About Dr. Schembre
Research Goals: To reduce the risk of obesity-related cancers through the prevention of excessive weight gain promote successful weight loss in populations at high risk for obesity-related cancers and chronic disease (primary prevention), and to work with cancer survivors to promote healthy weight control (tertiary prevention).
Research interests: My research interests include assessing weight-related eating behaviors and the contextual factors (e.g., environmental, neurological, physiological, and psychological) that promote obesity using multiple technological and non-technological methodologies; applying theories of behavior change and the multiple health behavior approach to understanding the initiation and maintenance behaviors that influence energy balance (physical activity and dietary intake); exploring the neural and genetic determinants of excessive weight gain; and developing innovative weight control interventions in young adults and cancer survivors. Additionally, I have an interest in contributing to others’ diet-related projects as a consulting research dietitian.
Director, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center Bionutrition Research Core, Division of OVP, Cancer Prevention and Population Sciences, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX
Director of Resources, Center for Energy Balance in Cancer Prevention and Survivorship, Division of OVP, Cancer Prevention and Population Sciences, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX
|2009||University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI, USA, PHD, Nutrition & Food Sciences|
|2006||University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI, USA, MS, Nutrition & Food Sciences|
|1998||University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI, USA, BS, Civil Engineering|
|2011-2012||Research Fellowship, Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Research, University of Southern California, Keck School of Medicine, Los Angeles, CA|
|2009-2011||Research Fellowship, Nutritional Epidemiology and Behavioral Cancer Prevention in a Multiethnic Population, University of Hawaii Cancer Center, Honolulu, HI|
|2008-2009||Dietetic Internship, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI|
Assistant Professor, Department of Behavioral Science, Division of OVP, Cancer Prevention and Population Sciences, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, 2012 - 2018
Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, 2011 - 2012
Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Hawaii Cancer Center, Honolulu, HI, 2009 - 2011
Graduate Research Assistant, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI, 2006 - 2009
Graduate Teaching Assistant, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI, 2004 - 2006
Advisory Board Member, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center Assessment, Intervention, and Measurement (AIM) CCSG Shared Resource, Houston, 2016 - Present
Neuroscience Faculty Search Committee Member, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Department of Behavioral Science, Houston, TX, 2016 - 2017
Member, Texas Obesity Research Center, Houston, TX, 2016 - Present
Junior Faculty Committee Member, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Department of Behavioral Science, Houston, TX, 2014 - Present
Institutional Committee Activities
Member, Faculty Mentoring Advisory Committee, 2014 - Present
Co-Founder and Co-Chair, Focus on Junior Faculty, 2013 - 2017
Member, Faculty Health & Well-Being, 2013 - 2016
|2016||Award for Excellence in Reviewing, Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior|
|2015||Early Career Women Faculty Professional Development Seminar, Association of American Medical Colleges|
|2014||Rising Star Distinguished Achievement Award (Nominee), University of Rhode Island|
|2009||Outstanding Dissertation in Life Sciences, Sigma Xi|
|1998||Engineer-in-Training, National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying|
|1997||Chi Epsilon National Civil Engineering Honor Society, University of Rhode Island|
- O'Connor SG, Ke W, Dzubur E, Schembre SM, Dunton GF. Concordance and predictors of concordance of children’s dietary intake as reported via Ecological Momentary Assessment (EMA) and 24-hour recall. Public Health Nutr 21(6):1019-1027, 2018.
- Versace F, Engelmann JM, Deweese MM, Robinson JD, Green CE, Lam CY, Minnix JA, Karam-Hage MA, Wetter DW, Schembre SM, Cinciripini PM. Beyond Cue Reactivity: Non-drug-related Motivationally Relevant Stimuli are necessary to Understand Reactivity to Drug-Related Cues. Nicotine Tob Res 19(6):663-669, 2017. PMID: 28486715.
- Wood SM, Schembre SM, He Q, Engelmann JM, Ames SL, Bechara A. Emotional eating and routine restraint scores are associated with activity in brain regions involved in urge and self-control. Physiol Behav 165:405-412, 2016. e-Pub 2016. PMID: 27575974.
