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Kerri Boutelle, PhD / Christina Wierenga, PhD




(858) 246-1654

Research Interests

The effects of diet and exercise on brain development, memory and cognitive aging. My research focuses on the effects obesity related phenomenons (e.g., western diet and low physical activity) on brain development, food cue responsiveness, learning and memory, and cognitive aging. My research covers the whole lifespan, from 7-80 years old, to assess how early childhood obesity and diet/exercise can lead to long lasting effects, and whether observed differences can be reversed using lifestyle/behavioral interventions.

Representative Publications
  • Mestre, Z. L., Melhorn, S. J., Askren, M. K., Tyagi, V., Gatenby, C., Young, L., Mehta, S., Webb, M. F., Grabowski, T. J., Schur, E. A. (2016). Effects of Anxiety on Caloric Intake and Satiety-Related Brain Activation in Women and Men. Psychosom Med, 78(4), 454-64. doi: 10.1097/PSY.0000000000000299

  • Mestre, Z. L., Bischoff-Grethe, A., Eichen, D. M, Wierenga, C. E., Strong, D., Boutelle, K. N. (under review in the International Journal of Obesity). Altered brain responses to pleasant tastes and hippocampal atrophy in obese children

  • Askren, M. K., McAllister-Day, T. K., Koh, N., Mestre, Z., Dines, J. N., Korman, B. A., Melhorn, S. J., Peterson, D. J., Peverill, M., Qin, X., Rane, S. D., Reilly, M. A., Reiter, M. A., Sambrook. K. A., Woelfer, K. A., Grabowski, T. J., Madhyastha, T. M. (2016). Using Make for Reproducible and Parallel Neuroimaging Workflow and Quality-Assurance. Front Neuroinform, 2(10), 2. doi: 10.3389/fninf.2016.00002. eCollection 2016.

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Zoe Mestre CV