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Elizabeth Cotter

Elizabeth Cotter
Assistant Professor

Dr. Cotter is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Studies at American University. She is a licensed psychologist with clinical and research interests broadly related to the prevention of eating and weight-related concerns.

She is particularly interested in the evaluation of culturally-tailored health promotion interventions, especially in underserved communities. Her current work focuses on community-based obesity prevention research in affordable housing communities. She is involved with the Vive Sana program, a community gardening and nutrition education program taking place in Arlington, VA and targeting low-income, food insecure households. She is also interested in cultural factors that may be protective against body image concerns in women. Prior to coming to American, Dr. Cotter was a postdoctoral fellow at Virginia Commonwealth University, participating in research examining the effectiveness of culturally-sensitive pediatric obesity prevention programming.

Dr. Cotter earned her PhD in Counseling Psychology from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee and received her BA in Psychology from Michigan State University.

Recent Book Chapters:
Lydecker, J. A., Cotter, E. W., Kelly, N. R., Gow, R. W., & Mazzeo, S. E. (2013). Preventing childhood obesity. In L. H. Choate (Ed.). Eating Disorders and Obesity: A Counselors Guide to Prevention and Treatment. Alexandria, VA: American Counseling Association Press.

Recent Publications:
Kelly, N. R., Cotter, E. W., Tanofsky-Kraff, M., & Mazzeo, S. E. (in press, accepted June 23, 2014). Racial variations in binge eating, body image concerns, and excessive exercise among men. Psychology of Men and Masculinity.

Cotter, E. W., Kelly, N. R., Mitchell, K. S., & Mazzeo, S. E. (in press, accepted July 31, 2013). An investigation of body appreciation, ethnic identity and eating disorder symptoms in black women. Journal of Black Psychology.

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.

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