My research focuses on understanding how biopsychosocial mechanisms influence health and disease processes as a function of weight stigma and masculinity. I examine (i) intersecting social identities in the experience of stigma and discrimination; (ii) physical and psychological health consequences of weight stigma as well as how individuals cope with these experiences; and (iii) the role of masculinity in men’s health stress, and interactions with the healthcare system.
Himmelstein, M. S., Puhl, R. M. & Quinn, D. M. (2019, in press). Overlooked and understudied: Weight stigma and health consequences in men. Obesity.
Himmelstein, M. S., Puhl, R. M., & Watson, R. (2019, in press). Weight-Based Victimization, Eating Behaviors, and Weight-Related Health in Sexual and Gender Minority Adolescents. Appetite. (IF 3.174)doi. 10.1016/j.appet.2019.104321
Himmelstein, M. S., & Puhl, R. M. (2019, in press). Weight-based victimization from friends and family: implications for how adolescents cope with weight stigma. Pediatric Obesity, 14. Advance Online Publication. doi 10.1111/ijpo.12453
Himmelstein, M. S., Kramer, B. L., & Springer, K. W. (2019, in press). Stress in strong convictions: Masculinity beliefs moderate cortisol reactivity to masculinity threat. Psychology of Men & Masculinity, Advance Online Publication. doi 10.1037/men0000187
Puhl, R. M. & Himmelstein, M. S. (2018). Weight Bias Internalization among Adolescents Seeking Weight Loss: Implications for Eating Behaviors and Parental Communication. Frontiers in Psychology, 9, 2271 doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2018.02271
Himmelstein, M. S., Puhl, R. M. & Quinn, D. M. (2018). Weight Stigma and Health: The Mediating Role of Coping Responses. Health Psychology,37, 139-147 doi 10.1037/hea0000575
Himmelstein, M. S., Puhl, R. M. & Quinn, D. (2017). Intersectionality: An Understudied Framework for Addressing Weight Stigma. American Journal of Preventive Medicine 53, 421-431. doi 10.1016/j.amepre.2017.04.003.
Puhl, R. M., Himmelstein, M. S., Gorin, A. A., & Suh, Y. J. (2017). Missing the Target: Including Perspectives of Individuals with Obesity to Inform Stigma-reduction Strategies. Obesity Science & Practice, 3, 25-35. doi 10.1002/osp4.101
Himmelstein, M. S., & Sanchez, D. T. (2016). Masculinity in the doctor's office: Masculinity, gendered doctor preference and doctor–patient communication. Preventive Medicine, 84, 34-40. doi 10.1016/j.ypmed.2015.12.008.
Himmelstein, M. S., Incollingo Belsky, A. C.+ & Tomiyama, A. J. (2015). The weight of stigma: The effects of BMI and perceived body weight on cortisol reactivity to experiencing weight stigma.. Obesity, 23, 368-374. doi 10.1002/oby.20959.