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Margaret Westwater

Biography:

I am a PhD student in the NIH-Oxford Cambridge Scholars Programme, working under the supervision of Prof. Paul Fletcher in the Dept of Psychiatry and Drs. Monique Ernst and Christian Grillon at the National Insitute of Mental Health (NIMH). My research training began as an undergraduate Neuroscience major at George Mason University, where I assisted a functional MRI study of stress and cue reactivity in women with bulimia nervosa. In addition, I gained experience with electroencephalography (EEG) in a study of reward learning in adolescents and emerging adults. 

Prior to undertaking my PhD, I completed an MPhil in Medical Science (Psychiatry) with Prof Fletcher, and I examined the combined effects of age and body mass on cortical thickness in overweight adolescents and adults. Currently, I am using multimodal neuroimaging and integrative physiology techniques to assess the role of gut hormones, brain structure and cognition in patients who suffer with binge eating. 

Departments and Institutes

Psychiatry:
PhD Student

Keywords

  • psychiatry
  • neuroimaging

Key Publications

Basil, R, Westwater, ML, Weiner, M, & Thompson, JC. (in press). Disrupting the right superior temporal sulcus impairs emotional recognition through biological motion. Open Mind.

Fischer, S, Wonderlich, JA, Breithaupt, LE, Westwater, ML, Crosby, R, Engel, S, Thompson, JC, Lavender, J, & Wonderlich, SA. (2017). Impact of the neural correlates of stress and cue reactivity on stress related binge eating in the natural environment. Journal of Psychiatric Research, 92, 15-23. 

Westwater, ML, Fletcher, PC, & Ziauddeen, H. (2016). Sugar Addiction: The state of the science. European Journal of Nutrition, 55(2), 55-69.