Maddison Greaves, MS, RDN

Ph.D. Student

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Academic interests: 

My research interests are around weight stigma and weight-based discrimination experienced in provider-patient interactions among clinically obese individuals. I am interested in which specific experiences contribute to weight-bias internalization and psychological distress, and how these contribute to maladaptive eating behaviors, such as emotional or binge eating. I am also interested in the impact of weight stigma on eating behaviors and weight perceptions within different spheres of influence, including healthcare and interpersonal relationships. Long-term interests include intervention development to reduce experienced weight stigma in provider-patient interactions and evaluation of best clinical practices for promoting reduced weight-based psychological distress and healthy eating behaviors. In addition, I want my work to address how dietetic students are trained in ways that better address weight bias.