Promoting Psychological Health

ORI scientists study emotional and behavioral health in order to understand what makes people vulnerable to serious mental health disorders. Researchers also examine the factors that increase people’s ability to cope with daily challenges. An important component of research in this area is developing and evaluating interventions for the prevention and treatment of disorders.

Current Research

Understanding and Treating Eating Disorders

An ORI body acceptance program has reduced thin-ideal internalization, body dissatisfaction, negative mood, unhealthy dieting, and eating disorder symptoms in college-age women. Current research includes dissemination of the research team’s successful eating disorders prevention program, which is being implemented in colleges and universities nationwide. Investigators also brain imaging and neural response training to better understand the impact of eating on the brain’s reward circuitry.