Alexandra Corning

Alexandra Corning

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Research Associate Professor of Psychology

Office: 101 Haggar Hall
Phone: 574-631-9928

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Areas of Expertise

Eating disorders, body image

Corning’s research is in the area of eating disorders and body image problems. In her lab, she is especially focused on preventing the development of symptoms related to eating disorders in adolescent girls before the symptoms get out of hand. At present, much of her work targets girls in middle school, before they reach critical risk periods. Most recently, she has been conducting intervention work with mothers of middle-school girls, as mothers can be powerful, positive agents of change in their daughters’ lives. Specific areas of focus include the role of social comparison in body image, the effectiveness of self-affirmation for decreasing body concerns and increasing healthy behaviors, the covert consequences of fat talk, and the power of the mother-daughter relationship to mitigate the development of eating-disorder risk factors. Corning is also a licensed psychologist and health service provider.


Mothers should be cautious when discussing weight with daughters
Nobody likes a ‘fat-talker,’ study shows


Huffington Post — How ‘Fat Talk’ Became A Social Epidemic — And How You Can Stop It
The New York Times — Ending the ‘Friendly’ Fat Talk
The New York Times — ‘Fat Talk’ Compels but Carries a Cost
The Boston Globe — Women who talk smack about their bodies unlikeable: study
Yahoo — Stop Fat Talking—It’s Hurting Your Friendships
Huffington Post—‘Fat Talk’ Makes Women Less Likeable Whether They Are Overweight Or Thin, Study Finds
Cosmopolitan — Talking About Your Love Handles Makes Your Friends Slowly Hate You
Popular Science — Women Don’t Like Hearing Other Women Complain About Their Bodies
New York Daily News — No one likes a ‘fat talker’: Study shows that women who talk badly about their bodies are unlikeable
St. Paul Pioneer Press — Women’s ‘fat talk’ carries a cost