Melinda Green

Melinda Green

Associate Professor of Psychology

106E Law Hall
MGreen@cornellcollege.edu
(319) 895-4313

Cornell College
600 First Street West
Mount Vernon, IA 52314

Academic History

  • PhD, Counseling Psychology, Iowa State University, 2004 with Honors
  • MS, Counseling Psychology, Iowa State University, 2001 with Honors
  • BA, Psychology, University of Iowa, 1995 with Honors and Highest Distinction

Peer-Reviewed Publications

  • Green, M. A., & Ohrt, T.  (2013).  Psychophysiological reactions to objectified weight-classified stimuli.  Psychology of Popular Media Culture, 2(1), 61-71. doi: 10.1037/a0029922
  • Green, M. A., Read, K. E., Davids, C., Kugler, D., Jepson, A. J., Stillman, A., Fuller, K., & Ohrt, T.  (2012).  The psychological consequences of state self-objectification and predictors of clothing-related distress.  The Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, 31(2), 194-219.  doi: 10.1521/jscp.2012.31.2.194
  • Davids, C. M., & Green, M. A.  (2011).  A preliminary investigation of body dissatisfaction and eating disorder symptomatology with bisexual individuals.  Sex Roles: Special Issue on Body Satisfaction, 65(7), 533-547.
  • Green, M. A., Scott, N. A., Hallengren, J. J., & Davids, C. M.  (2009).  Depression as a function of eating disorder diagnostic status and gender.  Eating Disorders: Journal of Treatment and Prevention, 17(5), 409-421.
  • Green, M. A., Hallengren, J. J., Davids, C. M., Riopel, C. M., & Skaggs, K.  (2009).  An association between eating disorder behaviors and autonomic dysfunction in a nonclinical population: A pilot study.  Appetite, 53(1), 139-142.
  • Green, M. A., Scott, N. A., Cross, S., Yu-Hsin Liao, K., Hallengren, J., Davids, C., Carter, L. P., Kugler, D., Jepson, A., & Read, K.  (2009).  Eating disorders and depression: A minimal relationship beyond social comparison, self-esteem, and body dissatisfaction.  The Journal of Clinical Psychology, 65(9), 989-999.
  • Green, M. A., Davids, C. M., Skaggs, A. K., Riopel, C. M., & Hallengren, J. J.  (2008). Femininity and eating disorders.  Eating Disorders: The Journal of Treatment and Prevention, 16(4), 283-293.
  • Green, M. A., Scott, N. A., Riopel, C. M., & Skaggs, A.  (2008).  Feminist identity as a predictor of eating disorder diagnostic status.  Journal of Clinical Psychology, 64(6), 777-788.
  • Green, M. A., Scott, N. A., DeVilder, E. L., Darr, S., & Zeiger, A.  (2006).  Relational interdependent self-construal as a function of bulimic symptomatology.  Journal of Clinical Psychology, 62(7), 943-951.
  • Green, M. A., Scott, N. A., Diyankova, I., Gasser, C. E., & Pederson, E. L.  (2005).  Eating disorder prevention: An experimental comparison of low level dissonance, high level dissonance, and no treatment control.  Eating Disorders: Journal of Treatment and Prevention, 13, 157-169.
  • Mallen, M. J., Day, S. X., & Green, M. A.  (2003).  Online versus face-to-face conversations: An examination of relational and discourse variables.  Psychotherapy: Theory, Research, & Practice, 40(1/2), 155-163.
  • Rottinghaus, P. J., Lindley, L. D., Green, M. A., & Borgen, F. H.  (2002).  Educational aspirations: The contribution of personality, self-efficacy, and interests.  Journal of Vocational Behavior, 61, 1-19.

