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The Body Image, Weight, and Eating Laboratory (B-WEL)

Lab Members

Dr. Jean Forney: Lab Director/ Faculty Member

Sara Horvath: graduate student

Emma Harris: graduate student

Gabriella Pucci: graduate student

Research Goals

  • Examine psychological, social, behavioral, and physiological factors and their interactions to better inform the development and refinement of eating pathology interventions
  • Better understand how peers influence each other in developing and recovering from eating disorder symptoms
  • Utilize test meals and multi-modal assessments to better understand the maintenance of eating disorder behaviors
  • Explore how the presence or absence of the components and correlates of binge eating contribute to the maintenance of purging syndromes

Current Research Projects

  • “A study of fluctuations in health and health behaviors”
    • This study is examining how health and health behaviors fluctuate over the course of the day. Participants will complete questionnaire assessments and have height, weight, and body fat percentage assessed three times over the course of the day. This study is open to students in the Psychology Department through the Psychology Experiment Sign-Up System.
  • More coming soon!

Get Involved

We have opportunities for undergraduates to assist with a number of tasks in the lab. These range from running study visits to preparing materials and data entry. If you are interested in becoming a B-WEL research assistant, please contact Dr. Jean Forney at forney@ohio.edu.

Recent Lab News:

Florida State Quotes Forney on Clinical Psychology Program Award

K. Jean Forney , portraitFlorida State University quotes Dr. K. Jean Forney, Assistant Professor of Psychology at Ohio University, in a story headlined “FSU clinical psychology doctoral program wins prestigious award.” Cougle said the program’s success is directly related to the thoughtful input and design provided by FSU psychology faculty, as well as the […]

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Posted on 10/27/2019

Forney Probes Whether Friends Tend to be More Similar in Body Image, Eating Disorder Symptoms

K. Jean Forney , portraitDr. K. Jean Forney, Assistant Professor of Psychology at Ohio University, co-authored a journal article on “Examining similarities in eating pathology, negative affect, and perfectionism among peers: A social network analysis” in Appetite. Abstract: Friends tend to be more similar than non-friends (i.e., exhibit homophily) in body image concerns and […]

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Posted on 08/10/2019

Miami University Honors Forney with Outstanding Recent Alumni Award

K. Jean Forney , portraitThe Miami University Alumni Association announced Dr. K. Jean Forney, Assistant Professor of Psychology at Ohio University, as one of this year’s exceptional alumni who have been named as 18 of the Last 9 Award recipients for 2019, according to a news release. Based on the popular “30 under 30” […]

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Posted on 08/10/2019