Positions

Selected Publications

Academic Article

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2019 Baseline motives for eating palatable food: racial differences and preliminary utility in predicting weight lossThe Forensic Nursing Record: the Official Publication of the International Association of Forensic nurses.  24:723-729. 2019
2019 The effect of expectation on transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) to suppress food craving and eating in individuals with overweight and obesityDisease-A-Month.  136:1-7. 2019
2018 The Turkish Palatable Eating Motives Scale (T-PEMS): utility in predicting binge-eating eating and obesity risk in university studentsThe Forensic Nursing Record: the Official Publication of the International Association of Forensic nurses.  23:527-531. 2018
2018 Effects of tDCS-like electrical stimulation on retinal ganglion cellsEye and Brain.  10:65-78. 2018
2017 Reciprocal relationships between emotion regulation and motives for eating palatable foods in African American adolescentsDisease-A-Month.  117:303-309. 2017
2017 The critical role of cognitive-based trait differences in transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) suppression of food craving and eating in frank obesityDisease-A-Month.  116:568-574. 2017
2017 Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation and the Urge to Eat: A Comment on Lowe, Vincent, and Hall (2017)Psychosomatic Medicine.  79:837-839. 2017
2017 Eating tasty foods to cope, enhance reward, socialize or conform: What other psychological characteristics describe each of these motives?Journal of Health Psychology.  22:280-289. 2017
2016 Effects of transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) on binge eating disorderInternational Journal of Eating Disorders.  49:930-936. 2016
2016 Palatable Eating Motives Scale in a college population: Distribution of scores and scores associated with greater BMI and binge-eatingClinical Psychology Review.  21:95-98. 2016
2015 Eating tasty food to cope. Longitudinal association with BMIDisease-A-Month.  87:365-370. 2015
2015 The Kids-Palatable Eating Motives Scale: Relation to BMI and binge eating traitsClinical Psychology Review.  17:69-73. 2015
2015 Real-time sampling of reasons for hedonic food consumption: Further validation of the Palatable Eating Motives ScaleFrontiers in Psychology.  6. 2015
2014 Motives for eating tasty foods associated with binge-eating. Results from a student and a weight-loss seeking populationDisease-A-Month.  83:160-166. 2014
2014 Dominant, cold, avoidant, and lonely: Basal testosterone as a biological marker for an interpersonal styleJournal of Research in Personality.  50:84-89. 2014
2014 Profiling motives behind hedonic eating. Preliminary validation of the Palatable Eating Motives ScaleDisease-A-Month.  72:66-72. 2014
2014 Testosterone and social evaluative stress: The moderating role of basal cortisolPsychoneuroendocrinology.  47:107-115. 2014
2013 Secretive food concocting in binge eating: Test of a famine hypothesisInternational Journal of Eating Disorders.  46:212-225. 2013
2013 Binge-prone versus binge-resistant rats and their concomitant behavioral profilesNeuromethods.  74:7-25. 2013
2011 Feeding and reward: Perspectives from three rat models of binge eatingPhysiology and Behavior.  104:87-97. 2011
2011 Motivation for palatable food despite consequences in an animal model of binge eatingInternational Journal of Eating Disorders.  44:203-211. 2011
2009 The Pavlovian power of palatable food: Lessons for weight-loss adherence from a new rodent model of cue-induced overeatingInternational Journal of Obesity.  33:693-701. 2009
2009 Ten putative contributors to the obesity epidemicMolecular BioSystems.  49:868-913. 2009
2008 Effect of a cage divider permitting social stimuli on stress and food intake in ratsPhysiology and Behavior.  95:222-228. 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-eatingInternational Journal of Obesity.  31:1357-1367. 2007
2007 Body composition and endocrine status of long-term stress-induced binge-eating ratsPhysiology and Behavior.  91:424-431. 2007
2007 A history of caloric restriction induces neurochemical and behavioral changes in rats consistent with models of depressionPharmacology Biochemistry and Behavior.  87:104-114. 2007
2007 A history of human-like dieting alters serotonergic control of feeding and neurochemical balance in a rat model of binge-eatingInternational Journal of Eating Disorders.  40:136-142. 2007
2006 Putative contributors to the secular increase in obesity: Exploring the roads less traveledInternational Journal of Obesity.  30:1585-1594. 2006
2006 Binge eating in rats produced by combining dieting with stress.Journal of tissue culture methods : Tissue Culture Association manual of cell, tissue, and organ culture procedures.  Chapter 9. 2006
2005 PYY3-36 as an anti-obesity drug targetObesity Reviews.  6:307-322. 2005
2005 Combined dieting and stress evoke exaggerated responses to opioids in binge-eating ratsIntegrated Environmental Assessment and Management.  119:1207-1214. 2005
2005 Feeding response to melanocortin agonist predicts preference for and obesity from a high-fat dietPhysiology and Behavior.  85:221-230. 2005
2004 Stress and hunger alter the anorectic efficacy of fluoxetine in binge-eating rats with a history of caloric restrictionInternational Journal of Eating Disorders.  36:328-341. 2004
