Research

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

    • Evaluating eating disorder etiology amongst aesthetic athletes / kinetic artists, with a focus on concepts of self-image, perfection, and performance anxiety.
      • Aesthetic athletes (commonly used term) / kinetic artists (my moniker) 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 in regard to socioeconomic risk factors.
    • 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.

Past & Current Lab Affiliations