Dr. Barbara J. Rolls, Director
Barbara J. Rolls is Professor and the Helen A. Guthrie Chair of Nutritional Sciences at The Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Rolls also holds positions at Penn State as Professor in the Department of Biobehavioral Health, the Intercollege Graduate Program in Physiology, and the Integrative Biosciences Graduate Program. She is a faculty member of Penn State Hershey College of Medicine’s Neural and Behavioral Sciences Program and the MD/PhD Program.
Dr. Rolls is Past-President of both the Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior and The Obesity Society. She has been a member of the Advisory Council of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIH). In 1995 she was the recipient of the American Society of Nutritional Sciences Award in Human Nutrition. In 1996, she received the Pauline Schmitt Russell Distinguished Research Career Award from the College of Health and Human Development, Penn State. In 1997 she was the recipient of a MERIT award from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases for her outstanding research. Dr. Rolls was the 2001 recipient of the International Award for Modern Nutrition, and in 2003 she was awarded Honorary Membership in the American Dietetic Association. In 2006 she was elected a fellow of the American Association of the Advancement of Science and received the Evan G. and Helen G. Pattishall Outstanding Research Achievement Award, College of Health and Human Development, Penn State. She was selected as the 2007 W.O. Atwater Lecturer at Experimental Biology (sponsored by USDA’s 2007 Agricultural Research Service and the American Society for Nutrition). In 2008, Dr. Rolls received the Centrum Center for Nutrition Science Award at the Experimental Biology Annual Meeting. She was the 2010 recipient of The Obesity Society’s George A. Bray Founders Award and was elected to the American Society for Nutrition’s Fellows Class of 2011. In 2013, Dr. Rolls was awarded the American Society for Nutrition’s David Kritchevsky Career Achievement Award and in 2015 she received the Hoeble Award for Creativity from the Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior.
She is the author of over 250 scientific articles and six books, including Thirst, The Volumetrics Weight-Control Plan: Feel Full on Fewer Calories, The Volumetrics Eating Plan, and The Ultimate Volumetrics Diet (spring, 2012).