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Dana M. Small, PhD

Adjunct Professor
Department of Psychiatry
Yale University School of Medicine 

Departments of Neurology and Neurosurgery and Medicine, McGill University

Modern Diet and Physiology Research Center (MDPRC) and Brain and Metabolism Initiative (BMI),
McGill University 

Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior

Dana Small is a psychologist and neuroscientist with graduate degrees from McGill and Yale Universities. She has been on the Yale faculty since 2004 and will be joining the McGill faculty of Medicine in the spring of 2023 to launch a new program in Brain and Metabolism. Professor Small’s research focuses on understanding how sensory, metabolic and neural signals are integrated to determine food choices and on how the dysregulation of these systems contribute to the development of obesity, diabetes and cognitive impairment. Her work combines neuroimaging with metabolic, psychophysical and neuropsychological methods in humans and she has established a translational - reverse translational program of research through collaborations with colleagues working in mouse models. Her work has been recognized by the Ruth Pike Award for contributions to research in nutrition, the Alan Epstein Award for a specific research discovery that has advanced the understanding of ingestive behavior, the Moskowitz-Jacobs Award for research excellence in the psychophysics of taste and smell and the Ajinomoto Award for research in gustation. In 2021 she was honoured to deliver the presidential keynote at the Society for Neurosciences. Professor Small currently serves as the President of the Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior.

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