I earned B.S. degrees in Microbiology from Texas A & M University and Medical Technology from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Dallas and worked for 15 years in laboratory medicine and data management. I received my Ph.D. in Health Psychology from the University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth in 2009.
I joined the Section on Statistical Genetics at UAB in June of 2009 as a post-doctoral scholar. I am now a Scientist in the Office of Energetics and work on a variety of systematic reviews and meta-analyses of randomized-controlled trials for various nutrition and obesity interventions. I am interested in gender and racial differences in behavioral and neuroendocrine risk factors for weight gain, as well as resistance to weight loss. In particular, I am focused on stress-related influences on disinhibitory eating and body composition in humans and animal models. I am also interested in psychological and physiological changes in hunger and appetite regulation after bariatric surgery.