By Julia Andretta, ’15
Research about the link between depression and obesity conducted by two St. Bonaventure University students has been published in a peer-reviewed scientific journal.
Psychology students Hannah McGrath, ’15, and Brittany Windus, ’15, collaborated with St. Bonaventure psychology professor Dr. Gregory Privitera and a researcher in the Department of Psychiatry at the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences and the Duke Brain and Society program at Duke University on a paper titled “Self-Control as an Overlapping Cognitive Mechanism of Depression and Obesity.”
The paper has been published in the peer-reviewed journal PLoS ONE and it is an expansion on research about the link between depression and appetite completed by Bonaventure alumni Frank Marzullo, ’14, and Brianne Moshaty, ’14.
McGrath and Windus were investigators involved in all stages of the research process, from Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval to conduct, analysis, and reporting of the work. They presented this work at a conference at Houghton College in November of 2014 and again at a larger regional conference held by the Eastern Psychological Association in March.
The following St. Bonaventure students also published their research findings under the mentorship of Privitera this year:
Chanel Freeman, ’13, and Marrisa Douglas ’13 Title: “Exercise Motivation Predicts Differences in Exercise Intensity with a Small Versus Large Caloric ‘Payoff’” Publication: International Journal of Sports Science, 5(1), 27-32
Caitlin Brown, ’15
Title: “Emolabeling Effectively Reduces the Influence of Ambiguous Labeling on Food Packages Among Grocery Store Shoppers”
Publication: Global Journal of Health Science; 7(4), 12-17.
Elizabeth Dickinson, ’15 Title: “Control your cravings: Self-controlled food choice varies by eating attitudes, sex, and food type among Division I collegiate athletes” Publication: Psychology of Sport and Exercise 19, 18-22.
Kayla Cuifolo, ’16, and Quentin King-Shepard, ’16
Title: “Wait, Bring It Back! ‘Expectancy to Eat’ Moderates the Effectiveness of Food Cues to Improve Mood”
Publication: International Journal of Applied Psychology, 5(2), 21-25
This research gave students invaluable skills and experience that will give them an edge as they pursue careers and higher education, Privitera said.
“A major takeaway for my students is that they can see and contribute to cutting-edge research from the beginning (hypothesis and design development) to the end (publication) of the process,” he said. “It is rare for students to be able to see the full process before going to graduate school. The data show that this experience gives our students a clear competitive advantage when applying to graduate schools and doctoral programs.”
Because Bonaventure students are doing such innovative work, each paper published creates more opportunities for future study, Privitera added.
“The significance of this work is that it is continuous,” he said. “As students continue to get involved and we continue to publish more papers, it leads to more questions, more research, and more opportunities for students to get involved in leading, cutting-edge research here at St. Bonaventure University.”
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