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Lauren Shomaker

Lauren Shomaker, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Human Development and Family Studies

Contact Information

415 Behavioral Science Building
1570 Campus Delivery
Colorado State University
Fort Collins, CO 80523-1570

Phone: 970-491-3217
Fax: 970-491-7975
E-mail: lauren.shomaker@colostate.edu

Websites

Research Interests

I am a child clinical psychologist whose research interests center upon understanding the role of psychological functioning in the etiology, development, and prevention of obesity and obesity-related health problems such as type 2 diabetes. My research seeks to elucidate to what extent psychological factors, such as depression and stress, promote excessive body weight gain and insulin resistance, the major physiological precursor of type 2 diabetes. I have a particular interest in identifying the behavioral and physiological mechanisms by which depression and stress influence developmental trajectories of weight gain and insulin resistance. Another focus is the identification of genetic and environmental risk factors that affect young people’s risk for obesity and diabetes.

I currently have a K99/R00 Career Development Award from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development to study the relationship between depression and insulin resistance. In a series of randomized controlled clinical trials at Colorado State University and at the NIH Clinical Center, we are testing whether mental health treatments for elevated depressive symptoms or stress in at-risk adolescents lead to improvements in their metabolic health, lessening future risk of developing major chronic diseases.

Students working in the lab have an opportunity to learn about psychological, behavioral, and physiological assessments to study depression; stress; mindfulness; social functioning; nutrition and eating patterns such as emotional eating, eating in the absence of hunger, disordered eating, and binge eating; physical and cardiorespiratory fitness; obesity; and metabolic risk. Students are exposed to randomized controlled clinical trials utilizing a variety of therapeutic modalities, including cognitive-behavioral, mindfulness, and interpersonal psychotherapy.

Education

B.A., 2001, Psychology, University of Virginia
M.A., 2004, Child Clinical Psychology, University of Denver
Ph.D., 2007, Child Clinical Psychology, University of Denver

Honors and Awards

2015 - The Institute for Learning and Teaching Service-Learning Mini-Grant Award, Colorado State University
2013 - The Institute for Learning and Teaching/Reinvention Center Science of Learning Course Development Award, Colorado State University
2011 - Pathway to Independence Award, Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
2011 - Bench-to-Bedside Award, Mark O. Hatfield Clinical Research Center, National Institutes of Health
2008-2010 - Individual Postdoctoral National Research Service Award, Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
2008 - Student/Early Career Investigator Travel Fellowship Award, Academy for Eating Disorders, National Institute of Mental Health
2007-2008 - Institutional Postdoctoral National Research Service Award, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
2005-2006 - Individual Predoctoral National Research Service Award, National Institute of Mental Health, University of Denver
2004-2005 - Graduate Student Award for Outstanding Teaching, University of Denver
2001-2002 - Colorado Graduate Fellowship, University of Denver

Current Research Projects

Depression and Insulin Resistance in Adolescents. Pathway to Independence Award R00HD069516, Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, 2013-2016, Principal Investigator.

Depression and Excess Gestational Weight Gain in Pregnant Adolescents: A Randomized Pilot Trial. Faculty Seed Grant, Colorado School of Public Health, Colorado State University, 2015-2016, Principal Investigator.

Evaluation of a Mindfulness-Based Program in Adolescents At-Risk for Obesity. Colorado Agricultural Experiment Station, National Institute of Food and Agriculture, 2014-2016, Principal Investigator.

Collection and Characterization of Human Subcutaneous Adipose Tissue for the Submission of a Cross-disciplinary, Translational NIH Research Program Project Proposal (P01). Mini-Grant Program, College of Health and Human Sciences, Colorado State University. 2015-2016, Co-Investigator. Principal Investigators: Pagliassotti, Cox-York, and Hickey.

Professional Experience

2015-present: Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition, Colorado State University

2014-present: Assistant Professor, Health Communication, Colorado School of Public Health, Colorado State University

2013-present: Assistant Professor, Human Development and Family Studies, Colorado State University

2010-2013: Research Scientist and Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Medical and Clinical Psychology, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences

2007-2010: Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Medical and Clinical Psychology, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences

2007-present: Research Collaborator, Section on Growth and Obesity, Program in Developmental Endocrinology and Genetics, Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health

2006-2007: Clinical and Pediatric Psychology Intern, Children’s National Medical Center

Selected Publications

Schvey, N. A., Shomaker, L. B., Kelly, N. R., Pickworth, C. K., Cassidy, O., Galescu, O., Demidowich, A. P., Brady, S. M., Tanofsky-Kraff, M., & Yanovski, J. A. (In Press). Pressure to be thin and insulin sensitivity among adolescents. Journal of Adolescent Health.

Shomaker, L. B., & Goodman, E. (In Press). An 8-year prospective study of depressive symptoms and change in insulin from adolescence to young adulthood. Psychosomatic Medicine.

Pivarunas, B., Kelly, N. R., Pickworth, C. K., Cassidy, O., Radin, R. M., Shank, L. M., Vannucci, A., Courville, A. B., Chen, K. Y., Tanofsky-Kraff, M., Yanovski, J. A., & Shomaker, L. B. (2015). Mindfulness and eating behavior in adolescent girls at risk for type 2 diabetes. International Journal of Eating Disorders, 48, 563-569.

Shomaker, L. B., Tanofsky-Kraff, M., Zocca, J. M., Field, S. E., Drinkard, B., & Yanovski, J. A. (2012). Depressive symptoms and cardiorespiratory fitness in obese adolescents. Journal of Adolescent Health, 50, 87-92.

Tanofsky-Kraff, M., Shomaker, L. B., Roza, C. A., Wolkoff, L. E., Columbo, K. M., Raciti, G., Zocca, J. M., Olsen, C., Wilfley, D. E., Yanovski, S. Z., & Yanovski, J. A. (2011). A prospective study of pediatric loss of control eating and psychological outcomes. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 120(1), 108-118.

Shomaker, L. B., Tanofsky-Kraff, M., Stern, E. A., Miller, R., Zocca, J. M., Field, S. E., Yanovski, S. Z., Hubbard, V. S., & Yanovski, J. A. (2011). A longitudinal study of depressive symptoms and progression of insulin resistance in youth at-risk for adult obesity. Diabetes Care, 34(11), 2458-2463.

Shomaker, L. B., Tanofsky-Kraff, M., Zocca, J. M., Courville, A., Kozlosky, M., Columbo, K. M., Wolkoff, L. E., Brady, S. M., Crocker, M. K., Ali, A. H., Yanovski, S. Z., Yanovski, J. A. (2010). Eating in the absence of hunger in adolescents: intake after a large-array meal compared with that after a standardized meal. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 92(4), 697-703.

Shomaker, L. B., Tanofsky-Kraff, M., Elliott, C., Wolkoff, L. E., Columbo, K. M., Ranzenhofer, L. M., Roza, C. A., Yanovski, S. Z., & Yanovski, J. A. (2010). Salience of loss of control for pediatric binge episodes: does size really matter? International Journal of Eating Disorders, 43(8), 707-716.

Shomaker, L. B., Tanofsky-Kraff, M., Young-Hyman, D., Han, J. C., Yanoff, L. B., Brady, S. M., Yanovski, S. Z., & Yanovski, J. A. (2010). Psychological symptoms and insulin sensitivity in adolescents. Pediatric Diabetes, 11(6), 417-423.

Thematic Research Areas

  • Adolescent Development and Psychopathology
  • Health and Medical Psychology
  • Prevention Science