I am a clinical and health psychologist and direct the Health Behaviors Laboratory here at the University at Albany. Primary areas of focus of research in the lab are as follows:
- The psychology of human food choice behavior - pathological and non-pathological aspects of eating behavior, including eating disorders, obesity, food addiction, food cravings (in particular in pregnancy, the perimenstrum, and the migraine prodrome), and food avoidance (in particular of meat and other animal products).
- Interventions targeting diet, nutrition, and weight
- Other health-promoting and health-compromising behaviors related to food intake and body weight (e.g., exercise)
- Non-substance/ behavioral addictions (e.g., to the Internet, social media, video gaming)
- The status of women in academia and ways to promote the successful retention of women in academic careers
My clinical interests include eating disorders and obesity, addiction, and psychosocial adjustment to living with chronic illness.