Alice V. Ely, Ph.D.
Alice V. Ely, Ph.D., is a postdoctoral research fellow in biological psychiatry and neuroscience at the University of California, San Diego’s Eating Disorders Center for Treatment and Research. Ely’s work has focused on behavioral and neurobiological risk factors for weight and eating disorders, primarily concerning frontostriatal reward processing in response to anticipation and receipt of food reward. Her specific focus is on impulsive decision-making in individuals with bulimia nervosa and the relationship
between neurobiological response to food reward and anxiety. She received her undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of Pennsylvania and her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Drexel University in Philadelphia, following her clinical internship at UCSD and the San Diego VA Health System.
The Binge and the Brain
Knowing where the line is when it comes to out-of-control impulse consumption is at the heart of binge-eating disorder (BED), a newly recognized mental condition that affects millions of people and that we are just beginning to better understand—from both a neurobiological and clinical standpoint.