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. Aug. 18, 2020Sydney Waring's research on relational body image

    An interview with Sydney Waring, a Psychology PhD candidate, regarding her PhD research on relational body image was featured in The Record. The study has been published in the journal Body Image. The study results suggest that young women's body image (i.e. the way they feel about their body) is affected by how accepted they feel by others as well as how body-preoccupied others are around them.

  2. May 15, 2020International study on compassion and coping during COVID-19 pandemic

    An interview with Dr Allison Kelly regarding the research study "Compassion, social connectedness and trauma resilience during the COVID-19 pandemic: A multi-national study" was featured in The Record. The study is looking at how people are coping with the current pandemic and aims to assess whether compassion for oneself and for others can reduce the impact of stress caused by this pandemic. Anyone interested in taking part in the study can find the survey here.

  3. Oct. 2, 2019Dr. Allison Kelly is awarded the Early Researcher Award

    Congratulations to Dr. Allison Kelly for receiving The Early Researcher Award! She was one of fifteen University of Waterloo researchers to receive this award along with funding from the provincial government to advance Ontario’s knowledge-based economy. Read about the Dr. Kelly's research project here.

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