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Catherine A. Forestell, PhD

Associate Professor of Psychology

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1093 Integrated Science Center
757-221-3892 (phone)
757-221-3896 (fax)                     

NOTE:  I hope to accept a graduate student for Fall 2016. If interested, please contact me.




Research Interests:

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My research focuses on a range of factors related to ingestive and addictive behaviors, with a specific focus on understanding how early experiences play a role in the development of these behaviors. Through the use of a combination of behavioral, sociocognitive and electrophysiological measures we assess affective responses and attentional biases to foods and other substances, such as alcohol and tobacco in children and adults. Much of my work is interdisciplinary in nature,incorporating approaches from developmental and social psychology as well as learning and memory, and sensation and perception.


As a graduate student I conducted animal model studies to investigate conditioned flavor preferences and palatability shifts under the direction of Dr. Vincent LoLordo at Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia, Canada. Upon completion of my Ph.D. in 2002, I moved to Philadelphia to work with Dr. Julie Mennella at the Monell Chemical Senses Center; a non profit research center dedicated to the study of taste and smell, where my research focused on understanding the development of flavor and food preferences and eating behaviors in children.  I have been continuing this work with infants, older children, adolescents, and adults since my arrival at The College of William & Mary in the fall of 2007. 


Selected Peer-Reviewed Publications:

Forestell, C.A. (2017). Flavor perception and preference development in human infants. Annals of Nutrition & Metabolism. In Press

Forestell, C.A., & Mennella, J.A., (2017). The relationship between infant facial expressions and food acceptance. Current Nutrition Reports, 6(2), 141-147. 

Dallaire, D.H., Forestell, C.A., Kelsey, C. Ptachick, B. & MacDonnell, K. (2017). A nutrition-based program for pregnant incarcerated women. Journal of Offender Rehabilitation.

Cavanagh, K.V.*, Kruja, B.,* & Forestell, C.A., (2014). The Effect of Brand and Caloric Information on Flavor Perception and Food Consumption in Restrained and Unrestrained Eaters. Appetite, doi: 10.1016/j.appet.2014.06.100

Schindler, J. M.,* & Corbett, D., & Forestell, C. A., (2013). Assessing the effect of fruit and vegetable exposure on children's healthful food choices. Eating Behaviors. 14(1), 53-6. doi: 10.1016/j.eatbeh.2012.10.013.

Forestell, C. A., Lau, P.,* Gyurovski, I. I.,* Dickter, C. L. & Haque, S. A.,* (2012). Response conflict to foods in the presence of distractors: The effects of caloric content, cognitive restraint, and hunger. Appetite, 59(3), 748-754.

Osborne, C. L.,* & Forestell, C. A., (2012). Increasing Consumption of Fruits and Vegetables in Children: Does the Type of Exposure Matter? Physiology & Behavior, 106(3), 362-368. (Invited submission)

Forestell, C. A., Spaeth, A. M.*, & Kane, S. A.,*, (2011). To eat or not to eat red meat: A closer look at the relationship between restrained eating and vegetarianism in college females. Appetite. doi: 10.1016/j.appet.2011.10.015.

Forestell, C. A., Dickter, C. L., Wright, J. D.*, & Young, C. M.,* (2011). Clearing the smoke: Parental influences on non-smokers’ attentional biases to smoking-related cues. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, Advance online publication. doi: 10.1037/a0025096.

Mennella, J. A., Forestell, C. A., Morgan, L. A.*, & Beauchamp, G. K., (2009). Early milk feeding influences taste acceptance and liking during infancy. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 90, 780S-788S. 

Mennella, J.A., Forestell, C.A., (2008). Children's hedonic responses to the odors of alcoholic beverages: A window to emotions. Alcohol. 42, 249-260.

Forestell, C.A., Mennella, J.A., (2007). Early determinants of fruit and vegetable acceptance. Pediatrics 120, 1247-1254.

Forestell, C.A., Mennella, J.A., (2005). Children's hedonic judgments of cigarette odor: Effects of parental smoking and maternal mood. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors 19, 423-432.

Forestell, C.A., Humphrey, T.M. & Stewart, S.H., (2004). Is beauty in the eye of the beholder? Effects of dietary restraint on women's ratings of female line drawings. Eating Behaviors, 5, 89-101.

Forestell, C.A., & LoLordo, V.M., (2003). Palatability shifts in taste and flavour preference conditioning. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 56B, 140-160.

Forestell, C.A., Schellinck, H.M., Boudreau, S., LoLordo, V.M., (2001). Effect of deprivation on the acquisition and expression of a conditioned odor discrimination task. Physiology and Behavior, 72, 559-566.

Schellinck, H.M., Forestell, C.A., & LoLordo, V.M., (2001) A simple and reliable test of olfactory learning and memory in mice. Chemical Senses, 26, 663-672.

Chapters and Review Articles: 

Forestell, C. A., Dallaire, D.H., (forthcoming).  Pregnant Behind Bars: Meeting the Nutrition Needs of Incarcerated Pregnant Women. In C.J., Lammi-Keefe, S.C. Couch; E. Philipson (Eds.) Handbook of Nutrition and Pregnancy, Humana Press. pp 55-64.

Dallaire, D. H., Forestell, C. A. & Shlafer, R.  (2015). Policy, Programs and Interventions Regarding Pregnant Incarcerated Women. In Arditti, J., & le Roux, T. “And Justice For All”: Families and the Criminal Justice System. Ann Arbor, MI: Michigan Publishing. pp 39-57.

Forestell, C. A., Mennella, J. A., (2008).  Food, folklore and flavor preference development. In C.J., Lammi-Keefe, S.C. Couch; E. Philipson (Eds.) Handbook of Nutrition and Pregnancy, Humana Press. pp 55-64.

Forestell, C. A., (June, 2006) Prenatal and postnatal influences on fruit and vegetable acceptance throughout childhood. The Scientific Newsletter of the International Fruit and Vegetable Alliance, No 2, pp 2.

Mennella, J. A., Forestell, C. A., & Pepino, M. Y., (December, 2003). The flavor world of infants. Perspectives on Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders, pp 10-19.

Schellinck, H. M., Forestell, C. A., LoLordo, V. M., Guidry, P., & Brown, R. E., (2001). The development of a simple associative test of olfactory learning and memory. In A. Marchlewska-Koj, J.J. Lepri and D. Muller-Schwarze (Eds.) Chemical Signals in Vertebrates IX, Plenum/Kluwer Publishers, New York.