2004 Erratum: Does gut hormone PVY3-36 decrease food intake in rodents? (Nature (2004) 430 (165) DOI:10.1038/nature03019)Nature.  431:414. 2004
2004 Change in CCK-8 response after diet-induced obesity and MC3/4-receptor blockadePeptides.  25:299-306. 2004
2004 Physiology: does gut hormone PYY3-36 decrease food intake in rodents?Nature.  430. 2004
2003 The role of palatable food and hunger as trigger factors in an animal model of stress induced binge eatingInternational Journal of Eating Disorders.  34:183-197. 2003
2003 The CNS melanocortin system: A biological weapon against the threat of obesityEthics.  3:201-215. 2003
2002 Peptide YY: A key mediator of orexigenic behaviorPeptides.  23:377-382. 2002
2002 A new animal model of binge eating: Key synergistic role of past caloric restriction and stressPhysiology and Behavior.  77:45-54. 2002
2002 Incidence of chaotic eating behaviors in binge-eating disorder: Contributing factorsBMC Family Practice.  28:99-105. 2002
2001 Inhibition of central amylin signaling increases food intake and body adiposity in ratsJournal of Physician Assistant Education.  142:5035-5038. 2001
2001 Inhibition of central amylin signaling increases food intake and body adiposity in rats.Journal of Physician Assistant Education.  142:5035. 2001
2001 The effect of feeding on cerebrospinal fluid corticotropin-releasing hormone levels in humansProceedings of the Falk Foundation.  904:218-224. 2001
2001 Opioid receptor involvement in the effect of AgRP-(83-132) on food intake and food selectionFamily Process.  280. 2001
2001 Immediate and Prolonged Patterns of Agouti-Related Peptide-(83-132)-Induced c-Fos Activation in Hypothalamic and Extrahypothalamic Sites.Journal of Physician Assistant Education.  142:1050-1056. 2001
2001 Immediate and prolonged patterns of Agouti-related peptide-(83--132)-induced c-Fos activation in hypothalamic and extrahypothalamic sites.Journal of Physician Assistant Education.  142:1050-1056. 2001
2001 Opioid receptor involvement in the effect of AgRP- (83-132) on food intake and food selection.Family Process.  280:R814-R821. 2001
2001 The kids-palatable eating motives scale: Relation to BMI and binge eating traitsJournal of Refractive Surgery.  322:343. 2001
2001 Immediate and prolonged patterns of Agouti-related peptide-(83-132)-induced c-Fos activation in hypothalamic and extrahypothalamic sitesJournal of Physician Assistant Education.  142:1050-1056. 2001
2000 Amylin: A novel action in the brain to reduce body weightJournal of Physician Assistant Education.  141:850-853. 2000
2000 Unique long-term effects of centrally administered AgRP (83-132) on food intake and fos expression in the rat.Obesity Research.  8:53S-53S. 2000
2000 Long-term orexigenic effects of AgRP-(83-132) involve mechanisms other than melanocortin receptor blockadeFamily Process.  279. 2000
2000 Long-term orexigenic effects of AgRP-(83---132) involve mechanisms other than melanocortin receptor blockade.Family Process.  279:R47-R52. 2000
2000 A novel selective melanocortin-4 receptor agonist reduces food intake in rats and mice without producing aversive consequencesJournal of Neuroscience.  20:3442-3448. 2000
2000 Amylin: a novel action in the brain to reduce body weight.Journal of Physician Assistant Education.  141:850-853. 2000
2000 Relation of dieting in college and high school students to symptoms associated with semi-starvationJournal of Health Psychology.  5:7-15. 2000
1999 Role of the CNS melanocortin system in the response to overfeedingJournal of Neuroscience.  19:2362-2367. 1999
1999 Cerebrospinal fluid and plasma leptin measurements: Covariability with dopamine and cortisol in fasting humansJournal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism.  84:3579-3585. 1999
1999 Methanesulfonyl fluoride (MSF): A double-blind, placebo-controlled study of safety and efficacy in the treatment of senile dementia of the Alzheimer typeInternational Health.  13:20-25. 1999
1999 Semistarvation-associated eating behaviors among college binge eaters: A preliminary description and assessment scaleBMC Family Practice.  25:125-133. 1999
1998 The effect of hypothalamic peptide YY on hippocampal acetylcholine release in vivo: Implications for limbic function in binge-eating behaviorProceedings of the Falk Foundation.  805:20-28. 1998
1997 Combined naloxone and fluoxetine on deprivation-induced binge eating of palatable foods in ratsPharmacology Biochemistry and Behavior.  58:1103-1107. 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 nervosaInternational Journal of Eating Disorders.  22:411-420. 1997
1995 Effect of peptide YY (PYY) on food-associated conflictPhysiology and Behavior.  58:731-735. 1995
1994 Differential effects of Tyr-MIF-1, MIF-1, and naloxone on peptide YY-induced hyperphagiaPeptides.  15:243-245. 1994
1993 Effect of naloxone and antidepressants on hyperphagia produced by peptide YYPharmacology Biochemistry and Behavior.  45:941-944. 1993
1993 Suppression of peptide YY-induced hyperphagia by terbutalinePharmacology Biochemistry and Behavior.  46:679-681. 1993
1991 An animal model of bulimia nervosa: Opioid sensitivity to fasting episodesPharmacology Biochemistry and Behavior.  39:421-422. 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 (Fall Term 2019) 2019
  • PY335 - Motivation and Emotion (Fall Term 2019) 2019
  • 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