Anna Ciao, PhD

she/her/hers, Director, Center for Cross-Cultural Research, Associate Professor


Dr. Ciao leads the Eating and Body Image research team, a group of undergraduate and graduate students who conduct research, run interventions, and engage in advocacy related to body liberation, food and body justice, and prevention of disordered eating. Dr. Ciao typically recruits new undergraduate students to the Eating and Body Image team each spring. Students are expected to begin working on research projects in the fall and continue through the academic year. Please email Dr. Ciao if you are interested in joining the team.

Dr. Ciao is accepting graduate students for the experimental psychology masters program for Fall 2024.

Current Courses

PSY 250, PSY 351, PSY 451, PSY 307, PSY 570

Selected Publications

Recent publications from the Eating and Body Image research team

* indicates student co-authors

Ciao, A. C., Duvall, A.*, Pascual, S.* & Lawley, K. A.* (2023). Expert peer facilitation of the EVERYbody Project: A randomized-controlled evaluation of a diversity-focused, dissonance-based, universal body image program for college students. International Journal of Eating Disorders, 56, 372-383.

Ciao, A. C., Munson, B. R.*, Pringle, K. D.*, Roberts, S. R.*, Lalgee, I. A.*, Lawley, K. A.*, & Brewster, J. (2021). Inclusive dissonance-based body image interventions for college students: Two randomized-controlled trials of the EVERYbody Project. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 89, 301-315.

Ciao, A. C., Lebow, J., VandenLangenberg, E., Ohls, O.*, & Berg, K. C. (2020). A qualitative examination of adolescent perspectives on early identification and early response to eating disorders. Eating Disorders: The Journal of Treatment and Prevention, 1-18.

Roberts, S.*, Ciao, A. C., & Czopp, A. (2018). Influence of Gender on the Evaluation of Anorexia Nervosa. International Journal of Eating Disorders, 1162-1167. 

Ciao, A. C., Ohls, O. C.*, & Pringle, K. D.* (2017). Should body image programs be more inclusive? A focus group study of college students. International Journal of Eating Disorders, 51, 82-86.