Self-Control Gone Awry: The Cognitive Neuroscience Behind Bulimia Nervosa

Tuesday, August 10, 2021, 2:00 pm EDT
Meet the Scientist - August 2021

Every day, our brains bring together information from our bodies and environments to control our eating behavior. In turn, eating, or not eating, influences our brains' self-control circuitry. Extremes in the control of eating behavior, as well as other non-food-related behaviors, characterize individuals with bulimia nervosa. Dr. Berner will discuss how self-control goes awry in bulimia nervosa; describe how these disturbances could promote symptoms like binge eating, purging, and dietary restriction; and review how disruptions in self-control circuitry may help us predict clinical outcome and develop new treatments.

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Presented by 
Laura A. Berner, Ph.D.
Laura A. Berner, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry

Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

2020 Young Investigator Grant

 Laura Berner is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry in the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. She is a principal investigator and core faculty member in the Mount Sinai Center for Computational Psychiatry and the Mount Sinai Center of Excellence in Eating and Weight Disorders. She graduated from Princeton University with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and minors in Neuroscience and French. She received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Drexel University, where her neuroimaging training was supported by an NIMH Ruth L. Kirschstein Predoctoral Individual National Research Service Award (F31). She completed her clinical internship at the University of California San Diego (UCSD) Eating Disorders Center for Treatment and Research and the VA San Diego Healthcare System. Her subsequent post-doctoral training in neuroimaging at UCSD was funded by an NIMH Ruth L. Kirschstein Postdoctoral Individual National Research Service Award (F32).

Moderated by 
Jeffrey Borenstein, M.D.
Brain & Behavior Research Foundation

President and CEO

Jeffrey Borenstein, M.D., serves as the President & CEO of the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation, the largest private funder of mental health research grants. Dr. Borenstein developed the Emmy Award-nominated public television program “Healthy Minds,” and serves as host of the series. The program, which is broadcast nationwide, focuses on topics in psychiatry in order to educate the public, reduce stigma and offer a message of hope. Dr. Borenstein also serves as Editor-in-Chief of Psychiatric News, the newspaper of the American Psychiatric Association and as an Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.