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Tomiyama, Ayako Janet
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Tomiyama, Ayako Janet
Assistant Professor

Phone: 848-932-5853

Ph.D. in Social Psychology, University of California, 2009

Professional Summary/CV [.PDF]

Department of Psychology, School of Arts and Sciences, New Brunswick; Rutgers
Areas of Interest
She is a health psychologist by training, and investigates the intersection between eating behavior, psychological stress, and health. As part of her research program, Dr. Tomiyama studies (a) why people diet, focusing on weight stigma; (b) what happens to people when they diet, focusing on psychological stress and biological aging; and (c) who the best/worst dieters are, and what we can learn from them.
Memberships and Professional Service
Ad Hoc Reviewer Appetite
Health Psychology
Journal of American College Health
Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin
Psychological Science
Psychosomatic Medicine
Affiliations American Psychological Association
American Psychological Society
American Psychosomatic Society
Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society
Society for Personality and Social Psychology
Society for Behavioral Medicine
2006 - 2008 Health Psychology Area Representative, American Psychological Association Science Student Council, Science Directorate
(Council Chair, 2007 - 2008)
2006-2009 Graduate Student Representative to Department Diversity Committee
2005-2006 President, Psychology Graduate Students Association
2004-2005 Vice President, Psychology Graduate Students Association
2004-2008 Graduate Student Representative to Graduate Affairs Committee
2004-2009 Psychology Graduate Student Representative to UCLA Biological Sciences Council
Grants, Honors, and Awards
2009 Joseph A. Gengerelli Distinguished Dissertation Award, Psychology
Presented to the most outstanding dissertation of 2009
2008 American Psychological Association Dissertation Research Award
2007 Elizabeth Blackwell, MD Women’s Health Research Award
For the paper “Medicare’s search for effective obesity treatments: Diets are not the answer”
2005 American Psychosomatic Society Scholar Award
2006 UCLA Quality of Graduate Education Incentive Award
2004 UCLA Graduate Division Summer Research Mentorship Award
2004 American Psychological Association Student Travel Award
2001 Merrill Presidential Scholar, Cornell University
Presented to students in the top 1% GPA who also demonstrate outstanding potential for leadership.
2001 Phi Beta Kappa, Cornell University Chapter

2011 UC Berkeley Population Center Pilot Grant ($8,000)
2010 Appleby Foundation Grant ($60,000)
2010 RWJF/UCSF Health Disparities Pilot Grant ($28,875)
2003 Sigma Xi Grant-in-aid of Research ($960)
Academic Interests and Plans
Current Projects:
CRONA (Caloric Restriction with Optimal Nutrition & Aging Study) - studying whether long-term calorie restriction is associated with decelerated aging

NHLBI Growth and Health Study - understanding how racial and socioeconomic disparities in obesity develop in the transition from childhood to adulthood

Weight Stigma - studying the direct effects of experiencing stigma due to one's weight on physical health