Invited Publications

  • Enns, C., & Green, M.  (2013).  Outcomes of oppression: Sociocultural influences on women's mental health.  Invited book review.  Sex Roles.
  • Green, M., Kugler, D., Stillman, A., Davids, C., Read, K., Siglin, K., & Jepson, A.  (2010). Feminine norms and eating disturbance.  Invited book chapter.  International Handbook of Behavior, Diet, and Nutrition.  Spring: New York.
  • Green, M.  (2009).  The challenges and triumphs of eating disorder treatment: An analysis from eating disorder specialists.  Invited book review.  Psychology of Women Quarterly.
  • Green, M.  (2009).  Femininity and eating disorders.  Invited manuscript. Directions in Psychiatry Research.
  • Green, M. A.  (2006).  "I'm supposed to look like what?": The plight of the shrinking American woman.  Invited book review.  Psychology of Women Quarterly, 30(1), 120-121.
  • Harvey, J. H., Carlson, H. R., Huff, T. M., & Green, M. A.  (2001).  Embracing their memory: The construction of accounts of loss and hope.  In R. A. Neimeyer (Ed.), Meaning reconstruction & the experience of loss (pp. 231-243).  American Psychological Association: Washington, DC.

Areas of Expertise

  • Eating Disorders

Courses Taught

  • Research Methods
  • Biological Psychology
  • Health Psychology and Behavioral Medicine
  • Fundamentals of Psychological Science
  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Psychology of Women and Gender
  • Counseling Theories and Techniques
  • Senior Seminar
  • Research Practicum in Psychology

Memberships

  • Member, Tanager Place Research Center (Aug 2012-Present)
  • Member, Midwest Psychological Association (Aug 2011-Present)
  • Member, Academy for Eating Disorders (Aug 2004-Present)
  • Member, National Eating Disorders Association (Aug 2006-Present)
  • Member, American Association of University Professors (Aug 2004-Present)
  • Member, American Psychological Society (May 2012-Present)
  • Secretary, State of Iowa Conference of the American Association of University Professors (April 2012-Present)
  • President, American Association of University Professors, Cornell College Chapter (Jan 2010-Present)
  • Member, American Psychological Association (Sept 1999-Present)
    • Division 17, Counseling Psychology (Feb 2005-2009)
    • Division 17, Section for the Advancement of Women (Aug 2006-2009)
    • Division 35, Society for the Psychology of Women (Aug 2006-Present)
  • Iowa State University Graduate Students in Psychology (Aug 1999-May 2003)
    • Vice Treasurer (Aug 2000-May 2001)
    • Social Chair (Aug 2000-May 2001)
    • Student Representative to Counseling Faculty (Aug 2001-Nov 2001)
  • Iowa State University Students with Children Advocacy Group (Aug 1999-Aug 2000)
    • Co-Founder
    • President

Service to the Cornell Community

  • Department Chair, Department of Psychology, Cornell College (2012-Present)
  • Administration Committee: Faculty Salary Subcommittee, Cornell College (2010-Present)
  • Faculty Mentor, Psychology Fellowships
    • 1 student (2011-Present)
    • 1 student (2010-2011)
    • 2 students (2007-2008)
  • Faculty Mentor, Department of Psychology Research Teams, Cornell College
    • 6 students (2011-Present)
    • 3 students (2010-2011)
    • 4 students (2010-2011)
    • 6 students (2009-2010)
  • Assessment Coordinator, Department of Psychology, Cornell College (2009-2012)
  • Faculty Mentor, Department of Psychology, Summer Undergraduate Research, 1 student (2010)
  • Counselor Search Committee Member, Cornell College (2009)
  • Faculty Development Advisory Committee Member, Cornell College (2009-2010)
  • Reaccreditation 2012 Committee Member, Cornell College (2009-2010)
  • Student Life Committee Member (2008-2009)
  • Faculty Mentor, Psychology Internships
    • 3 students (2008-2009)
    • 2 students (2007-2008)
  • Science Interest Group Lecture Series Coordinator (2007-2008)
  • Faculty Advisor, Third Wave Resource Group (2007-2008)
  • Faculty Advisor, Best Buddies Student Organization (2007-2008)
  • Dimensions Operation Committee Member, Cornell College (2007-2008)
  • Neuroscience Planning Group (Fall 2005-Spring 2007)
  • New Student Orientation Service Day (Aug 2007)
  • New Student Orientation Faculty Lecture Series (Aug 2007)
  • Residence Life Faculty Lecture Series (May 2006)
  • Faculty Mentor, Student Symposium (2005-Present)
  • Faculty Mentor, Feminist Symposium (2005)
  • Faculty Moderator, Women's Action Group Panel on Feminism (April 2007)
  • Cornell College Relay for Life Participant (2006-2008)
  • Faculty Panelist, Cornell College Chapter of Rho Zeta Omicron: Depression and Suicide Awareness Panel (March 2007)
  • Cornell College Eating Disorder Awareness Week Program Co-Developer and Presenter (2005-Present)
  • Cornell College Team--Especially for You Race Against Breast Cancer (2005-Present)
  • Faculty Representative, Leadership Service Office Award Committee (May 2006)
  • Volunteer Participant Pool Coordinator, Department of Psychology, Cornell College (2006-Present)

