Summary of expertise:
An expert in male and female body image and eating behaviors, Tantleff-Dunn can address how images of thin models and muscular, bare-chested men in the media affect self-esteem and lead to unhealthy habits such as extreme exercising, drug abuse and eating disorders.
As Director at the Laboratory for the Study of Eating, Appearance, & Health, Tantleff-Dunn examines how a culture of muscularity affects the well-being of men, and published a study of those effects in 2004.
She has taught at UCF since 1996, Tantleff-Dunns research interests include body image, eating behavior and obesity, interpersonal relationships and influences, media psychology, physical appearance in the workplace and sexual harassment, psychology of adolescence and women's issues. She has a part-time, private practice in Winter Park, Fla., where she specializes in couples therapy. -- PIO Contact:
Blog/Web site: http://www.psych.ucf.edu/labs_leah.php
Tantleff-Dunn has presented her studies at national conferences on the topics of perceptions of attractiveness; body part satisfaction and self-evaluation of sexual appeal among underweight, normal weight, overweight and obese women; vegetarians; perceptions of cosmetic surgery and underweight females; and gender stereotyping and body image.
Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, University of South Florida, 1994
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