Tomoko Udo

Tomoko Udo, PhD

Addiction, gender-specific intervention strategies for addictive behaviors.

The World Within Reach
Tomoko Udo, PhD
Assistant Professor

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

One University Place, Room 187
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PhD Health Education and Behavioral Science Rutgers University 2009
MS Psychology - Behavioral Neuroscience Rutgers University 2005
BA Psychology Boston University 2003

Research Interests

An overarching goal of her research program is to improve existing clinical and public health interventions related with various addictive behaviors through use of laboratory behavioral models, surveys, and secondary data analysis of clinical and epidemiological data. My specific areas of research interests area: 1) biological mechanisms underlying addictive behaviors (e.g., ghrelin, neurocardiac flexibility), 2) the role of psychosocial stressors (e.g., discrimination, childhood adversity, incarceration) in development of and health consequences of addictive behaviors, 3) evaluation of social and health care services aiming to improve access to care for substance users, and 3) psychometric properties and clinical implications of instruments related with addictive behaviors.

Additional Information

Courses Frequently Taught:

HPM 525 Social and Behavioral Aspects of Public Health
HPM 611 Addiction in Public Health
HPM 669 Survey Methods


  • Udo, T. & Grilo, C.M. (2017). Perceived weight, racial, and sex discrimination and cardiovascular disease in United States adults. Journal of Psychomatic Research.
  • Udo, T., Purcell, K., & Grilo, C. M. (2016). Perceived weight discrimination and chronic medical conditions in adults with overweight and obesity. International Journal of Clinical Practice, 70 (12), 1003-1011.
  • Udo, T., & Grilo, C. M. (2016). Weight discrimination, childhood adverse events, and weight gain in the U.S. adults with overweight/obesity. Obesity, 24(6), 1366-72).
  • Udo, T., Vasquez, E., & Shaw, B. A. (2015). A lifetime history of alcohol use disorder increases risk for chronic medical conditions after stable remission. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 157, 68-74.
  • Udo, T., Grilo, C. M., & McKee, S. A. (2014). Gender differences in the impact of stressful life events on changes in body mass index. Preventive Medicine, 69, 49-53.
  • 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. (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., 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.