Dr. Suzanne Mazzeo
Director, Counseling Psychology
800 W Franklin, rm 204
Director, Counseling Psychology Program
PhD (2000), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Web site: Research Lab
My research interests are in the areas of eating disorders and obesity. Specifically, I examine the interaction of genetic and environmental factors on eating behaviors. I am particularly interested in understanding more about environmental factors that influence expression of genetic predispositions to eating problems. I also am interested in the role of culture on eating behaviors, and in developing culturally competent interventions to promote healthy eating and exercising behaviors.
- If school cafeterias force children to take fruits and vegetables on their lunch trays, will students eat them?
- How can we reduce childhood obesity?
Gerke, C. K., Mazzeo, S. E., & Kliewer, W. (in press). The role of depressive and dissociative symptoms in the relationship between childhood trauma and disordered eating. Child Abuse and Neglect.
Stern, M., Mazzeo, S. E., Gerke, C., Porter, J. S., Bean, M. K., & Laver, J. (in press). Gender, ethnicity, psychosocial factors and quality of life among severely overweight, treatment-seeking adolescents. Journal of Pediatric Psychology.
Mazzeo, S. E., Mitchell, K. S., Gerke, C. K., & Bulik, C. M. (in press). Parental feeding style and eating attitudes: Influences on children's eating behavior. Current Nutrition and Food Science.
Mitchell, K., Mazzeo, S., Rausch, S., & Cooke, K. (in press). Innovative interventions for disordered eating: Evaluating dissonance-based and yoga interventions. International Journal of Eating Disorders.
Stern, M., Mazzeo, S. E., Porter, J., Gerke, C., Bryan, D., & Laver, J. (in press). Eating and exercise behaviors of obese African American girls and their mothers. Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings.
- Full publication list [PDF]
- Theories of Counseling and Personality, graduate level
- Stress & Its Management, undergraduate level
- Health Psychology, undergraduate level
- Introduction to the Helping Relationship, undergraduate level
- Research Internship, undergraduate level
An Integrative Intervention for Binge Eating Among Adolescent Girls. September 2010-July 2013. Principal Investigator. NIMH R34 Award, $450,000 direct cost total.
- Excellence in Scholarship Award, Virginia Commonwealth University College of Humanities and Sciences, 2009