Eating and Weight Behaviors
Will Leu is an Air Force student in the 2016 cohort and is working towards a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology. He received his B.A. in Sociology and Communication from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2016 and earned his commission through the University of California, Los Angeles Air Force ROTC program. Prior to attending USUHS, Will was a mental health peer at the UCSB Counseling and Psychological Services center and a research assistant at the Koegel Autism Center. His research interests include emotional eating and sex differences in disinhibted eating behaviors.
Lisa Shank is a 5th-year graduate student in the Medical Psychology program (2013 cohort). In 2008, she received her B.S. in Management Science from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. After briefly working as a business analyst, Lisa decided to pursue a career in research, working as a clinical research coordinator and data manager at Massachusetts General Hospital. In 2013, she completed her M.S. in Psychology at Drexel University. At USUHS, Lisa’s master’s thesis examined attentional bias to food cues in youth with loss of control eating, and her dissertation is investigating the relationship between acute stress, salivary markers of inflammation, and physical health in youth with and without loss of control eating. She is primarily interested in the physiological correlates of loss of control and binge eating.
Research & Program Staff
Liza Sitz received her B.A. in Psychology at St. Mary’s College of Maryland in 2013. As an undergraduate, Liza worked in the Behavioral Neuroscience Lab, where she investigated the effects of chronic corticosterones on long-term memory consolidation in rats. Post-graduation, Liza worked at The National Institutes of Health in the Rehabilitation Medicine Department investigating the long term clinical correlates of traumatic brain injury. Liza currently works at USUHS as the Project Manager for Dr. Tanofsky-Kraff, primarily overseeing a study on the prevention of obesity in children of military service members and their families.
Mary Quattlebaum is a Research Assistant for the Preventing Obesity in Military Communities – Adolescents (POMC-A) Study, which focuses on preventing excess weight gain in adolescent military dependents. She received a B.A. in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in May 2017. As an undergraduate student, Mary worked in an eating disorder and body image lab where she studied factors related to recovery from eating disorders and attitudes toward food across maternal generations. She plans to attend graduate school for a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology to pursue a career as a clinician or researcher, specializing in patients dealing with disordered eating.
Abigail Pine is a Research Assistant for the Preventing Obesity in Military Communities – Adolescents (POMC-A) Study. She earned her B.A. in Psychology from Washington University in St. Louis in May 2017. As an undergraduate, Abigail worked in a research lab that focused on early intervention for preschool children with depression. As such, her interests include early intervention and prevention research related to depression, eating disorders, and obesity. Abigail plans to start graduate school for a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology in Fall 2019.