Research

Empowering Change by Disseminating Findings and Clinical Implications

Research is an important part of learning and discovery – – it allows us to systematically answer questions of importance and value.  I find that there is a fruitful, reciprocal relationship between clinical work and research endeavors.  My clinical work in psychotherapy often serves to raise the questions that I seek to answer through research, and the results we generate from research findings are integral to helping clients progress in treatment through understanding best clinical practices and enhancing knowledge and understanding of different mental health issues.

My colleagues and I present findings from our research studies at local, national, and international conferences and publish research results in peer-reviewed scholarly journals.  Yet not everyone who could benefit from knowing the study findings has easy access to these venues.  Visit my blog, in which I provide highlights of the key findings from our work, in addition to other musings.

Listed below are some of my publications.  Please contact me if you have interest in learning more about these areas or wish for a copy of a published journal article.

 

Book Chapters

Ackard Treatment of Eating Disorders book chapterAckard, D. M. & Brewerton, T. D.  (2010).  Comorbid trauma and eating disorders: Treatment considerations and recommendations for a vulnerable population.  In M. Maine, B. McGilley & D. Bunnell (Eds.), Treatment of Eating Disorders: Bridging the Research-Practice Gap.  New York: Academic Press.

 

Ackard, D. M.  (2004).  Anorexia, bulimia, disordered eating and obesity.  In M. J. Legato (Ed.), Principles of Gender-Specific Medicine (vol 2), pp. 715-728.  New York:  Academic Press.

Ackard Body Image book cover chapterFallon, P., & Ackard, D. M.  (2002).  Sexual abuse and body image.  In T. Cash & T. Pruzinsky (Eds.), Body image: A handbook of theory, research, and clinical practice, pp. 117-124.  New York: Guilford Press.

 

 

Journal Articles

Pearson, C. A., Miller, J., Ackard, D. M., Loth, K. A., Wall, M. M., Haynos, A. F., Neumark-Sztainer, D. (2017). Stability and change in patterns of eating disorder symptoms from adolescents to young adulthood. International Journal of Eating Disorders. 50(7):748-757 doi: 10.1002/eat.22692

Powers, M. A., Richter, S., Ackard, D. M., Craft, C. (2017). Diabetes distress among persons with Type 1 Diabetes: Associations with disordered eating, depression and other psychological health concerns. The Diabetes Educator; 43(1):105-113.

Powers, M. A., Richter, S., Ackard, D. M., Craft, C. (2015). Development and validation of the Screen for Early Eating Disorder Signs (SEEDS) in Persons with Type 1 Diabetes. Eating Disorders: Journal of Treatment and Prevention, 24(3), 271-88.

Powers, M. A., Richter, S., Ackard, D. M., Cronemeyer, C. (2015). Eating disorders in persons with type 1 diabetes: A focus group investigation of early eating disorder risk. Journal of Health Psychology, 21(12), 2966-2976.

Ackard, D. M., Cronemeyer, C. L., Richter, S., Egan, A. (2015). Do symptom-specific stages of change predict eating disorder treatment outcome? Eating and Weight Disorders, 20, 49-62.

Ackard, D. M., Richter, S., Egan, A., Cronemeyer, C.  (2014).  Poor outcome and death among youth, young adults and midlife adults with eating disorders: An investigation of risk factors by age at assessment.  International Journal of Eating Disorders, 47, 825-35.

Ackard, D. M., Richter, S., Egan, A., Cronemeyer, C. (2014). The meaning of (quality of) life in patients with eating disorders: A comparison of generic and disease-specific measures across diagnosis and outcome. International Journal of Eating Disorders, 47, 259-267.

Ackard, D. M., Richter, S., Egan, A., Cronemeyer, C. (2013). What does remission tell us about women with eating disorders? Investigating applications of various remission definitions and their associations with quality of life. Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 76, 12-18.

Ackard, D. M., Richter, S. K., Frisch, M., Mangham, D., Cronemeyer, C.  (2013).  Eating disorder treatment among women forty and older: Increases in prevalence over time and comparisons to young adult patients.  Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 74 (2), 175-8.

Powers, M. A., Richter, S., Ackard, D. M., Critchley, S., Meier, M. & Criego, A.  (2013).  Determining the influence of Type 1 Diabetes on two common eating disorder questionnaires.  The Diabetes Educator, 39 (3), 387-96.

Ackard, D. M., Eisenberg, M. E. & Neumark-Sztainer, D.  (2012).  Associations between dating violence and high-risk sexual behaviors among male and female older adolescents.  Journal of Child and Adolescent Trauma, 5 (4), 344-352.

