Primary Research Focus
Dr. Kathryn Smith’s program of research focuses on understanding cognitive and emotional processes that contribute to eating disorders and obesity with the ultimate goal of informing the development of more effective and targeted prevention and intervention efforts.
Much of her research in these areas has utilized ecological momentary assessment (EMA) methodology to identify both momentary and individual difference variables associated with eating behaviors in naturalistic settings.
She also integrates EMA with ambulatory neurocognitive assessments and passive sensor data. She is currently using mobile technology for intervention purposes.
Her ongoing research projects include:
- An EMA study examining relationships between momentary neurocognitive functioning, emotion and binge eating
- The development of an ecological momentary intervention for binge eating disorder funded through a Sanford Foundation Grant