Dr. Hunter is the Director of Behavioral Research at the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK).  Dr. Hunter obtained her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from The University of Memphis and completed her psychology internship at Wilford Hall Medical Center in 1997. She completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Clinical Health Psychology in 2001 and was Board Certified in Clinical Health Psychology in 2005 by the American Board of Professional Psychology. Prior to joining NIDDK in 2006 as a Public Health Service officer, she served on active duty in the U.S. Air Force for ten years in a variety of clinical, management, research, and policy positions. At NIDDK she is responsible for managing a portfolio of behavioral research related to the prevention and treatment of diabetes and obesity. This portfolio includes basic behavioral science in humans, translation of basic behavioral science finding into novel interventions, and intervention trials. Her interests include mechanisms of behavioral change with a specific focus on identifying behavioral and psychological phenotypes that can inform more targeted and efficacious interventions and improve the understanding of individual differences in treatment response.