Research

My overarching research interest is eating disorders. Specific sub-areas include:

    • Evaluating eating disorder etiology amongst aesthetic athletes, with a focus on perfection and the influence of external messages from peers and authority figures.
      • Aesthetic athletes include career paths that have both artistic and movement-based components. For example: dance, theatre, figure skating.
    • Assessing needs, stigma, and treatment-seeking behaviours of disordered eating populations on community college campuses, especially those from lower SES backgrounds.
    • Developing long-term programs for early-stage prevention of eating disorders in adolescents bound for performing art careers.
    • Measuring the effectiveness of augmentative expressive therapies (e.g. art therapy, psychodrama, yoga therapy) for the disordered eating population.