Jennifer B Webb

Jennifer B Webb
University of North Carolina at Charlotte | UNC Charlotte · Department of Psychological Science; Health Psychology Ph.D. Program

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Introduction
Jennifer B. Webb, PhD is an Associate Professor and a clinical health psychologist at UNC Charlotte where she directs the WE ARE MIND-BODY KYND Lab. She received her bachelor’s degree in Cognitive Neuroscience from Harvard University, an MA in Psychology, and a PhD in Psychology both from the University of Southern California. Dr. Webb additionally completed a 2-year NIMH-funded T32 postdoctoral fellowship in clinical health psychology at Duke Integrative Medicine.

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In the 21st century, the ancient mind-body practice of yoga has surged in popularity among western enthusiasts for its numerous health benefits. Particularly, a growing evidence base supports yoga for cultivating positive embodiment and reducing risk for disordered eating. Nevertheless, amidst its rise are concerns about yoga’s departure from its s...
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This study investigated the effects of yoga on functionality appreciation, and the potential mechanisms that could explain the impact of yoga on additional facets of positive body image. Young adult women (N = 114; Mage = 22.19) were randomised to a 10-week Hatha yoga programme or waitlist control group. Participants completed measures of functiona...
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Extant research on body image supports sociocultural theories emphasizing the internalization of societal pressures to attain the thin-ideal, as well as other White or Eurocentric ideals that are predominant in mainstream media. While earlier research suggests that Black women are less likely to report body dissatisfaction and thin-ideal internaliz...
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The present pilot randomized controlled trial (RCT) evaluated the feasibility, acceptability, and preliminary efficacy of a 4-week online yoga and body gratitude journaling intervention for strengthening positive embodiment among racially-diverse higher weight college women. Seventy-five participants were initially randomized to either the yoga con...
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The predominant approach of existing eating disorder prevention programs targets risk factors for development; furthermore, burgeoning evidence suggests that promotion of protective factors against eating disorders (e.g., positive body image) is also a worthy avenue for prevention efforts. The present study considered existing literature gaps in th...
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Birth doulas were deemed "non-essential" personnel during the COVID-19 pandemic and were generally excluded from attending hospital births in person. This study documents the impacts of pandemic-related contextual factors on birth doula care in the San Francisco Bay Area, examines how doulas adapted their services, and explores implications for pol...
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A 2-minute research spotlight presented at the Society of Behavioral Medicine’s (SBM) 42nd Annual Meeting & Scientific Sessions Abstract: Birth doula care has been uniquely impacted by hospital visitor restriction policies enacted in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, as doulas were classified as “non-essential” personnel and thus generally exclu...
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People with disabilities comprise roughly 25% of the US adult population yet remain underrepresented in mainstream public health and evaluation research. The lack of measures of common constructs that are validated in but not specific to this population may impede their inclusion. This paper describes the use of Universal Design for Measurement (UD...
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Twenty-four undergraduate women with BE used a mindful-eating (ME) app for 4 weeks. Average usage trends show that women used the app for 24 days, 2-3 times per day, for 2-4 minutes each time. Results demonstrate significant differences in BE, intuitive eating, and ME scores before and after 4 weeks.
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A current hypothesis is that women who learn to focus on their body's functionality versus appearance may experience improved body image outcomes. This research is underdeveloped in considering the perspectives of women with visible physical disabilities (WPD), who have differences in body functionality and appearance that influence their body imag...
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In line with sociocultural models of parental influence on body image, we examined the relationship between recall of restrictive/critical caregiver eating messages (RCEM) and current frequency of disclosing self-disparaging fat talk among family in 335 undergraduate women (MAge = 19.4; SD = 1.53; range = 18-27). Additionally, two forms of relation...
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Body image disturbance is a predictor of eating disorders, depression, and behavioral risk for chronic disease among women. Intervention research suggests that women trained to focus on their body’s functionality versus appearance may experience improved body image outcomes. This research is underdeveloped in considering the perspectives of women w...
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Yoga is increasingly being recommended as a health self‑management strategy for people with a range of disabilities. Mainstream yoga media have been criticized for limited representation of racial/ethnic, gender, age, and body size diversity within their publications; however, it is not known how these media outlets include visual representations o...
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Contemporary Fat Studies scholarship seeks to challenge and critique the normative weightist lens through which modern social media for example stereotypically represents the embodiment of higher weight individuals or the typical underrepresentation of body diversity in the cases of mainstream Fitspiration and yoga lifestyle media. Simultaneously,...
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The emergence of body image flexibility into the positive body image nomenclature has innovatively expanded the conceptualization of how individuals may adaptively respond to body image threats. Given the notable growth of interest in researching this construct over nearly the past decade, the present analysis provides a systematic and critical rev...
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A growing evidence base confirms sociocultural theory’s predictions regarding the influence of direct exposure to family factors (e.g., parental commentary) in promoting disordered eating behavior as mediated by negative body image. Nevertheless, this model has not been specifically applied to investigating indirect or vicarious exposure to family...