Works-in-Progress

  • Green, M. A., Ohrt, T., Nguyen, C., Blasko, K., Beauman, B., Sarver, M., Demo, C., Khatiwada, S., Martin, A., Marie, C., & Munson, K.  (under review). HR and Affective Reactions to State Self-Objectification as a Function of Gender.  
  • Green, M. A., Rogers, J., Nguyen, C., Blasko, K., Ohrt, T., Moraski, J., & Dreeszen, M.  (under preparation).  Autonomic dysfunction and neuroendocrine dysregulation in women with bulimia nervosa, women with subthreshold binge/purge symptoms, and asymptomatic women.
  • Green, M. A., Ohrt, T., Nguyen, C., Khatiwada, S., Martin, A., Marie, C., & Munson, K.  (under preparation). Psychophysiological reactions to objectified, weight-related stimuli in women with binge/purge symptoms versus asymptomatic women.

Professional Presentations

  • Green, M. A., Ohrt, T., Nguyen, C., Blasko, K., Beauman, B., Sarver, M., Demo, C., Khatiwada, S., Martin, A., Marie, C., & Munson, K.  (2013, May).  Psychophysiological effects of state self-objectification as a function of gender.  Paper presentation at the 2013 Conference of the Midwest Psychological Association.  Chicago, IL.
  • Green, M. A., Rogers, J., Ohrt, T., Moraski, J., Nguyen, C., Blasko, K., & Dreeszen, M.  (2012, August). Autonomic and Neuroendocrine Dysfunction in Women with Bulimia Nervosa.  Poster presentation at the 2012 Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association.  Orlando, FL.
  • Green, M. A., & Ohrt, T. (2012, August). Psychophysiological Reactions to Objectified Weight-Related Stimuli.  Poster presentation at the 2012 Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association.  Orlando, FL.
  • Green, M. A. (2012, May).  The Psychophysiological Consequences of State Self-Objectification and Predictors of Clothing-Related Distress.  Paper presentation at the 2012 Conference of the Midwest Psychological Association.  Chicago, IL.
  • Green, M. A. (2012, May).  Psychophysiological Reactions to Objectified Weight-Related Stimuli.  Paper presentation at the 2012 Conference of the Midwest Psychological Association. Chicago, IL.
  • Green, M. A. (2011, August).  Psychophysiological Consequences of Objectification and Predictors of Clothing-Related Distress.  Poster presentation at the 2011 Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association.  Washington, D. C.
  • Green, M. A., & Davids, C. (2011, August). A Preliminary Investigation of Body Dissatisfaction and Eating Disorder Symptoms with Bisexual Individuals. Poster presentation at the 2011 Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association.  Washington, D. C.
  • Green, M. A. (2009, May).  Media Literacy: Promoting Healthy Body Image in a Weight Obsessed Culture.  Paper presentation at the 2009 Conference of the National Eating Disorder Association.  Minneapolis, MN.
  • Green, M. A. (2009, May). The Physiology of a Binge. Paper accepted for presentation at the 2009 Academy for Eating Disorders International Conference, Cancun, Mexico.  Conference cancelled due to H1N1 virus.
  • Green, M. A., Davids, C., Read, K., Stillman, A., Kugler, D., Jepson, A., Carter, L., & Hallengren, J. (2009, May).  The psychophysiological effects of body objectification: That bikini stresses women out. Poster accepted for presentation at the 2009 Academy for Eating Disorders International Conference, Cancun, Mexico.  Conference cancelled due to H1N1 virus.
  • Green, M. A., Stillman, A., & Jepson, A. (2009, May).  Physiological effects of self-objectification as a function of gender.  Poster presentation at the 2009 McElroy Symposium, Wartburg College, Waverly, IA.
