Primary Faculty


Paula C. Chandler-Laney, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
1675 University Blvd.
Webb 413

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Miscellaneous Information

Dr. Chandler-Laney is an associate professor in the Department of Nutrition Sciences. She earned a B.A. (3-year program) in psychology from the University of Auckland, in her native country, New Zealand. She went on to complete a 4th year of study to earn a B.S. in psychology at UAB in 2000. In 2006, she completed her Ph.D. in behavioral neuroscience at UAB, focusing on the neural and behavioral consequences of weight cycling.

Her postdoctoral research was under the mentorship of Dr. Barbara Gower and Dr. Gary Hunter, and involved investigations of (1) associations among circulating hormones and satiety, (2) identifying psychological and behavioral parameters that predict successful weight loss and weight loss maintenance, and (3) childhood body composition and metabolic health outcomes following intrauterine exposure to gestational diabetes or maternal obesity.

Since joining the faculty, Dr. Chandler-Laney has expanded her research regarding the developmental origins of obesity. Her current research aims to elucidate the biobehavioral mechanisms by which intrauterine exposure to maternal obesity and/or hyperglycemia contribute to the development of obesity in children.

Research Interests
The overall goal of my research program is to elucidate the biobehavioral mechanisms that underlie the intergenerational transmission of obesity and comorbid metabolic diseases.  Ongoing research studies focus on pregnancy and infancy as critical periods during which risk for obesity may be programmed.  In my laboratory, we examine race disparities and lifestyle influences on weight gain and glucose concentrations during pregnancy, and fetal outcomes. Studies in young children investigate the role of executive function in eating behavior, and the role of eating behavior as a potential mediator between obesogenic conditions in the intrauterine environment and children’s excess weight gain. We use rigorous, objective methods to assess body composition (e.g. DXA, BodPod, PeaPod) and metabolic health (e.g. glucose tolerance tests), and survey and observational methods to examine behavior and lifestyle variables.

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