Welcome to the Self-Attitudes Lab!

Our lab studies the way our various self-attitudes, like being critical or compassionate towards ourselves, influence the way we feel, think, and behave.  We are especially interested in the relationship between self-attitudes, eating behaviour, and body image. Through our research, we seek to inspire new ways to understand, prevent, and treat eating disorders, and innovative ways to promote flexible eating, healthy body image, and well-being.

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Funded by the Ontario Mental Health Foundation (OMHF)Funded by Social Sciences and humanities Research Council (SSHRC)


  1. Mar. 19, 2019Dr. Allison Kelly is awarded the Outstanding Scientific Contribution Award by the International Journal of Eating Disorders

    Congratulations to Dr. Allison Kelly, who was presented with the award for Outstanding Scientific Contribution for the paper entitled  "A feasibility study of a 2-week self-compassionate letter-writing intervention for nontreatment seeking individuals with typical and atypical anorexia nervosa" at the 2019 International Conference on Eating Disorders. 

  2. Jan. 30, 2019Self-Attitudes Lab research on body image is featured in Waterloo News

    The Self-Attitudes Lab published an article in the peer-reviewed journal Body Image showing that body image is impacted by those around you, this research is featured in Waterloo News.

  3. Apr. 30, 2018Self-Attitudes Lab research is featured in Elle Canada

    The Self-Attitudes Lab published an article in the peer-reviewed journal Body Image that received media attention, including a feature in Elle Canada.

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