UNC Hospitals – Chapel Hill
Education and Training:
B.S., Physical Education, James Madison University
M.A., Exercise Physiology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Ph.D., Experimental Psychology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Postdoctoral Fellowship, Psychoneuroimmunology, University of Miami
Postdoctoral Fellowship, Clinical Psychology, University of Miami
Dr. Brownley is a faculty member with the UNC Stress and Health Research Program and the UNC Center of Excellence for Eating Disorders. As a federally-funded Principal Investigator, she has been researching various aspects of human psychology, physiology, and behavior for over 30 years. Much of her work focuses on the psychobiology of appetite regulation including the study of hormones that signal hunger and satiety, how such hormones respond to different types of food, and the role that these hormones play in disordered eating behavior and weight gain. Current projects include longitudinal studies of 1) appetite hormone and immunologic changes in acutely ill persons with anorexia nervosa undergoing refeeding treatment, and 2) lorcaserin plus metformin combination treatment effects on weight loss and appetite control in overweight people with schizophrenia. In addition to her research, Dr. Brownley is deeply involved in the human subjects research regulatory and ethics communities at UNC. She is Director of the UNC Translational and Clinical Sciences Institute (NC TraCS) Regulatory Services and represents NC TraCS on various the National Center for Advancing Translational Science Working Groups. Dr. Brownley is a Certified Institutional Review Board (IRB) Professional, chair of two UNC Biomedical IRB committees, a member of the UNC Scientific Review Committee, and former Interim Director of the UNC Office of Human Research Ethics and Ethical Officer for the UNC Department of Psychiatry Eating Disorders postdoctoral training grant.