Program Director

The Education Enrichment Program is directed by Allen S. Levine, PhD.

Dr. Levine is well suited for the education enrichment director as he has mentored undergraduate, graduate and post-doctoral students and fellows. Dr. Levine has a distinguished career in the study of neural regulation of food intake. Dr. Levine's research has particularly focused on the role of neuropeptides in appetite systems and he is an internationally known expert in this field. He is the author of over 300 peer reviewed research publications, as well as over 100 research reviews, editorials, book reviews and book chapters. Dr. Levine serves on the editorial board of Pharmacology, Biochemistry and Behavior and has served on a variety of other editorial boards. He also reviews extensively for many nutrition and neuroscience journals. He has won two national nutrition awards for his work in the area of neuropeptidergic regulation of appetite; from the American Institute of Nutrition (now American Society for Nutritional Sciences) and from the American College of Nutrition and is a fellow in the American Psychological Society, the Obesity Society and the Association for the Advancement of Science. He has trained many graduate students and postdoctoral fellows and is a member of the Graduate Faculty in Nutrition, Food Science, Psychology, and Neuroscience. He has served on various NIH, NIDA, USDA, and VA Review Panels and as an ad hoc reviewer. Dr. Levine is also active in national organizations, having served on the program committee of the American Institute of Nutrition, the Federation of Societies of Experimental Biology, and the American Psychological Association, and is a past President of the Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior and the current Vice President of the Obesity Society (President-elect, November 2015). The Center for Educational Innovation at the University of Minnesota reports directly to him. This center works with faculty and graduate students on teaching and learning methodologies and uses many of the new technologies.