Rachel Rodgers Biography

Rachel Rodgers

Rachel Rodgers - Northeastern University

Associate Professor of Applied Psychology
Bouvé College of Health Sciences

[email protected] 

Areas of Expertise

Body image
Disordered eating and other appearance-changing behaviors
Sociocultural models


Rachel Rodgers, PhD, FAED, is an associate professor of Applied Psychology at Northeastern University, and Director of the Applied Psychology Program for Appearance and Eating Research (APPEAR).  Dr. Rodgers received her PhD from the University of Toulouse in France. Her research with APPEAR focuses on body image, disordered eating and other appearance-changing behaviors. Grounded in sociocultural models, this work aims to develop models of the effects of socio-cultural determinants on body image concerns and related behaviors, with a view to prevention of eating disorders and associated concerns at the individual level and also through public policy.  She is a collaborating mentor with the STRIPED program at Harvard School of Public Health, a fellow of the Academy for Eating Disorders, and a member of the Advisory Board of Model Alliance.

Project Description

An alarming proportion of women suffer from some form of disordered eating  Both the fear of (becoming) fat and the desire for thinness have been identified as core elements of eating disorders that contribute to their development and persistence. However, much of the previous research has focused on thoughts rather than feelings in eating disorders, these dimensions have been somewhat overlooked. The present project aims to address this gap in the research and develop a way to reliability elicit, and to objectively measure fear of fat and desire for thinness using script-driven imagery, so as to study their role in the development and maintenance of eating disorders.

Publications – Past Three Years

Rodgers, R. F., Fischer, L.*, Murray, S. B., & Franko, D. L. Integrating fear of fatness into sociocultural models of body image and eating concerns. Eating Behaviors, in press.

Cunning, A., Choquette, E., Rodgers, R. F., & Rancourt, D. Application of the socio-cognitive model of internalized stigma to weight: The role of weight controllability beliefs on obligatory exercise engagement. Stigma & Health, in press.

Rodgers, R. F., Wertheim, E. H., Paxton, S. J., Tylka, T., Harriger, J. A. #bopo: enhancing body image through body positive social media- evidence to date and research directions. Body Image, in press.  

Becker, E.*, Rodgers, R. F., & Zimmerman, E. #Body goals or #Bopo? Exposure to pregnancy and post-partum related social media images: Effects on the body image and mood of women in the peri-pregnancy period. Body Image, in press.

Rodgers, R. F., Berry, R, A.*, Lavaway, K.*, & Carrard, I. (2022). Positive body image, intuitive eating, and psychosocial functioning among older women: Testing an integrated model. Eating Behaviors, in press.  

Danthinne, E. S.*, Gioriganni, F. E.*, Austin, S. B., & Rodgers, R. F. Beauty and the Big Business: A qualitative investigation of the development and implementation of the CVS Beauty Mark. Body Image, in press

Frederick, D. A., Hazzard, V. M., Schaefer, L. M., Rodgers, R. F., Gordon, A. R., Tylka, T. L., Pennesi, J. L., Convertino, L., Parent, M. C., Brown, T. A., Compte, E. J., Cook-Cottone, C. P., Crerand, C. E., Malcarne, V. L., Nagata, J. M., Perez, M., Pila, E., Thompson, J. K., & Murray, S. B. (2022). Sexual orientation differences in pathways from sociocultural and objectification constructs to body satisfaction: The U.S. Body Project I. Body image41, 181–194. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bodyim.2022.02.002

Frederick, D. A., Tylka, T. L., Rodgers, R. F., Convertino, A. D., Pennesi, J. L., Parent, M. C., & Murray, S. B. (2022). Pathways from sociocultural and objectification constructs to body satisfaction among men: The US Body Project I. Body Image, in press.

Rodgers, R. F., Fischer, L. E.*, Laveway, K.*, Laws, K.*, & Bui, T, H, E. Fear of fatness and desire for thinness as distinct experiences: A qualitative exploration. International Journal of Eating Disorders, in press.  

