Join the Hormones and Eating Behavior Lab!

Join the Hormones and Eating Behavior Lab!

Currently looking for Fall 2018 Research Assistants!

Dr. Kelly Klump's lab studies the etiology of eating disorders, including anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder, and subthreshold variations of these disorders. Our lab is interested in understanding developmental differences in genetic risk factors across adolescence and adulthood, with a particular focus on the role of gonadal hormones in programming and activating risk across development. 

We are also interested in the ways in which psychosocial (e.g., exposure to thin ideals, weight-based teasing) and psychological risk factors (e.g., personality traits like impulsivity) interact with genetic/biological risk and lead to eating pathology.

We approach these research questions using a translational scientific framework that includes both human and animal studies. Dr. Klump co-directs the Michigan State University Twin Registry with Dr. Alex Burt, and many of our studies make use of this valuable resource. 

Position Requirements:

  • 10 hour/week commitment to the lab and lab tasks
  • Attend weekly lab meeting on Wednesdays from 9:00-10:00 am
  • 1 year commitment (i.e., 3 consecutive semesters) to the lab
  • At least a 3.5 GPA

More Details:

  • Obtain hands-on experience with participant interaction
  • Learn to collect biological samples, administer questionnaires, and more
  • Receive PSY490/491 credit after two semesters
  • Gain excellent research experience for graduate school preparation
  • Eligible for a recommendation letter from Dr. Klump after 1 year commitment
  • No experience necessary, but should be conscientious, detail-oriented, and willing to learn

If you are interested or would like to learn more about our lab, please contact the project coordinator, Teresa Scerbak, at or 517-432-3665.