Texas Tech University

Martin Binks, Ph.D.

Professor and Director of Nutrition & Metabolic Health Initiative (NMHI)
Nutritional Sciences

Email: m.binks@ttu.edu

Phone: (806) 834-4434

Phone: (806) 834-4434

Cell/Text (919) 485-9215

Room: HS 301E; TP Suite 101
Director of Nutrition & Metabolic Health Initiative (NMHI)


Head of Behavioral Medicine Translational research Lab (BMTR)


Professor Nutritional Sciences


Martin Binks Ph.D. is Professor, Nutritional Sciences, at Texas Tech University and leads the Behavioral Medicine & Translational Research Lab. He is also Director of the Nutrition & Metabolic Health Initiative. Dr. Binks has been an obesity & metabolic disease research scientist & clinician for over 20 years. Dr. Binks is a Fellow of the North American scientific organization The Obesity Society (TOS) and The European Society of Preventative Medicine. He has been active in, many leadership positions spanning more than a decade at TOS including Secretary Treasurer and Executive Board Member of Obesity Week™.


Research Interests 


Dr. Binks has authored many research publications and the book The Duke Diet. His research interests include neurophysiology of obesity and ingestive behavior, behavioral pharmacologic and surgical treatment (adults and children) for obesity and metabolic disease, and also physiological and behavioral correlates of physical activity (including the influences of pain and sleep). He is an editorial board member for the International Journal of Obesity and also Obesity Science & Practice. He is Editor in Chief of Progress in Preventive Medicine. Dr. Binks has an ongoing multimedia presence as an internationally recognized expert.

Martin Binks


Dr. Binks received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Fairleigh Dickenson University, trained at the Bronx VA Medical Center and completed pre and postdoctoral training in Behavioral Medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina. He is formerly an Assistant Professor at Duke University Medical Center, Division of Medical Psychology. He was Director of Behavioral Health, Research, and New Business and Strategic Alliances at the Duke Diet & Fitness Center. 


Motivating Human Behavior & Health Coaching (Grad and Undergrad).
Professional Communication & Professionalism (Grad)


Sample of Recent Publications:

41. Kaufman K, Chin S, Kahathuduwa CN, Wood M, Feliu M, Hill L, Barker C, Reif R, Keys A, Edwards CL, Binks M. Body mass index, psychosocial correlates, pain and activities of daily living in adult sickle cell disease patients. PROGREVMED 2018; 3: e0019.

40. Binks M, Chin S. A theoretical rationale for psychological mechanisms through which slimming garments may motivate physical activity in people with obesity. ​​​​​​​​​​PROGREVMED 2018; 3: e-0017.

39. Kahathuduwa CN, Davis T, O'Boyle M, Binks M. Do scores on the Food Craving Inventory and Three-Factor Eating Questionnaire correlate with expected brain regions of interest in people with obesity? Physiol Behav. 2018 Jan 27;188:1-10. doi: 10.1016/j.physbeh.2018.01.018. [Epub ahead of print]

38.  Kahathuduwa CN, Dhanasekara CS, Chin SH, Davis, T, Weerasinghe VS, Dassanayake TL, Binks M. L-Theanine and caffeine improve target-specific attention to visual stimuli by decreasing mind wandering: a human functional magnetic resonance imaging study. Nutrition Research 2018 Jan;49: 67-78. doi: 10.1016/j.nutres.2017.11.002. Epub 2017 Nov 16.

37. Dhurandhar NV, Binks M. When to eat! Am J Clin Nutr. 2017 Nov;106(5):1171-1172. doi: 10.3945/ajcn.117.167759. Epub 2017 Oct 11. (Invited Editorial)

36. Kahathuduwa CN, Davis T, O'Boyle M, Boyd LA, Chin S, Paniukov D, Binks M. Effects of 3-week total meal replacement vs. typical food-based diet on human brain functional magnetic resonance imaging food-cue reactivity and functional connectivity in people with obesity. Appetite. 2018 Jan 1;120:431-441. doi: 10.1016/j.appet.2017.09.025. Epub 2017 Sep 25.

35. Chin S, Kahathuduwa CN, Stearns BM, Davis T, Binks M. Is hunger important to model in fMRI visual food-cue reactivity paradigms in adults with obesity and how should this be done? Appetite. 2018 Jan 1;120:388-397. doi: 10.1016/j.appet.2017.09.012. Epub 2017 Sep 28.

34. Kahathuduwa CN, Binks M, Martin CK, Dawson JA. Extended calorie restriction suppresses overall and specific food cravings: a systematic review and a meta-analysis. Obes Rev. 2017 Oct;18(10):1122-1135. doi: 10.1111/obr.12566. Epub 2017 May 30. Impact factor (2016): 7.883.

33. Binks M, Kahathuduwa CN, Davis T. Challenges in accurately modeling the complexity of human ingestive behavior: the influence of portion size and energy density of food on fMRI food-cue reactivity. Am J Clin Nutr. 2017 Feb;105(2):289-290. doi: 10.3945/ajcn.116.150813. Epub 2017 Jan 18 (Invited Editorial).

32. Binks M, Chin S. What are the challenges in developing effective health policies for obesity? Int J Obes (Lond). 2017 Jun;41(6):849-852. doi: 10.1038/ijo.2017.1. Epub 2017 Jan 12.

31. Chin S-H, Kahathuduwa C, and Binks M. Is sedentary behaviour unhealthy and if so does reducing it improve this? Int J Clin Pract. 2017 Feb;71(2). doi: 10.1111/ijcp.12925.

30. Kahathuduwa CN, Boyd LA, Davis T, O'Boyle M, Binks M. Brain regions involved in ingestive behavior and related psychological constructs in people undergoing calorie restriction. Appetite. 2016 Dec 1;107:348-361. doi: 10.1016/j.appet.2016.08.112. Epub 2016 Aug 24.

29. Chin S, Kahathuduwa, CN, Binks M. Physical Activity and Obesity: What We Know and What We Need to Know. Obes Rev. 2016 Dec;17(12):1226-1244. doi: 10.1111/obr.12460. Epub 2016 Oct 14

Nutritional Sciences