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Eating Patterns and Metabolism Lab

Our dual mission is to investigate the role of eating patterns and dietary composition on energy regulation and weight control, and improve the assessment of diet and physical activity, with the overall goal of improving human health and well being.

Currently, studies in the lab focus on three main areas:

  • Dietary assessment with wearables
  • Eating patterns, weight control, and chronic disease risk
  • Physiological and psychological factors affecting energy balance

The research is currently funded by grants from the National Institutes of Health, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and others. We encourage you to learn more about the specific projects in our lab.

We invite you to participate in one of our ongoing studies at Boston University (TBA).

Principal Investigator and Lab Director

Megan A. McCrory, PhD

Dr. Megan McCrory is a Research Associate Professor of Nutrition in the Department of Health Sciences at Boston University. She holds BS and MS degrees in Exercise Science and a PhD in Nutrition from the University of California at Davis. She completed postdoctoral training in the Energy Metabolism Laboratory at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University. Dr. McCrory studies eating patterns such as snacking, eating frequency, meal skipping and timing, dietary variety; their interactions with dietary composition such as macronutrients and fiber; and their effects on energy balance and appetite. She is an expert in dietary assessment, with much of her research focused on improving the measurement of dietary intake. Dr McCrory was named an International Life Sciences Institute (ILSI) Future Leader in nutrition in 2003 and currently serves on the Editorial Boards of the scientific journals Advances in Nutrition, Frontiers in Nutrition, and Nutrients. When she is not working, she enjoys exploring New England and surrounding areas with her dogs.