Julia M. Hormes

Examines psychology of human food cravings, cultural differences in eating behaviors, addiction to social networking, the status of women in academia.

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Julia M. Hormes

Assistant Professor
College of Arts and Sciences
Department: Psychology

Psychology of human food choice, eating behaviors, food preferences and aversions, cultural differences in eating behaviors, eating disorders, overweight and obesity, cravings, food cravings, chocolate craving, perimenstrual and pregnancy cravings, social networking and video game addiction, substance use, the status of women in academia (gender biases).

Campus phone: (518) 442-4911
Campus email: jhormes@albany.edu


Julia Hormes is a clinical and health psychologist and the director of the Health Behaviors Laboratory at the University at Albany. She holds a B.A. in Psychology from Princeton University and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania. Work in Dr. Hormes’ lab examines a range of health and health-compromising behaviors related to food intake and body weight, substance use and misuse, non-substance/behavioral addictions, and the status of women in academia.

Research conducted in the lab focuses on identifying the psychosocial and contextual determinants of ingestive and addictive behaviors, with a specific emphasis on the study of mechanisms underlying cravings for ingested substances. Much of Dr. Hormes’ work is interdisciplinary in nature, incorporating approaches from clinical, social and cultural psychology, ingestive physiology, the biological bases of addiction, and public health.

Her research findings and expertise has been featured by dozens of regional, national and international media publications. Some of the most notable include The Huffington Post, BBC News, Cosmopolitan Magazine, Mic Network and The Wall Street Journal.