|Visiting Assistant Professor
Neuropsychology of Ingestive Behavior Laboratory
|2009||Colorado State University||PhD, Nutritional Sciences|
|2005||Tulane University||RD, Dietetics|
|2004||San Diego State University||MPH, Behavioral Science / Health Promotion|
|2001||University of Nevada||BS, Nutrition|
Complications from poor dietary habits are one of the greatest public health challenges we face, demanding innovative, multidisciplinary research and interventions. Dr. Burger's lab frequently creates, evaluates, and employs new methodologies that combine the fields of nutrition, public health, neuroscience, psychology, and physiology to better understand and improve habitual eating behavior and health. The primary area of his research is studying how the interaction among neural responsivity, eating behavior, and psychosocial factors in response to challenges put fourth by the food environment relate to habitual eating behavior and weight regulation. This is accomplished by using a variety of assessments ranging from fMRI, to lab-based feeding and sensory measures, as well as objective and subjective evaluations of behavior. Ultimately we aim to: i) gain a better understanding of individual difference factors that impact ingestive behavior, specifically those contributing to weight gain and obesity, ii) utilize this knowledge as a framework to design and empirically test theory-based healthful eating programs, obesity prevention and treatment interventions and better inform food policy legislation.
|Burger KS, & Stice E|
Neural responsivity during soft drink intake, anticipation, and advertisement exposure in habitually consuming youth.
Obesity: vol.in press
|Burger KS, & Stice E (2013)|
Elevated energy intake is correlated with hyperresponsivity in attentional, gustatory, and reward brain regions while anticipating palatable food receipt.
American Journal of Clinical Nutrition: vol.97, p.1188-1194.
|Burger KS, & Stice E (2012)|
Frequent ice cream consumption is associated with reduced striatal response to receipt of an ice cream-based milkshake.
American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, p.810-817.
|Burger KS, Fisher JO, & Johnson SL (2011)|
Mechanisms behind the portion size effect: Visibility and bite size.
Obesity: vol.19, p.546–551.
|Burger KS, Kern M, & Coleman KJ (2007)|
Characteristics of self-selected portion size in young adults.
Journal of the American Dietetic Association: vol.107, p.611-618.