Fuller-Tyszkiewicz, Rodgers, R. F., Maïano, C., Mellor, D., Sicilia Camacho, A., Markey, C., Aimé, A., Dion, J., Pietrabissa, G., Lo Coco, G., Catalbiano, M. L., Strodl, E., Alcaraz-Ibanez, M., Bégin, C., Blackburn, M. E., Castenuono, G., Granero-Gallogos, A., Gullo, S., Hayami-Chisuwa, N., He, Q., Manzonie, G. M., Probst, M., McCabe.  Testing of a model for risk factors for eating disorders and higher weight among emerging adults: Baseline evaluation. Body Image, in press.

Rodgers, R. F., Hazzard, V., Franko, D., Loth, K., Larson, N., & Neumark-Sztainer, D. (2022). Home food environment; parents; intuitive eating. Journal of Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, in press.

Rodgers, R. F., Laveway, K.*, Berry, R.* (2022). Body image concerns and disordered eating among older women: Identifying variables of interest for integrated models. International Journal of Eating Disorders, in press.

Paxton, S. J., McLean, S. A., Rodgers, R. F. (2022). “My critical filter buffers your app filter”: Social media literacy as a protective factor for body image. Body Image, in press.

Hannah K. Jarman, H. K., Mclean, S. A., Griffiths, S., Teagua, S., Rodgers, R. F., Paxton, S. J., Austen, E., Harris, E., Steward, T., Shatte, A., Khanh-Dao Lei, L., Anwarj, T., Mihalopoulos, C., Parkerk, A. G., Yager, Z., & Fuller-Tyszkiewicz, M. (2022). Critical measurement issues in the assessment of social media influence on body image. Body Image, in press.

Rodgers, R. F., Laura E. Fischer*, & Emily Zimmerman. Exclusive breastfeeding, mothers, young infants, body image, disordered eating. Appetite, in press.

Linardon, J., Fuller-Tyszkiewicz, M., Messer, M., & Rodgers, R. F. A systematic scoping review of research on COVID-19 impacts on eating disorders: A critical appraisal of the evidence and recommendations for the field. International Journal of Eating Disorders, in press.

Gordon, C. S., Jarman, H. K., Rodgers, R. F., McLean, S. A.,  Slate, A., Fuller-Tyszkiewicz, A., & Paxton, S. J., Outcomes of a cluster randomized controlled trial of the SoMe social media literacy program for improving body image, dieting, and wellbeing in adolescent boys and girls. Nutrients, in press. 

van der Lubbe, L. M., Gerritsen, C., Klein, M. C. A., Hindriks, K. V., & Rodgers, R. F. (2021). Designing a gamified self-compassion training. In A. Veloso, O. Mealha, & L. Costa (Eds.), GAME-ON 2021: 22nd International Conference on Intelligent Games and Simulation (pp. 79-85). Eurosis.

van der Lubbe, L. M., Gerritsen, C., Klein, M. C. A., Hindriks, K. V., & Rodgers, R. F. (2021). A pilot study of a gamified self-compassion training. In A. Veloso, O. Mealha, & L. Costa (Eds.), 22nd International Conference on Intelligent Games and Simulation, GAME-ON 2021 (pp. 86-93). Eurosis.

Rodgers, R. F., Lowy, A. S.*, Kodama, E.*, & Bujold, H. #beautyunedited: Is labeling unedited selfies helpful for body image and mood among young women? Body image, in press.

Rodgers, R. F., & Laveway, K.*  Retouchée au féminin: The gendered nature of the French law mandating labeling of digitally modified images. Law and Gender Issues, in press.

Negowetti, N., Ambwani, S., Karr, S., Rodgers, R. F., & Austin, S. B. Digging up the dirt on ‘clean’ dietary labels: public health considerations and opportunities for increased federal oversight. International Journal of Eating Disorders, in press. 

