Katelyn A. Carr

Katelyn Carr

Katelyn A. Carr

Assistant Professor

Department of Pediatrics

Jacobs School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences

Specialty/Research Focus

Behavioral Medicine; Behavioral Neuroscience; Pediatrics; Public Health

Contact Information
G56 Farber Hall
Building #26
Buffalo, New York 14214
Phone: 716-829-6814

Professional Summary:

Katelyn Carr, PhD, is an assistant professor in the Division of Behavioral Medicine, Department of Pediatrics. Her research centers on using experimental methods and behavioral economics to study decision making in children and adults to improve health choices. Her current research focuses on studying how choices influence the reinforcing value of food, including non-food alternative reinforcers. She also examines decision making in children, including delay discounting and how innovations in episodic future thinking can improve delayed choices.

Education and Training:

  • Fellowship, Postdoctoral Fellow, University at Buffalo (2020)
  • PhD, Neuroscience, University at Buffalo (2015)
  • BA, Psychology, University at Buffalo (2008)
  • BS, Biomedical Sciences, University at Buffalo (2008)


  • Assistant Professor, Pediatrics, University at Buffalo (2023-present)
  • Senior Research Scientist, Pediatrics, University at Buffalo (2020–2023)

Awards and Honors:

  • Selected for Young Investigator Lightning Presentation (2019)

Research Expertise:

  • Childhood obesity Risk and Protective factors: Examining the role of individual differences and home environment on childhood obesity risk
  • Reinforcing Value: Using laboratory and questionnaire methods to measure motivation for a variety of reinforcers, including food, physical activities and sedentary activities in children and adults

UB 2020 Strategic Strengths:

  • Health and Wellness Across the Lifespan

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Professional Memberships:

  • The Obesity Society (TOS) (2019–present)
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) (2009–present)


  • "Reinforcing value of food and Home Environment on Obesity in Children" Seminar Series, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurociences, McMaster University (2023)
  • "Choice is relative: Reinforcing value of food and physical activity in obesity treatment" Center for Obesity Prevention and Education (COPE) seminar series, M. Louise Fitzpatrick School of Nursing, Villanova University (2020)

Service Activities:

  • Chair for Division of Behavioral Medicine's scientific review; Chair, Scientific Review (2020–present)
  • Appetite; Reviewer

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Contact Information

G56 Farber Hall
Building #26
Buffalo, New York 14214
Phone: 716-829-6814