Current or Recent Research Projects

The Implicit Weight Bias in Diverse Samples Study

We seek to examine implicit attitudes toward weight among a racially/ethnically diverse group of women to answer the following questions: (1) Are there racial/ethnic differences in implicit bias favoring thin images? Does this depend on the race/ethnicity of the prime? (2) Among women of color, does strong ethnic identity reduce implicit bias favoring thinness? (3) How do implicit attitudes relate to explicit attitudes about weight/size, body image, and disordered eating across racially/ethnically diverse women? We will be recruiting young women from the following racial/ethnic groups for participation: Black/African American, Asian/Asian American, Latina, and non-Latina White.

The Road to Recovery from Eating Disorders (RRED) Study

The RRED Study is a NIMH-funded study aimed at defining recovery from eating disorders and examining change and stability across time in a range of factors. We seek to answer questions such as:  What can recovery look like? What do different stages along the path from an eating disorder look like? What is associated with moving down the road to recovery from an eating disorder?

The Generations Study

The Generations Study aims to identify shared and unique correlates of body dissatisfaction and disordered eating among three generations of women: young adult women, their mothers, and their maternal grandmothers. We will also be examining moderators that may exacerbate or buffer the effects of body dissatisfaction on disordered eating.

Ale’s Dissertation

Ale’s dissertation will evaluate general and sport-specific risk factors related to eating disorders among female athletes who participate in aesthetic sports by using two research methodologies: a cross-sectional survey (Study 1) and an experimental paradigm (Study 2). Study 1 will investigate appearance pressures, social media use, appearance comparison, and athletic identity, and their correlations with eating disorder symptoms and negative affect. Study 2 will investigate the influence of social media on body dissatisfaction and negative affect. We will also explore potential moderators of these relationships.