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Department of Psychology
University of Mississippi

Speaker Series

Expanding the Reach of Eating Disorder Prevention and Treatment Programs to LGBTQ+ Individuals

Tiffany Brown, PhD

Speaker Series: Friday, February 16th at 4:00pm in Peabody 206

Professor of Psychology

Auburn University


Body image concerns and eating disorders disproportionately affect lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) individuals compared to their heterosexual, cisgender peers, in part due to experiences of harassment and discrimination as part of being a minoritized group. Despite this increased risk, few interventions have been developed to address and target the unique factors contributing to increased risk in LGBTQ+ individuals. This talk will review work from our group focused on 1) identifying specific risk factors for eating disorders in LGBTQ+ individuals, 2) developing and examining the efficacy of community-based eating disorder prevention programs for LGBTQ+ youth and adults, and 3) evaluating a novel treatment integrating LGBTQ-affirmative cognitive behavioral theory (CBT) with CBT for eating disorders.