  • Green, M. A., & Hallengren, J. J., & Carter, L. (2008, May).  Depression as a function of eating disorder symptomatology: Comorbidity revisited.  Poster presentation at the 2008 Academy for Eating Disorders International Conference, Seattle, WA.
  • Green, M. A., & Hallengren, J. J. (2008, May). Eating disorder symptomatology as a predictor of cardiovascular autonomic dysfunction.  Poster presentation at the 2008 R. J. McElroy Student/Faculty Research Symposium.  Wartburg College, IA.
  • Green, M. A., Hallengren, J. J., Davids, C., Jepson, A., & Kugler, D. (2007, Oct.).  Eating disorders and cardiovascular autonomic dysfunction.  Poster presentation at the 2007 Annual University of Iowa Molecular Biology conference, Cornell College, Mt. Vernon, IA.
  • Green, M. A., Riopel, C. M., Skaggs, A., Hellengren, j., & Davids, C. (2007, Aug.).  Feminine identities as predictors of eating disorder symptomatoloy: All identites are not created equal. Poster presentation at the 2007 Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, San Francisco, CA.
  • Green, M. A., Scott, N. A., Riopel, C., & Brock, L. (2006), Aug.).  Feminist identity development and eating disorders: One identity or many?  Poster presentation at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, New Orleans, LA.
  • Green, M. A. (2006, Aug.).  Sharing Spaces: Counseling Psychologists Fostering Interdisciplinary Collaboration in Undergraduate Education.  Symposium presentation delivered at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, New Orleans, LA.
  • Green, M. A., Riopel, C. M., & Brock, L. (2006).  Feminist identity development and eating disorders: One identity or many? Paper presentation delivered at the Cornell College Feminist Symposium, Mt. Vernon, IA.
  • Green, M. A., Riopel, C. M., & Brock, L. (2006, Oct.).  Feminist identity development and eating disorders: One identity or many? Paper presentation delivered at the Tri State Psychology Conference, Coe College, Cedar Rapids, IA.
  • Green, M. A., Scott, N. A., Zeiger, A., Darr, S., & DeVilder, E. L. (2005, Aug.).  Depression as a function of eating disorder symptomatology: Comorbidity revisited.  Poster presentation delivered at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, Washington, D. C.
  • Green, M. A., Scott, N. A., Diyankova, I., Gasser, C. E., & Pederson, E. L. (2005). Eating disorder prevention: Efficacy as a function of dissonance level. Poster presentation delivered at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, Washington, D. C.
  • Green, M. A. (2004, April). Eating disorder prevention: A comparison of intervention paradigms.  Poster presentation delivered at the Annual Convention of the Iowa Psychological Association, Des Moines, IA.
  • Mallen, M. J., Day, S. X., & Green, M. A. (2001, August).  Online versus face-to-face conversations: An examination of relational and discourse variables.  Poster presentation delivered at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, San Francisco, CA.
  • Rottinghaus, P. J., Lindley, L. D., Green, M. A., & Borgen, F. H.  (2001, Aug.). Educational aspirations: The contribution of personality, self-efficacy, and interests. Poster presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, San Francisco, CA.
  • Rottinghaus, P. J., & Green, M. A. (2001, April). Educational aspirations: The contribution of personality, self-efficacy, and interests.  Paper presented at the Iowa state University Educational Research Exchange, Ames, IA.

