Department of Psychiatry
Penn Behavioral Health

Unit for Experimental Psychiatry Division of Sleep and Chronobiology

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Post Doctoral Fellows

Andrea Spaeth Andrea Spaeth, Ph.D.

Andrea Spaeth, Ph.D. is a post doctoral fellow conducting research in the Unit for Experimental Psychiatry, Division of Sleep and Chronobiology, Department of Psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine with Dr. Hengyi Rao. She received her B.A. in Psychology at Elon University (Honors Thesis: Relationships between serum total cholesterol levels, stress, risk factors for the metabolic syndrome, and cognitive performance), her M.A. in Experimental Psychology at the College of William and Mary (Thesis: The effects of adolescent nicotine exposure on adult learning) and her Ph.D. at the University of Pennsylvania (Dissertation: Consequences of Chronic Sleep Restriction on Energy Balance in Healthy Adults).  As a doctoral student, Andrea joined the Unit for Experimental Psychiatry in order to examine the effects of sleep loss on energy balance regulation in humans and is now learning brain imaging methods in order to assess how changes in brain activity may underlie the effects of sleep loss on energy balance.

Andrea was awarded the National Institutes of Health Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award in 2012 and is currently funded by an NIH T32 training program in sleep and respiratory neurobiology (PI: Dr. Allan Pack).

Research Interests

Sleep restriction, obesity, caloric intake, energy expenditure

Selected Bibliography

Spaeth AM, Dinges DF, Goel N. (2014). Sex and race differences in caloric intake during sleep restriction in healthy adults. Am J Clin Nutr (Epub ahead of print) PMID: 2496530.

Spaeth, A.M., Dinges, D.F. and Goel, N. (2013) Effects of Experimental Sleep Restriction on Weight Gain, Caloric Intake and Meal Timing in Healthy Adults, Sleep, 36, 981-990.

Spaeth, A. M., Goel, N. and Dinges, D. F. (2012). Managing neurobehavioral capability when social expediency trumps biological imperatives. Review in Progress in Brain Research, 199, 377-398.

Spaeth, A. M., Kanoski, S. E., Hayes, M. R. and Grill, H. J. (2012). BDNF/TrkB receptor signaling in the nucleus tractus solitarius mediates leptin-induced suppression of food intake regulation. American Journal of Physiology-Endocrinology and Metabolism, 302, 1252-1260.

Forestell, C. A., Spaeth, A. M., Kane, S. A. (2012).  To Eat or not to eat red meat.  A closer look at the relationship between restrained eating and vegetarianism in college females.  Appetite, 58, 319-325. 

Spaeth, A. M., Barnet, R. C., Hunt, P. S. and Burk, J. A. (2010).  Adolescent nicotine exposure disrupts context conditioning in adulthood in rats.  Pharmacology Biochemistry and Behavior, 96, 501-506.

Gendle, M. H., Spaeth, A. M., Dollard, S. M., and Novak, C. A. (2008). Functional relationships between serum total cholesterol levels, executive control, and sustained attention. Nutritional Neuroscience, 11, 84-94.