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Sarah E. Racine

Dr. Sarah E. Racine

Assistant Professor

Porter Hall 245

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Postdoctoral Fellowship (2013-2014) University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Ph.D. (2013) Michigan State University

Predoctoral Internship (2012-2013) Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic

M.A. (2009) Michigan State University

B.Sc. (2007) McGill University

Curriculum Vitae


Biopsychosocial Examination of Eating Patterns (BEEP) Lab

Research Areas

  • Clinical Psychology

Dr. Racine is accepting new graduate students.

Research Interests

Dr. Racine’s program of research examines the ways in which biological and psychological risk factors intersect to influence the etiology and maintenance of eating disorder psychopathology. She uses several methodological approaches to examine biological risk (e.g., behavioral genetic, molecular genetic, neuroendocrinology, and psychophysiology methods), and focuses on key psychological factors specified in well-established models of eating disorder development/maintenance. Much of her work thus far has focused on a transdiagnostic eating disorder symptom: binge eating. Using twin study methods, Dr. Racine has demonstrated that two potent psychological risk factors for binge eating (i.e., dietary restraint and emotion-based rash action) intersect with genetic liability, but each does so in a unique way. Specifically, high levels of dietary restraint increase genetic influences on binge eating, whereas emotion-based rash action significantly contributes to or mediates genetic risk for binge eating. Similarly, these psychological features distinctly influence the relationship between changes in ovarian hormones and changes in binge eating across the menstrual cycle.

Dr. Racine’s current work uses a multi-method approach designed to test integrative theories of the emergence and maintenance of eating pathology, which includes: 1) examining the intersection of genetic, psychological, and environmental risk factors using cross-sectional and longitudinal twin modeling; 2) objectively assessing psychobiological influences using experimental neurocognitive tasks and psychophysiological markers; and 3) considering proximal and distal risk factors for disordered eating via ecological momentary assessment and prospective longitudinal designs. Ultimately, she hopes that findings from her translational research program will lead to the identification of individualized treatment targets in order to enhance treatment effectiveness for eating disorders. 


Racine, S.E., Van Huysse, J.L., Keel, P.K., Burt, S.A., Neale, M., Boker, S., & Klump, K.L. (in press). Eating disorder-specific risk factors moderate the relationship between negative urgency and binge eating: A behavioral genetic investigation. Journal of Abnormal Psychology.

Racine, S.E., Forbush, K.T., Wildes, J.E., Hagan, K.E, Pollack, L.O, & May, C.  (2016). Voluntary emotion regulation in anorexia nervosa: A preliminary emotion-modulated startle study. Journal of Psychiatric Research, 77, 1-7

Racine, S.E. & Martin, S.J. (2016). Exploring divergent trajectories: Disorder-specific moderators of the association between negative urgency and dysregulated eating. Appetite, 103, 45-53.  

Culbert, K.M., Racine, S.E., & Klump, K.L. (2016).Hormonal factors and disturbances in eating disorders.Current Psychiatry Reports, 18, 1-16.

Culbert, K.M., Racine, S.E., & Klump, K.L. (2015). What have we learned about the causes of eating disorders: A synthesis of sociocultural, psychological, and biological research. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry.

Racine, S.E., Burt, S.A., Keel, P.K., Neale, M., Boker, S., Sisk, C.L., & Klump, K.L. (2015). Examining associations between negative urgency and key components of objective binge episodes. International Journal of Eating Disorders, 47, 527-531.

Racine, S.E., & Wildes J.E. (2015). Dynamic longitudinal relations between emotion regulation difficulties and anorexia nervosa symptoms over the year following intensive treatment. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 83, 785-795.

Klump, K.L., Racine, S.E., Hildebrandt, B.A., Burt, S.A., Neale, M., Sisk, C.L., Boker, S., & Keel, P.K. (2014). Influences of ovarian hormones on dysregulated eating: A comparison of women with versus without binge episodes. Clinical Psychological Science, 2, 545-549.

Haedt-Matt, A., Keel, P. K., Racine, S. E., Burt, S. A., Hu, J. Boker, S. Neale, M., & Klump. K. L. (2014). Does emotional eating regulate affect? Concurrent and prospective associations and implications for risk models of binge eating. International Journal of Eating Disorders, 47, 874-877.

Racine, S.E., Culbert, K.M., Burt, S.A., & Klump, K.L. (2014). Advanced paternal age at birth:Phenotypic and etiologic associations with eating pathology in offspring. Psychological Medicine, 44, 1029-1042. 

Hildebrandt, B.A., Klump, K.L., Racine, S.E., & Sisk, C.L. (2014). Rat strain differences in binge eating: Implications for genetic differences. Physiology and Behavior, 127, 81-86.

Racine, S.E., & Wildes, J.E. (2013). Emotion dysregulation and symptoms of anorexia nervosa: The unique roles of lack of emotional awareness and impulse control difficulties when upset. International Journal of Eating Disorders, 46, 713-720.  

Racine, S.E., Keel, P.K., Burt, S.A., Sisk, C.L., Neale, M., Boker, S., & Klump, K.L. (2013). Exploring the relationship between negative urgency and dysregulated eating: Etiologic associations and the role of negative affect. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 122, 433-444.

Racine, S.E., Keel, P.K., Burt, S.A., Sisk, C.L., Neale, M., Boker, S., & Klump, K.L.  Individual differences in the relationship between ovarian hormones and emotional eating across the menstrual cycle: A role for personality? Eating Behaviors, 14, 161-166.

Klump, K.L., Keel, P.K., Racine, S.E., Burt, S.A., Neale, M., Sisk, C.L., Boker, S., & Hu, J.Y. (2013).   The interactive effects of estrogen and progesterone on changes in emotional eating across the menstrual cycle. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 122, 131-137.

Racine, S.E., Culbert, K.M., Keel, P.K., Burt, S.A., Sisk, C.L., & Klump, K.L. (2012). Differential associations between ovarian hormones and disordered eating symptoms across the menstrual cycle in women. International Journal of Eating Disorders, 45, 333-344.

Racine, S.E., Burt, S.A., Iacono, W.G., McGue, M., & Klump, K.L. (2011). Dietary restraint moderates genetic risk for binge eating. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 120, 119-128.  

Racine, S.E., Culbert, K.M., Larson, C.L. & Klump, K.L. (2009). The possible influence of impulsivity and dietary restraint on associations between serotonin genes and binge eating. Journal of Psychiatric Research, 43, 1278-1286.  

Courses Taught


  • Clinical Psychopathology
  • Practicum Supervision


  • Abnormal Psychology

Recent Grants

Impulsivity as a Moderator of Associations between Ovarian Hormones and Binge Eating, Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Doctoral Research Award (MDR-96630). 2009-2012. ($81, 000).

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