Promoting Psychological Health

ORI scientists study emotional and behavioral disorders as well as normative development and personality, in order to better understand factors that make people vulnerable to serious mental health disorders as well as factors that increase resilience, that is, that help people cope with daily challenges. An important component of research in this area is developing and evaluating interventions for the prevention and treatment of disorders.

Current Research

Understanding and Treating Eating Disorders

ORI researchers and colleagues have significantly advanced the scientific understanding of the causes of bulimia nervosa, anorexia nervosa, and binge eating disorder in young women. The team has conducted several research studies to identify and examine such risk factors as “thin-ideal internalization” (the association of success and happiness with being thin), body dissatisfaction, and negative mood. These research studies are among the largest and longest running on the causes of this serious psychiatric disturbance.