Members – Food and Addiction Science & Treatment Lab

Members

Winter 2020

Lab Director


Ashley Gearhardt, Ph.D. :

Ashley Gearhardt, Ph.D.

agearhar@umich.edu

Ashley Gearhardt, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Psychology in the Clinical Science area at the University of Michigan. She also earned her B.A. in psychology from The University of Michigan as an undergraduate. While working on her doctorate in clinical psychology at Yale University, Dr. Gearhardt became interested in the possibility that certain foods may be capable of triggering an addictive process. To explore this further, she developed the Yale Food Addiction Scale (YFAS) to operationalize addictive eating behaviors, which has been linked with more frequent binge eating episodes, an increased prevalence of obesity and patterns of neural activation implicated in other addictive behaviors. It has been cited over 1,000 times and translated into over ten foreign languages. Her areas of research also include investigating how food advertising activates reward systems to drive eating behavior and the development of food preferences and eating patterns in infants. She has published over 100 academic publications and her research has been featured on media outlets, such as ABC News, Good Morning America, the Today Show, the Wall Street Journal, and NPR.

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Research Staff


Hannah Xu, M.A. : Spring 2021 - Present

Hannah Xu, M.A.

xhannah@umich.edu

Spring 2021 - Present

Hannah earned her B.A. and M.A. in Neuroscience and Behavior at Wesleyan University. She is interested in translational models of addiction and studying the neural mechanisms underlying compulsive eating behaviors and food addiction. Hannah plans to attend medical school in the upcoming year.

Graduate Students


Lindsey Parnarouskis, M.S. : Fall 2018-Present

Lindsey Parnarouskis, M.S.

lparnar@umich.edu

Fall 2018-Present

Lindsey earned her B.S. in Psychology from Northeastern University in 2014 and worked as a research coordinator in the Department of Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital before joining the FAST Lab as a graduate student in 2018. She is interested in exploring how the concept of withdrawal might apply to addictive eating and its implications for treatment. Her other interests include the relationship between the food addiction construct and weight stigma and how demographic characteristics such as race, ethnicity, and socio-economic status impact risk for food addiction.

Lindzey Hoover : Fall 2020 – Present

Lindzey Hoover

lindzeyh@umich.edu

Fall 2020 – Present

Lindzey earned her B.S. in Psychology at Eureka College in the spring of 2016 and worked as lab manager for the FAST Lab from Summer 2018 – Summer 2020. She is currently a first year graduate student in Clinical Science. She is interested in how reward processes impact the development and treatment of food addiction. Her other interests include how risk factors, protective factors, and family history of addiction influence variations in the development of addiction.

Julia Rios, M.S. : Fall 2017 – Present

Julia Rios, M.S.

jsmr@umich.edu

Fall 2017 – Present

Julia earned her B.S. in Neuroscience and minor in English at Duke University. She is now a third-year doctoral student in Clinical Psychology. Her current research explores individual differences in infant sucrose response and seeks to index reward system development in early life. She is also interested in exploring the potential effects of dietary restraint on food cue reactivity and addictive-like eating.

Emma Schiestl, M.S. : Fall 2016 – Present

Emma Schiestl, M.S.

emmaschi@umich.edu

Fall 2016 – Present

Emma Schiestl earned B.A.s in Psychology and Philosophy from Colorado College in the Spring of 2015. She is currently a fourth-year doctoral student in the department of Clinical Psychology. Her current research interests include evaluating the impact of negative emotion on subsequent eating behaviors and understanding the influence of impulsivity on food-addiction status. She is especially interested in using real-time assessment technology to better understand proximal and antecedent variables that influence the decision to eat and what types of foods to consume.

Hayley Yu : Winter 2020 – Present

Hayley Yu

Winter 2020 – Present

Hayley is a recent graduate of the University of Michigan. She double majored in Psychology and Creative Writing and minored in Religion. Hayley is currently a Masters Student at the University of Michigan.

Research Assistants


Megan Zhao : Fall 2020- Present

Megan Zhao

Fall 2020- Present

Megan is a Junior majoring in Neuroscience. She is interested in clinical and developmental psychology, specifically child development and how to better prevent the onset of addiction as well as better understand the issue of child malnourishment. After her undergraduate education, Megan hopes to one day attend medical school.

Jacob Schuman : Fall 2020- Present

Jacob Schuman

Fall 2020- Present

Jacob is a Junior pursuing a B.S. in Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience with a minor in Judaic Studies. He plans to attend medical school after the completion of his undergraduate degree.

Katie Good : Fall 2020 – Present

Katie Good

Fall 2020 – Present

Katie is a sophomore pursuing a degree in Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience. She is interested in researching the impacts of addiction, eating disorders, anxiety and depression on young adults. After her undergraduate studies, she plans to earn her PhD in Clinical Psychology.

Fatinah Albeez : Winter 2021 - Present

Fatinah Albeez

Winter 2021 - Present

Fatinah is a sophomore from Troy, Michigan attending Princeton University where she is concentrating in Chemical & Biological Engineering and pursuing certificates in Global Health & Health Policy and Engineering Biology. She is interested in researching relationships at the intersection of neurobiology, food addiction, and trauma. After her undergraduate education, Fatinah intends to attend medical school in order to pursue an MD or MD/PhD program.

