Nicole Fearnbach, PhD

Assistant Professor-Research


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PhD, Nutritional Sciences and Childhood Obesity Prevention, Penn State University, 2016
BD, Exercise Science, Florida State University, 2012


Cognitive drivers of post-exercise food intake
Method development for assessment of children and adolescents
Pediatric obesity prevention and treatment

Dr.Fernbach specializes in method development to understand eating and exercise behaviors in children, and how those behaviors affect body weight and growth. Her ongoing and future studies will look at how an intrinsic preference for sedentary activities may put kids at a greater risk for poor fitness, obesity, diabetes, and other health issues. She also has a long-standing interest in eating behaviors in children. In particular, she is interested in how exercise affects food intake over both the short and long term. Her previous work has focused on the role of the brain, and how the way kids think about exercise and food may lead to overeating.


Miguet M, Fearnbach SN, Metz L, Khammassi M, Julian V, Cardenoux C, Pereira B, Boirie Y, Duclos M, Thivel D. “Effect of HIIT versus MICT on body composition and energy intake in dietary restrained and unrestrained adolescents with obesity.” App Physiol Nutr Metab, 2019, Sep 10. [Epub ahead of print]

Masterson TD, Kirwan B, Davidson LE, Larson MJ, Keller KL, Fearnbach SN, Evans A, LeCheminant JD. “Brain reactivity to visual food stimuli after moderate-intensity exercise in children.” Brain Imaging Behav, 2018 Aug;12(4):1032-1041. Epub 2017 Sep 19.

Fearnbach SN, Silvert L, Boirie Y, Duclos M, Keller KL, Thivel D. “Reduced neural responses to food cues might contribute to the anorexigenic effect of acute exercise observed in obese but not lean adolescents.” Nutr Res, 2017 Aug; 44:76-84. Epub 2017 Jun 30.

Fearnbach SN, Masterson TD, Schlechter HA, Loken E, Downs DS, Thivel D, Keller KL. “Perceived exertion during exercise is associated with children’s energy intake.” Med Sci Sports Exerc, 2017 Apr; 49(4):785-792. Epub 2016 Nov 29.

Fearnbach SN, Masterson TD, Schlechter HA, Ross AJ, Rykaczewski MJ, Loken E, Downs DS, Thivel D, Keller KL. “Impact of imposed exercise on energy intake in children at risk for overweight.” Nutr J, 2016 Oct; 15(1):92.

Fearnbach SN, Silvert L, Keller KL, Genin PM, Morio B, Pereira B, Duclos M, Boirie Y, Thivel D. “Reduced neural response to food cues following exercise is accompanied by decreased energy intake in obese adolescents.” Int J Obes, 2016 Jan; 40(1):77-83. Epub 2015 Oct 9.
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