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Catherine Forestell

Professor Psychololgy/Neuroscience Director

Office: Integrated Science Center, Room 1151
Phone: 757 221 3892
Email: [[caforestell]]
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Educational Background

PhD in Experimental Psychology, Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS, Canada, 2002

MSc in Experimental Psychology, Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS, Canada, 1997

BSc in Psychobiology with honors, University of New Brunswick, Saint John, NB, Canada, 1995

Research Interests

My research interests intersect the areas of learning and memory, developmental psychology, and sensation and perception, with a specific focus on the mechanisms involved in the development and maintenance of food preferences and eating habits from infancy to adulthood. This work involves 1) investigating how early experiences with flavors affects children’s liking of foods as measured by the Facial Action Coding System, 2) assessing strategies for increasing fruit and vegetable consumption in children, 3) examining the role of classical conditioning in children’s flavor learning, and 4) investigating the role that restrained eating plays in the development of eating habits, such as vegetarianism, in young adults, and  5) investigating how early exposure to parental tobacco and alcohol use affects later affective responses and implicit attention toward substance-related cues. 

Selected Recent Publications

Dickter, C.L., Forestell. C.A., Hammett, P.J.,* & Young, C.M.,* (Under Review). Relationship between Alcohol Dependence, Escape Drinking, and Early Neural Attention to Alcohol-Related Cues. Psychopharmacology.

Dallaire, D.H., Forestell, C.A., & Nealy, R.S., (Under Review). Health-Risk Behaviors and Pregnancy- and Nutrition-Related Knowledge among Pregnant Incarcerated Women. Women & Health.

Cunningham, E.*, Forestell, C.A., & Dickter, C.L. (2013). Odor-induced Disgust Affects Implicit and Explicit Responses towards Gay Men and Lesbians. European Journal of Social Psychology, In Press.

Dickter, C. L., Kieffaber, P. D., Kittel, J. A, Forestell, C. A., (2013). Mu Suppression as an Indicator of Activation of the Perceptual-Motor System by Smoking-related Cues in Smokers. Psychphysiology, In Press.

Cavanagh, K. V.*, & Forestell, C. A. (2013). The effect of brand names on flavor perception and consumption in restrained and unrestrained eaters. Food Quality and Preference, doi: 10.1016/j.foodqual.2012.12.0

Schindler, J. M.,* & Corbett, D., & Forestell, C. A., (2013). Assessing the effect of fruit and vegetable exposure on children's healthful food choices. Eating Behaviors. 14(1), 53-6. doi: 10.1016/j.eatbeh.2012.10.013.

Forestell, C. A., Lau, P.,* Gyurovski, I. I.,* Dickter, C. L. & Haque, S. A.,* (2012). Response conflict to foods in the presence of distractors: The effects of caloric content, cognitive restraint, and hunger. Appetite, 59(3), 748-754.

Forestell, C. A., Dickter, C. L., & Young, C. M.,* (2012). Take me away: The relationship between escape drinking and attentional bias for alcohol-related cues. Alcohol, 46(6), 543-549.

Forestell, C. A. & Mennella, J. A. (2012). More than Just a Pretty Face: Predictors of Infants' Vegetable Acceptance and Mothers' Perceptions. Appetite, 58(3), 1136-1142

Osborne, C. L.,* & Forestell, C. A., (2012). Increasing Consumption of Fruits and Vegetables in Children: Does the Type of Exposure Matter? Physiology & Behavior, 106(3), 362-368. (Invited submission)

Forestell, C. A., Spaeth, A. M.*, & Kane, S. A.,*, (2011). To eat or not to eat red meat: A closer look at the relationship between restrained eating and vegetarianism in college females. Appetite. doi: 10.1016/j.appet.2011.10.015.

Haight, J.,* Dickter, C. L., & Forestell, C. A., (2011). A comparison of daily and occasional smokers’ implicit affective responses to smoking cues. Addicitive Behaviors. doi:10.1016/j.addbeh.2011.10.006

Dickter, C. L., & Forestell, C. A., (2011). Peering through the smoke: The effect of parental smoking behavior and addiction on daily smokers’ attentional bias to smoking cues. Addictive Behaviors. Advance online publication doi:10.1016/j.addbeh.2011.09.017

Forestell, C. A., Dickter, C. L., Wright, J. D.*, & Young, C. M.,* (2011). Clearing the smoke: Parental influences on non-smokers’ attentional biases to smoking-related cues. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, Advance online publication. doi: 10.1037/a0025096.

Courses Taught at W&M
  • Research Methods
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Sensation & Perception
  • Research Methods in Developmental Psychology
  • Service Learning in Developmental Psychology