Assistant Professor
Oklahoma State University
Dr. Hawkins is the Director of the REACH lab at Oklahoma State University (OSU) where she studies the relationship between neurocognitive and emotional factors on chronic cardiometabolic diseases, such as obesity. She is a current recipient of a K23 Career Development Award from the National Institute on Diabetes Digestive and Kidney Disease (NIDDK) which examines how two different behavioral weight loss treatments might impact or have their effects moderated by neurocognitive function. She expanded this trial to include a targeted sample of American Indians/Native Americans via an IDEA grant pilot mechanism and serves as the member of the OSU IRB as the tribal research expert reviewer.