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Dr. Franks' research interests are biological and psychological mediators of appetite regulation, obesity, and their interface. Working across various age, cultural, and gender groups, she has successfully developed and implemented brain-based interventions for the treatment of obesity. Of particular interest are Dr. Franks’ studies examining the role of the appetite-regulating hormone ghrelin and the stress hormone cortisol on the regulation of eating behavior. She also investigated neurobehavioral aspects of appetite regulation as it overlaps with environmental stressors and the addictive process.

Education/Academic qualification

MS in Psychology, University of North Texas

PhD in Clinical Health Psychology, University of North Texas

BS in Medical Technologist, University of Texas at Arlington


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