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Valerie Jane Douglas

Valerie Jane Douglas
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15 Research Items
39 Citations
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Introduction
I am a licensed clinical psychologist and have over 10 years of experience researching eating disorders, weight stigma, suicide prevention, and emotion regulation. I also have specialized training in LGBTQ+ health disparities. Currently I focus on eating disorder policy at TikTok in the Trust & Safety department. Research interests: disordered eating, emotion dysregulation, suicide, & weight based stigmatization. valeriedouglasphd.com @ValerieJDougla1
Additional affiliations
October 2020 - February 2022
San Diego State University
Position
  • PostDoc Position
Description
  • I was a clinical assessor on a R01 investigating the efficacy of the Body Project in sexual minority men and a research scholar in the Body Image, Sexuality, & Health Laboratory under Dr. Aaron Blashill.
August 2019 - September 2020
Alliance for Eating Disorders Awareness
Position
  • Fellow
Description
  • I completed a clinical postdoctoral fellowship treating under-insured or un-insured clients with eating disorders at a low-fee clinic.
August 2018 - July 2019
University of Arkansas
Position
  • Psychology Intern
Description
  • I completed my APPIC doctoral internship at the University of Arkansas' Counseling & Psychological Services.
Education
August 2015 - August 2019
North Dakota State University
Field of study
  • Clinical Psychological Science
August 2013 - August 2015
Southeastern Louisiana University
Field of study
  • Psychology
August 2009 - May 2013
Stephen F. Austin State University
Field of study
  • Psychology/ Biology

Publications

Publications (27)
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Weight-based stigmatization is a prevalent problem that can result in disordered eating, especially if weight bias internalization is also present. Emotion dysregulation is correlated with disordered eating as well, and it is not known whether emotion dysregulation may worsen disordered eating in those who experience weight stigmatization. The curr...
Chapter
The purpose of this chapter is to elucidate the key issues regarding the classification of eating disorders. To this end, a review of nosological research in the area of eating disorders is presented, with a particular focus on empirically based techniques such as taxometric analysis, latent class analysis, and factor mixture modeling. This is foll...
Article
Objective: The Tripartite Influence Model posits that social agents emphasize a thin ideal for women and a muscularity ideal for men. There is a gap in the literature of how sociocultural body ideal internalization affects overall disordered eating symptoms in men and specifically drive for muscularity in women. Method: The sample consisted of 1...
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Accepted for publication at Body Image. 10.1016/j.bodyim.2021.04.005 Using an interpersonal theory of suicide and affect regulation framework, we investigated the relationships between perceived burdensomeness, thwarted belongingness, weight stigmatization, emotion dysregulation, eating pathology, and suicide risk. Three main hypotheses were invest...
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Weight stigma is widely accepted by society and may be difficult to reduce through externally motivating factors. It is important to also investigate internally motivated factors that may be associated with the choice to engage in weight-based victimization such as dispositional empathy and its association to attitudinal weight bias. Our hypotheses...
Article
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Using an interpersonal theory of suicide and affect regulation framework, we investigated the relationships between perceived burdensomeness, thwarted belongingness, weight stigmatization, emotion dysregulation, eating pathology, and suicide risk. Three main hypotheses were investigated. First, we predicted a positive linear relationship between we...
Article
Background: Pet ownership is often assumed to have mental health benefits, but the effect of pets on suicide risk has a scant literature. Aims: Using the interpersonal theory of suicide, we examined the relationships between perceived burdensomeness (PB), thwarted belongingness (TB), overall attachment to one's pet, pet attachment avoidance or anxi...
Article
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Eating disorders are prevalent in college students but college students are not accurate in identifying the presence of eating disorders (ED) especially when race is involved. Much has been researched about diagnostic ability in vignette form, but little outside of this. For example, it is not known how facial features, such as perceived femininity...
Conference Paper
Objective: Weight stigma has been linked to alcohol use, but why and how this link exists is unknown, especially in a high-risk group such as college students. Method: Using the mediational model of minority stress, we preliminarily investigated the relationships between weight stigma, weight bias internalization, emotion dysregulation, and coping...
Preprint
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Objective: Pet ownership is often assumed to have mental health benefits, but the effect of pets on suicide risk has a scant literature. Method: Using the interpersonal theory of suicide, we examined the relationships between perceived burdensomeness, thwarted belongingness, overall attachment to one’s pet (quality of the relationship), pet attachm...
Thesis
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Past research shows that weight-related teasing is linked to binge eating, but little is known about the individual risk factors that render certain people more vulnerable than others. The current study examined three potential risk factors for binge eating in response to weight-related teasing: weight stigmatization experiences, weight bias intern...
Poster
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Past research shows that weight-related teasing is linked to binge eating, but little is known about the individual risk factors that render certain people more vulnerable than others. The current study examined three potential risk factors for binge eating in response to weight-related teasing: weight stigmatization experiences, weight bias intern...
Research
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This was my area paper which is required to move onto doctoral candidacy. It examines potential models linking weight stigma, emotion dysregulation, weight bias internalization, & disordered eating
Article
Integrating interpersonal theory and the stress generation hypothesis, two studies investigated the association between bulimic symptoms and interpersonal distress and the mechanism underlying this association. In Study 1, 36 pairs of female roommates completed self-report questionnaires in a laboratory while Study 2 recruited 539 undergraduate men...
Poster
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Weight stigmatization in obese adults has been linked to health risks such as exercise avoidance and psychosocial distress, especially when weight bias internalization is present (Vartanian & Novak, 2011). We examined correlations between weight stigmatization and internalization of weight bias in a sample of overweight and obese college students w...
Poster
While weight stigma has been documented among health providers and implicated as a barrier to health promotion (Puhl & Brownell, 2006; Vartanian & Novak, 2011), processes which might underlie negative reactions to messages about weight status are not well understood. In a randomized experiment, we examined stigma consciousness and health motivation...
Poster
To explore social exclusion history as a moderator of the effects of acute social exclusion on pain reactions (somatization, catastrophization) in a sample of 84 college students, we employed a 3 (Pain: control, cold press, chronic pain vignette) x 2 (Acute exclusion: inclusion, exclusion) x 2 (Exclusion history: low, high) quasi-experimental desig...

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To discover how emotion dysregulation & other factors link weight stigma to disordered eating.