Department of Psychology
Staten Island, NY 10301
101 Parker Hall
LNolan at wagner.edu
Course information and discussions on Moodle
MW 2-2:30, TR 2-4:00 or by appointment.
BS, Psychology, The University of Southwestern Louisiana, 1988 (now University of Louisiana )
MA, Psychology, University of Delaware, 1992
PhD, Psychology & Neuroscience, University of Delaware, 1994
Postdoctoral Fellowship, New York Obesity Research Center, College of Physicians & Surgeons, Columbia University, 1996
Courses (course information on Moodle)
- Introduction to Psychology (PS 101)
- Psychological Statistics & Methodology (PS 116)
- From Table to Laboratory: Exploring Food Choice (PS 239; ILC with history)
- Experimental Psychology: Learning & Motivation (PS 302)
- Drugs, the Brain & Behavior (PS 351)
- Physiological Psychology (PS 442)
- History of Psychology (PS 441)
Research & Teaching Interests
My teaching emphasizes experimental approaches to understanding human and animal behavior. The list of courses above reflect my areas of expertise. In my research, I am interested in all aspects of eating behavior. In the past, I have focused on the underlying neural processes of behavior, perception and learning, in particular, their role in regulating eating behavior. My recent research has focused on how human perception of food (hunger, satiation, taste) affects food choice and consumption. In addition, I have also recently examined eating behavior associated with emotional states, sleep quality, and drug use. My recent research collaborators include psychologists at Columbia University and the University of Leeds (UK).
I also teach courses in the biopsychology major.
"The relationship between drug use, food neophobia and food addiction." Presented at the 38th Annual Meeting of the British Feeding and Drinking Group, Portsmouth, UK, 2014.
"Role of food addiction, depression, and sleep quality in night eating syndrome." Presented at the 12th International Congress on Obesity, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 2014.
"Emotional eating, night eating, and body mass index." Presented at the 84th Annual Meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, New York, New York, 2013.
"Association between impulsiveness and pleasantness ratings for food and drugs." Presented at the 20th Annual Meeting of the Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior, Zürich, Switzerland, 2012.
“Emotional eating and night eating syndrome in college students.” Presented at the 19th Annual Meeting of the Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior, Clearwater, Florida, 2011.
"Association between hedonic rating of foods and drug use in students" at the 35th Annual Meeting of the British Feeding and Drinking Group, Queens University Belfast, UK, 2011.
"Past variety in drug use predicts increased snack consumption in college students" at the 18th Annual Meeting of the Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 2010.
"Emotional and external eating are associated with poor sleep quality in college students" at the 17th Annual Meeting of the Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior, Portland, Oregon, 2009.
"The effects of modified sham feeding and variety on sensory specific satiety and food intake in humans" at the 16th Annual Meeting of the Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior, Paris, France, 2008.
Caton, S.J., Nolan, L.J., and Hetherington, M.M. (2015). Alcohol, appetite, and loss of restraint. Current Obesity Reports (forthcoming)
Nolan, L.J. and Jenkins, S.M. (2012). Transitioning students out of college: The senior LC in psychology at Wagner College. In Buch, K. and K. E. Barron (eds.) Discipline-Centered Learning Communities: Creating Connections Among Students, Faculty, and Curricula (pp. 31-42). San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
Nolan, L.J. (2006, Fall). Gertrude Joan Aull (1910-1993): Scientist and psychoanalyst. Feminist Psychologist, 33, 16.