About Me

Pictured above is a recent poster session on data from my M.A. thesis at Society of Behavioral Medicine’s annual conference!

Hello! My name is Wesley (Wes) Barnhart, and I am a third-year graduate student in the Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program (APA Accredited) at Bowling Green State University (BGSU). I earned a B.A. in psychology with honors and research distinction at Ohio State University in 2016 (Senior Thesis: Reward Processing and Risky Decision Making in College Students With and Without Self-Reported Disordered Eating Behaviors, advised by Melissa T. Buelow, Ph.D.). I also earned a B.S. in systems/behavioral neuroscience with honors at Ohio State University in 2019 while employed as a Clinical Research Assistant (2016 – 2019) with the Ohio Disability and Health Program, a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention-funded program whose primary goal is to improve the health of Ohioans with disabilities. More recently, I earned a M.A. in clinical psychology at BGSU in 2021 (Thesis: Food-Specific and General Cognitive Control Variables Moderate Relations Between Emotion Dysregulation and Eating Pathology: Cross-Sectional Findings in an Online Community Sample of Adults with Overweight/Obesity, advised by Abby L. Braden, Ph.D.).

At BGSU, I work in Finding Balance in Emotions and Eating. My current research embodies a biopsychosociocultural approach to eating and weight disorders. To learn more, please see Research Interests.