The Body Image, Weight, and Eating Laboratory (B-WEL)
Dr. Jean Forney: Lab Director/ Faculty Member
Sara Horvath: graduate student
Emma Harris: graduate student
Gabriella Pucci: graduate student
- 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
“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.
“Social Influences on Eating Disorder Treatment Outcomes”
- Qualitative research and advocacy groups indicate that peers can be a resource in eating disorder recovery. The current study is testing hypotheses that 1) eating disorder symptoms are socialized over time in treatment settings; that is, patients' symptom levels will become more similar to their identified friends over time and 2) decreases in eating disorder symptoms of "role model" peers will be associated with a similar decrease in patients who perceive said peer to be a role model; that is, patients will improve when their perceived role models do. We are collecting friendship and eating disorder symptom data at an eating disorder partial hospitalization program to test these hypotheses.
“Health and Eating Across Time (HEAT)”
- This study is investigating how differences in weight history and disordered eating behaviors are associated with differences in attitudes, experiences, and behaviors. We are also examining how weight and disordered eating behaviors may change across time in a three part, online survey. Women with specific weight histories and behavior patterns will be invited to complete in-person interviews and behavioral tasks.
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 email@example.com.
Recent Lab News:
Dr. K. Jean Forney, assistant professor of Psychology at Ohio University, led a long-term follow-up of purging disorder, which is a little-known eating disorder characterized by recurrent purging behaviors, like self-induced vomiting, in the absence of binge eating. Because purging disorder was named only 15 years ago, less is known […]Read More
Florida 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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Dr. 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 […]Read More
The 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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