Suzanne Mazzeo, Ph.D.

Dr. Suzanne Mazzeo

Director, Counseling Psychology
800 W Franklin, rm 204
(804) 827-1708

Professor (tenured)
Director, Counseling Psychology Program
Ph.D. (2000), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Research Interests

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.

Select Publications

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.

Recent Courses

  • 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

Recent Grant

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

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