- Versace F, Kypriotakis G, Basen-Engquist K, Schembre SM. Heterogeneity in brain reactivity to pleasant and food cues: evidence of sign-tracking in humans. Soc Cogn Affect Neurosci 11(4):604-611, 2016. e-Pub 2015. PMID: 26609106.
- Schembre SM, Durand CP, Blissmer BJ, Greene GW. Development and validation of the Cognitive Behavioral Physical Activity Questionnaire. Am J Health Promot 30(1):58-65, 2015. e-Pub 2014. PMID: 25162324.
- O'Reilly GA, Huh J, Schembre SM, Tate EB, Pentz MA, Dunton G. Association of usual self-reported dietary intake with ecological momentary measures of affective and physical feeling states in children. Appetite 92:314-321, 2015. e-Pub 2015. PMID: 26032196.
- Huh J, Shiyko M, Keller S, Dunton G, Schembre SM. The time-varying association between perceived stress and hunger within and between days. Appetite 89(1):145-151, 2015. e-Pub 2015. PMID: 25666299.
- He Q, Xiao L, Xue G, Wong S, Ames SL, Schembre SM, Bechara A. Poor ability to resist tempting calorie rich food is linked to altered balance between neural systems involved in urge and self-control. Nutr J 13(1):92, 2014. e-Pub 2014. PMID: 25228353.
- Schembre SM, Wen CK, Davis JN, Shen E, Nguyen-Rodriguez ST, Belcher BR, Hsu YW, Weigensberg MJ, Goran MI, Spruijt-Metz D. Eating breakfast more frequently is cross-sectionally associated with greater physical activity and lower levels of adiposity in overweight Latina and African American girls. Am J Clin Nutr 98(2):275-81, 2013. e-Pub 2013. PMID: 23803890.
- Dour CA, Horacek TM, Schembre SM, Lohse B, Hoerr S, Kattelmann K, White AA, Shoff S, Phillips B, Greene G. Process evaluation of project WebHealth: A non-dieting web-based intervention for obesity prevention in college students. J Nutr Educ Behav 45(4):288-95, 2013. e-Pub 2013. PMID: 23410994.
- Horwath CC, Schembre SM, Motl RW, Dishman RK, Nigg CR. Does the transtheoretical model of behavior change provide a useful basis for interventions to promote fruit and vegetable consumption?. Am J of Health Promot 27(6):351-7, 2013. e-Pub 2013. PMID: 23398135.
- Schembre SM, Cheng I, Wilkens LR, Albright CL, Marchand le L. Variations in bitter-taste receptor genes, dietary intake, and colorectal adenoma risk. Nutr Cancer 65(7):982-90, 2013. e-Pub 2013. PMID: 24083639.
- Greene GW, White AA, Hoerr SL, Lohse B, Schembre SM, Riebe D, Patterson J, Kattelmann KK, Shoff S, Horacek T, Blissmer B, Phillips BW. Impact of an online healthful eating and physical activity program for college students. Am J Health Promot 27(2):e47-58, 2012. PMID: 23113786.
- Albright CL, Schembre SM, Steffen AD, Wilkens LR, Monroe KR, Yonemori KM, Murphy SP. Differences by Race/Ethnicity in Older Adults' Beliefs about the Relative Importance of Dietary Supplements vs Prescription Medications: Results from the SURE Study. J Acad Nutr Diet 112(8):1223-9, 2012. PMID: 22818730.
- Schembre SM, Albright CL, Lim U, Wilkens LR, Murphy SP, Novotny R, Ernst T, Chang L, Kolonel LN, Le Marchand L. Associations between weight-related eating behaviors and adiposity in postmenopausal Japanese American and white women. Physiol Behav 106(5):651-6, 2012. e-Pub 2012. PMID: 22561211.