Funding: Awarded

  • Green, M. A.  (2013). Tanager Place Research Center Grant. $6,661 to support a research project entitled, Autonomic dysfunction and neuroendocrine dysregulation in women with bulimia nervosa, women with subthreshold binge and purge symptoms, and asymptomatic women.
  • Green, M. A. (2012).  Masier Faculty Award in the Social Sciences.  $2,000 to support a research project entitled, Autonomic dysfunction and neuroendocrine dysregulation in women with bulimia nervosa, women with subthreshold binge and purge symptoms, and asymptomatic women.
  • Green, M. A. (2012).  McConnell Travel Grant.  $1,870 to support travel associated with the presentation of two research projects at the 2012 Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association in Washington, D. C.
  • Green, M. A. (2011).  Campbell McConnell Fellowship.  $7,500 to support sabbatical research project entitled, Neuroendocrine and Autonomic Dysfunction in Bulimia Nervosa.
  • Green, M. A., & Ohrt, T. (2011).  McElroy Student-Faculty Research Grant. The Iowa College Foundation.  $2,000 to support a research project entitled, Neuroendocrine and Autonomic Dysfunction in Bulimia Nervosa.
  • Green, M. A., Ohrt, T., & Treloar, T. (2011).  Student-Faculty Summer Collaborative Research Grant.  $4,500 to support research project entitled, Psychophysiological reactions to objectification as a function of gender.
  • Green, M. A. (2011).  McConnell Travel Grant. $1,998 to support travel associated with the presentation of two research projects at the 2011 Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association in Washington, D. C.
  • Green, M. A. (2010).  McConnell Travel Grant.  $1,912.80 to support travel to the 2010 Internal Academy of Eating Disorders Conference in Miami, FL.
  • Green, M. A., & Ohrt, T. (2010).  Dimensions Center for the Health Sciences Student-Faculty Summer Collaborative Research Grant.  $4,500 to support research project entitled, Psychophysiological reactions to weight-related stimuli.
  • Green, M. A. (2009).  McConnell Travel Grant. $2,119 to support travel associated with the presentation of research at the 2009 International Academy of Eating Disorders Conference in Cancun, Mexico.
  • Green, M. A., Davids, C., & Read, K. (2009). Dimensions Center for the Health Sciences Travel Grant. $3,059 to support travel associated with the presentation of student/faculty research at the 2009 International Conference on Eating Disorders in Cancun, Mexico.
  • Green, M. A., Stillman, A., & Jepson, A. (2008).  McElroy Student-Faculty Research Grant. $1,999 to support ongoing research in the Cornell College Eating Disorder and Body Dissatisfaction Research Laboratory.
  • Green, M. A. (2008).  Dimensions Center for the Health Sciences Travel Grant. $4,231.69 to support travel associated with the presentation of research at the 2008 International Conference on Eating Disorders in Seattle, WA.
  • Green, M. A., & Davids, C. (2008).  Dimensions Center for the Health Sciences Student-Faculty Summer Collaborative Research Grant.  $4,500 to support research project entitled, Autonomic characteristics of body objectification: The psychophysiological consequences of the thin-ideal.
  • Green, M., & Hallengren, J. (2007).  McElroy Student-Faculty Research Grant. The Iowa College Foundation.  $1,800 to support research project entitled, Autonomic characteristics of body objectification: The psychophysiological consequences of the thin-ideal.
  • Green, M. A., & Davids, C. (2007).  Dimensions Center for the Health Sciences Student-Faculty Summer Collaborative Research Grant.  $4,500 to support research project entitled, Autonomic characteristics of body objectification: The psychophysiological consequences of the thin-ideal.
  • Green, M. (2007).  Dimensions Center for the Health Sciences Travel Grant.  $2,612.40 to support travel associated with the presentation of two research projects at the 2007 Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association.
  • Green, M. (2006).  Cornell College Hewlett Fund for Faculty and Curriculum Development. $1,000 faculty stipend to support summer development of interdisciplinary team-taught Biopsychology course.
  • Green, M. (2006).  Dimensions Center for the Health Sciences Travel Grant.  $3,197.96 to support travel associated with the presentation of faculty/student research at the 2006 Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association.
  • Green, M. (2005).  Dimensions Center for the Health Sciences Travel Grant. $150 to support conference travel.
  • Green, M. (2005).  Illinois College Faculty/Student Research Grant.  $1,460 awarded to support presentation of faculty/student research at the 2005 Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association.
  • Green, M. (2005). Ernest G. Hildner, Jr., Faculty Enrichment Fund.  $2,140 awarded to support collaborative faculty/student research.
  • Green, M. (2002).  American Psychological Association Science Directorate Dissertation Research Award.  $1,000 awarded to support a dissertation project examining the efficacy of a dissonance-based eating disorder intervention program.