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The present analysis investigated temporal trends in physical appearance attributes and attire worn by female cover models of Yoga Journal magazine between the years 1975-2015. Covers featuring a single female model (N = 168) were coded for: pose activity, amount of body visibility, perceived body size, body shape, breast size, skin exposure, and r...
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Yoga has become an increasingly common health practice among U.S. adults over the past decade. With this growth in popularity, yoga-related print media has been criticized for shifting away from yoga’s traditional philosophies and promoting a thin, lean ideal physique representing the “yoga body.” The purpose of this study was to (a) analyze the pr...
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In step with the proliferation of Thinspiration and Fitspiration content disseminated in popular web-based media, the fat acceptance movement has garnered heightened visibility within mainstream culture via the burgeoning Fatosphere weblog community. The present study extended previous Fatosphere research by comparing the shared and distinct strate...
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Introduction: Previous research indicates that exposure to thin-ideal and muscular-ideal dolls and action figures negatively impacts body image and influences physique preferences among young girls, adolescent boys, and college men. However, comparable studies have yet to be carried out among college women. Therefore, the goal of the present study...
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This poster includes the updated full sample of 300 coded images which extends our preliminary analysis ”Fitspo Beyond the Scale” using only 100 images as part of Victoria Clark’s Charlotte Research Scholars Program final project.
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As yoga has gained popularity in Western culture, concerns have been raised about its increased commercialization and assimilation into the predominantly appearance-focused exercise and fitness culture. In this context, the present study examined the physical appearance-related characteristics (e.g., race/ethnicity, body size, shape, objectifying a...
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This study explored the content of Yoga Journal magazine, the premier yoga magazine in the US, to assess its level of support for either advocating weight management or embracing principles of Health At Every Size®
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The present study sought to develop a preliminary socio-ecological model of self-disparaging fat talk in a sample of 341 ethnically diverse female college students. The present investigation examined the association between restrictive/critical caregiver eating messages recalled from childhood and the current frequency of making self-disparaging fa...
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BACKGROUND: One trend that is gaining momentum within popular Internet outlets is the proliferation of “fitspiration” or “fitspo” content, which is intended to promote aspects of a healthy lifestyle. Nevertheless, recent investigations of this material suggest that notions of “health” and “fitness” are often conflated with a thin and toned athletic...
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Oral presentation of paper at Appearance Matters 7 conference in London, UK
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Yoga has evolved from an ancient Indian spiritual practice into a $27 billion corporate industry in the US. In tandem with this shift, yoga-related print media has been criticized for increasingly promoting the commercialization of yoga and a narrowly-defined thin, lean fitness ideal to represent “the yoga body.” Although previous research has anal...
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The ancient mind-body practice of Yoga has witnessed tremendous growth in popularity in the West. Over time this contemporary trend has resulted in the practice being assimilated within the broader fitness culture, which frequently equates health and body competence with a thin, lean female body ideal. We conducted a systematic analysis of body ima...
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Background: Instagram (IG) is a social media application that allows users to upload personal images in a public forum by including a searchable link (e.g. hashtag) along with a posted image. An IG community devoted to a pro-recovery (i.e., #anarecovery) perspective on eating disorders (EDs) stands alongside the pro-ana lifestyle IG community (i.e....
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Direct exposure to a family climate characterized by interaction patterns involving self-disparaging remarks or complaints regarding one’s body size, shape, or weight is linked to decreased well-being in college women. Indeed, research demonstrates that more frequently overhearing family members engage in fat talk communications corresponds with el...
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Early conceptualizations of perfectionism regard it as a unidimensional and maladaptive construct. However, multiple recent studies have proposed a two-factor model of perfectionism that distinguishes between adaptive and maladaptive features of perfectionism. The purpose of this study was to examine the interaction of these two factors of perfecti...
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Limited research has provided a theoretically-driven accounting of the association between negative and positive body image occurring within persons nor clarified what factors may contribute to explaining this relationship. To address this gap in the existing literature, the present study, guided by an overarching affect regulation theoretical fram...
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The present study provided a theoretically-driven analysis testing whether body shame helped account for the relationships between internalized weight bias in the form of possessing anti-fat attitudes and engaging in fat talk among 293 ethnically-diverse college women. We also evaluated whether self-compassion served as a protective factor in these...
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This study examined whether actual:ideal appearance-related discrepancies mediated the relationship between internalization of the beauty ideal promulgated in the media and worry about physical imperfections. Furthermore, to investigate the protective effects of self-compassion we tested whether this adaptive emotion-regulation strategy moderated t...
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Examining the relationships between internalized weight bias and healthy approaches to eating is a nascent line of research. Additionally, ascertaining whether body objectification processes such as body shame may help explain these links remains to be assessed. Accordingly, this study explored whether the associations between weight bias internali...
