Kara Christensen , Ph.D.

Post-Doctoral Researcher
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Dr. Christensen is a postdoctoral researcher in the CARE Lab. After completing her undergraduate degree with honors from the University of Chicago, she worked for two years at the Clinical Neuroscience Lab for Sex Differences in the Brain at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, MA. She completed her Ph.D. in clinical psychology with a quantitative minor at the Ohio State University and doctoral internship at the Medical University of South Carolina. Dr. Christensen is trained in providing evidence-based treatments for eating disorders, anxiety and mood disorders, trauma, sleep disorders, and women’s psychological health.

Dr. Christensen’s research focuses on how different forms of social support may function as risk, protective, or maintenance factors for disordered-eating. She uses a multimodal approach (self-report, behavior, psychophysiology) to examine how interpersonal processes are linked to poorer psychosocial and treatment outcomes, in order to inform the development of targeted prevention and treatment approaches for disordered-eating. She is particularly interested in using novel methods to understand how people access social support through technology and social media. 

Dr. Christensen’s updated list of publications can be found here: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=IQtN7ggAAAAJ&hl=en