Paul Burghardt

Paul Burghardt

Associate Professor
Graduate Officer


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Paul Burghardt

 Dr. Burghardt investigates the overlapping biological systems that regulate motivation, mood, and metabolism. The general premise of his research is that the metabolic health of an individual will impact the way an individual interacts with and responds to rewarding and emotionally activating stimuli. For more information on this work, please visit


  • The neurohormonal and behavioral correlates of obesity and weight-loss
  • The influence of aerobic capacity on mood, metabolism, motivation, and stress-system reactivity
  • Neuropeptide regulation of energy management and behavior


  • M.S.: University of South Carolina, School of Public Health, Department of Exercise Science
  • Ph.D.: University of South Carolina, School of Medicine, Biomedical Sciences Program, Neuroscience Focus Group
  • Post-doctoral fellow: Molecular & Behavioral Neuroscience Institute and Department of Psychiatry, University of Michigan

Selected publications Dr. Burghardt's Publications

Courses taught

NFS2030 - Nutrition & Health

NFS2220 -  Nutrition Laboratory 

NFS3230 - Human Nutrition

NFS5170/7170 - Nutrition, Physical Activity, & the Brain

NFS7890 - Advanced Workshop, Central Regulation of Energy Balance