Dr. Small is a Professor in Psychiatry at Yale University and a Fellow at the John B Pierce Laboratory. She completed her graduate work in Neuroscience and Clinical Psychology at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. Her research focuses on understanding the psychology and neurophysiology of taste, flavor and feeding in humans.
Current projects focus on understanding the mechanisms behind flavor preference formation, investigating the role of cognition in chemosensory perception, and determining how artificially high and low energy dense foods (e.g. big macs vs. diet soda) change brain circuitry.
She currently serves on the executive committee for the Association for Chemoreception Sciences and the Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior. Her laboratory is funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive Kidney Diseases, the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders and the National Cancer Institute.