Danthinne, E.*, Giorgianni, F. E.*, Kanako, A.*, & Rodgers, R. F. 真の美しさ: Effects of a body-positive video on body image and capacity to mitigate exposure to social media images. British Journal of Health Psychology, in press.

Mclean, S. A., Rodgers, R. F., Slater, A., Jarman, H. K., Gordon, C., & Paxton, S. J. Clinically significant body dissatisfaction: prevalence and association with depressive symptoms in adolescent boys and girls. European Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, in press.

Rousseau, A., & Rodgers, R. F.Cross-sectional and longitudinal associations between peer television co-viewing and media internalization in adolescent girls and boys. (2022). Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 51, 86-99. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10964-021-01437-9

Lowy, A. S., Rodgers, R. F., Franko, D. L., Pluhar, E., & Webb, J. B. (2021). Body image and internalization of appearance ideals in Black women: An update and call for culturally-sensitive research. Body image39, 313–327. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bodyim.2021.10.005

Ando, K., Giorgianni, F. E., Danthinne, E. S., & Rodgers, R. F. (2021). Beauty ideals, social media, and body positivity: A qualitative investigation of influences on body image among young women in Japan. Body image38, 358–369. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bodyim.2021.05.001

Carrard, I., Rothen, S., & Rodgers, R. F. (2021). Body image concerns and intuitive eating in older women. Appetite164, 105275. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.appet.2021.105275

Rodgers, R. F., Paxton, S. J., & Wertheim, E. H. (2021). #Take idealized bodies out of the picture: A scoping review of social media content aiming to protect and promote positive body image. Body image38, 10–36. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bodyim.2021.03.009

Rodgers, R. F., Fischer, L. E., DuBois, R. H., Naab, P., & Franko, D. L. (2021). Development and validation of the Sociocultural Influences on Fear of Fat Scale (SI-FAT). Body image37, 181–187. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bodyim.2021.02.009

Linardon, J., Anderson, C., Messer, M., Rodgers, R. F., & Fuller-Tyszkiewicz, M. (2021). Body image flexibility and its correlates: A meta-analysis. Body image37, 188–203. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bodyim.2021.02.005

White, M., Berry, R., Sharma, A., & Rodgers, R. F. (2021). A qualitative investigation of Orthorexia Nervosa among U.S. college students: Characteristics and sociocultural influences. Appetite162, 105168. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.appet.2021.105168

Rodgers, R. F., Simone, M., Franko, D. L., Eisenberg, M. E., Loth, K., & Neumark-Sztainer, D. (2021). The longitudinal relationship between family and peer teasing in young adulthood and later unhealthy weight control behaviors: The mediating role of body image. The International journal of eating disorders54(5), 831–840. https://doi.org/10.1002/eat.23492

Rodgers, R. F., Lombardo, C., Cerolini, S., Franko, D. L., Omori, M., Linardon, J., Guillaume, S., Fischer, L., & Tyszkiewicz, M. F. (2021). “Waste not and stay at home” evidence of decreased food waste during the COVID-19 pandemic from the U.S. and Italy. Appetite160, 105110. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.appet.2021.105110

Rodgers, R., Schaefer, L. M., Seneque, M., Alacreu-Crespo, A., Moreno-Padilla, M., Courtet, P., Thompson, J. K., & Guillaume, F. (2021). Sociocultural Attitudes Towards Appearance Questionnaire-4: Psychometric properties among a French clinical eating disorder sample and normative comparisons. Eating behaviors40, 101466. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.eatbeh.2020.101466

Rodgers, R. F., Ziff, S., Lowy, A.*, Austin, S. B. (2021). Fashion industry policies and legislation in France to reduce risk for eating disorders and sexual victimization: Eating and health behaviors during New York Fashion Week February 2018. International Journal of Eating Disorders, in press.

Schaefer, L. M., Rodgers, R. F., Thompson, J. K., & Griffiths, S. A test of the Tripartite Influence Model of disordered eating among men. Body Image, in press.

