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.
BBC Radio Interview
Dr. Gearhardt participated in an interview with Dan Saladino of BBC Radio 4 about her research and the sugar tax!
Henry Russel Award Recipient
Dr. Gearhardt has won the Henry Russell Award, one of the highest awards the University of Michigan bestows upon junior faculty.