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UNC Hospitals – Chapel Hill

Education and Training:

B.S., Biology; Biopsychology Honors, William Paterson College
M.S., Genetics, The Pennsylvania State University
Ph.D., Genetics, The Pennsylvania State University

Summary Statement:

Dr. Thornton is a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at UNC and is the Deputy Director of the Eating Disorders Genetics Initiative (EDGI). She has over 20 years of experience in survey design, data collection and management, analysis, and dissemination of findings of large-scale epidemiologic and community-based research and as an international eating disorders research coordinator. Dr. Thornton’s research focus includes evaluation of genetic factors influencing liability to and examining phenotypic aspects of eating disorders and obesity. Identifying and understanding risk factors for disordered eating and full-threshold eating disorders will aid in prevention, detection, and treatment efforts, eventually ameliorating the effects of these devastating illnesses. She is committed to advancing our understanding of all aspects of disordered eating from both an etiological and developmental perspective.

Laura Thornton