Cara Bohon, PhD
2011 The Friends of the Semel Institute Fellow
Dr. Bohon received her doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Oregon and completed her clinical internship at the UCLA Semel Institute. Her research interests have focused on the biological bases of eating disorders and obesity. She is particularly interested in the way emotion and reward processing, as well as emotion regulation, contribute to eating behavior and food restriction. Her ultimate goal is to translate these biological findings into treatments. She is currently working with Dr. Jamie Feusner and Dr. Michael Strober on a project investigating brain processing of emotional and visual information in anorexia nervosa and body dysmorphic disorder. Her project for the Friends of the Semel Institute Fellowship tests the impact of emotion regulation on brain response to taste in bulimia nervosa. These findings may help us understand the importance of incorporating emotion regulation strategies into treatment programs for bulimia.