Important: To maintain the safety of our community and help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 Coronavirus, many of our events for Research Week 2020 have been canceled or postponed. Our Annual Faculty Research Fellow Lecture will now take place in Fall 202. More details to come soon.


Dr. Charlotte H. Markey, Professor of Psychology will present “Raising Body Positive Girls”


Registration is required. Details coming soon.



What is body image and why should we care about “raising body positive girls”?

The vast majority of tween and teen girls express dissatisfaction about their bodies and their appearances in general.  This dissatisfaction is not a discrete or superficial worry.  It’s a set of concerns that affect all facets of girls’ lives including their physical and mental health, sense of self, interpersonal relationships, and future aspirations.

In this presentation, I will review some of the latest research featured in my book, The Body Image Book for Girls:  Love Yourself and Grow Up Fearless, and discuss my experience of writing for health promotion.   The research reveals triggers of body dissatisfaction (e.g., social media) and identifies practices that contribute to body-positive girls.  I’ll also talk about the challenges of writing a book for teenagers.  If you have a body and have ever wanted to feel better about it, or know, have known, or will know a teenaged girl, or have read or want to write a book for young people, this presentation is relevant to you.  

About Dr. Markey:

Dr. Charlotte Markey, is a health psychologist with a particular interest in eating-related behaviors (i.e., body image, attempts at weight loss). She is especially interested in romantic partners’ role in eating-related behaviors. Some of her research has also examined parents’ influences on their children’s eating-related behaviors and media influences on body image.