Funding: Pending


  • Green, M. (under preparation).  American Psychological Foundation Visionary Grant.  $10,000 requested to support a project examining cardiovascular abnormalities, autonomic dysfunction, and neuroendocrine dysregulation in women with bulimia nervosa, women with subthreshold binge/purge symptoms, and asymptomatic women.
  • Green, M. (under preparation).  National Institutes of Health R15 AREA Grant.  $300,888 requested to support a project examining autonomic dysfunction and neuroendocrine dysregulation in women with bulimia nervosa, women with subthreshold binge/purge symptoms, and asymptomatic women.

Academic Awards

  • Massier Faculty Award in the Social Sciences (April 2012)

  • Campbell R. McConnell Fellow, Cornell College (December 2011-May 2012)

  • Academic Honors, Iowa State University (May 2004)

  • Iowa Psychological Association Poster Presentation Award (April 2004)

  • Iowa State University Teaching Excellence Award (May 2003)

  • Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society (March 2003)

  • American Psychological Association Science Directorate Dissertation Research Award (December 2002)

  • P.A.C.E. Award (Premium Academic Excellence Award), Iowa State University (Aug 1999 – May 2000)

  • Academic Honors & Highest Distinction, University of Iowa (May 1999)

  • Phi Kappa Beta National Honor Society (May 1999)

  • Collegiate Scholar Award, University Honors Program, University of Iowa (May 1999)

  • Carver Scholarship, University of Iowa (Aug 1997 – May 1999)

  • Psi Chi National Honor Society in Psychology, (Aug 1998)

Faculty-Student Research

  • Welcome to the Cornell College Body Dissatisfaction and Eating Disorder Research Laboratory. Our laboratory is devoted to examining the biological, psychological, and sociocultural correlates of body dissatisfaction and eating disorder symptomatology. We are also interested in developing and testing eating disorder prevention paradigms.

  • Our Principal Investigator is Dr. Melinda Green who is an Associate Professor and Department Chair in the Cornell College Psychology Department.  Our team consists of Dr. Green and 2-6 undergraduate research assistants who are currently enrolled students at Cornell College.

  • Our team publishes regularly in peer-reviewed journals and presents at local, regional, and national conferences. We have received both internal and external funding for our reserach pursuits

  • Each year Dr. Green recruits 2-6 undergraduate reserach assistants. Research assistants are exemplary undergraduate students from Cornell College with impeccable academic credentials and a desire to pursue graduate study in Psychology or a related discipline. Research assistants spend approximately 3 hours in the laboratory per week throughout the academic year.  They receive academic credit in exchange for their participation on the team.

  • Most students are members of the team for several academic years and may also hold summer research appointments in the laboratory. Research team members gain valuable experience in all aspects of the research process, from protocol development to univariate and multivariate statistical analyses.

  • Undergradaute team members co-author papers in top-tiered peer-reviewed journals and co-present at local, regional, and national conferences. Previous student members of the team have co-presented alongside Dr. Green at annual conferences of the American Psychological Association, the Midwest Psychological Association, and the Academy for Eating Disorders. The student team members have also presented at several other local and regional conferences, including the annual Cornell College Student Symposium. Current and previous undergraduate team members have also received internal and external funding, including several grants form the McElroy Foundation.

  • Undergraduate research assistants from our laboratory are regularly accepted into top-tiered graduate programs in Psychology. Former team members have also been accepted into medical school and graduate programs in behavioral neuroscience. In addition, several former members are professional scientists in major research laboratories.

