Senior Research Scientist, Oregon Research Institute
Dr. Stice completed a Ph.D. in clinical psychology at Arizona State University, an internship at the University of California San Diego, and a postdoctoral fellowship at Stanford University. After serving as an assistant professor and associate professor at the University of Texas at Austin, he accepted a position as Senior Research Scientist at Oregon Research Institute.
His research has primarily focused on elucidating factors that predict future onset of eating disorders, obesity, depression, and drug abuse as well as the development and evaluation of prevention programs for these conditions. He created an eating disorder prevention program that uses dissonance-induction to reduce a lynchpin risk factor for eating pathology (the Body Project), which has reduced eating disorder risk factors, symptoms, and eating disorder onset in trials conducted by his team and others. This intervention is being disseminated to approximately 4 million young women in over 16 countries.
He also uses brain-imaging to investigate initial vulnerability factors for obesity and drug abuse, as well as neuroplasticity changes in reward, attention, and inhibitory regions that emerge in response to overeating and using drugs that may maintain these behaviors. Extent findings suggest that individuals at risk for obesity and substance abuse initially show elevated responsivity of brain reward regions and a reward-cue learning propensity, which ironically causes down-regulation of this same neural circuitry after a period of overeating or habitual drug use, leading to blunted reward region response.
He has published 194 scientific articles (cited by others over 10,500 times; h = 61), 14 chapters, 6 books, and has received 28 grants to support his research. He received a Career Award from the National Institutes of Health, a Distinguished Scientific Award for Early Career Contributions to Psychopathology from the American Psychological Association, the Nan Tobler Award from the Society for Prevention Research, and the Lori Irving Award for Excellence in Eating Disorder Prevention and Awareness from the National Eating Disorders Association.