Texas Tech University

Nutritional Sciences

Behavioral Medicine & Translational Research (BMTR) Lab

Lab Alumni


Chanaka N. Kahathuduwa, M.B.B.S., M.Phil., Ph.D

Year Graduated: Summer 2017
Dissertation Title: Effects of Extended Calorie Restriction on Neurophysiological Mechanisms Determining Human Ingestive Behavior
Next Stop after BMTR Lab: Chanaka started his Research Assistant Professor Position in the Department of Human Development & Family Studies (HDFS) at Texas Tech University in Fall 2017, and his research in HDFS is focused on exploring the neurophysiological mechanisms associated with autism spectrum disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and childhood poverty.


Lori Boyd

Lori Boyd, M.S., R.D., L.D.

Year Graduated: Spring 2016
Thesis Title: Concordance among Eating Behaviors Defined by The Three Factor Eating Questionnaire and Brain Regions of Interest as Measured by fMRI.
Next Stop after BMTR Lab: Lori went on to be an outpatient dietitian at Grace Medical Center and contracts for America Health Assessment (outpatient diabetes education) and Wellness Corporate Solutions (health educator- employee wellness).


Kelli Kaufman

Kelli Kaufman, M.S.

Year Graduated: Spring 2015
Thesis Title: A Cross Sectional Descriptive Study with Further Analysis of Body Mass Index, Psychosocial Correlates and Pain as Predictors of Activities of Daily Living In African American Adult Sickle Cell Disease Clinic Patients
Next Stop after BMTR Lab: Kelli started the Physician Assistant program at Baylor College of Medicine in June 2015 and graduated from that program in December 2017.

Nutritional Sciences