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. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. Apr. 21, 2018The Self-Attitudes lab attends the International Conference on Eating Disorders. Kiruthiha in front of academic poster

    PhD student Kiruthiha Vimalakanthan is attending the annual International Conference on Eating Disorders in Chicago this week, where she is presenting her work on the impact of cultivating a caregiving, compassionate orientation towards the target of an unfavourable appearance comparison. 

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