Betty Capaldi Phillips was a University Professor, Provost Emerita and Professor of Psychology at Arizona State University. She taught the Psychology of Eating course, and ran both human and animal research labs at ASU. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Rochester and her Ph.D. degree in Experimental Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin. She passed away in Sept. 2017.
Throughout her career, Betty obtained decades of education, research and teaching experience in the field of psychology and she held leadership roles at universities across the country. She served as Executive Vice President and Provost at Arizona State University, Vice Chancellor and Chief of Staff of the State University of New York, Provost at the University at Buffalo, SUNY, Provost at the University of Florida, head of Purdue’s Department of Psychological Sciences and Assistant Dean of Purdue’s Graduate School.
Betty took the psychology of eating all over the world, speaking at conferences and contributing to both scientific literature and popular media. She contributed to over 80 scientific articles, co-authored an introductory psychology textbook and edited two books on the psychology of eating, including “Why We Eat What We Eat: The Psychology of Eating” and “Taste, Experience and Feeding” with T. L. Powley. Her citations in the popular press and media include ABC News, NPR, Reuters News, Cosmopolitan, Self, Smithsonian Magazine, Fitness, Prevention, Shape, US News, Fox News, Web MD, O Magazine, Huffington Post and Parents Magazine.