Aaron J. Blashill, Ph.D.Director
Dr. Blashill is a Professor in the Department of Psychology at San Diego State University, and core faculty member of the SDSU/UCSD Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology.
Tiffany Brown, Ph.D.Co-Investigator on the Pride Body Project
Dr. Brown is a Research Scientist at the San Diego State University Research Foundation and a faculty member at Auburn University. Her research interests include psychosocial risk factors for eating disorders in male and sexual minority populations, how gastric interoception relates to eating disorder symptoms in anorexia nervosa, and the prevention and treatment of eating disorders and body image disturbance in diverse populations.
Arjan van der Star, Ph.D.Project Director for the Suicide Prevention Project
Dr. Arjan van der Star is a Postdoctoral Research Scholar with the San Diego State Research Foundation. Arjan van der Star completed his PhD (Public Health) at Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden, studying stigma-related factors driving sexual orientation-based and gender identity-based disparities in mental health. Arjan’s research focuses on the mechanisms underlying these mental health disparities, informing both preventive measures and clinical interventions.
Jaclyn Siegel, Ph.D.Project Director for the Pride Body Project
Dr. Jaclyn Siegel is a Postdoctoral Research Scholar with the San Diego State Research Foundation. Jaclyn completed her PhD (Social Psychology) at Western University, where her research focused on feminist identity ambivalence and body image disturbance. Jaclyn’s primary research interests include the disruption of gendered body attitudes and ideals, and the promotion of positive body image and sexual subjectivity.
Juliana Tesselaar, B.A.Research Coordinator for the Pride Body Project
Juliana is a full-time research coordinator for the Pride Body Project. She graduated from San Diego State University with her bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a minor in Communication. Juliana’s research interests lie broadly in examining body image concerns and mental health disparities in athletes and minority populations. She hopes to pursue a Ph.D. in Clinical Sport Psychology in the future.
Lexie Convertino, M.S.5th Year PhD Student
Lexie is a graduate student in the SDSU/UC San Diego Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology. Prior to moving to San Diego, she completed her bachelor’s degree at Northeastern University in Psychology and a minor in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Her research interests focus broadly on the effect of stress on the development and maintenance of disordered eating and body image concerns. Particularly, Lexie focuses on traumatic stress and sexual trauma in the development of disordered eating. She also has a line of research in the interaction of minority group stressors on the development of body image.
Autumn Askew, B.S.2nd Year Ph.D. Student
Autumn is a graduate student in the SDSU/UC San Diego Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology. Her research interests broadly include sociocultural factors that influence disordered eating and body image disturbance, as well as translating mechanistic research into novel treatments for eating disorders. She is especially interested in examining these topics within LGBTQ+ groups.
Connor Elbe, B.S.2nd Year M.A. Student
Connor is a graduate student in the M.A. in Psychology program at SDSU. He is originally from Ontario, Canada, where he earned his bachelor’s degree at the University of Western Ontario in Psychology, with a minor in Medical Cell Biology. His research interests include weight stigma, body (dis)satisfaction, disordered eating behaviours, sexual dysfunction, and sexual & gender minority health.