Lindsay Bodell is joining the Department of Psychology as an Assistant Professor.
Bodell completed a PhD in Clinical Psychology at Florida State University, and completed post-doctoral fellowships at the Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic/University of Pittsburgh and the University of Chicago Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience.
Bodell’s research is broadly focused on identifying psychological and biological processes that contribute to the development and maintenance of eating disorders.
Bodell examines the influence of weight-related factors, and feeding-related hormones on the maintenance of eating disorders, particularly bulimia nervosa.
“My work has found that being “weight suppressed” (i.e., having a large discrepancy between one’s highest and current weights) predicts the continuation of eating disorder symptoms,” said Bodell. “This association may be due to the influence of weight changes on feeding-related hormones and reward sensitivity.”
“I have explored racial differences in the trajectory of eating disorder symptoms over time and the impact of individual differences in the way the brain responds to rewards and social feedback on the development of binge eating and eating disorder cognitions.”
Bodell aims to identify key mechanisms underlying the development and maintenance of eating disorders. She hopes to use this research to determine novel interventions for these illnesses.
Bodell is excited to join the Department of Psychology at Western.
“I have been impressed by the resources and high calibre of research and look forward to opportunities for collaboration with other faculty members and students,” said Bodell.