Powers, M., Richter, S. K., Ackard, D. M., Gerken, S., Meier, M., & Criego, A.  (2012).  Characteristics of persons with an eating disorder and type 1 diabetes and psychological comparisons to persons with an eating disorder and no diabetes.  International Journal of Eating Disorders, 45 (2), 252-256.

Ackard, D. M., Cronemeyer, C. L., Franzen, L. A., Richter, S. & Norstrom, J.  (2011).  Number of different purging behaviors used among women with eating disorders: Psychological, behavioral, self-efficacy and quality of life outcomes.  Eating Disorders: Journal of Treatment and Prevention, 19 (2), 156-74.

Ackard, D. M., Fulkerson, J. A. & Neumark-Sztainer, D.  (2011).  Psychological and behavioral risk profiles as they relate to eating disorder diagnoses and symptomatology among an epidemiological sample of youth.  International Journal of Eating Disorders, 44, 440-446.

Ackard, D. M., Fulkerson, J. A. & Neumark-Sztainer, D.  (2011).  Stability of eating disorder diagnostic classifications in adolescents: Five-year longitudinal findings from a population-based study.  Eating Disorders: Journal of Treatment and Prevention, 19, 308-322.

Peterson, C. B., Thuras, P., Ackard, D. M., Mitchell, J. E., Berg, K., Sandager, N., Wonderlich, S. A., Pederson, M. & Crow, S. J.  (2010).  Personality dimensions in bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder, and obesity.  Comprehensive Psychiatry, 51 (1), 31-6.

van den Berg, P. A., Mond, J., Neumark-Sztainer, D. Eisenberg, M & Ackard, D. M.  (2010).  The link between body dissatisfaction and self-esteem in adolescents: Similarities across gender, age, weight status, race, and socioeconomic status.  Journal of Adolescent Health, 47, 290-296.

Ackard, D. M., Croll, J. K., Krohn, S. Adlis, S. & Wonderlich, A.  (2009).  A self-report instrument measuring readiness to change disordered eating behaviors: The Eating Disorders Stage of Change.  Journal of Eating and Weight Disorders, 14, e66-e76.

Eisenberg, M. E., Ackard, D. M., Neumark-Sztainer, D. & Resnick, M.  (2009).  Casual sex and psychological health among young adults: Is having “Friends with Benefits” emotionally damaging?  Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health41 (4), 231-237.

Ackard, D. M., Vik, N., Neumark-Sztainer, D., Schmitz, K. H., Hannan, P. & Jacobs, D. R. Jr.  (2008).  Disordered eating and body dissatisfaction in adolescents with type 1 diabetes and a population-based comparison sample: Comparative prevalence and clinical implications. Pediatric Diabetes, 9 (4), 312-319.

Ackard, D. M., Fedio, G., Neumark-Sztainer, D. & Britt, H.  (2008).  Factors associated with disordered eating among sexually-active adolescent males:  Gender and number of sexual partners.  Journal of Psychosomatic Medicine, 70, 232-238.

Ackard, D. M., Eisenberg, M. E., & Neumark-Sztainer, D.  (2007).  Long-term impact of adolescent dating violence on the behavioral and psychological health of male and female youth.  Journal of Pediatrics, 151, 476-81.

Ackard, D. M., Fulkerson, J. A. & Neumark-Sztainer, D.  (2007).  Prevalence and utility of DSM-IV eating disorder diagnostic criteria among youth.  International Journal of Eating Disorders, 40(5), 409-417.

Eisenberg, M. E., Ackard, D. M. & Resnick, M. D.  (2007).  Protective factors and suicide risk among adolescents with a history of sexual abuse.  Journal of Pediatrics, 151, 482-7.

Ackard, D. M., Neumark-Sztainer, D., Story, M., & Perry, C.  (2006).  Parent-child connectedness and behavioral and emotional health among adolescents.  American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 30 (1), 59-66.

Wonderlich, A. L., Ackard, D. M., & Henderson, J. B.  (2005).  Childhood beauty pageant contestants: Associations with adult disordered eating and mental health.  Eating Disorders: Journal of Treatment and Prevention, 13, 291-301.

Ackard, D. M., Henderson, J. B., & Wonderlich, A. L.  (2004).  The associations between childhood dance participation and adult disordered eating and related psychopathology.  Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 57 (5), 485-490.

Peterson, C. B., Wimmer, S., Ackard, D. M., Crosby, R., Cavanagh, L. C., Engbloom, S., & Mitchell, J. E.  (2004).  Changes in body image during cognitive-behavioral treatment in women with bulimia nervosa.  Body Image, 1, 139-153.

Ackard, D. M., & Neumark-Sztainer, D.  (2003). Multiple sexual victimizations among adolescent boys and girls: Prevalence and associations with eating behaviors and psychological health.   Journal of Child Sexual Abuse, 12 (1), 17-37.

