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.
Measuring the effectiveness of expressive therapies 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.
In addition to eating disorders, broadly interested in other areas of health psychology, e.g. substance use, medical adherence, chronic pain, oncopsychology.
The influence of culture in self evaluation, identity formation, emotion tolerance and regulation, coping skill development, and treatment outcomes.
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 Cluster B Personality Disorders.
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).
Chinese vs. Chinese-American conceptualizations of body concerns.
Korean youth and adolescents' conceptualization of career choice and attainment (with Howard, Lee, and Harbaugh at Boston University).