Laurel A. Weaver, MD, PhD

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Laurel A. Weaver, MD, PhD, is a psychiatrist in the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Section Director of the Eating Disorders Section of the Outpatient Division at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

Areas of Expertise: Anxiety disorders, Eating disorders in school-aged children, adolescents, and young adults
Locations: Center for Advanced Behavioral Healthcare
Appointments and Referrals: 1-800-TRY-CHOP (1-800-879-2467)


Dr. Weaver is a child and adolescent psychiatrist who specializes in the treatment of anxiety disorders and eating disorders in children and adolescents. She holds board certifications from the American Psychiatric Association (APA) and the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP).

Dr. Weaver has expertise in cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) for children and adolescents with anxiety disorders as well as in family-based treatment (FBT) for eating disorders. She also has expertise in medication management for youth who require therapy as well as medications for treatment of anxiety disorders. She is Co-director of the Eating Disorder Assessment and Treatment Program at CHOP.

Education and Training

Medical School

MD - University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA


Psychiatry - University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA


Child and Adolescent Psychiatry - The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA

Board Certification

Child and Adolescent Psychiatry – American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
Psychiatry – American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology

Graduate Degree

PhD in Neuroscience - University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

Titles and Academic Titles

Psychiatric Director of Clinical Care, Eating Disorder Assessment and Treatment Program

Section Director, Eating Disorders Section of the Outpatient Division


Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Departments and Services




Rebecka Peebles, MD; Andrew Lesser, BA; Courtney Cheek Park, BS; Kerri Heckert, MS, RD, LDN; C. Alix Timko, PhD; Eleni Lantzouni, MD; Ronald Liebman, MD; Laurel Weaver, MD, PhD.  Outcomes of an Inpatient Medical Nutritional Rehabilitation Protocol in Children and Adolescents with Eating Disorders.  Journal of Eating Disorders 1;5:7 2017 Mar.


Weaver, L., Rostain, A.L., Mace, W., Akhtar, U., Moss, E., O’Reardon, J.P.: Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) in the treatment of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder in adolescents and young adults: a pilot study.  Journal of Electroconvulsive Therapy 28(2), 98-103, June 2012.


Weaver, L.A., DeLeon, D.D., Borgmann-Winter, K.: Use of metformin to control clozapine-associated weight gain in an adolescent with schizoaffective disorder. Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology 20(2):153-157, 2010.


Graves, L., Heller, L., Pack, A., Abel, T.: Sleep deprivation selectively impairs memory consolidation for contextual fear conditioning. Learning and Memory 10(3):168-176, 2003.

Graves, L., Hellman, K., Veasey, S., Blendy, J.A., Pack, A., Abel, T.: A role for CREB in sustained cortical arousal. Journal of Neurophysiology 90(2):1152-1159, 2003.


Graves, L., Dalvi, A., Lucki, I., Blendy, J.A., Abel, T.: Behavioral analysis of the CREB mutation on a B6/129 F1 hybrid background. Hippocampus 12(1):18-26, 2002.




Timko, CA and Weaver, LA.  Eating Disorders in Children and Adolescents.  Chapter in Severe Childhood Pediatric Disorders, eds David I Driver and Shari Thomas. Submitted.  2017

Posters and Presentations


Benner E, Heckert K, Mack A, Orloff N, Peebles R and Weaver L.  The Clinical Art of Navigating Treatment of Pediatric Eating Disorders, Presented at the International Conference for Eating Disorders June 10-12, 2021, Virtual.

Invited Lectures


Weaver L.Weaver L. “Recognizing and Responding to Pediatric Eating Disorders.”  Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Behavioral Health Webinar Series.  Virtual. May 20th 2022.

Weaver L. “Managing Pediatric Eating Disorders.”  Delaware Child Psychiatry Access Program, Division of Prevention and Behavioral Health Services, Department of Services for Children, Youth, and Their Families.  Virtual. Jan 24th and Jan 31st, 2022.


Weaver L. “Pediatric Eating Disorders.”  WellSpan Philhaven, Grand Rounds, Virtual. September 23rd, 2020.

Awards and Honors

2018, Physician Leadership Development Course, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
2017, Journal of Eating Disorders 2017 Research Paper Award
2016, AACAP award for Outstanding Mentorship
2015, 2018, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Teaching Award in Appreciation of Your Outstanding Contribution as a Teacher and Mentor
2014, The Elizabeth B Weller, MD Distinguished Teacher Award in Recognition of Excellence in Education, Research, and Clinical Care
2008, Best Resident Poster Award, Electroconvulsive Therapy Annual Meeting
1997, MD/PhD Training Grant Award, “MD/PhD Program in Sleep and Chronobiology”
1995, John Harvard Award and Elizabeth Agassiz Award for Scholarship, Harvard College

Editorial and Academic Positions

Academic and Institutional Committees

2021-present, Clinical Care Committee Member

2019-present, Fellowship Selection Committee

2016-present, Education Policy Committee

2015-present, Core Clinical Competency Committee to evaluate Children and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellows

Leadership and Memberships

Memberships in Professional Organizations

2009-present, American Association of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry