Kelly Klump is an MSU Foundation Endowed Professor in the Department of Psychology at Michigan State University (MSU). In 1998, she received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Minnesota. She completed her pre-doctoral, clinical internship at McLean Hospi- tal, Harvard School of Medicine (1997-1998), and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, the University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine (1998-2000).
Her research focuses on genetic and biological risk factors for eating disorders using both human (i.e., twin studies) and animal models. She is particularly interested in developmental changes in genetic and hor- monal risk factors and their meaning for the development of eating disorders.
Dr. Klump has published over 155 papers and has received a number of federal grants for this work, including several funded NIMH projects. She also has been honored with numerous awards including the David Shakow Award for Early Career Contributions to Clinical Psychology from the American Psychological Association, New Investigator Awards from the World Congress on Psychiatric Genetics and the Eating Disorders Research Society, the MSU Teacher-Scholar Award, the MSU Distinguished Contributions to Honors Students, and the Price Foundation Award for Research Excellence from the National Eating Disorders Association. Dr. Klump is the rst faculty member to receive a MSU Foundation Professorship, which is an endowed professorship that aims to recruit and retain top faculty at MSU.
Finally, Dr. Klump was the 2007-2008 President of the Academy for Eating Disorders, the largest, international professional organization dedicated to the treatment, research and prevention of eating disorders.
Dr. Klump’s presentation is titled “The Genetic Diathesis of Eating Disorders: Critical Roles for Puberty and Ovarian Hormones.” Eating disorders exhibit signi cant heritability in adulthood. However, adolescence is marked by dramatic shifts in genetic effects that provide clues about the genes/neurobiology involved in the etiology of eating pathology. This presentation will review these data and show how puberty and ovarian hormones contribute to genetic risk for disordered eating.