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Assistant Professor
Preventive Medicine
Rush Medical College
1700 W. Van Buren
Suite 470
Chicago, IL 60612

(312) 942-3477
(312) 942-8119
PhD, Arizona State University

BA, Southern Illinois University-Carbondale

Behavior and Behavior Mechanisms, Nutritional and Metabolic Diseases, Psychological Phenomena and Processes
Population Studies
Dr. Appelhans completed his doctoral training in clinical psychology and studied behavioral preventive medicine during a postdoctoral fellowship at Northwestern University. The primary aim of his research is to identify neurobehavioral processes involved in eating behavior and weight loss, and apply this knowledge to the prevention of obesity and its comorbidities. His previous work has focused on the involvement of hormonal factors and stress in eating behavior, and he is currently the principal investigator on an NCI-funded study examining the role of executive brain functions and reward sensitivity in weight management. Dr. Appelhans has collaborated with a large supermarket chain to evaluate the effectiveness of an obesity prevention program, and is now working with the James R. Jordan Boys and Girls Club on a project examining strategies to improve access to healthy foods for low-income families. Dr. Appelhans provides behavioral weight loss counseling in the Rush University Prevention Center within the Department of Preventive Medicines.

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