Rodgers, R. F., Mika White*, & Rachel Berry*. (2021). Orthorexia nervosa, intuitive eating, and eating  competence in female and male college students. Eating and Weight Disorders, in press.

Berry, R.,* Rodgers, R. F., & Campagna, J.* (2021) Outperforming iBodies: A conceptual framework integrating body performance self-tracking technologies with body image and eating concerns. Sex Roles, 85, 1-12. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11199-020-01201-6

Rodgers, R. F., Ziff, S., Lowy, A. S.*, Austin, S. B. (2020). Stakeholder attitudes towards fashion policy in the U.S.: Strategic research for the protection of models and prevention of body image and eating concerns. Critical Public Health, in press.

Rodgers, R. F., Fuller-Tyszkiewicz, M., Markey, C., Granero-Gallegos, A., Sicilia, A., Caltabiano, M., Blackburns, M. E., Hayami-Chisuwa, N., Strodl, E., Aimé, A., Dion, J., Lo Coco, G., Gullo, S., McCabe, M., Mellor, D., Castelnuovo, G., Probst, M., Manzoni, G., Begin, C., Pietrabissa, G., … Maïano, C. (2020). Psychometric properties of measures of sociocultural influence and internalization of appearance ideals across eight countries. Body image35, 300–315. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bodyim.2020.09.016

Rodgers, R. F., McLean, S. A., Gordon, C., Slater, A., Marques, M., Jarman, H. K., & Paxton, S. (2020). Development and validation of the Motivations for Social Media Use Scale (MSMU) among adolescents. Adolescent Research Review, in press.

Burke, N. L., Schaefer, L. M., Hazzard, V. M., & Rodgers, R. F. (2020). Where identities converge: The importance of intersectionality in eating disorders research. The International journal of eating disorders53(10), 1605–1609. https://doi.org/10.1002/eat.23371

Carrard, I., Rothen, S., & Rodgers, R. F. (2020). Body image and disordered eating in older women: A Tripartite Sociocultural model. Eating behaviors38, 101412. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.eatbeh.2020.101412

Matsumoto, A., & Rodgers, R. F. (2020). A review and integrated theoretical model of the development of body image and eating disorders among midlife and aging men. Clinical psychology review81, 101903. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cpr.2020.101903

Giorgianni, F., Danthinne, E., & Rodgers, R. F. (2020). Consumer warning versus systemic change: The effects of including disclaimer labels on images that have or have not been digitally modified on body image. Body image34, 249–258. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bodyim.2020.07.007

Gordon, C. S., Rodgers, R. F., Slater, A. E., McLean, S. A., Jarman, H. K., & Paxton, S. J. (2020). A cluster randomized controlled trial of the SoMe social media literacy body image and wellbeing program for adolescent boys and girls: Study protocol. Body image33, 27–37. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bodyim.2020.02.003

Rodgers, R. F., Lombardo, C., Cerolini, S., Franko, D. L., Omori, M., Fuller-Tyszkiewicz, M., Linardon, J., Courtet, P., & Guillaume, S. (2020). The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on eating disorder risk and symptoms. The International journal of eating disorders53(7), 1166–1170. https://doi.org/10.1002/eat.23318

White, M., Berry, R., & Rodgers, R. F. (2020). Body image and body change behaviors associated with orthorexia symptoms in males. Body image34, 46–50. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bodyim.2020.05.003

Rodgers, R. F., Meyer, C., & McCaig, D. (2020). Characterizing a body positive online forum: Resistance and pursuit of appearance-ideals. Body image33, 199–206. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bodyim.2020.03.005

Rodgers, R. F., Wertheim, E. H., Damiano, S. R., & Paxton, S. J. (2020). Maternal influences on body image and eating concerns among 7- and 8-year-old boys and girls: Cross-sectional and prospective relations. The International journal of eating disorders53(1), 79–84. https://doi.org/10.1002/eat.23166

