Evidence linking obesity and substance dependence continues to grow, which has led to increased interest in the role of an addictive process in problematic eating behavior. The Food and Addiction Science and Treatment (FAST) lab explores the similarities between addictive and eating behaviors through a multi-method approach including neuroimaging, behavioral phenotyping, and measurement development. The FAST lab uses a simulated fast food restaurant to investigate how cues impact food desire in a naturalistic environment. An emphasis is placed on studies that capture how factors in the food environment (e.g., food commercials, food-related product placements) may lead potentially addictive foods to have widespread clinical and public health consequences.
2016 APS Rising Star
Dr. Gearhardt has been honored as a 2016 APS Rising Star, an award recognizing outstanding psychological scientists in the earliest stages of their research career.
Highly Cited Paper
Dr. Gearhardt’s paper is one of the 5 most highly cited papers published in Comprehensive Psychiatry.