Researcher Profile

Researcher Profile

Charles Geier, PhD

Charles Geier, PhD

Dr. Frances Keesler Graham Early Career Professorship, Associate Professor, Human Development and Family Studies
Penn State Neuroscience Institute
Scientific Program:Cancer Control

Research Interests

  • Reward
  • Brain
  • Smoking
  • Motivation
  • Child
  • Smokers
  • Risk-Taking
  • Food
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Short-Term Memory
  • Psychological Inhibition
  • Saccades

Recent Publications


Frank, JL, Broderick, PC, Oh, Y, Mitra, J, Kohler, K, Schussler, DL, Geier, C, Roeser, RW, Berrena, E, Mahfouz, J, Levitan, J & Greenberg, MT 2021, 'The Effectiveness of a Teacher-Delivered Mindfulness-Based Curriculum on Adolescent Social-Emotional and Executive Functioning', Mindfulness, vol. 12, no. 5, pp. 1234-1251.


Chaby, LE, Lasseter, HC, Geier, C & Jeromin, A 2020, 'Determining effects of adolescent stress exposure on risk for posttraumatic stress disorder in adulthood', Current Opinion in Behavioral Sciences, vol. 36, pp. 79-89.
Kling, SMR, Pearce, AL, Reynolds, ML, Garavan, H, Geier, CF, Rolls, BJ, Rose, EJ, Wilson, SJ & Keller, KL 2020, 'Development and Pilot Testing of Standardized Food Images for Studying Eating Behaviors in Children', Frontiers in Psychology, vol. 11, 1729.
Pearce, AL, Adise, S, Roberts, NJ, White, C, Geier, CF & Keller, KL 2020, 'Individual differences in the influence of taste and health impact successful dietary self-control: A mouse tracking food choice study in children', Physiology and Behavior, vol. 223, 112990.


Roberts, NJ, Oravecz, Z, Sprague, BN & Geier, CF 2019, 'A novel hierarchical later process model: Evaluating latent sources of variation in reaction times of adult daily smokers', Frontiers in Psychiatry, vol. 10, no. JULY, 474.


Adise, S, Geier, CF, Roberts, NJ, White, CN & Keller, KL 2019, 'Food or money? Children's brains respond differently to rewards regardless of weight status', Pediatric Obesity, vol. 14, no. 2, e12469.
Scherf, KS, Griffin, JW, Judy, B, Whyte, EM, Geier, CF, Elbich, D & Smyth, JM 2018, 'Improving sensitivity to eye gaze cues in autism using serious game technology: Study protocol for a phase i randomised controlled trial', BMJ open, vol. 8, no. 9, e023682.
Hallquist, MN, Geier, CF & Luna, B 2018, 'Incentives facilitate developmental improvement in inhibitory control by modulating control-related networks', NeuroImage, vol. 172, pp. 369-380.
Adise, S, Geier, CF, Roberts, NJ, White, CN & Keller, KL 2018, 'Is brain response to food rewards related to overeating? A test of the reward surfeit model of overeating in children', Appetite, vol. 128, pp. 167-179.


Lydon-Staley, DM & Geier, CF 2018, 'Age-Varying Associations Between Cigarette Smoking, Sensation Seeking, and Impulse Control Through Adolescence and Young Adulthood', Journal of Research on Adolescence, vol. 28, no. 2, pp. 354-367.
MacLean, RR, Pincus, AL, Smyth, JM, Geier, CF & Wilson, SJ 2018, 'Extending the Balloon Analogue Risk Task to Assess Naturalistic Risk Taking via a Mobile Platform', Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment, vol. 40, no. 1, pp. 107-116.
Hawes, SW, Chahal, R, Hallquist, MN, Paulsen, DJ, Geier, CF & Luna, B 2017, 'Modulation of reward-related neural activation on sensation seeking across development', NeuroImage, vol. 147, pp. 763-771.
Geier, C, Roberts, N & Lydon-Staley, D 2018, 'The Effects of Smoking Abstinence on Incentivized Spatial Working Memory', Substance Use and Misuse, vol. 53, no. 1, pp. 86-93.

Clinical Trials Search

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