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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.

In a series of randomized controlled clinical trials at Colorado State University, the Children’s Hospital Colorado, and 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. We are also working with community members in Northern Colorado to identify how to best translate scientific knowledge about diabetes prevention and weight management into feasible and sustainable community-based programs that reach teenagers.

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

2017 - Clinical and Translational Research Center Microgrant, Depression and Insulin Sensitivity in Adolescents (16-2571), Colorado Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute
2017 - Clinical and Translational Research Center Microgrant, Mood and Excess Weight Gain in Adolescent Pregnancy (14-1505), Colorado Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute
2016 - Tenure Track Scholarly Excellence, College of Health and Human Sciences, Colorado State University
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 Sensitivity in Adolescents. R01 NIH Research Project Grant. R01DK111604, National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive, and Kidney Diseases, 2017-2022, Principal Investigator.

Unidos por la Salud/United for Health: Innovative Academic-Community Solutions for Diabetes

Prevention in Northern Colorado. Colorado Agriculture Experiment Station/National Institute of Food and Agriculture Pilot Grant, Colorado State University, 2016-2018, Principal Investigator.

Postpartum Adiposity and Insulin Sensitivity in Adolescent Mothers and their Infants. Colorado State University Prevention Research Center Interdisciplinary Pilot Grant Program. 2016-2017 (no cost extension 2018), Principal Investigator.

Professional Experience

2016-Present: Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Pediatrics, University of Colorado School of Medicine

2014-present: Assistant Professor, Community and Behavioral Health, 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

Shomaker, L. B., Tanofsky-Kraff, M. (co-first),† Matherne, C. E., Mehari, R. D., Olsen, C. H., Marwitz, S. E., Bakalar, J. L., Ranzenhofer, L. M., Kelly, N. R., Schvey, N. A., Cassidy, O., Brady, S. M., Dietz, L. J., Wilfley, D. E., Yanovski, S. Z., & Yanovski, J. A. (In press). A randomized, comparative pilot trial of family-based interpersonal psychotherapy for reducing disordered eating and excess weight gain in preadolescents. International Journal of Eating Disorders.

Shomaker, L. B., Kelly, N. R., Radin, R. M., Cassidy, O. L., Shank, L. M., Brady, S. M., Demidowich, A. P., Olsen, C. H., Chen, K. Y., Stice, E., Tanofsky-Kraff, M.,† & Yanovski, J. A. (In press). Prevention of insulin resistance in adolescents at risk for type 2 diabetes with depressive symptoms: one-year follow-up of a randomized trial. Depression and Anxiety.

Shomaker, L. B., Bruggink, S., Pivarunas, P., Skoranski, A., Foss, J., Chaffin, E., Dalager, S., Annameier, S., Quaglia, J., Brown, K. W., Broderick, P., & Bell, C. (2017). Pilot randomized controlled trial of a mindfulness-based group in adolescent girls at risk for type 2 diabetes with depressive symptoms. Complementary Therapies in Medicine, 32, 66-74.

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. (2016). Pressure to be thin and insulin sensitivity among adolescents. Journal of Adolescent Health, 58, 104-110..

Shomaker, L. B., & Goodman, E. (2015). An 8-year prospective study of depressive symptoms and change in insulin from adolescence to young adulthood. Psychosomatic Medicine 77, 938-945.

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