Tomoko Udo

Tomoko Udo

  Tomoko Udo

    Assistant Professor
    Department of Health Policy, Management and Behavior

    Health Policy, Management, and Behavior
    University at Albany, School of Public Health
    One University Place, Room 187
    Rensselaer, NY 12144-3456
    Phone Number: (518) 486-5572  
    Fax Number: (518) 402-0414  
    Email Address:  



PhD Health Education and Behavioral Science Rutgers University 2009
MS Psychology - Behavioral Neuroscience Rutgers University 2005
BA Psychology Boston University 2003

Courses Frequently Taught

HPM 525 Social and Behavioral Aspects of Public Health

Research Interests

My research interest centers on identifying biological and psychosocial factors underlying drug addiction and obesity. Another research goal is to promote gender research addictive behaviors to inform gender-specific intervention strategies for addictive behaviors. I primarily use human laboratory models to address my research questions, but also rely on data from clinical trials and population-based studies. Currently, I have two projects that aim to understand the relationship between ghrelin, an appetite stimulating hormones, and individual’s “ability to resist” alcohol or palatable foods.

Select Publications

Udo, T., Grilo, C. M., & McKee, S. A. (in press). Gender differences in the impact of stressful life events on changes in body mass index. Preventive Medicine.

Udo, T., Weinberger, A. H., Grilo, C. M., Brownell, K. D., DiLeone, R. J., Lampert, R., Matlin, S. L., & McKee, S. A. (2014). Heightened vagal activity during high-calorie food presentation in obese compared with non-obese individuals: Results of a pilot study. Obesity Research and Clinical Practice, 8(3), e201-98

Udo, T., McKee, S. A., White, M. A., Masheb, R. M., Barnes, R. D., & Grilo, C. M. (2014). Menopause and metabolic function in obese individuals with binge eating disorder. Eating Behaviors, 15, 182-185.

Udo, T., McKee, S. A., White, M. A., Masheb, R. M., Barnes, R. D., & Grilo, C. M. (2013). Sex differences in biopsychosocial correlates of binge eating disorder: A study of treatment-seeking obese adults in primary care setting. General Hospital Psychiatry, 35(6), 587-591.

Udo, T., Harrison, E. L. R., Shi, J., Estevez, L., Balchunas, E. L., & McKee, S. A. (2013). A preliminary study on the effect of combined nicotine replacement therapy on alcohol responses and alcohol self-administration. The American Journal on Addictions, 22(6), 590-7.

Udo, T., Buckman, J. F., Mun, E. Y., Vaschillo, E. G., Vaschillo, B., & Bates, M. E. (2013). Potential side effects of unhealthy lifestyle choices and health risks on basal and reactive heart rate variability in college drinkers. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 74(5), 787-796.

Udo, T., Grilo, C. M., Brownell, K. D., Weinberger, A. H., DiLeone, R. J., & McKee, S. A. (2013). Modeling the effects of negative and positive mood on the ability to resist eating high-caloric food in obese and non-obese individuals. Eating Behaviors, 14(1), 40-46.

Lehrer, P., Buckman, J. F., Vaschillo, E. G., Vaschillo, B., Ray, S., Udo, T., Mun, E. Y., & Bates, M. E. (2013). Negative affect and substance use problems influence respiratory response to emotional picture cues. Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback, 38(4), 273-283.

Eddie, D., Buckman, J. F., Mun, E. Y., Vaschillo, B., Vaschillo, E., Udo, T., Lehrer, P., & Bates, M. E. (2013). Different associations of alcohol cue reactivity with negative alcohol expectancies in mandated and inpatient samples of young adults. Addictive Behaviors, 38(4), 2040-2043.

Udo, T., Bates, M. E., Vaschillo, E. G., Vaschillo, B., Lehrer, P., Mun, E. Y., & Ray, S. Gender differences in the effects of alcohol on social drinkers’ physiological response to emotional, alcohol-related, and drug-related stimuli. 2009. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 23(2), 196-204.