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 for my previous career 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. My dissertation involved the structural equation modeling of an eating questionnaire to compare behavioral aspects of obesity risk between non-clinical samples of African American and Caucasian women.
I joined the Section on Statistical Genetics in June of 2009 as a post-doctoral scholar. I am now an Instructor in the Office of Energetics and work on a variety of systematic reviews and meta-analyses of randomized-controlled trials for various 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.