Research Interests

Finding Balance in Emotions and Eating seeks to promote the development and maintenance of emotion regulation skills and healthy eating behaviors among people with eating and weight disorders. We are also interested in advancing basic science on the mechanisms of maladaptive eating behaviors among people with eating and weight disorders, specifically emotional, neurocognitive, and physiological mechanisms.

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In addition to these interests, my current research examines relationships between emotion regulation and cognitive control variables such as inhibitory control and working memory in the prediction binge eating among adults with overweight/obesity. The goal of this research is to further our understanding of emotion-cognition relationships that influence maladaptive eating behaviors, specifically binge eating.

I am also involved in several active research projects. For more information on these projects, please see below:

Finding Balance in Emotions and Eating

Principal Investigator: Abby L. Braden, Ph.D.

  • Emotion Regulation, Cognitive Control, and Binge Eating Among Adults with Overweight/Obesity (data collection)
  • Ecological Momentary Assessment of Emotional Eating (data collection)
  • Live FReedom from Emotional Eating (Live FREE): A Pilot Study (manuscript in preparation)
  • Negative Emotional Eating, Mindfulness, and Binge Eating (manuscript submitted)
  • Relationships between Emotional Eating and Disordered Eating: Emotion Regulation as a Moderator (manuscript submitted)
  • Psychosocial Correlates of Negative and Positive Emotional Eating (manuscript in preparation)

Healthy Eating Research Group

Principal Investigator: Dara R. Musher-Eizenman, Ph.D.

  • Understanding Relationships between Picky Eating and Disordered Eating Behaviors: Negative Psychological Correlates as Moderators (manuscript submitted)
  • Stigma about Picky Eating (manuscript in preparation)
  • Feeding and Eating Behaviors Before and During the COVID-19 Pandemic (data analysis)

Biology of Affect & Motivation (BAM) Laboratory

Principal Investigator: Howard Casey Cromwell, Ph.D.

  • The Effects of Incentive Contrast on Eating Behavior (project development)

Bowling Green State University Graduate Psychology Diversity Committee, Research Subcommittee

Faculty Advisor: Dryw Dworsky, Ph.D.

Chair, Research Subcommittee: Wesley R. Barnhart, B.A., B.S.

  • Adopting an Intersectional Approach to Body Image, Disordered Eating, and Emotional Eating among Black and White Gay Men and Women (manuscript in preparation)

LGBTQ+ Student Research Group

  • #lesbian, #instagay, and #bisexual: Latent Content Analysis of Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Instagram Communities (manuscript in preparation)
  • An Examination of Bullying and Negative Mental Health Outcomes in LGBTQ+ Youth in Utah: A Test of the Psychological Mediation Framework (manuscript in preparation)

Other Research Projects

  • What Are You Into? Content, Compulsivity, and Perceived Addition to Pornography Uniquely Interact with Use to Predict Sexual Behavior, Psychological Well-Being, Eating Pathology, and Body Image among Sexual Minority Males (manuscript in preparation)
  • 2017 Youth Risk Behavior Survey: Weight Management Behaviors as Predictors of Weight Loss Intent among Sexual Minority and Heterosexual Youth (manuscript submitted)
  • 2017 Youth Risk Behavior Survey: Bullying and Cyberbullying from an Intersectional Perspective among Sexual Minority and Heterosexual Youth (manuscript submitted)