Dr. Scott Stoltenberg, associate professor of psychology at Black Hills State University, and BHSU graduate Samantha Hersrud, have recently published an article in the journal Eating Behaviors. The article highlights Hersrud’s master thesis project, which she conducted while enrolled in the masters in integrative genomics program at Black Hills State University.

The article “Epistatic interaction between COMT and DAT1genes on eating behavior: a pilot study,” reports that an individuals genotype may lead to eating problems.

Stoltenberg notes that, “the results from this study suggest that future treatments for eating disorders might involve medications that influence the brain’s dopamine neurotransmitter system.”

Hersrud earned her master's degree from the BHSU masters in integrative genomics program in May 2008 and is currently in the University of South Dakota's Physician Scientist program working toward both MD and PhD degrees.

Stoltenberg received his Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and post-doctoral training at the University of Michigan. He has been a member of the BHSU faculty since 2004. Stoltenberg is also a faculty member of the masters of science in integrative genomics program at BHSU.

While at BHSU, Stoltenberg’s research has been supported by a BHSU faculty research grant, a Governor’s 2010 Individual Research Seed Grant, a research grant from the National Institute of Mental Health, and the South Dakota Biomedical Research Infrastructure Network (SD BRIN).

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