Danthinne, E. S., Giorgianni, F. E., & Rodgers, R. F. (2020). Labels to prevent the detrimental effects of media on body image: A systematic review and meta-analysis. The International journal of eating disorders53(5), 377–391. https://doi.org/10.1002/eat.23242

Rodgers, R. F., Slater, A., Gordon, C. S., McLean, S. A., Jarman, H. K., & Paxton, S. J. (2020). A Biopsychosocial Model of Social Media Use and Body Image Concerns, Disordered Eating, and Muscle-Building Behaviors among Adolescent Girls and Boys. Journal of youth and adolescence49(2), 399–409. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10964-019-01190-0

Rodgers, R. F., DuBois, R., Thiebaut, S., Jaussent, I., Maimoun, L., Seneque, M., Lefebvre, P., Renard, E., Courtet, P., & Guillaume, S. (2019). Structural differences in eating disorder psychopathology after history of childhood abuse: Insights from a Bayesian network analysis. Journal of abnormal psychology128(8), 795–805. https://doi.org/10.1037/abn0000470

Rodgers, R. F., Campagna, J., Attawala, R., Richard, C., Kakfa, C., & Rizzo, C. (2020). In the eye of the swiper: a preliminary analysis of the relationship between dating app use and dimensions of body image. Eating and weight disorders : EWD25(5), 1469–1473. https://doi.org/10.1007/s40519-019-00754-0

Rodgers, R. F., Donovan, E., Cousineau, T. M., McGowan, K., Yates, K., Cook, E., Lowy, A. S., & Franko, D. L. (2019). Ethnic and racial diversity in eating disorder prevention trials. Eating disorders27(2), 168–182. https://doi.org/10.1080/10640266.2019.1591824

Rodgers, R. F., Kruger, L., Lowy, A. S., Long, S., & Richard, C. (2019). Getting Real about body image: A qualitative investigation of the usefulness of the Aerie Real campaign. Body image30, 127–134. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bodyim.2019.06.002

Dafferner, M., Campagna, J., & Rodgers, R. F. (2019). Making gains: Hypermuscularity and objectification of male and female Olympic athletes in Sports Illustrated across 60 years. Body image29, 156–160. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bodyim.2019.04.001

Rodgers, R. F., Wertheim, E. H., Damiano, S. R., Gregg, K. J., & Paxton, S. J. (2019). A qualitative, prospective study of children’s understanding of weight gain. The British journal of developmental psychology37(3), 369–381. https://doi.org/10.1111/bjdp.12279

Rodgers, R. F., Berry, R., & Franko, D. L. (2018). Eating Disorders in Ethnic Minorities: an Update. Current psychiatry reports20(10), 90. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11920-018-0938-3

Rodgers, R. F., Nichols, T. E., Damiano, S. R., Wertheim, E. H., & Paxton, S. J. (2019). Low body esteem and dietary restraint among 7-year old children: The role of perfectionism, low self-esteem, and belief in the rewards of thinness and muscularity. Eating behaviors32, 65–68. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.eatbeh.2018.12.004

Rodgers, R. F., McLean, S. A., & Paxton, S. J. (2019). When seeing is not believing: An examination of the mechanisms accounting for the protective effect of media literacy on body image. Sex Roles, 81, 87-96. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11199-018-0973-x

Rousseau, A., Rodgers, R. F., & Eggermont, S. (2019). Rousseau, A., Rodgers, R. F., & Eggermont, S. (2019). A short-term longitudinal exploration of the impact of TV exposure on objectifying attitudes toward women in early adolescent boys. Sex roles, 80, 186-199. Sex roles, 80, 186-199.https://doi.org/10.1007/s11199-018-0925-5

Sonneville, K. R., & Rodgers, R. F. (2019). Shared Concerns and Opportunity for Joint Action in Creating a Food Environment That Supports Health. Nutrients11(1), 41. https://doi.org/10.3390/nu11010041