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Elizabeth Cotter Assistant Professor Health Studies

Degrees
Post-Doc, Health Psychology Focus, Virginia Commonwealth University; Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee; B.A., Psychology, Michigan State University

Bio
Dr. Elizabeth Cotter is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Studies at American University and the Director of the Behavioral Health and Well-Being Lab. She is a licensed psychologist with research interests related to: 1) the prevention and treatment of eating and weight-related concerns; and 2) mindfulness-based approaches to improving health behaviors. She has published in a variety of peer-reviewed journals in the areas of eating, obesity, and mindfulness. Her research lab is currently examining factors associated with disordered eating in young men. Dr. Cotter is also examining how mindfulness might augment standard medical management of obesity. In addition, Dr. Cotter is a collaborator on several community-based, obesity prevention studies.
See Also
Behavioral Health and Wellbeing Lab
For the Media
To request an interview for a news story, call AU Communications at 202-885-5950 or submit a request.

Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Selected Publications

Lydecker, J. A.; Cotter, E. W.; & Grilo, C. M. (In press, accepted August 3, 2019). Associations of Weight Bias with Disordered Eating among Latino and White Men. Obesity.  

Kelly, N. R.; Cotter, E. W.; & Guidinger, C. (2018). Men who engage in both Objective and Subjective Binge Eating Have the Highest Psychological and Medical Comorbidities. Eating Behaviors, 30, 115 - 119.

Cotter, E. W. & Kelly, N. R. (2018). Stress-related eating, mindfulness, and obesity. Health Psychology, 37, 516 - 525. 

Cotter, E. W.; Bera, V.; Elsemore, J.; & Snelling, A. (2018). Vivir Sano: Enhancing community access and skills for healthy eating. American Journal of Health Promotion, 49, 94-104.  

Cotter, E. W., Teixeira, C., Bontrager, A., Horton, K., & Soriano, D. (In press, accepted January 9, 2017). Low-income adults' perceptions of farmers' markets and community supported agriculture programs. Public Health Nutrition.

Lydecker, J. A., Cotter, E. W., Palmberg, A. A., Simpson, C., Kwitowski, M., White, K., & Mazzeo, S. E. (In press, accepted March 16, 2016). Does this Tweet make me look fat? A content analysis of fat stigma on Twitter. Eating and Weight Disorders - Studies on Anorexia, Bulimia and Obesity.

 Cotter, E. W., Hamilton, N., Kelly, N. R., Harney, M. B., Greene, L., White, K. & Mazzeo, S. E. (In press, accepted September 30, 2015). A qualitative examination of health barriers and facilitators among African American mothers in a subsidized housing community. Health Promotion Practice.

 Cotter, E. W. & Kelly, N. R. (in press, accepted July 27, 2015). The Binge Eating Scale. Encyclopedia of Eating and Feeding Disorders.

Cotter, E. W., Kelly, N. R., Mitchell, K. S., & Mazzeo, S. E. (2015). An investigation of body appreciation, ethnic identity and eating disorder symptoms in black women. Journal of Black Psychology, 41, 3 – 25.

Kelly, N. R., Cotter, E. W., Tanofsky-Kraff, M., & Mazzeo, S. E. (2015). Racial variations in binge eating, body image concerns, and excessive exercise among men. Psychology of Men and Masculinity, 16, 326 - 336.

Kelly, N. R., Cotter, E. W., & Mazzeo, S. E. (2014). Examining the role of distress tolerance and negative urgency in binge eating behavior among women. Eating Behaviors, 15, 483 - 489.

 Mazzeo, S.E., Kelly, N. R., Stern, M., Gow, R. W., Cotter, E. W., Thornton, L. M., Evans, R. K., & Bulik, C. M.  (2014).  Parent skills training to enhance weight loss in overweight children: Evaluation of NOURISH.  Eating Behaviors, 15, 225 - 229.

  Lydecker, J. A.; Cotter, E. W.; & Mazzeo, S. E. (2014). Body checking and body image avoidance: Construct validity and norms for college women. Eating Behaviors, 15, 429 - 432.

Jeffers, A. J., Cotter, E. W., Snipes, D. J. & Benotsch, E. G. (2013). BMI and depressive symptoms: The role of media pressures. Eating Behaviors, 14, 13 - 16.

Kelly, N. R.; Cotter, E. W., Mitchell, K. S., & Mazzeo, S. E. (2012). Eating Disorder Examination Questionnaire (EDE-Q): Norms for African American women. Eating Behaviors, 13, 429 - 432.

Grants and Sponsored Research

Faithfully Fit. Multicomponent Obesity Prevention in Targeted Settings Grant. DC Department of Health, 2019, Co-Investigator (PI: Stacey Snelling).

DC Residents’ Perspectives on Facilitators and Barriers to Healthy Eating. Community Insight Grant. Common Threads, 2018 – 2019, Principal Investigator.

Vivir Sano: Enhancing Community Access and Skills for Healthy Eating. Cultivating Healthy Communities Regional Grant. The Aetna Foundation Grant, 2015 – 2016, Principal Investigator.