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Chair of Psychology Department
Ali Doerflinger headshot
Office #
Mills 405
Ph.D.-Psychobiology, Purdue University (2005); MS-Psychobiology, Purdue University (2003); BA-Psychology, Niagara University (1999)
Year Appointed
Courses - Fall
  • Human Sexuality
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Learning and Behavior
  • Research & Design Methods

Dr. Doerflinger is a psychobiologist interested in the physiological and behavioral mechanisms underlying food intake. She is particularly interested in the development of feeding behaviors, and how children (and other little animals!) learn to seek out food, develop food preferences and eating habits that set the stage for body weight regulation throughout the lifespan.

Dr. Doerflinger has published research in The International Journal of Obesity, Hormones & Behavior, Developmental Psychobiology, Physiology & Behavior, and Appetite. Additionally, she has presented at a variety of international conferences (Society for Neuroscience, Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior, Society for Developmental Psychobiology).

Dr. Doerflinger began teaching at Marietta College in 2007, instructing in the areas of Introductory Psychology, Physiological Psychology, Learning and Behavior, Human Sexuality, and Graduate courses in Learning and Behavioral Neuroscience.

Dr. Doerflinger's research program investigates the effects of commonly used food additives such as artificial sweeteners, caloric sweeteners, and caffeine on food intake and body weight regulation in children and animal models (mice).