Associate Professor of Nutrition; Director, Nutrition and Health Research Laboratory, University at Buffalo, The State University of New York
Jennifer Temple has been the director of the Nutrition and Health Research Laboratory at the University at Buffalo since 2008. Her students, staff and she work on research that is broadly related to ingestive behavior. They study factors that influence the motivation to eat and drink, the relationship between food additives (primarily caffeine) and behavior, and individual difference characteristics that predict weight gain in children, adolescents, and adults. They currently have funding from the National Institute on Drug Abuse to study the impact of caffeine use on behavior, physiology and mood in children and adolescents. They have also done extensive work on motivation to eat, including characterizing difference in lean and obese individuals in patterns of responding for food that predict later weight gain. In addition to our primary studies, they have done work on many other topics, including nutrition labeling, food pricing, hydration and energy intake, the influence of chewing gum on eating, and the relationship between exercise and eating.