Student-athletes sought for test of intervention to improve body image

A Stanford psychologist has received an $8,500 grant from the NCAA to develop and test an online course aimed at improving athletes' body image.

Athena Robinson, PhD, clinical assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, is recruiting Stanford student-athletes to help test the new course. She notes that it is not uncommon for student-athletes to struggle with disordered eating and poor body image, which take can a toll on both their physical and mental well-being.

The online course, called Whole Image for Athletes, offers several potential advantages over in-person interventions for body-image issues: It will increase user anonymity and personalization, be accessible anytime on mobile devices and be simple to disseminate. An online intervention also has the potential to reach many more people.

Student-athletes interested in participating can be screened for eligibility any time until the start of the fall quarter in September, when the online course will be launched. Male and female athletes from any Stanford sport are eligible to participate.

For more information, contact research assistant Sarah Pajarito at (650) 724-9251 or pajarito@stanford.edu.



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