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 relation to 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.

  • 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)
  • Psychosocial Correlates of Negative and Positive Emotional Eating (manuscript submitted)
  • Emotional Eating and Disordered Eating: A Meta-Analysis (project development)

Healthy Eating Research Group

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

  • Understanding Relationships between Adult Picky Eating and Disordered Eating: Negative Psychological Correlates as Moderators (manuscript submitted)
  • Stigma about Picky Eating and Popular Dieters (manuscript submitted)
  • Stress and Concern about Weight Gain Before/During COVID-19 Pandemic Relate to Eating Pathology in Caregivers (manuscript submitted)
  • Negative Psychological Correlates of Parental Feeding Practices (manuscript in preparation)

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 Sexual Minority Men and Women (manuscript in preparation)

LGBTQ+ Student Research Group

  • #lesbian, #instagay, and #bisexual: 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)
  • Transgender Expression through Media (project development)

Other Research Projects

  • Internalized Homonegativity and Preferences for and Perceived Addition to Pornography Relate to Body Image, Disordered Eating, and Psychological Well-Being among Sexual Minority Males (manuscript in preparation)
  • 2017 Youth Risk Behavior Survey: Weight Management Behaviors as Correlates 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)
  • Psychosocial Correlates of Frequency and Enjoyment for Diverse Types of Pornography: Exploratory Analyses across Heterosexual and Sexual Minority Community Samples (manuscript in preparation)