., & Taylor, D. The diabetes educator’s role in managing eating disorders and diabetes. Diabetes Spectrum. 2009; 22 (3):159-162.

Criego, A., Crow, S., Goebel-Fabbri, AE., Kendall, D., & Parkin, C. Eating disorders and diabetes:  Screening and detection. Diabetes Spectrum. 2009; 22 (3):143-146.

Arathuzik G., Goebel-Fabbri AE. Nutrition Therapy and the Management of Obesity and Diabetes: An Update. Current Diabetes Reports. (in press).

Lautz D., Halperin F., Goebel-Fabbri AE., & Goldfine AB. The great debate: Medicine or surgery, What is best for the patient with type 2 diabetes? Diabetes Care. 2011;34(3):763-770. 


Clark, DC, Goebel, AE. Elderly suicide: Scope of the problem and facts for prevention . Treatment Research Magazine. 1992: pp. 36-37.

Goebel-Fabbri AE. Strategies for weight management. Diabetes Self Manag. 2006;23(5):53-4, 56.

Goebel-Fabbri AE. Treating people with type 1 diabetes and eating disorders - the need for a multidisciplinary approach. Diabetes Voice. 2008;53(1):27-30.

Goebel-Fabbri, AE. Identifying and treating eating disorders in women with type 1 diabetes. Review of Endocrinology. 2008;2(10):33-37.


Clark, D. C., Pynoos, R. S., & Goebel, A. E. Mechanisms and processes of adolescent bereavement. In: R. J. Haggerty, L. R. Sherrod, N. Garmezy, & M. Rutter, (Eds.), Stress, Risk, and Resilience in Children and Adolescents: Processes, Mechanisms, and Interventions. London: Cambridge University Press;1994. p. 100-146.

Clark, D. C., & Goebel, A. E. Siblings of youth suicide victims. In: C. R. Pfeffer (Ed.), Severe Stress and Mental Disturbance in Children. Washington (DC): American Psychiatric Press;1996. p. 361-389.

Clark, D. C. & Goebel-Fabbri, A. E. Lifetime risk of suicide in major affective disorders. In: Jacobs, D. G., (Ed.), Harvard Guide to Assessment and Intervention in Suicide. San Francisco (CA): Jossey-Bass;1998. p. 270-286.

Goebel-Fabbri, A. E. Detecting and treating eating disorders in young women with type 1 diabetes. In: B.J Anderson & R.R. Rubin (eds.) Practical Psychology for Diabetes Clinicians. Washington (DC): American Diabetes Association;2002. p. 239-247.

Anderson, A. J., Goebel-Fabbri, A. E., & Jacobson, A. M. Behavioral research and psychological issues in diabetes. In: C. R. Kahn, G. C. Weir, G. L. King, A. M. Jacobson, A. C. Moses, & R. J. Smith (Eds.), Joslin's Diabetes Mellitus. Philadelphia (PA): Lippincott, Williams, & Wilkins;2005. p. 633-648.

Goebel-Fabbri, A. E. and Zrebiec, J. Depression, Anxiety, and Eating Disorders. In: B. P. Childs, M. Cypress, & G. Spollett (Eds.), Complete Nurse’s Guide to Diabetes Care. Alexandria (VA): American Diabetes Association;2005. p. 241-249.

Goebel-Fabbri, A. E., Musen, G., Sparks, C. R., Greene, J. A., Levenson, J. L., & Jacobson, A. M. Endocrine and metabolic disorders. In: J. L. Levenson (Ed.), Textbook of Psychosomatic Medicine. Washington (DC): American Psychiatric Publishing;2005. p. 495-515.

Goebel-Fabbri, A. E., Musen, G., Sparks, C. R., Greene, J. A., Levenson, J. L., & Jacobson, A. M. Endocrine disorders. In: Essentials of Psychosomatic Medicine. Washington (DC): American Psychiatric Publishing;2007. p. 89-105.

Goebel-Fabbri, A. E., Grant Arathuzik, G., & Shahar, J.I. The challenges of weight and diabetes management in clinical practice. In: K. Weinger & C. Carver (Eds.), Educating Your Patient with Diabetes. New York: Humana Press;2009. p. 273-288.

Goebel-Fabbri, A. E., Musen, G., & Levenson, J. L. Endocrine disorders. In: Essentials of Psychosomatic Medicine. Washington (DC): American Psychiatric Publishing;2011. p. 503-524.

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