Paula Geiselman, 

Associate Professor

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Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles, CA, 1983, Physiological Psychology;


Dr. Geiselman has many diverse research areas of interest, which include:

1) Use of the Geiselman Macronutrient Self-selection Paradigm © (MSSP) and Geiselman Food Preference Questionnaire © (FPQ) for the accurate assessment of fat and other specific macronutrient intake and fat preference in lean, obese, and post-obese, Caucasian and minority men and women under a variety of experimental conditions;

2) Role of endogenous and exogenous female sex hormones in the control of food intake, fat preference, and specific macronutrient intake in pre- and post-menopausal women;

3) Fat preference, specific macronutrient appetite control, and obesity prevention before and after smoking cessation in postmenopausal African-American and Caucasian women with and without hormone replacement therapy;

4) Fat preference, specific macronutrient appetite control, and obesity prevention before and after smoking cessation in premenopausal women with respect to endogenous and exogenous female sex hormones;

5) Pharmacologic manipulations for control of specific macronutrient appetites and fat preferences following smoking cessation in pre- and post-menopausal women

6) Development of individually tailored, dietary and weight control programs based on a subject's food preferences as assessed by the MSSP and the FPQ;

7) Effectiveness of dietary counseling strategies as assessed by the MSSP and FPQ; Specific macronutrient appetites and food preferences as predictors of compliance with caloric restriction regimens;

8) Specific macronutrient appetites and food preferences as predictors of aging outcomes;

9) Effects of estrogen in modulating anorexigenic (leptin, cholecystokinin, serotonin, glucagon, interleukin-1b, corticotropin-releasing hormone) and orexigenic (neuropeptide Y, melanin-concentrating hormone) effectors;

10) Effects of a myco-protein food product on satiation and satiety;

11) Spiritual dance treatment in overweight and obese postmenopausal women.


Yancy, W.S., Coffman, C.J., Geiselman, P.J., Kolotkin, R.L., Almirall, D., Oddone, E.Z., Mayer, S.B., Gaillard, L.A., Turner, M., Smith, V.A., and Voils, C.I. Considering patient diet preference to optimize weight loss: Design considerations of a randomized trial investigating the impact of choice. Clinical Trials, 2013, 35,106-116. PMID 21494226. PMCID PMC3139783.

McVay, M.A., Copeland, A.L., Newman, H., and Geiselman, P.J. Food cravings and food cue responding across the menstrual cycle in a non-eating disordered sample. PMID: 22824054. Appetite, 2012, 59(2), 591-600.

Martin, C.K., Rosenbaum, D., Han, H., Geiselman, P.J., Wyatt, H.R., Hill, J.O., Brill, C., Bailer, B., Miller, III, B.V., Stein, R., Klein, S., and Foster, G.D. Change in food cravings, food preferences, and appetite during a low-carbohydrate and low-fat diet;
PMID: 21494226. PMCID: PMC3139783. Obesity, 2011, 19(10), 1963-1970.

McVay, M.A., Copeland, A.L., and Geiselman, P.J. Eating disorder pathology and menstrual cycle fluctuations in eating variables in oral contraceptive users and non-users. PMID: 21184973. Eating Behaviors, 2011, 12(1), 49-55.

Brown, S.C., Geiselman, P.J., Broussard, T. Cardiovascular risk in African-American women attending Historically Black Colleges and Universities: The role of dietary patterns and food preferences. PMID: 21099070. Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, 2010, 21(4), 1184-1193.

Anton, S.D., Martin, C.K., Han, H., Coulon, S., Cefalu, W.T., Geiselman, P.J., and Williamson, D.A. Effects of of stevia, aspartame, and sucrose on food intake, satiety, and postprandial glucose and insulin levels, Appetite Epub ahead of print, March 18, 2010; PMID: 20303371. NIHMSID: NIHMS187942; Appetite, 2010, 55(1), 37-43.

Brown, S.C., Geiselman, P.J., Copeland, A.L., Gordon, C., and Richard-Eaglin, A. Reliability and validity of the Personal Wellness Profile (PWP) Questionnaire in African-American college women, PMID: 19202717. Journal of Cultural Diversity, 2008, 15(4), 163-167.

Anton, S.D., Morrison, C.D., Cefalu, W.T., Martin, C.K., Coulon, S., Geiselman, P.J., Han, H., White, C.L., and Williamson, D.A. Effects of chromium picolinate on food intake and satiety. Diabetes Technology and Therapeutics, 2008, 10¬(5), 405-412.

Copeland, A.L., Martin, P.D., Geiselman, P.J., Rash, C.J., and Kendzor, D.E. Predictors of pretreatment attrition from smoking cessation among pre- and post-menopausal, weight-concerned women. PMID: 16843227. Eat Behav, 2006, 7(3):243-251.

Williamson, D.A., Geiselman, P.J., Lovejoy, J., Greenway, F., Volaufova, J., Martin, C.K., Arnett, C., and Ortego, L. Effects of consuming mycoprotein, tofu or chicken upon subsequent eating behavior, hunger, and satiety. PMID:16364496. Appetite 46(1):41-48, 2006.

Copeland, A.L., Geiselman, P.J., Martin, P.D., Rash, C., and Kendzor, D. Smoking cessation for weight-concerned women: Group vs. individually tailored, dietary and weight control follow-up sessions. PMID: 15925449. Addict Behav 31(1):115-127, 2006.

Geiselman, P.J. and Smith, S.R. Estrogen’s role in the regulation of appetite and body fat. In: Kohlstadt, I. (Ed), Scientific Evidence for Musculoskeletal, Bariatric, and Sports Nutrition, CRC Press, an imprint of Taylor and Francis Group, LLC: Boca Raton, London, and New York, 2006, 231-251.

Martin, C.K., Williamson, D.A., Geiselman, P.J., Walden, H., Smeets, M., Morales, S., and Redmann, Jr., S. Consistency of food intake over four eating sessions in the laboratory. PMID: 16257810. Eat Behav 6(4):365-372, 2005.

Brown, Sandra C., Geiselman, P.J., Copeland, A.L., Gordon, C., Dudley, M.,Manogin, T., Backstedt, C., Pourciau, C., and Ghebretatios, G. Cardiac assessment risk evaluation (CARE Study) of African-American College Women. Health Ed J 64(1):13-30, 2005.

Smith, C.F., P.P. Geiselman, D.A. Williamson, C. Champagne, G.A. Bray and D.H. Ryan. (1998) Association of dietary restraint and disinhibition with eating behavior, body mass and hunger. The Journal of Eating and Weight Disorders 3(1), 7-15.

Geiselman, P.J., Anderson, A.M., Dowdy, M.L., West, D.B., Redmann, S.M.,and Smith, S.R. (1998) Reliability and validity of a macronutrient self-selection paradigm and a food preference questionnaire. Physiology and Behavior 63(5), 919-928.

Geiselman, P.J., C. F. Smith, D. A. Williamson, C. M. Champagne, G. A. Bray, and D. H. Ryan. (1998) Perception of sweetness intensity determines women's hedonic and other perceptual responsiveness to chocolate food. Appetite 31, 37-48.
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