Dr. Gearhardt will be considering new clinical science doctoral student applicants in the current application cycle. Applicants who are interested in exploring how mechanisms in addiction contribute to problematic eating behavior in babies, children, teenagers, and adults are the best fit for the FAST lab. Also, applicants who are interested in how the food environment increases risk for overeating are also good candidates.
Examples of current projects:
-Identifying what food characteristics are most related to neural activation implicated in addictive disorders.
-Exploring subjective responses to different types of foods to evaluate addictive potential.
-Investigating how cue-rich contexts (e.g., simulated fast food restaurant) increase food craving and food intake.
-Assessing how expectancies about consuming different foods increases risk for addictive-like eating.
-Examining whether children at risk for obesity are more sensitive to food cues.
-Testing whether babies with excessive weight gain are more sensitive to the effects of sugar.
-Evaluating whether women who meet the YFAS food addiction threshold exhibit different neural responses to food than weight-matched controls.
-Identifying how food marketing activates the brains of teenagers at risk for excessive weight gain.
-Testing how different marketing slogans may prime overeating.
-Exploring how food addiction in children is associated with binge eating.
Please note: Although the FAST lab does conduct some research on binge eating disorder and bulimia nervosa, eating disorders are not the main focus of the lab. We do assess dietary restraint and shape/weight concern in some our studies, but this is not the main focus of our research.
Click HERE to find out more information about the Clinical Psychology program.