Research

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

    • Evaluating eating disorder etiology amongst developing performing artists, with a focus on concepts of self-image, perfection, and performance anxiety.
      • “Developing performing artist” refers to any individual who is training their craft but not actively working in the industry as a full-time professional. Examples include pre-professional high schools, college conservatories, departments of dance and theatre at 4-year universities, etc.
    • Assessing needs, stigma, and treatment-seeking behaviours on community college campuses, especially in regard to socioeconomic and multicultural differences.
    • Modifying Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) for specific populations.
    • Measuring the effectiveness of augmentative interventions, such as expressive therapies.

As a former dancer and dance educator, I also have a side interest in:

    • Understanding how recreational dance and movement (e.g. yoga, Pilates) can be used as an augmentative mental health intervention for adolescents. (Note: not dance/movement therapy.)

Past & Current Lab Affiliations