About Our Director


A neurobiologist by training, Jennifer L. Temple, PhD, became interested in factors that impact human ingestive behavior and wanted to explore why we eat what we eat.

Temple came to the University at Buffalo in 2005 as a research assistant professor in the Division of Behavioral Medicine. She joined the Department of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences in 2008 where today she is an associate professor and director of the Nutrition and Health Research Laboratory. 

Temple’s research focuses on several major areas, including the effects of caffeine intake in children and adolescents, gender difference in effects of caffeine, food reinforcement and sensory system influences on eating in adults, and the relationship between food reinforcement and weight change over time in adolescents and young adults.