Positions

Selected Publications

Academic Article

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2018 The Turkish Palatable Eating Motives Scale (T-PEMS): utility in predicting binge-eating eating and obesity risk in university students 2018
2018 Effects of tDCS-like electrical stimulation on retinal ganglion cells 2018
2017 Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation and the Urge to Eat: A Comment on Lowe, Vincent, and Hall (2017) 2017
2017 Baseline motives for eating palatable food: racial differences and preliminary utility in predicting weight loss 2017
2017 Eating tasty foods to cope, enhance reward, socialize or conform: What other psychological characteristics describe each of these motives? 2017
2016 Effects of transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) on binge eating disorder 2016
2016 Palatable Eating Motives Scale in a college population: Distribution of scores and scores associated with greater BMI and binge-eating 2016
2015 The Kids-Palatable Eating Motives Scale: Relation to BMI and binge eating traits 2015
2015 Real-time sampling of reasons for hedonic food consumption: Further validation of the Palatable Eating Motives Scale 2015
2014 Dominant, cold, avoidant, and lonely: Basal testosterone as a biological marker for an interpersonal style 2014
2014 Testosterone and social evaluative stress: The moderating role of basal cortisol 2014
2013 Secretive food concocting in binge eating: Test of a famine hypothesis 2013
2013 Binge-prone versus binge-resistant rats and their concomitant behavioral profiles 2013
2011 Feeding and reward: Perspectives from three rat models of binge eating 2011
2011 Motivation for palatable food despite consequences in an animal model of binge eating 2011
2009 The Pavlovian power of palatable food: Lessons for weight-loss adherence from a new rodent model of cue-induced overeating 2009
2009 Ten putative contributors to the obesity epidemic 2009
2008 Effect of a cage divider permitting social stimuli on stress and food intake in rats 2008
2007 High intake of palatable food predicts binge-eating independent of susceptibility to obesity: An animal model of lean vs obese binge-eating and obesity with and without binge-eating 2007
2007 Body composition and endocrine status of long-term stress-induced binge-eating rats 2007
2007 A history of caloric restriction induces neurochemical and behavioral changes in rats consistent with models of depression 2007
2007 A history of human-like dieting alters serotonergic control of feeding and neurochemical balance in a rat model of binge-eating 2007
2006 Putative contributors to the secular increase in obesity: Exploring the roads less traveled 2006
2006 Binge eating in rats produced by combining dieting with stress. 2006
2005 PYY3-36 as an anti-obesity drug target 2005
2005 Feeding response to melanocortin agonist predicts preference for and obesity from a high-fat diet 2005
2004 Stress and hunger alter the anorectic efficacy of fluoxetine in binge-eating rats with a history of caloric restriction 2004
2004 Erratum: Does gut hormone PVY 3-36 decrease food intake in rodents? (Nature (2004) 430 (165) DOI:10.1038/nature03019) 2004
2004 Change in CCK-8 response after diet-induced obesity and MC3/4-receptor blockade 2004
2004 Physiology: does gut hormone PYY3-36 decrease food intake in rodents? 2004
2003 The role of palatable food and hunger as trigger factors in an animal model of stress induced binge eating 2003
2003 The CNS melanocortin system: A biological weapon against the threat of obesity 2003
2002 Peptide YY: A key mediator of orexigenic behavior 2002
2002 A new animal model of binge eating: Key synergistic role of past caloric restriction and stress 2002
2001 Inhibition of central amylin signaling increases food intake and body adiposity in rats 2001
2001 Inhibition of central amylin signaling increases food intake and body adiposity in rats. 2001
2001 Immediate and Prolonged Patterns of Agouti-Related Peptide-(83-132)-Induced c-Fos Activation in Hypothalamic and Extrahypothalamic Sites. 2001
2001 Immediate and prolonged patterns of Agouti-related peptide-(83--132)-induced c-Fos activation in hypothalamic and extrahypothalamic sites. 2001
2001 Immediate and prolonged patterns of Agouti-related peptide-(83-132)-induced c-Fos activation in hypothalamic and extrahypothalamic sites 2001
2000 Amylin: A novel action in the brain to reduce body weight 2000
2000 Unique long-term effects of centrally administered AgRP (83-132) on food intake and fos expression in the rat. 2000
2000 A novel selective melanocortin-4 receptor agonist reduces food intake in rats and mice without producing aversive consequences 2000
2000 Amylin: a novel action in the brain to reduce body weight. 2000
2000 Relation of dieting in college and high school students to symptoms associated with semi-starvation 2000
1999 Role of the CNS melanocortin system in the response to overfeeding 1999
1999 Cerebrospinal fluid and plasma leptin measurements: Covariability with dopamine and cortisol in fasting humans 1999
1997 Combined naloxone and fluoxetine on deprivation-induced binge eating of palatable foods in rats 1997
1997 Persistence of binge-eating patterns after a history of restriction with intermittent bouts of refeeding on palatable food in rats: Implications for bulimia nervosa 1997
1995 Effect of peptide YY (PYY) on food-associated conflict 1995
1994 Differential effects of Tyr-MIF-1, MIF-1, and naloxone on peptide YY-induced hyperphagia 1994
1993 Effect of naloxone and antidepressants on hyperphagia produced by peptide YY 1993
1993 Suppression of peptide YY-induced hyperphagia by terbutaline 1993
1991 An animal model of bulimia nervosa: Opioid sensitivity to fasting episodes 1991

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

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