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February 27, 2019 | 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Category: Seminar
Location: Integrative Biosciences Center IBio Conference Center | Map
6135 Woodward Ave.
Detroit , MI 48202
Cost: Free
Audience: Academic Staff, Alumni, Community, Current Graduate Students, Current Undergraduate Students, Faculty, Staff

The Wayne State University community is invited to attend a Department of Family Medicine and Public Health Sciences presentation with guest speaker, Kristen M. Culbert, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. 

The presentation will be held on February 27, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. in the first floor seminar room of IBio, Located at 6135 Woodward. The seminar is free and open to the entire university community. 

Dr. Culbert will present, "Illuminating the Role of Sex Steroid Hormones on Eating Pathology."

Dr. Culbert earned her B.A. degree in psychology with a specialization in bioethics, humanities and society and a Ph.D. in philosophy in clinical psychology at Michigan State University.


My program of research largely focuses on elucidating genetic, neurobiological, and environmental factors that contribute to between-sex and within-sex differences in risk for eating pathology (e.g., binge eating) across the lifespan. I have pursued a multi-method translational research program that encompasses animal and human models, behavioral genetics, and neuroendocrinology to tackle these aims. In this talk, I will review a series of studies that have explored phenotypic and genetic effects of sex steroid hormones on differential risk for eating pathology across development. I will present findings indicating that perinatal testosterone exerts an initial bout of protection that reduces rates of eating pathology in males, whereas the general absence of testosterone exposure heightens risk in females. I will also discuss findings indicating that pubertal shifts in genetic influences on eating pathology emerge earlier for boys, than girls, and will show initial evidence that these pubertal changes in risk for eating pathology may be driven by sex steroid hormone secretion. Finally, I will discuss current/future research directions that aim to expand upon this work and incorporate related biobehavioral (e.g., stress, short sleep duration) processes that are known to enhance cravings for high fat/high sugar foods and may be critical for understanding heightened risk for binge eating in some subpopulations (e.g., individuals of lower socioeconomic status, Veterans, adolescents).

We hope you can join us for this interesting seminar!  

For more information about this event, please contact Julie O'Connor at 3135775600 or