Barbara J. Rolls, PhD, FTOS
Professor and Helen A. Guthrie Chair
Director, Laboratory for the Study of Human Ingestive Behavior
Pennsylvania State University
“In recognition of your discoveries on the role of ingestive behavior and food choice in physiology and obesity prevention, as well as for your service to The Obesity Society.”
Barbara J. Rolls received her Ph.D. in Physiology from the University of Cambridge, England. After spending her early research career at the University of Oxford, Dr. Rolls became Professor of Psychiatry at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. In 1992, she joined The Pennsylvania State University faculty, where she is Professor and Helen A. Guthrie Chair of Nutritional Sciences.
Her studies have demonstrated how characteristics of foods such as variety, energy density, and portion size can influence energy intake and weight management. She has authored seven books including three in the Volumetrics series.
Dr. Rolls has served as President of both the Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior and The Obesity Society, and has served on the Advisory Council of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.
Her awards and honors include Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Honorary Member, American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellow, International Award for Modern Nutrition, Atwater Lecturer, American Society for Nutrition (ASN) Award in Human Nutrition, The Obesity Society’s George A. Bray Founders Award, ASN Fellow, ASN David Kritchevsky Career Achievement Award, the Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior Hoebel Award for Creativity, and the ASN Foundation Mentorship Award.