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Dr. Nicole Avena

Scientific Advisory Board, Addiction Policy Forum

Nicole Avena, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Neuroscience at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai; Visiting Professor of Health Psychology, Princeton University.

Dr. Nicole Avena is a research neuroscientist and expert in the fields of nutrition, diet, and addiction. She is a pioneer in the field of food addiction, and her seminal research work jump-started this exciting new field of exploration in medicine and nutrition. She is also an expert in diet during pregnancy and childhood nutrition.

Dr. Avena received a Ph.D. in Psychology and Neuroscience from Princeton University in 2006. She then completed her postdoctoral fellowship in 2010 at the prestigious Rockefeller University in New York City.

Dr. Avena is presently an Associate Professor of Neuroscience at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City and a Visiting Professor in Health Psychology at Princeton University. She has published over 100 scholarly journal articles and several academic and trade books on topics related to diet, nutrition, and overeating, and she frequently presents her research findings at scientific conferences and University symposia. Her research achievements have been honored by awards from several groups, including the New York Academy of Sciences, the American Psychological Association, and the National Institute on Drug Abuse. She has received research funding from prestigious sources, including the National Institutes of Health and the National Eating Disorders Association.


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