Carolyn Pritchett


Dr. Carolyn Pritchett, assistant professor, teaches general psychology, neuroscience, neuroanatomy, cognitive science, and affective neuroscience.

Pritchett specializes in biological psychology and neuroscience. She conducts research into feeding behaviors; the role diet and gut-brain hormones play in behavior and psychological well-being; and obesity, diabetes and gastric bypass (weight loss surgery).

She has written and co-written many peer-reviewed journal articles on various aspects of affective neuroscience (neural mechanism of emotion), gut-brain hormones and gastric bypass. She was co-author of a study, “Obesogenic Diets May Differentially Alter Dopamine Control of Sucrose and Fructose in Rats,” published in Physiology and Behavior, which found that dopamine levels are altered in animals that developed obesity on different macronutrient diets.

She was also primary author of the study, “Glucagon-like Peptide-1 Regulation of Carbohydrate Intake is Differentially Affected by Obesogenic Diets,” published in Obesity, which examined whether meals with mixed carbohydrate and fat content influenced the effectiveness of glucagon-like peptide1 (hormone that suppresses appetite) before weight loss. The researchers found that carbohydrates offered as treats doesn’t impair the appetite hormone, but dietary fat consumption can impair it.

Before coming to UWF in 2014, she was an adjunct professor of psychology at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama.

She received a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Samford University, master’s in psychology with a concentration in cognition and neuroscience from the University of Missouri, and doctorate in neuroscience from Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine before being a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Pennsylvania.