Tomoko Udo

Expert in the areas of addiction, obesity, psychiatric and medical outcomes, stress and health, and more.

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Tomoko Udo

Assistant Professor
School of Public Health
Department: Health Policy, Management and Behavior


Drug addiction; binge eating disorder; obesity; psychiatric and medical outcomes; psychosocial stress and health; laboratory behavioral model; epidemiology

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Assistant Professor Tomoko Udo’s research focuses on improvement of prevention and intervention for drug addiction and addiction-like behaviors such as comorbid binge eating disorder and obesity.

She uses multiple research methodologies from laboratory human models of addictive behaviors, secondary data analysis, and program evaluation. Her research aims to identify psychosocial (e.g., childhood adversity, discrimination, stressful life events) and neurobiological risks (e.g., neurocardiac activity, appetite-regulating hormones) for addiction. She is also interested in understanding how addiction and/or psychosocial stress may differently affect health and quality of life in various populations.

Prior to joining UAlbany, she was an associate research scientist and Yale Building Interdisciplinary Research Career in Women’s Health (BIRCWH) scholar at Yale University School of Medicine. She received her Ph.D. from Rutgers University School of Public Health. She received M.S. in behavioral neuroscience from Rutgers University Department of Psychology and B.A. in psychology from Boston University. She completed her postdoctoral training at Center of Alcohol Studies, Rutgers University.