Ackard, D. M., Neumark-Sztainer, D., & Hannan, P.  (2003).  Dating violence among a nationally representative sample of adolescent girls and boys: Associations with behavioral and mental health.  Journal of Gender-Specific Medicine, 6 (3), 39-48.

Ackard, D. M., Neumark-Sztainer, D., Story, M., & Perry, C.  (2003).  Overeating among adolescents: Prevalence and associations with weight-related characteristics and psychological health.  Pediatrics111, 67-74.

Ackard, D. M., Brehm, B. J., & Steffen, J. J.  (2002).  Exercise and eating disorders in college-aged women: Profiling excessive exercisers.  Eating Disorders: The Journal of Treatment and Prevention10, 31-47.

Ackard, D. M., Croll, J., & Kearney-Cooke, A. M.  (2002).  Dieting frequency among college women: Associations with disordered eating, body image, and related psychological variables while controlling for body mass index.  Journal for Psychosomatic Research, 52, 129-136.

Ackard, D. M., Neumark-Sztainer, D.  (2002).  Date violence and date rape among adolescents: Associations with disordered eating behaviors and psychological health.  Child Abuse and Neglect, The International Journal, 26, 455-473.

Neumark-Sztainer, D., Patterson, J., Mellin, A., Ackard, D. M., Utter, J., Story, M, & Sockaloski, J.  (2002).  Weight control practices and disordered eating behaviors among adolescent female and males with Type 1 Diabetes: Associations with sociodemographics, weight concerns, familial factors and metabolic outcomes.  Diabetes Care25, 1289-1296.

Raymond, N. R., deZwaan, M., Mitchell, J. E., Ackard, D. M., & Thuras, P.  (2002).  Effect of a very low calorie diet on the diagnostic category of individuals with binge eating disorder.  International Journal of Eating Disorders31, 49-56.

Ackard, D. M., & Neumark-Sztainer, D.  (2001).  Date violence and rape among adolescents: Associations with psychological health (Report No. CG031327).  East Lansing, MI: National Center for Research on Teacher Learning (ERIC Document Reproduction Services No. ED 458 466).

Ackard, D. M., & Neumark-Sztainer, D.  (2001).  Family mealtime while growing up: Associations with symptoms of bulimia nervosa.  Eating Disorders: The Journal of Treatment and Prevention9, 239-249.

Ackard, D. M., & Neumark-Sztainer, D.  (2001).  Health care information sources for adolescents: Age and gender differences on utilization, concerns, and needs.  Journal of Adolescent Health29, 170-176.

Ackard, D. M., Neumark-Sztainer, D., Hannan, P., French, S., & Story, M.  (2001).  Binge and purge behavior among adolescents: Associations with sexual and physical abuse in a nationally representative sample: The Commonwealth Fund.  Child Abuse and Neglect, The International Journal, 25 (6), 771-785.

Ackard, D. M., & Peterson, C. B.  (2001).  Association between puberty and disordered eating, body image, and other psychological variables.  International Journal of Eating Disorders29, 187-194.

Ackard, D. M., Kearney-Cooke, A. M., & Peterson, C. B.  (2000).  Effect of body image and self image on women’s sexual behaviors.  International Journal of Eating Disorders28 (4), 422-429.

Kearney-Cooke, A. M., & Ackard, D. M.  (2000).  The effects of sexual abuse on body image, self image, and sexual activity of women.  The Journal of Gender-Specific Medicine3 (6), 54-60.

Neumark-Sztainer, D., Story, M., Ackard, D., Moe, J., & Perry, C.  (2000).  The “Family Meal”: Views of adolescents.  Journal of Nutrition Education32, 329-334.

Neumark-Sztainer, D., Story, M., Ackard, D., Moe, J., & Perry, C.  (2000).  Family meals among adolescents: Findings from a pilot study.  Journal of Nutrition Education32, 335-340.

deZwaan, M., Bach, M., Mitchell, J. E., Ackard, D. M., Specker, S. M., Pyle, R. L. & Pakesch, G.  (1995).  Alexithymia, obesity and binge eating disorder.  International Journal of Eating Disorders, 17 (2), 135-140.

Raymond, N. C., deZwaan, M., Faris, P. L., Nugent, S. M., Ackard, D. M., Crosby, R. D. & Mitchell, J. E.  (1995).  Pain thresholds in obese binge-eating disorder subjects.  Biological Psychiatry, 37 (3), 202-204.

Bach, M., deZwaan, M., Ackard, D. M., Nutzinger, D. O., & Mitchell, J. E.  (1994).  Alexithymia:  Relationship to personality disorders.  Comprehensive Psychiatry, 35 (3), 239-243.