Jacob Foster : Spring 2021 – Present

Jacob Foster

Spring 2021 – Present

Jacob is a Senior Double Majoring in Psychology and Anthropology. He is interested in clinical psychology and psychiatry, specifically in psychoactive substance research especially in how it relates to treating depression, anxiety, and addiction. After his undergraduate education he hopes to attend medical school

Andrea Bavikatty : Spring 2021 – Present

Andrea Bavikatty

Spring 2021 – Present

Andrea is a senior studying psychology at the University of Michigan. She is currently working on an honors thesis examining social media use, body image dissatisfaction, and eating behaviors. She plans on taking a gap year following the completion of her bachelor’s degree and will continue working at the Mary A. Rackham Institute University Psychological Clinic while applying to graduate school. Andrea aspires to someday earn a Ph.D. in clinical psychology.

Julia Barto : Spring 2021 - Present

Julia Barto

Spring 2021 - Present

Julia is a rising junior majoring in Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience at the University of Michigan. She is interested in the psychological study of eating disorders and the impact of nutrition on brain function and behavior. She plans to attend medical school after her undergraduate education.

Brian Devorkin : Summer 2021 - Present

Brian Devorkin

Summer 2021 - Present

Brian is a senior majoring in Molecular Cellular and Developmental Biology at the University of Michigan, originally from Mequon, Wisconsin. After graduating, he plans to take a gap year while applying to medical school. In the future, Brian hopes that by earning his M.D. he can begin to educate and empower individuals on to take control of their well-being through a more integrative and holistic approach in medicine.

Past Graduate Students


Erica Schulte, Ph.D : Spring 2013 – 2019

Erica Schulte, Ph.D

eorenste@umich.edu

Spring 2013 – 2019

Erica earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Michigan and her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Kansas. Erica is interested in identifying which foods or food attributes may be implicated in addictive-like eating. Additionally, she hopes to explore whether individuals may experience symptoms of dependence, such as withdrawal and tolerance, in response to these foods.

Michelle Joyner, Ph.D : Spring 2013 – Spring 2019

Michelle Joyner, Ph.D

majoyn@umich.edu

Spring 2013 – Spring 2019

Michelle earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Michigan and a B.A. in Psychology from Stanford University. Her research focuses on cue-induced food cravings. She is interested in how the brain responds to food rewards, and how these responses contribute to addictive-like eating behaviors.

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Past Staff


Meredith Turner, B.A. : Lab Manager Spring 2017 – Spring 2021

Meredith Turner, B.A.

mturneri@umich.edu

Lab Manager Spring 2017 – Spring 2021

Meredith is a University of Michigan alumni. She graduated in 2019 with a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in English. She is interested in the treatment and prevention of eating disorders, with a specific focus on holistic treatment options involving the growing, cooking, communal, and cultural aspects of the food experience. She hopes to pursue a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology.

Jessi Lewis, B.S. : Lab Manager and Project Coordinator Summer 2016 – Summer 2018

Jessi Lewis, B.S.

jessilew@umich.edu

Lab Manager and Project Coordinator Summer 2016 – Summer 2018

Jessi earned her B.S. in Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience from the University of Michigan in 2016. She’s interested in assessment and early intervention for various developmental delays and is attending the University of Victoria to pursue a Ph.D. in clinical psychology with a specialization in neuropsychology.

Celina Furman, M.A. : Lab Manager and Project Coordinator Summer 2015 – Summer 2017

Celina Furman, M.A.

furmancr@umich.edu

Lab Manager and Project Coordinator Summer 2015 – Summer 2017

Celina earned her M.A. in Experimental Psychology from the University of North Carolina Wilmington and her B.A. in Psychology from the State University of New York at Potsdam. Celina attends the University of Minnesota, pursuing a Ph.D. in Social Psychology with a focus on health-related behavior change.

Julia Smeal, B.S. : Lab Manager Spring 2015 – Summer 2018

Julia Smeal, B.S.

jsmeal@umich.edu

Lab Manager Spring 2015 – Summer 2018

Julia graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in statistics and actuarial mathematics. She is interested in the self-perceptions of addictive eating, especially pertaining to age and gender. She plans to attend medical school and become a primary care physician so that she can identify and work with patients facing issues such as disordered eating.

Alumni

  • Jessi Lewis, B.S.
  • Celina Furman, M.A.
  • Julia Smeal, B.S.
  • Becca Adams
  • Rebecca Skinner
  • Olivia Siklich
  • Seth Finkelstein
  • Kendell Lewis
  • Vishal John
  • Jenna Cummings
  • Rhianna Vergeer
  • Aviva Hirsch
  • Zoe Kolender
  • Nikki Tracy, B.A.
  • Liz Kennedy
  • Alex Bodfish, B.A.
  • Kalei Glozier
  • Kyle Jozsa, B.A.
  • Jolie Horne
  • Julia Harbison
  • Jesse Dzombak, B.A.
  • Ben Hsu
  • Afeefah Khan
  • Riley Olson
  • Grecia Quiroga
  • Jessica Zhao
  • Katie Stewart
  • Lily Carlson
  • Isabella Schilling
  • Riley Jouppi
  • Mark Vanderhyden
  • Hursh Desai
  • Hannah Ellis
  • Jocelyn Schwartz
  • Ruby Siada
  • Neel Swamy, B.S.
  • Blaire Crockett, M.A.
  • Alexandra Draybuck
  • Rachel Korn
  • Jillian Bean, M.S.
  • Caroline Bartholomew
  • Alyssa Marquette
  • Tori Weingarthen
  • Lucas Preuth
  • Jessie Mitchell
  • Serena Bernal
  • Lucy Loch

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