Evaluating eating disorder etiology amongst athletes and performing artists, with a focus on perfection and the influence of external messages.
I am particularly interested in aesthetic athletes – career paths that incorporate both artistic and kinetic components. For example: dance, figure skating, gymnastics.
Developing & improving culturally-informed best practices for eating disorder treatment.
Understanding the progression of eating disorders in individuals with poor understanding of interpersonal cues (e.g. autism spectrum disorder, Cluster A personality disorders).
Measuring the effectiveness of dance/movement therapy in eating disorder treatment.
Understanding the categorization, etiology, and treatment of Avoidant/Restrictive Feeding and Intake Disorder (ARFID), especially amongst adults.
Developing programs for early-stage prevention of eating disorders in adolescents.
Technology-enhanced treatment modalities, such as virtual reality and mobile apps.
Assessing needs, stigma, and treatment-seeking behaviours of college students - especially those from low SES backgrounds or non-traditional status - and working to establish better health education and access for these populations.
Best practices for treating career and vocational concerns in high-performing individuals.
Broadly, exploring the etiology and progression of Borderline Personality Disorder.
Integrating modern psychoanalytic and psychodynamic approaches in treatment.
Research Interests (Others)
Analysis of the positive benefits of culture in the treatment of eating disorders.
Perfectionism profiles (as measured by the Perfectionism Inventory) are proposed to moderate the effects of proactive vs. reactive messaging on eating concerns (as measured by the Eating Disorder Examination Questionnaire).
Korean youth and adolescents' conceptualization of career choice and attainment (with Howard, Lee, and Harbaugh at Boston University).