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 current and former WWU 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 is currently recruiting current undergraduate students to the Eating and Body Image research team for the 2022-2023 academic year. Dr. Ciao is accepting graduate students for the experimental psychology masters program for Fall 2022.

Current Courses

PSY 250, PSY 351, PSY 451, PSY 307

Selected Publications

Recent publications from the Eating and Body Image research team

* indicates student co-authors

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.