The Center for the Advancement of Research on Eating Behaviors (CARE) is directed by Dr. Kelsie Forbush in the Department of Psychology at the University of Kansas. The CARE lab focuses on research related to normal and abnormal eating behaviors in men and women.
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We are committed to research that is designed to improve the understanding of eating disorders using cutting-edge methods and novel approaches. Our research staff is sensitive to the concerns experienced by those suffering from disordered eating behaviors and strives to give participants a pleasant research experience.
In the News
Brittany Bohrer’s research project, titled "Are common measures of restraint and disinhibited eating reliable and valid in obese persons?” was recently accepted for publication in Appetite. Tyler Hunt co-authored a review paper with Dr. Forbush that was recently published in Physiology and Behavior. For more information on graduate students’ publications, please see the “Publications” section of this website.
Yuki Tang's undergraduate honor’s thesis was recently published in the International Journal of Eating Disorders. Her thesis was supervised by Dr. Forbush while Yuki was a student at Purdue University. Yuki recently completed a M.A. degree in Clinical Psychology at Brandeis University.
Danielle Chapa received a prestigious KU Diversity Fellowhip for the 2015-2016 academic year.
Brittany Bohrer spent the summer of 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts as a summer research fellow at the Eating Disorders Clinical and Research Program at Massachusetts General Hospital.
At the 21st Annual Meeting of the Eating Disorders Research Society in Taormina, Sicily, Italy, Dr. Forbush gave a talk on network analysis, and Kelsey Hagan presented a poster on dietary restraint.
Dr. Forbush was appointed to serve as the Co-Chair of the Assessment and Diagnosis Special Interest Group (SIG) for the Academy for Eating Disorders from 2014-2017. Dr. Forbush was also selected as an Early Career Reviewer for the National Institute of Health, and a Program Reviewer for the Academy of Psychological Clinical Science.
Dr. Forbush received the prestigious 2015 Rising Star Award from the American Psychological Society.
Danielle Chapa was recognized with an Honorable Mention for the Ford Foundation Fellowship Program administered by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.
Tyler Hunt's paper on the topic of "drunkorexia" was accepted for publication in Eating Behaviors.
Dr. Forbush received a research grant from the University of Kansas General Research Fund for a brain-imaging study on bulimia nervosa.
Kelsey Hagan was awarded the KU Carlin Graduate Teaching Assistant Award for the 2015-2016 academic year.
Nanyi Deng was named one of the KU Women of Distinction for 2016-2017. She will be featured in the annual KU Women of Distinction Calendar.
Brittany Bohrer received the 2016 KU Graduate Research Competition Award for Psychology.
Kelsey Hagan was awarded the KU Clinical Psychology Program's C.R. Snyder Research Achievement Award for the 2015-2016 academic year.
Kelsey Hagan was awarded the KU Clinical Psychology Program's Don Hutchings Memorial Award for the 2015-2016 academic year.
Danielle Chapa received the KU Clinical Psychology Program's Citizenship Award for the 2015-2016 academic year.
Angelito dela Cruz was elected as the Vice President of KU's Chapter of Psi Chi, The International Honor Society in Psychology.
Dr. Forbush, Brittany Bohrer, and Kelsey Hagan presented research at the 22nd annual meeting of the Eating Disorders Research Society in New York City.
Kelsey Hagan was awarded the 2017-2018 University of Kansas Women's Club Scholarship.
Kelsey Hagan was awarded the University of Kansas Graduate Studies Summer Scholarship for Summer 2017 to support her dissertation research.
Several members of the CARE Lab attended the 2017 International Conference on Eating Disorders in Prague, Czech Republic to present posters.
Caitlin Goddard received the University of Kansas Department of Psychology 2017 Growth and Achievement Award.