Deann’s study of activity-based anorexia in rats led to an animal model for the role physiology plays in anorexia in humans.
FSU 2005 Graduate Scholar Award
Deann Atchley, a Ph.D. student in the FSU Program in Neuroscience, received the 2005 Graduate Scholar Award from the FSU Chapter of the Phi Kappa Phi for her work on physiological characteristics involved in activity-based anorexia. Deann’s study of activity-based anorexia in rats led to an animal model for the role physiology plays in anorexia in humans. Her first article on this work as a principal author was published in the journal Physiology and Behavior in 2003. As a result of this work, Deann received the New Investigator Award from the Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior, an international organization for scientists who study eating behavior. A follow-up study published in the February 2005 issue of the journal Pharmacology, Biochemistry and Behavior examines the effect of the neurotransmitter serotonin on activity-based anorexia.
Deann has published all her FSU work with her Ph.D. advisor, Lisa Eckel, an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology and the Program in Neuroscience.
Deann earned her undergraduate degree at Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas, after attending Clements High School in Sugar Land, Texas. After graduation, she plans to pursue a career in research either as a professor at a university or a scientist at a pharmaceutical company.Deann served as a judge at the Leon County Regional Science Fair in 2003, 2004 and 2005.