Positions

Selected Publications

Chapter

Year Title Altmetric
2016 Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation as an Adjunct Therapy.  1-6. 2016

Research Overview

  • Past areas of research included the development of animal models of binge-eating (e.g., Stress + Dieting model) and models showing the independence of binge-eating and obesity (e.g., Binge-eating Prone vs. Resistant or “BEP/BER” model). Drug, HPLC, and RIA studies implicated sensitization of mu-opioid receptors, dysregulation of mesolimibic monoamine release, and increased cortisol as mechanisms behind binge-eating. Other systems studied are the role of central PYY and the melanocortin system in eating behavior. Novel behavioral methods included use or increasing levels of foot shock to test the motivation of rats for palatable food and a Pavlovian model of conditioned overeating.

    Dr. Boggiano’s animal models of binge-eating and obesity are being used in academic and industry labs to gain a better understanding of the physiology of binge-eating disorders and obesity and to test the efficacy of new drugs for these conditions. Other research involved the use of Ansel Key’s famous WWII Minnesota Starvation Experiment surveys in modern-day individuals to assess the role of dieting in binge-eating and chaotic eating behaviors such as food concocting.

    Her current research is focused solely on human subjects and includes the development, validation, and testing of a novel scale to assess motives behind eating highly palatable food (the Palatable Eating Motives Scale or “PEMS”) in adolescents, teens, college students, and weight-loss seeking adults. The PEMS should personalize and hence improve treatments for obesity and binge-eating.

    Other current research involves testing the efficacy of transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) to reduce food cravings and binge-eating traits in humans. Future studies will aim to identify the neural substrates of palatable-food intake for distinct motives and the effect of tDCS on eating behavior. A second aim will involve designing intervention studies using the PEMS and tDCS to treat obesity and binge eating.

    Psychobiology, motivation, eating disorders and obesity
  • Teaching Activities

  • PY101 - Intro to Psychology (Fall Term 2008)
  • PY201 - Honors Intro to Psychology (Fall Term 2015)
  • PY201 - Honors Intro to Psychology (Fall Term 2016)
  • PY201 - Honors Intro to Psychology (Fall Term 2017)
  • PY201 - Honors Intro to Psychology (Fall Term 2018)
  • PY201 - Honors Intro to Psychology (Fall Term 2019)
  • PY201 - Honors Intro to Psychology (Fall Term 2020)
  • PY201 - Honors Intro to Psychology (Fall Term 2021)
  • PY201 - Honors Intro to Psychology (Spring Term 2016)
  • PY201 - Honors Intro to Psychology (Spring Term 2019)
  • PY201 - Honors Intro to Psychology (Spring Term 2021)
  • PY201 - Honors Intro to Psychology (Spring Term 2022)
  • PY335 - Motivation and Emotion (Fall Term 2007)
  • PY335 - Motivation and Emotion (Fall Term 2008)
  • PY335 - Motivation and Emotion (Fall Term 2009)
  • PY335 - Motivation and Emotion (Fall Term 2010)
  • PY335 - Motivation and Emotion (Fall Term 2011)
  • PY335 - Motivation and Emotion (Fall Term 2012)
  • PY335 - Motivation and Emotion (Fall Term 2013)
  • PY335 - Motivation and Emotion (Fall Term 2014)
  • PY335 - Motivation and Emotion (Fall Term 2016)
  • PY335 - Motivation and Emotion (Fall Term 2017)
  • PY335 - Motivation and Emotion (Fall Term 2018)
  • PY335 - Motivation and Emotion (Fall Term 2019)
  • PY335 - Motivation and Emotion (Fall Term 2020)
  • PY335 - Motivation and Emotion (Spring Term 2008)
  • PY335 - Motivation and Emotion (Spring Term 2009)
  • PY335 - Motivation and Emotion (Spring Term 2010)
  • PY335 - Motivation and Emotion (Spring Term 2011)
  • PY335 - Motivation and Emotion (Spring Term 2012)
  • PY335 - Motivation and Emotion (Spring Term 2013)
  • PY335 - Motivation and Emotion (Spring Term 2014)
  • PY335 - Motivation and Emotion (Spring Term 2015)
  • PY335 - Motivation and Emotion (Spring Term 2016)
  • PY335 - Motivation and Emotion (Spring Term 2019)
  • PY335 - Motivation and Emotion (Spring Term 2021)
  • PY399 - Psychology Honors Seminar (Fall Term 2012)
  • PY435 - Motivation and Emotion (Fall Term 2021)
  • PY435 - Motivation and Emotion (Spring Term 2022)
  • PY455 - Eating Disorders and Obesity (Fall Term 2014)
  • PY455 - Psych of Eating Disod & Obes (Fall Term 2011)
  • PY455 - Psych of Eating Disod & Obes (Fall Term 2012)
  • PY455 - Psych of Eating Disod & Obes (Spring Term 2012)
  • PY455 - Psych of Eating Disod & Obes (Spring Term 2013)
  • PY455 - Psych of Eating Disorders (Fall Term 2013)
  • PY455 - Psych of Eating Disorders (Spring Term 2014)
  • PY455 - Psychology of Eating Disorders (Fall Term 2007)
  • PY455 - Psychology of Eating Disorders (Fall Term 2009)
  • PY455 - Psychology of Eating Disorders (Fall Term 2010)
  • PY455 - Psychology of Eating Disorders (Spring Term 2009)
  • PY455 - Psychology of Eating Disorders (Spring Term 2011)
  • PY499 - Psychology Honors Thesis (Fall Term 2012)
  • PY620 - Special Topics in Psychology (Spring Term 2022)
  • PY791 - Special Topics (Fall Term 2012)
  • PY791 - Special Topics (Spring Term 2012)
  • PY791 - Special Topics (Spring Term 2013)
  • PY791 - Special Topics in Psychology (Fall Term 2007)
  • PY791 - Special Topics in Psychology (Fall Term 2009)
  • PY791 - Special Topics in Psychology (Spring Term 2011)
  • Education And Training

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology, University of Texas System : El Paso 1998
  • Master of Psychology in Experimental Psychology, University of Texas System : El Paso 1993
  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, University of Texas System : El Paso 1990
  • Full Name

  • Mary Boggiano