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To evaluate the association between weight gain and psychological dimensions of appetite, a sample of 83 ethnically diverse first-year undergraduate females had body mass index (BMI) assessed and completed self-report measures of hedonic hunger, mindfulness, and intuitive eating. Positive associations between mindfulness and intuitive eating and ne...
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Current theory and evidence point to disruptions in self-concept and difficulties with emotion regulation as contributing to the severity of binge eating. Alternatively, contemporary perspectives on self-compassion suggest that individual differences in this adaptive approach to self-regulation may serve to counteract these cognitive-affective trig...
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Examining the relationship between individual differences in a self-compassionate self-regulatory stance and healthy approaches to eating is a nascent line of research. This study explored whether the association between self-compassion and mindful eating was indirectly influenced by self-reports of body shame in a sample of 322 undergraduate femal...
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The present pilot investigation explored whether BMI status at college entry moderated changes in body composition and eating behavior in a sample of 134 first-time, first-year undergraduate females (40% Black/African American). Participants had their body measurements [i.e. weight, BMI, hip and waist circumference (WC), percent body fat (PBF)] ass...
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Black college women appear to be disproportionately affected by overweight and obesity. Research has yet to clarify how elevated weight among prospective black college women may affect beliefs about anticipated weight-related changes during the first-year transition and views on future college peers’ acceptance of various body sizes. The current st...
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The roles of race/ethnicity and geographical region in the context of first-year college weight gain remain largely under-examined. The present study evaluated whether race/ethnicity: (1) at baseline was associated with greater representation in cardiometabolic health risk categories for body mass index, percent body fat, waist circumference, and w...
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An emerging literature has illuminated an important link between Type 2 diabetes mellitus (DM) and binge eating disorder (BED) within obese cohorts. However, prior work has not examined this relationship specifically in a weight loss surgery (WLS) sample or fully explored potential psychosocial factors associated with this co-occurrence. Therefore,...
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Major depressive disorder is associated with dysfunction in brain regions involved in language and emotion processing. Despite evidence of emotion processing biases in depression, neurophysiological evidence of language dysfunction for emotional words in depression has been inconsistent. This series of three studies evaluated whether depressed indi...
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To identify and evaluate coping strategies advocated by experienced animal shelter workers who directly engaged in euthanizing animals. Cross-sectional study. Animal shelters across the United States in which euthanasia was conducted (5 to 100 employees/shelter). With the assistance of experts associated with the Humane Society of the United States...
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Eating disorders (ED) are complex multidimensional behavioral syndromes characterized by pervasive core deficits in the self-regulation of food intake, affect, and cognition (Dalle Grave, Di Pauli, Sartirana, Calugi, & Shafran, 2007; Deaver, Miltenberger, Smyth, Meidinger & Crosby, 2003; Shafran, Teachman, Kerry, & Rachman, 1999; Spoor, Bekker, Van...
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Pregnancy is a critical time window for evaluating weight gain on subsequent risk for obesity among women of childbearing age. The purpose of this investigation was to determine whether symptoms of depression, anxiety, stress, self-esteem, and fetal health locus of control (FHLC) beliefs were significant risk factors for adequacy of gestational wei...
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Anticipation for future affective events and prediction uncertainty were examined in healthy controls and individuals with dysthymia (DYS) using behavioral responses and the contingent negative variation (CNV) and post-imperative negative variation (PINV) event-related potential (ERP) components. Warning stimuli forecasted the valence of subsequent...
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Individuals diagnosed with major depression have been characterized as having a variety of cognitive problems based on a number of behavioral and psychophysiological measures, but it is not clear whether there is a consistent language processing abnormality in depression. Three studies sought to determine whether diverse mood disordered samples sho...
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The Articulated Thoughts in Simulated Situations (ATSS) paradigm was utilized to explore the affective experiences and coping intentions in a group of female college students of African American heritage while they imaginally encountered different types of racism stressors. The links among attitudes about racial identity, hardiness beliefs and aspe...
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Mood-congruent working memory biases were examined in a delayed matching to sample paradigm using the slow wave (SW) event-related brain potential (ERP) component. Mood-congruent working memory biases, indexed by SW amplitudes, were demonstrated among individuals experiencing a major depressive episode (MDE) and nondepressed controls but not indivi...

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Hello, I am having a hard time entering in the journal title of a new paper we recently got accepted. It is not showing up in the search list and it doesn't seem that I can manually override it.
Thank you for your help,
Jennifer Webb
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We are in the process of designing a new study and are interested in finding any measures that have some preliminary psychometric evaluation that tap into assessing young women's self-discrepancies from an athletic/lean/muscular body ideal using a pictorial measure with images varying in degree of female muscularity/body fat. I am familiar with the Goldberg et al. 1995/1996 measure but wanted to find out if there were any other measures out there that do not use an image of a real woman (e.g., figure drawings). Thank you very much in advance!

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