Dr. Aubrey Toole is a licensed psychologist whose research and clinical work has focused on the treatment and prevention of eating and body image problems and the potential benefits of compassion- and acceptance-based interventions. Dr. Toole further specializes in treating eating and body image concerns in high performance athletes at Stanford. She also serves as a supervisor within the PGSP-Stanford Psy.D. Consortium. She completed her bachelor?s degree in Psychology with Highest Honors at UC Berkeley and her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at Emory University. She completed her predoctoral internship at Emory University?s School of Medicine and postdoctoral fellowship at Stanford University?s School of Medicine.

Clinical Focus

  • Psychology

Academic Appointments

  • Academic Staff - Hourly, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Professional Education

  • Fellowship: Department of Psychiatry, School of Medicine, Stanford University Hospital (2019)
  • Internship: Emory University Medical School (2018) GA
  • PhD Training: Emory University Office of the Registrar (2018) GA


All Publications

  • Brief self-compassion meditation training for body image distress in young adult women BODY IMAGE Toole, A. M., Craighead, L. W. 2016; 19: 104?12


    Self-compassion interventions may be uniquely suited to address body image distress (BID), as change-based strategies may have limited utility in a cultural context that so highly values appearance. The current study evaluated a version of an Internet-based self-compassion training, which had previously shown promising results, but was limited by high attrition. The intervention period was reduced from three weeks to one week in the present study to improve retention. Eighty undergraduate women endorsing body image concerns were randomized to either self-compassion meditation training or a waitlist control group. Results suggest that brief exposure to the basic tenets of self-compassion holds promise for improving aspects of self-compassion and BID. Attrition was minimal, but compliance with meditation practice instructions during the week was low. Efforts are needed to improve engagement, but this approach has the potential to be an acceptable and cost effective method to reduce BID.

    View details for DOI 10.1016/j.bodyim.2016.09.001

    View details for Web of Science ID 000390721300013

    View details for PubMedID 27664531

  • Self-compassion, Body Image, and Self-reported Disordered Eating SELF AND IDENTITY Breines, J., Toole, A., Tu, C., Chen, S. 2014; 13 (4): 432?48

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