Food Innovation Center

Collaborating for a healthier, hunger-free world.

Leanna Perez

Postdoctoral Researcher
Nisonger Center
Office of Health Sciences

Associate Member
Primary Food Innovation Center Area: Biomedical Nutrition, Obesity
Areas of Expertise: Obesity, Mood Patterns, Nutritional Psychology, Mood Disorders

Current pharmacological treatments for mood disorders are associated with a wide range of negative side effects and have limited treatment efficacy. Given this poor risk: benefit ratio, it is essential to explore alternative or complementary forms of treatment (and even prevention) for these disorders. My research aims to contribute to the body of literature investigating the relationship between nutrition and neuropsychiatry as a plausible avenue to improve treatment options in this population. Nutritional intervention, via dietary modification and micronutrient supplementation, may serve as an avenue for complementary and alternative biologically-mediated treatments for these disorders.

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