Below you'll find the faculty who are at the forefront of UBIB. These researchers challenge current ways of thinking and doing, in order to advance our understanding about feeding behavior.

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Laura Anderson

School of Nursing

Dr. Anderson currently directs the PULSE Healthy Weight Research Team, a multidisciplinary team focusing on the promotion of healthy weight in at-risk populations.

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Stephanie Anzman-Frasca

Department of Pediatrics

The overarching goal of Dr. Anzman-Frasca’s research is to promote healthy developmental trajectories for all individuals beginning in early life. She is interested in the psychological processes behind individuals’ health behaviors, interactions between these processes and contextual factors, and the interplay between obesity risk and other aspects of well-being, particularly among young children.

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Katherine N. Balantekin

Department of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences

Dr. Balantekin’s research focuses on eating behavior of those at the intersection between obesity and eating disorders.

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Derek Daniels

Department of Psychology

Research in the Daniels' laboratory focuses on the neural mechanisms that regulate ingestive behaviors such as food, water, and salt intake. 

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Leonard Epstein

Department of Pediatrics

Dr. Epstein's research interests focus on health behavior change and determinants of eating, physical activity and drug self-administration. He is an internationally recognized authority in the fields of childhood overweight, physical activity, weight control and family intervention.

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Myles Faith

School of Education

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Kai Ling Kong

Department of Pediatrics

Dr. Kong's research focus is on infant health, specifically infant nutrition and physical activity and enriched home environments. Her research aims to identify how infant-toddler eating behaviors affect obesity later in life and how early interventions can protect those at risk from obesity. Ultimately, her work will help promote healthy, active lifestyles for families.

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Lucia Leone

Department of Community Health and Health Behavior

Dr. Leone is community-based researcher with a focus on addressing disparities in cancer and obesity prevention behaviors. Her research involves designing, implementing and evaluating multi-level and community-based interventions to increase access to healthy food and opportunities for physical activity among underserved populations.

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Kathryn Medler

Department of Biology

Dr. Medler's lab studies the physiology of signal transduction pathways and the regulation of these pathways in neuronal systems. Her focus is on peripheral sensory systems, primarily the taste system

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Paul Meyer

Department of Psychology

The overall research goal of the Meyer laboratory is to determine the precise role of the brain’s reward circuitry in appetitive learning and drug addiction, and how motivated behavior is controlled by reward‐associated stimuli (“cues”).

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Liz Mietlicki-Baase

Department of Exercise and Nutrition Science

Dr. Mietlicki-Baase's research focuses on the role of the mesolimbic reward system of the brain in energy intake and food preference.

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Jenn Temple

Department of Exercise and Nutrition Science

Dr. Temple's research is broadly related to ingestive behavior. She studies factors that influence the motivation to eat and drink, the relationship between food additives (primarily caffeine) and behavior, and individual difference characteristics that predict weight gain in children, adolescents, and adults.

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Peter Thanos

Research Institute on Addictions

Dr. Thanos is interested in the role of the mesolimbic dopamine circuit in addictive disorders including obesity with a focus on the role of maternal diet, exercise and social environment. He is also interested in gastric bypass surgery and using behavioral imaging with PET to study the effects of food cues on changes in functional brain connectivity.

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Ann-Marie Torregrossa

Department of Psychology

Dr. Torregrossa's work has been exploring how orosensory and gut feedback contribute to food acceptance and intake, most recently in reference to salivary proteins and bitter foods.


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Xiaozhong Wen

Department of Pediatrics

Dr. Wen's work focuses on epidemiologic analyses and human behavioral interventions related to obesity. He is particularly interested in the developmental origins of obesity and cardio-metabolic diseases. He is also interested behavioral intervention (e.g., smoking cessation, breastfeeding promotion) to improve Maternal and Child Health.

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Teresa Quattrin

Department of Pediatrics

Dr. Quattrin’s research is in prevention and treatment of obesity with focus on an early age and on the dissemination of novel programs in the primary care setting. Her expertise in pediatric endocrinology  leads her also to concentrate on auxologic and hormonal abnormalities associated with obesity.