Dr. T’s research featured in UCLA College Magazine!

In a new issue of the UCLA College Magazine, Dr. T discusses the environmental sustainability of cultured meat and her research on public perceptions and factors influencing its uptake. Dr. T mentions, “Food isn’t nutritious until it’s eaten—the decision to eat or not is important but not studied often” Click here to read the full magazine!

PhD student Daniel Rosenfeld is featured on UCLA College News!

In a new article published by UCLA College, one of our graduate students, Daniel Rosenfeld, discusses his line of research and the implications of it. Daniel studies “the way people think, feel, and behave when it comes to consuming—or not consuming—meat.” Daniel argues that people’s evolving eating habits can partly be attributed to social norms; but following social norms is not a foolproof method. Ultimately, Daniel aims for people to engage with his research and look at their eating behaviors with fresh eyes. Click here to read the full article!

Dr. T is promoted to full Professor!

We are delighted to announce that Dr. Tomiyama will be promoted from Associate Professor to full Professor this July! This promotion is a huge accomplishment and a testament to Dr. T’s industrious work ethic and meaningful contributions to the science of health psychology. Congratulations, Dr. T! We are all so proud of her at the DiSH Lab!

Clara Zhang to attend NYU Steinhardt’s Drama Therapy Program!

DiSH Lab alumna Clara Zhang graduated from UCLA in September 2020 with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a minor in Statistics. During her undergraduate career, Clara was a research assistant in the DiSH Lab, where she worked with graduate student Kristen Lee on a study examining eating behaviors and health. Kristen and Dr. T helped Clara refine her interests in drama therapy – leading her to apply to the NYU Steinhardt’s Drama Therapy Program. Clara has recently been admitted to the program and will be learning about how drama therapy can benefit individuals struggling with eating disorders. Congrats, Clara!

Dr. T shares her expertise on weight stigma in APA article!

In a recent article titled, “The burden of weight stigma,” several prominent researchers discuss the psychological, physiological, and behavioral impact of weight stigma, and why it may be more acceptable than other forms of stigma. For instance, Dr. T mentions, “People can’t change the color of their skin, but there’s this perception that people can diet their way out of obesity—that if somebody has a larger body, it’s 100% their fault.” Click here to read the full article!

Dr. T receives the Jane B Semel Healthy Campus Initiative Appreciation & Recognition Award!

Dr. T has been awarded the Jane B Semel Healthy Campus Initiative Appreciation & Recognition Award. This award recognizes UCLA community members who support the Semel Healthy Campus Initiative in their efforts to improve the physical, mental, and social well-being of the UCLA community. Congratulations, Dr. T!

Dr. T receives the Fellowship of the American Psychosomatic Society!

Dr. T was recently awarded the Fellowship in the American Psychosomatic Society at the 2022 annual meeting. This fellowship recognizes excellence in scholarship and/or professional contributions to psychosomatic science and commitment to the American Psychosomatic Society in members who are mid-career and beyond. Congrats, Dr. T!

Recent Paper Featured in UCLA Newsroom!

Dr. T recently collaborated on a paper titled “Wearable aptamer-field-effect transistor sensing system for noninvasive cortisol monitoring,” where researchers developed a smart watch that noninvasely and accurately assesses cortisol levels found in sweat. This paper was published in Science Advances and was recently highlighted in UCLA newsroom, where the device was described as “opening new possibilities for personal health monitoring.” Check out the full article here!

Dr. T is elected to the Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research!

Dr. T was recently elected to the Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research, which is reserved for those whose research lies at the intersection of behavior and medicine. Additionally, only those with national and international behavioral medicine research excellence are elected to this society. Congrats, Dr. T!

What a College Professor Does in a Workday!

Have you ever wondered what Dr. T does in a typical day? The Washington Post’s Lily documented her workday as a UCLA professor in this piece. Click here to read the full article!