Heather Davis

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Faculty, Department of Psychology
Office Address
319 Williams Hall
Short Bio
Dr. Heather Davis (she/her/hers) conducts research to understand the risk for and consequences of disordered eating and related psychopathology. In particular, Dr. Davis is interested in the experience of shame in the context of eating disorders, and the potential for shame to serve as a transdiagnostic mechanism underlying comorbidity between eating disorders and other problems, such as alcohol misuse, depression, anxiety, and self-harm. She uses multiple methods to test questions related to this aim, including laboratory, longitudinal, and ecological momentary assessment designs. Dr. Davis also studies individuals at high risk for disordered eating, but underrepresented in the eating disorders research literature. Currently, Dr Davis is investigating eating disorders among individuals experiencing food insecurity.

Dr. Davis’s research has been funded by the National Institute on Mental Health (NIMH) in the National Institutes of Health, the Lipman Foundation, and the Philanthropic Educational Organization.
  • Dr. Davis will be reviewing applications for the Clinical Science graduate program area for the 2024-2025 academic year.

  • Students interested in working with Dr. Davis can indicate any of the Clinical Science concentration areas (child, adult, health) on their application, as Dr. Davis conducts research across the lifespan and in healthcare and non-healthcare settings.

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  • Burnette, C. B. & Davis, H. A. (in press). A case for integrating self-compassion interventions targeting shame and self-criticism into eating disorder treatment. International Journal of Eating Disorders.

  • *Patarinski, A. G. G., Smith, G. T., Davis, H. A. (in press). Eating disorder-related functional impairment predicts greater depressive symptoms across one semester of college. Eating Behaviors.

  • Davis H. A., Kells, M., *Patarinski, A. G. G., Wildes, J. E. (in press). Associations among weight history, weight bias, and eating disorder diagnosis in women with current food insecurity. Eating Disorders: Journal of Treatment and Prevention.

  • Davis, H. A., Smith, Z. R. & Smith, G. T. (2024). Longitudinal transactions between fasting and negative urgency predict binge eating. Appetite, 192. 107113. Advance online publication.

  • Davis, H. A., *Patarinski, A. G. G., Hahn, S. L., *Kesselring-Dacey, D., Smith, G. T. (2023). A longitudinal test of problematic alcohol use and binge eating among college women: The moderating role of shame. Alcohol, S0741-8329(23)00333-6. Advance online publication.

  • Davis, H. A., Kells, M., *Roske, C., *Holzman, S., Wildes, J. E. (2023). A Reflexive Thematic Analysis of #WhatIEatInADay on TikTok. Eating Behaviors. 

  • Davis, H. A. & Smith, G. T. (2023). Examining the role of urgency in predicting binge size in bulimia nervosa. Frontiers in Psychology

  • Kells, M., Davis, H. A., Todorov, S., Wildes, J. E. (2023). Health literacy and eating disorder pathology in women with food insecurity: A preliminary cross-sectional study. Eating Behaviors, 49, 101727. Advance online publication.

  • Davis, H. A., Kells, M., *Todorov, S., *Kosmas, J., Wildes, J. E. (2023). Comorbid Eating, Depressive, and Anxiety Psychopathology is Associated with Elevated Shame in Women with Food Insecurity. International Journal of Eating Disorders, 56 (6), 1087-1097.

  • Davis, H. A., Keel, P. K., Tangney, J., & Smith, G. T. (2022). Increases in shame following binge eating among women: Laboratory and longitudinal findings. Appetite, 178, 106276.

  • Davis, H. A., *Rush, M., & Smith, G. T. (2022). Reciprocal relations between body image disturbance and driven exercise. Journal of American College Health, 1–7. Advance online publication.

  • Davis, H. A., Graham, A. K., & Wildes, J. E. (2020). Overview of binge eating disorder. Current Cardiovascular Risk Reports , 14(12), 1-10.

  • Davis, H. A., Smith, G. T., & Keel, P. K. (2020). An examination of negative urgency and other impulsigenic traits in purging disorder. Eating Behaviors. 36, 101365.

  • Smith, G. T., Atkinson, E. A., Davis, H. A., Riley, E. N., & Oltmanns, J. R. (2020). The general factor of psychopathology. Annual Review of Clinical Psychology 16 (1), 75-98.

  • Davis, H. A., *Ortiz, A. M. L, & Smith, G. T. (2019). Transactions between early binge eating and personality predict transdiagnostic risk. European Eating Disorders Review, 27(6), 614-627.

  • Davis, H. A. & Smith, G. T. (2018). An integrative model of risk for high school disordered eating. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 127(6), 559-570.

  • *Peterson, S. J., Davis, H. A., & Smith, G. T. (2018). Personality and learning predictors of adolescent alcohol consumption trajectories. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 127(5), 482-495.

  • Davis, H. A., *Ortiz, A. M. L. & Smith G. T. (2018). The occurrence and covariation of binge eating and compensatory behaviors across early to mid-adolescence. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 43(1), 402-412.
  • T32 Postdoctoral fellowship in Eating Disorders Research, University of Chicago (2021)
  • Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, University of Kentucky (2020)
  • B.S. in Psychology, Florida State University (2012)