Cary Savage, Ph.D.
Cary Savage, Ph.D., is the Director of the Center for Health Behavior Neuroscience at KU Medical Center and the John H. Wineinger Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.
Dr. Savage received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Oklahoma State University. He completed an internship in clinical psychology and postdoctoral fellowships in neuropsychology and functional neuroimaging at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH)/Harvard Medical School. He remained on the faculty of MGH and served as an assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and as the Director of Cognitive Neuroscience in the Department of Psychiatry at MGH.
Dr. Savage has published more than 100 research papers and review articles, and he is on the editorial boards of the Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry and Neurology, and Biology of Mood and Anxiety Disorders. Dr. Savage's research has been continuously funded since 1995, when he received a Scientist Development Award from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). His work is currently supported by the NIH and private foundations.
Dr. Savage's research uses functional neuroimaging techniques to identify how the brain contributes to strategic behaviors and decision making. His research focuses on the roles of prefrontal cortex and limbic system in memory and motivational processes, and how activity in these brain regions contributes to health-related decision making. Areas of specific interest include brain mechanisms of eating, exercise adherence, and compulsive behavior.