  • 2013 Research Team Members

    • Amanda Martin will graduate in 2014 with a major in Psychology. Following graduation, she plans to pursue a PhD in Counseling Psychology. Amanda has received counseling training from the Rape Victim Advocacy Program in Iowa City and serves as an advocate for victims and survivors of sexual assault. Additionally, Amanda is a member of Mortar Board National Honor Society and serves as president for Cornell’s Psi Chi International Honor Society. Furthermore, Amanda is the lab coordinator of Dr. Melinda Green’s Body Dissatisfaction and Eating Disorder research team. She is excited to assist Dr. Green and her team with the intriguing research being developed and conducted for the 2013-2014 academic year. Amanda is grateful for the skills she has developed from her career at Cornell College and looks forward to graduation and her future as a Counseling Psychologist who continues to advocate for women’s issues. 

    • Dominique Hudson will graduate in May, 2014 with a double major in
      Psychology and Ethnic Studies. Following graduation, Dominique hopes to pursue
      her MSW at Washington University’s George Warren Brown School of Social Work.
      Dominique’s long-term goal is to pursue a PhD in Counseling and Family Therapy.
      During her time at Cornell, Dominique has participated in several student
      groups on campus including Sister 4 Sister, BACO (Black Awareness Cultural
      Organization, and PINQ (Powerful Intelligent Noble Queens), which is a step
      team here at Cornell. Dominique is also a Resident Assistant in Pfeiffer Hall,
      and also serves as a committee member for Cornell College’s Diversity
      Committee. Furthermore, Dominique is a member of Dr. Melinda Green’s Body Dissatisfaction and Eating Disorder research team. Aside from the research team, Dominique also works with Dr. Green on a variety of tasks. Dominique is excited about expanding her knowledge on the topic of body dissatisfaction and being able to experience a true research study from start to finish with her fellow teammates.

    • Brandon Thimmesch will graduate in May, 2015 with a major in Psychology
      and a minor in Music. Following graduation, Brandon hopes to continue
      science-related coursework at Iowa State University and then apply to
      Iowa University’s Carver College of Medicine for his M.D. During his
      time at Cornell, Brandon has participated in several student groups on
      campus including the Health Profession Society (HPS), Dimensions (a
      program for pre-med students),Concert Choir, Chamber Singers, Active
      Minds, and German Club. Brandon also served a year as a resident
      assistant in Pauley-Rorem Hall. Furthermore, Brandon is a member of Dr.
      Melinda Green’s Body Dissatisfaction and Eating Disorder research team.
      Brandon is excited to be able to apply the knowledge gained from his
      coursework and to gain new knowledge from working on the team. He is
      thrilled to have a chance to take part in working on the exciting new
      research for the 2013-2014 year.

    • Zauditu Kaza-Amlak will graduate in May, 2014 with a major in Psychology and a minor in Spanish. Following graduation, Zauditu plans to pursue a PhD in Clinical Psychology with a specialization in Health Psychology and Behavioral Medicine. In the course of pursuing her degree at Cornell, Zauditu has become part of various on campus groups such as P.A.L.S Leadership group and ACTION Athletic Leadership group. She is also an active member of Greek life on campus and the varsity women’s soccer team at Cornell. Some of her academic accomplishments include high honors on the Dean’s list, NCAA All-Conference Academic team 2012-2013, All-State Academic Team 2012 (Georgia), All-USA Academic Team 2012, and membership in Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society. Moreover, Zauditu is a member of Dr. Melinda Green’s Body Dissatisfaction and Eating Disorder research team. She looks forward to working alongside Dr. Green and her fellow teammates with the exciting research agenda for the 2013-2014 academic year. Zauditu is very eager to experience and obtain the new knowledge that this research team will reveal, as it will help her to achieve her future goals in aiding to improve the quality of individuals’ lives. 

    • Kristen Fernandez-Kong will graduate in May 2015 with a double major in Psychology and Biology. Following graduation, Kristen aspires to pursue a PhD in health psychology, clinical psychology, or physician assistant accreditation. Passionate about changing lives, Kristen aims to promote, improve, and maintain holistic well-being of our society through implementing risk-prevention strategies, diagnosis, and treatment, in addition to research. During her time at Cornell, Kristen is a co-sponsorship chair of Colleges Against Cancer, secretary of Health Professions Society, as well as involved in Environmental Biodiversity Conservation, Sister4Sister, and violin. She also ran collegiate cross country and track for 2 years, where she was awarded Most Improved (2011) and Midwest Academic All-Conference (2012). Furthermore, Kristen is a member of Dr. Melinda Green’s Body Dissatisfaction and Eating Disorder research team. Ambitious about this valuable research experience, Kristen is excited to apply insightful knowledge gained with her fellow research teammates to further narrow her interests into a career and make a lasting difference in lives.

