Mary Himmelstein, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow, UConn Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity (Affiliate)
Obesity is one of the leading causes of preventable mortality in the United States and it affects over one third of adults. Weight stigma, devaluation on the basis of excess body weight, contributes to the development and exacerbation of obesity via behavioral and stress mechanisms. With Dr. Rebeca Puhl my current work at the UConn Rudd Center focuses on how weight stigma impacts identity, stress, and coping processes to produce obesogenic (i.e., obesity inducing) and weight-relevant health outcomes.
2006, BA in Psychology & Art History/ Fine Arts from La Salle University
2009, MA in General-Experimental Psychology from St. John’s University
2014, MS in Social Psychology & Intradisciplinary Health from Rutgers University
2016, PhD in Social Psychology & Intradisciplinary Health from Rutgers University
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