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Ashley Gearhardt

Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, Yale University

Assistant Professor of Psychology, University of Michigan

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, eye-tracking, and measurement development. 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.