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Misty Hawkins, Ph.D.


Obesity, cardiometabolic health, neurocognitive function

Degree: Clinical Psychology
Broad Expertise/Interests: Behavioral medicine, behavioral weight loss interventions, neuropsychological testing, health disparities (tribal health) 
Equipment/Techniques: NIH Cognitive Toolbox, cognitive-behavioral therapy, EKG (heart rate variability), body composition analysis via bioeletrical impedence analysis, blood pressure, eye-tracking
Seeking Collaborators with Skill Sets: Exercise physiologist, nutritionists, endocrinologists, blood analysis, DEXA
Neuroscience Research Interests: I study how cardiometabolic diseases influence neurocognitive function and vice versa.
Funding in the Last Three Years:

NIH: K23 Career Development Award

OSCTR: Pilot funding 

Publication Highlights:

Cognitive and Self-regulatory Mechanisms of Obesity Study (COSMOS): Study protocol for a randomized controlled weight loss trial examining change in biomarkers, cognition, and self-regulation across two behavioral treatments

Cognitive Function Predicts Risk for Clinically Significant Weight Gain in Adults With Heart Failure