Research Interests

  • 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 programs for early-stage prevention of eating disorders in adolescents.
  • Developing & improving culturally-informed best practices for eating disorder treatment.
  • Measuring the effectiveness of augmentative expressive therapies (e.g. art therapy, psychodrama, movement therapy) for the disordered eating population.
  • Integrating modern psychoanalytic and psychodynamic approaches in the treatment of eating and feeding disorders.
  • 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.
  • Broadly, exploring the etiology and progression of Borderline Personality Disorder.

Current Projects

  • Thematic content analysis of cultural influences in the development and progression of eating disorders, including the scope of culturally-informed treatment.
  • 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).

Planned Projects

  • none presently