- Schembre SM, Geller KS. Psychometric properties and construct validity of the Weight-Related Eating Questionnaire in a diverse population. Obesity 19(12):2336-44, 2011. e-Pub 2011. PMID: 21546931.
- Morimoto Y, Schembre SM, Steinbrecher A, Erber E, Pagano I, Grandinetti A, Kolonel LN, Maskarinec G. Ethnic differences in weight gain and diabetes risk: the Multiethnic Cohort Study. Diabetes Metab 37(3):230-6, 2011. e-Pub 2010. PMID: 21193341.
- Schembre SM, Yuen J. Project TwEATs: A feasibility study testing the use of automated text messaging to monitor appetite ratings in a free-living population. Appetite 56(2):465-8, 2011. e-Pub 2011. PMID: 21251941.
- Greene GW, Schembre SM, White AA, Hoerr SL, Lohse B, Shoff S, Horacek T, Riebe D, Patterson J, Phillips BW, Kattelmann KK, Blissmer B. Identifying clusters of college students at elevated health risk based on eating and exercise behaviors and psychosocial determinants of body weight. J Am Diet Assoc 111(3):394-400, 2011. PMID: 21338738.
- Schembre SM, Riebe DA. Non-exercise estimation of VO(2) max using the international physical activity questionnaire. Meas Phys Educ Exerc Sci 15(3):168-181, 2011. PMID: 21927551.
- Schembre SM, Nigg CR, Albright CL. Race/ethnic differences in desired body mass index and dieting practices among young women attending college in Hawaii. Hawaii Med J 70(Supp 1):32-6, 2011. PMID: 21886291.
- Lofgren I, Greene G, Schembre S, Delmonico MJ, Riebe D, Clark P. Comparison of diet quality, physical activity and biochemical values of older adults either reporting or not reporting use of lipid-lowering medication. J Nutr Health Aging 14(2):168-72, 2010. PMID: 20126967.
- Schembre S, Greene G, Melanson K. Development and validation of a weight-related eating questionnaire. Eat Behav 10(2):119-24, 2009. e-Pub 2009. PMID: 19447354.
- Basen-Engquist K, Carmack CL, Arun B, Brewster, AM, Fingeret MC, Schembre SM, Harrison C, Perkins HY, Li Y, Song J, Murray JL. Randomized pilot study of a weight gain prevention intervention for breast cancer patients receiving neoadjuvant chemotherapy. Breast Cancer Res.
- Kim Y, Wilkens LR, Schembre SM, Henderson BE, Kolonel LN, Goodman MT. Insufficient and excessive amounts of sleep increase the risk of premature death from cardiovascular and other diseases: The Multiethnic Cohort Study. Prev Med 57(4):377-385. e-Pub 2013. PMID: 23811525.
- Pickering T, Schembre SM, Geller KS, Chou CP, Fridlund Dunton G, Spruijt-Metz D, Pentz MA. Cross-behavioral relationships of self-efficacy and intention to physical activity and dietary behaviors in adults. Ann Behav Med 49(Suppl 1):S23, 2015.
- Versace F., Dirba, D.D., Gilchrist, T.R., Cortese, K.M., Ng, J., Slapin, A., Claiborne, K.N., Basen-Engquist, K., Schembre, S.M.. Brain responses to food and other pleasant stimuli in overweight and lean individuals. Psychophysiology 51(Suppl 1):S76, 2014.
- Schembre SM, Dirba, DD, Gilchrist TR, Cortese KM, Ng J, Slapin A, Claiborne KN, Basen-Engquist, K, Versace F. Heterogeneity in attributing incentive salience to palatable food cues and other pleasant stimuli characterizes two neuro-behaviorally important endophenotypes of obesity. Obesity:T-2037-P, 2014.
- Tate EB, Schembre SM, O'Reilly G, Pentz MA, Dunton G. Do parent anhedonia and stress contribute to weight-related parenting practices, child dietary fat intake and child BMI percentile?. Ann Behav Med 45(Suppl 2):S26, 2013.
