Research Team

Rachel Gow - PhD, LCP, Assistant Professor of Psychology
- Dr. Gow grew up in NC where she completed her B.A. in Psychology at Wake Forest University in 2002. She graduated from VCU's Counseling Psychology program in 2009 with a specialization in health psychology. While at VCU, she worked with Dr. Mazzeo on obesity and eating disorders research. Dr. Gow completed her predoctoral internship and postdoctoral fellowship at McGuire Veterans Affairs Medical Center. She returned to VCU in 2011 and researches family-based treatments for pediatric obesity.

Elizabeth Cotter- PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow
-Dr. Cotter received her PhD in Counseling Psychology from the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee in 2011. She grew up in Detroit, where she graduated with her BA in Psychology from Michigan State University in 2003. She completed her predoctoral internship at the University of Maryland's Counseling Center. Dr. Cotter is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow with Dr. Mazzeo's research lab. She is primarily working on the NOURISH+ program, a family-based intervention focused on healthy eating and weight behaviors. She is broadly interested in research related to eating disorders and women's body image, as well as research examining how people cope with organizational transitions.

Nichole Kelly
-Nichole joined Dr. Mazzeo's research lab as a graduate student in 2007. She received her B.S. in Psychology from the University of Virginia in 2004. Her current research interests include: ethnic/cultural variations in eating- and weight-related symptomatology, the treatment of obesity and binge eating, and the neuropsychological contributions to disordered eating. Nichole's dissertation is exploring the associations between binge eating, executive functioning, and emotion regulation.

Kasey Serdar
-Kasey joined Dr. Mazzeo's research lab in August of 2006. She received her B. S. in Psychology from Westminster College in Salt Lake City, UT in 2006. Her current research and clinical interests include eating disorder prevention among college women, eating disorder treatment, substance abuse treatment, and examining how trauma can be a risk factor for a range of psychological problems (eating pathology, substance abuse, etc.). Kasey's dissertation is exploring the efficacy of an online dissonance-based eating disorder prevention program among females at VCU. Kasey is currently preparing to begin her internship at the Veterans Affairs Los Angeles Ambulatory Care Center in Los Angeles, CA.

Janet Lydecker
-Janet Lydecker joined Dr. Mazzeo's research lab as a doctoral student in 2008. She received her B.A. in Psychology and French from Amherst College in 2006, and worked as a research coordinator at Massachusetts General Hospital in the Neuroendocrine Anorexia research group from 2006 to 2008. Her current research projects focus on body image and visual attentional bias in threshold and subthreshold eating disorders, measure development and validation, and biopsychosocial correlates of eating disorders such as religiousness, guilt, prenatal environment, and health behavior self-efficacy.

Allison Palmberg
-Allison joined Dr. Mazzeo's research lab as a graduate student in 2010. She received her B.S. in Psychology in 2010 from the Univeristy of Florida. Currently, Allison is conducting research for her Master's thesis examining Binge Eating Disorder in adolescent girls. Her general interests include: the treament of obesity and eating disorders, behavioral weight management, and the effect of body image on overall functioning.


Karen Mitchell - PhD, Clinical Research Psychologist, Women's Health Sciences Division, National Center for PTSD, and Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Boston University

Sara Trace - PhD, Post-Doctoral Student in the Department of Psychiatry, University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill

Melanie Bean - PhD, LCP, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Children's Medical Center, Virginia Commonwealth University

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