Erin C Standen

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My primary research interests are related to eating behavior and weight stigma. Specifically, I’m interested in ways that our beliefs about food and beliefs about weight influence our food choices, as well as ways that experiencing weight stigma complicates these decisions. I’m also very interested in the physiological effects of experiencing weight-based discrimination, such as elevated cortisol levels and inflammation. Currently, I’m working on projects related to stress eating, weight controllability, calorie tracking, and reducing weight bias.

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • Bachelor of Science: Psychobiology, University of California, Los Angeles, 2016.


  • eating behavior
  • calorie restriction
  • weight stigma
  • health psychology
Research & Professional Activities

Professional Activities

  • Society for Personality and Social Psychology:
  • Society for Health Psychology: Division 38 of the American Psychological Association
  • Social, Personality, and Health Network :


  • American Psychological Association Science Student Council: I currently serve as the Chair and Health Psychology Representative for the APA's Science Student Council. We advocate for the needs of psychology graduate students seeking academic careers as well as for federal funding for psychology research on Capitol Hill. , December 2018 - December 2020.
  • Incollingo Rodriguez, A. C., White, M.L, Standen, E. C., Mann, T., Wells, C., & Tomiyama, A. J. (2019). Body mass index and educational inequality: An update of Crandall (1995). Stigma and Health 4(3), 357-363.
  • *Standen, E. C., Furman, C. R., & Mann, T. (2018). Teaching the self-regulation of eating. Teaching of Psychology. 45(3), 284-290. *first two authors made equal contributions
  • Incollingo Rodriguez, A. C., Epel, E. S., White, M. L., Standen, E. C., Seckl, J. R., & Tomiyama, A. J. (2015). Hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis dysregulation and cortisol activity in obesity: A systematic review. Psychoneuroendocrinology. 62, 301-318. PMID: 26356039.
  • College of Liberal Arts, Graduate Scholar Fellowship, September 2017
  • National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, March 2017