Elizabeth Emley


Hi! I was born and raised in Ohio, and I completed my undergraduate training in psychology at Ohio University. As a clinical psychology student, my interests are broadly in health and wellbeing on both the individual and community level. More specifically, I am researching how social activism is associated with behavioral health outcomes like dietary intake and physical activity. My current project is exploring what opportunities students have to get involved in their communities and the beneficial outcomes associated with related activities. One of my career goals is to develop and implement health programs in the community, exploring what mechanisms are most likely to sustain health behavior change and putting that knowledge to use to help people live healthfully.

In Finding Balance in Emotions and Eating, I’m currently working on a project with data we collected in a lab study over the past couple years. I’m examining the relationship between mindfulness, cognitive defusion, emotional acceptance, and body image concerns to explore the potential benefits of greater psychological acceptance on body acceptance.


Braden, A., Emley, E., Watford, T., Anderson, L., & Musher-Eizenman, D. (2019). Self-reported emotional eating is not related to greater food intake: Results from two laboratory studies. Psychology & Health, 1-18.

Dial, L., Emley, E., Koerten, H., Waite, T., & Musher-Eizenman, D. (2019). A mindfulness intervention for food neophobia among preschoolers. Early Childhood Education Journal, 1-10.

Watford, T., Braden, A., & Emley, E. (2019). Mediation of the association between mindfulness and emotional eating among overweight individuals. Mindfulness, 10(6), 1153-1162.

Braden, A., Musher-Eizenman, D., Watford, T., & Emley, E. (2018). Eating when depressed, anxious, bored, or happy: Are emotional eating types associated with unique psychological and physical health correlates? Appetite, 125, 410-417.

Emley, E., Musher-Eizenman, D. (2018). Social movement involvement and healthy diet and activity behaviors among US adults. Health Promotion International, 1-11.

Emley, E., Taylor, M. & Musher-Eizenman, D. (2017). Mindful feeding and child dietary health. Eating Behaviors, 24, 89-94. doi: 10.1016/j.eatbeh.2016.12.002

Taylor, M. B., Emley, E., Pratt, M., & Musher-Eizenman, D. R. (2017). Structure-based feeding strategies: A key component of child nutrition. Appetite. doi: 10.1016/j.appet.2017.03.023

Professional Presentations:

Emley, E. & Eizenman, D. (2017, June). Is greater social movement involvement associated with better health? Poster presentation at the Society for Community Research and Action Biennial Conference, Ottawa, Canada.

Taylor, M., Meers, M., Emley, E., & Musher-Eizenman, D. (2017, April). Mindful Feeding. Symposium conducted at the Society for Research on Child Development, Austin, TX.

Emley, E., Pratt, M., & Musher-Eizenman, D. (2016, October). Parenting styles and child dietary health. Poster presentation at the American Public Health Association Annual Meeting, Denver CO.

Watford, T., Braden, A., & Emley, E. (2016, October). Emotion regulation mediates the association between mindfulness and emotional eating in overweight/obese adults. Poster presentation at The Obesity Society Annual Scientific Meeting, New Orleans, LA.

Updated: 03/17/2021 11:12PM