Former Team Members

  • Christine Nguyen is a graduate student at Western Illinois University's (WIU) College Student Personnel Program where she holds a graduate assistantship in the Career Development Center. Before starting her graduate program, Christine had the opportunity to complete a summer internship in the University Advising and Academic Services Center at WIU.  During her time at Cornell, Christine had the opportunity to be involved with various student clubs, organizations, and athletic teams. She was also an active member of Cornell's Psi Chi Honor Society in Psychology and Mortar Board National Senior Honor Society. Over her years at Cornell, Christine had the chance to be involved with a number of research endeavors, both on and off campus.  She conducted summer research with Dr. Brian-Nowak Thompson from the Cornell College Biochemistry Department, summer research with Dr. Julie Gros-Louis from the University of Iowa Psychology Department, and research with Dr. Melinda Green in the Cornell College Body Dissatisfaction and Eating Disorder Research Laboratory. 
  • Chris Davids is a doctoral candidate in the division of counseling psychology at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He was co-authored six peer-reviewed articles to date focusing on eating behavior, sexual objectification, and body image. Chris was also the principle investigator of the first study examining the experiences of body image and eating behavior of bisexual men and women. Chris has also taught two semesters of research methods to graduate students in counseling and education. Chris is the diversity officer of the APA Division 17 Section on LGBT Issues, is the programming coordinator for the APA Division 44 Committee on Bisexual Issues, and also participates actively in the LGBT Affirmative Therapists Guild of Greater Kanas City. Upon completion of his clinical pre-doctoral internship during the 2014-15 academic year, he hopes to become a faculty members in order to continue teaching and conducting research. 
  • Anna Skaggs graduated from Cornell College in 2007 with Bachelor of Arts degree in exercise science and psychology. Ms. Skaggs served as a Rural Community Health Advocate for the United States Peace Corps from 2007-2009 in the Republic of Benin, West Africa where she focused on health education and promotion and community development. In 2010, she became a volunteer-in-residence at the Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health (Stockbridge, MA) where she studied yogic philosophy and the physical practice of yoga under the tutelage of nationally renowned teachers. It was during this time when she developed an interest in the human body and a passion for holistic healing. She was admitted to the Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT) program at the University of Rhode Island (URI) in 2012.  Academic achievements include three peer-reviewed journal publications, a poster presentation at the American Psychological Association’s national convention, and a presentation at the Cornell College student symposium for research conducted in the Cornell College Body Dissatisfaction and Eating Disorder Research Laboratory. She was accorded membership of Psy Chi, the national psychology student honor society, and graduated magna cum laud.  Leadership roles on the Cornell campus included a three-year team captain and letter winner for the Cornell College women’s varsity basketball team and a peer advocate for incoming Cornell College transfer students. Over the span of two semesters at URI, she instructed community members of the Narragansett Indian Senior Center in weekly exercise classes and initiated a three-month walking program to promote physical activity and cardiovascular health. Ms. Skaggs currently serves as the DPT Class of 2015 class representative, acting as liaison between classmates and faculty; is the student representative on the PT Department Chair Search Committee; and is a Graduate Assistant for the physical therapy department, whose responsibilities include department admissions organization and Evidence Based Practice class assistant.  Physical therapy interests include manual therapy, yoga as a complementary method to rehabilitation, physical therapy services in underdeveloped countries, and community wellness and health promotion. Her current research is on sexual boundary perceptions among physical therapy students. Ms. Skaggs is a student member of the APTA.  When not studying or fulfilling leadership responsibilities, Ms. Skaggs offers private yoga sessions in the South County, RI area. She enjoys supporting local RI farmers, and she continues to practice yoga and cross train regularly. Ms. Skaggs is expected to graduate with a Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Rhode Island in May 2015.