Holsen Lab

Welcome to the Holsen Lab. Our collaborative studies utilize functional neuroimaging and neuroendocrine assessment to define brain-behavior relationships in conditions associated with disordered eating and metabolism, chronic stress, and anhedonia. We also integrate these tools with weight loss treatment approaches to identify how neural circuitry involved in food motivation, cognitive control, and mood regulation promotes successful long-term weight loss and weight loss maintenance.

The goal of our work is to ameliorate the negative health outcomes of these conditions through identification of modifiable neurobiological targets that drive appetite, mood-related eating behaviors and cognition, and weight change.