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I can answer questions about the psychology of eating, disordered eating attitudes and behaviors such as drive for thinness, drive for muscularity, binge eating, body dysmorphia, dieting, excessive/obsessive exercise, and body dissatisfaction. I can also answer questions about anorexia and bulimia.

Experience in the area

I have a PhD in Psychology and teach courses in the Psychology of Health and the Psychology of Eating. I have been conducting research on disordered eating and exercise behaviors for 15 years.


Midwestern psychological association, rocky mountain psychological association


Over 50 peer-reviewed journal articles in journals such as Eating Behaviors, Eating Disorders, and Eating and Weight Disorders


PhD in Psychology from the University of Denver

Awards and Honors

30 teaching awards, have received funding to conduct my research from academic institutions and state and local government

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2016-07-12 Eating disorder:

Hi Sophia,    I am so sorry to hear of your struggles.    The current Diagnostic Criteria for Binge Eating Disorder include:    Recurrent episodes of binge eating. An episode of binge eating is characterized

2015-02-04 Eating issues:

Hi Steve,    I am so sorry to hear that you are still dealing with this. I know you don't want to, but I think it's time you seek professional help. Your sexual side effects are the result of your prolonged

2015-01-19 Delayed puberty and weight gain:

Hi Erin,    Your poor body! What's your current weight and height? How many calories are you eating per day? The more you lower your calories, the worse your weight will bounce back when you increase your

2015-01-17 Delayed puberty and weight gain:

Hi Erin,    Your weight gain is likely a combination of your hormonal changes (higher levels of estrogen caused by menarche encourage your body to put on weight) as well as your metabolism trying to recover

2015-01-03 Extreme hunger:

Hi Jordan,    I am so sorry you are going through this. Yes, this normal. There may be two things going on here: 1) your body is relearning what hunger feels like, and 2) your body is getting used to eating


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