- O'Reilly G, Huh J, Schembre SM, Dunton G. Dietary intake is associated with real-time measures of positive affect and energetic feeling in children. Ann Behav Med 45(Suppl 2):S213, 2013.
- Schembre SM, Yuen J. The feasibility of using automated text-messages to monitor appetite ratings continuously in a free-living population. Ann Behav Med 41(Suppl 1):S100, 2011.
- Schembre SM, Cheng I, Wilkens L, Albright C, Le Marchand L. Genetic sensitivity to bitter taste, dietary intakes, and colorectal adenoma risk. Ann Behav Med 41(Suppl 1):S154, 2011.
- Schembre SM. Project TwEATs: Developing a novel method for assessing 'eating in the absence of hunger' in a free-living population. Obesity 19(Suppl 1):S134, 2011.
- Dour C, Horacek T, Shoff S, Schembre S, Greene G, Kattleman K, Lohse B, Phillips B. Process evaluation of project WebHealth: Behavior change intervention for obesity prevention in young adults. J Am Diet Assoc 110(9):A91, 2010.
- Maskarinec G, Morimoto Y, Schembre SM, Steinbrecher A, Pagano I, Grandinetti A, Kolonel LN. Weight gain since age 21 and risk for diabetes: The multiethnic cohort. Obesity 11(1):T4:OS4.2, 2010.
- Schembre SM. ‘Reliance on internal cues’ to eat is inversely related to BMI, emotional eating, and perceived overeating. Obesity 11(1):454, 2010.
- Schembre SM. Energy balance and external eating: the influence of reliance on internal cues. Ann Behav Med, 2010.
- Shoff SM, Nuss E, Horacek T, Boyle C, Lohse B, Patterson J, Krall J, White A, Mathews D, Schembre S, and Greene G. Sleep quality is associated with eating behavior in 18-24 year old college students. J Nutr Educ Behav 41(4):S8-S9, 2009.
- Schembre S, Kresge D, Melanson K, Greene G. Perceived hunger in young adults susceptible to external and emotional eating. FASEB J 23(Suppl 1):LB424.1, 2009.
- Schembre S, Melanson K, Greene G. Lifestyle and physiological predictors of dietary behaviors as determinants of weight gain in college students. Obesity 14(9):A226, 2006.
- Schembre S, Melanson K, Greene G, Riebe D. Assessment of the use of the International Physical Activity Questionnaire to Predict VO2max. Obesity 14(9):A145, 2006.
- Dunton GF, O'Connor S, Belcher BR, Maher JP, Ra CK, Schembre SM. Associations of physical activity and sedentary behaviors with dietary intake in children measured by accelerometer and 24-hour dietary recall. Proceedings of International Congress of Behavioral Medicine.
- Schembre SM. Weight-Related Eating Behavior Questionnaires: Applying Theory to Measurement. In: Handbook of behavior, food and nutrition. Springer: New York, 3487-3506, 2011.
Letters to the Editor
- Schembre SM Versace F. ‘Obesogenic’ oversimplification. Obesity Reviews 16: 702-703, 2015.
|Title:||Behavior Change for Obesity Prevention in Young Adults|
|Title:||Tu Salud Si Cuenta! Reaching Latino family dyads to increase physical activity and healthy eating|
|Title:||Bionutrition Research Core Development|
|Funding Source:||The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center|
|Title:||Optimizing Lifestyle Behavior Interventions to Prevent New and Recurrent Colorectal Cancers|
|Funding Source:||The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center|
|Title:||Using hunger training to enhance weight loss and modulate cancer-related biomarkers in women at high risk for breast cancer: a pilot study|
|Title:||Daily and longitudinal associations of sleep variability with dietary intake and obesity risk in a children|
|Title:||I -Corps Team: A real-time dietary decision support system for the prevention and management of diabetes|
|Funding Source:||National Science Foundation (NSF)|
|Title:||Maternal Stress and Children's Obesity Risk|
|Title:||Body Composition, Diet, Physical Activity & Fitness in Houston-area Women at Risk for Breast Cancer|
|Funding Source:||The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center|