Janis Crowther

Janis Crowther

Department of Psychology
Office Location:
Room 301 Kent Hall
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Research Interests:

My research interests, broadly defined, fall into two areas:  body image disturbance and eating disorders.  I have secondary research interests in non-suicidal self-injury.  My interests include the topography and function of binge eating in bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder, the nature of body image disturbance in women and men and its associated consequences, the impact of appearance-focused social comparisons on body image disturbance, and the impact of chronic dieting on the well-being of women.  I have a particular interest in the use of ecological momentary assessment as a method to study many of these phenomena in the naturalistic environment.

Courses Frequently Taught:

  • Psychology of Adjustment (undergraduate)
  • Psychological Interventions (undergraduate)
  • Introduction to Psychotherapy: Theory and Research (graduate)
  • Integration Practicum (graduate)
  • Clinical Practicum (graduate)
  • Special Topics:  Body Image in the 21st Century

Research Areas:

  • Eating Disorders
  • Body Image
  • Obesity
  • Bariatric Surgery


Ph.D., University of Vermont (1980)


Eating Disorders, Body Image, Obesity, Bariatric Surgery, Psychology, Diseases or Disorders, Nutrition Disorders


  • Crowther, J. H., Armey, M., Luce, K. L., Dalton, G., & Leahey, T. (2008). The point prevalence of bulimic disorders from 1990 to 2004. International Journal of Eating Disorders, 41(6), 491-497.
  • Leahey, T., Crowther, J. H., & Irwin, S. R. (2008). A cognitive-behavioral mindfulness group therapy intervention for the treatment of binge eating in bariatric surgery patients. Cognitive and Behavioral Practice, 15, 364-375.
  • Lepage, M. L., Crowther, J. H., Harrington, E. F., & Engler, P. (2008). Psychological correlates of fasting and excessive exercise as compensatory strategies. Eating Behavior, 9, 423-429.
  • Leahey, T.M., Bond, D. S., Irwin, S. R., Crowther, J. H., & Wing, R. R. (2009). When is the best time to deliver a behavioral intervention to bariatric surgery patients, pre - or post-surgery? Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases, 5(1), 99-102.
  • Myers, T. A., & Crowther, J. H. (2009). Social comparison as a predictor of body dissatisfaction: A meta-analytic review. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 118(4), 683-698.
  • Harrington, E. F., Crowther, J. H., & Shipherd, J. (2010). Trauma, binge eating, and the "Strong Black Woman." Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 78(4), 469-479.
  • Karazsia, B. T., & Crowther, J. H. (2010). Sociocultural and psychological links to men's engagement in risky body change behaviors. Sex Roles, 63, 747-756.
  • Leahey, T. M., Crowther, J. H., & Ciesla, J. (2011). The effects of appearance-focused social comparisons on women with eating disorders. Behavior Therapy, 42, 197-210.
  • Armey, M. F., Crowther, J. H., & Miller, I. W. (in press). Changes in ecological momentary assessment reported affect associated with episodes of non-suicidal self-injury. Behavior Therapy.
  • Ridolfi, D.R., Myers, T. A., Crowther, J. H., & Ciesla, J. A., (in press). Do appearance focused cognitive distortions moderate the relationship between social comparisons to peers and media images and body image disturbance? Sex Roles.