Dr. Elise Gibbs is a licensed psychologist who provides cognitive behavioral therapy for individuals with eating, mood, and anxiety disorders. She received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the PGSP-Stanford Psy.D. Consortium and her BA with Honors and Distinction in Psychology from Stanford University. She completed her clinical internship at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center - VA Internship Consortium and her postdoctoral fellowship at Stanford University?s School of Medicine.

Clinical Focus

  • Psychology

Academic Appointments

  • Clinical Instructor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Professional Education

  • Fellowship:Stanford University Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship (2018) CA
  • Internship:Vanderbilt University Office of the Registrar (2017) TN
  • PhD Training:PGSP-Stanford PsyD Consortium (2017) CA


All Publications

  • Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder-specific stimulant misuse, mood, anxiety, and stress in college-age women at high risk for or with eating disorders JOURNAL OF AMERICAN COLLEGE HEALTH Gibbs, E. L., Kass, A. E., Eichen, D. M., Fitzsimmons-Craft, E. E., Trockel, M., Wilfley, D. E., Taylor, C. B. 2016; 64 (4): 300-308


    To examine the misuse of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)-specific stimulants in a college population at high risk for or with clinical or subclinical eating disorders.Four hundred forty-eight college-age women aged 18-25 at high risk for or with a clinical or subclinical eating disorder.Participants completed assessments of stimulant misuse and psychopathology from September 2009 to June 2010.Greater eating disorder pathology, objective binge eating, purging, eating disorder-related clinical impairment, depressive symptoms, perceived stress, and trait anxiety were associated with an increased likelihood of stimulant misuse. Subjective binge eating, excessive exercise, and dietary restraint were not associated with stimulant misuse.ADHD-specific stimulant misuse is associated with eating disorder and comorbid pathology among individuals at high risk for or with clinical or subclinical eating disorders. Screening for stimulant misuse and eating disorder pathology may improve identification of college-age women who may be engaging in maladaptive behaviors and inform prevention efforts.

    View details for DOI 10.1080/07448481.2016.1138477

    View details for Web of Science ID 000375464400004

    View details for PubMedID 26822019

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  • Non-suicidal self-injury and suicidal ideation in relation to eating and general psychopathology among college-age women. Psychiatry research Eichen, D. M., Kass, A. E., Fitzsimmons-Craft, E. E., Gibbs, E., Trockel, M., Barr Taylor, C., Wilfley, D. E. 2016; 235: 77-82


    Non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI) and suicidal ideation are potent risk factors for suicide and are associated with general and eating disorder-specific psychopathology. Limited research has examined the effects of combined NSSI+suicidal ideation thus concurrent examination is needed to understand potential differential effects on psychopathology. College-aged women (N=508) completed self-report measures of NSSI, suicidal ideation, general psychopathology, and Eating Disorder-specific psychopathology. MANOVAs determined whether the NSSI/SI status groups differed on general and eating disorder pathology measures as a set. Significant MANOVAs were followed up with univariate ANOVAs and posthoc tests. Thirteen women endorsed NSSI+Suicidal Ideation, 70 endorsed NSSI-only, 25 endorsed Suicidal Ideation-only, and 400 endorsed no NSSI/Suicidal Ideation. Both general and eating disorder-specific psychopathology differed across groups. NSSI+Suicidal Ideation and Suicidal Ideation-only groups typically endorsed higher general psychopathology than the no NSSI/Suicidal Ideation and NSSI-only groups. Regarding eating disorder pathology, the NSSI+Suicidal Ideation group was more pathological than no NSSI/Suicidal Ideation and NSSI-only, except on the weight concerns scale, where NSSI+Suicidal Ideation only differed from no NSSI/Suicidal Ideation. The NSSI+Suicidal Ideation group was only greater than Suicidal Ideation-only on measures of depression and eating concern. Results highlight the importance of screening for both NSSI and suicidal ideation, especially for individuals with eating disorder symptoms. Likewise, screening for eating disorder pathology may be beneficial for individuals presenting with NSSI and suicidal ideation.

    View details for DOI 10.1016/j.psychres.2015.11.046

    View details for PubMedID 26654754

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  • Variability in Pregaming Typologies Across the Freshman Year: A Multi-wave Latent Transition Analysis SUBSTANCE USE & MISUSE Haas, A. L., Wickham, R. E., Gibbs, E. 2016; 51 (8): 961-971


    Though research is rapidly expanding on pregaming and related risks, studies have not yet identified discrete subtypes of college pregamers or modeled how class membership changes across critical times like college entry.Latent Transition Analysis (LTA) identified classes of pregaming behaviors in entering college students and described transitions in latent statuses across the freshman year.Students with prior alcohol use (N = 711; 51.3% female; 63% White; Mage = 18) were surveyed at orientation and re-assessed at three follow-ups (Fall, Winter, and Spring). Items assessed overall drinking (past 30-day, number of binge episodes), pregaming (typical quantity, normativity relative to overall use, estimated pregaming BAC, drinks consumed post-pregaming event), and problems (overall and pregaming-specific).LTA modeling yielded three distinct classes of pregaming membership (Low, Medium and High) that varied as a function of both overall use and pregaming practices. Evaluation of changes over the year indicated the greatest movement occurred immediately upon college entry, with significantly less movement was seen across the remainder of the year. Cross-class comparisons across all four time points showed clear differences in alcohol-related problems (overall as well as pregaming-specific), with students in the High class reporting markedly higher levels of problems on all domains.Overall, there appears to be considerable heterogeneity in pregaming behaviors, across both students and time that are directly related to differential levels of problems. Findings highlight the need to screen students early for risky drinking practices, including pregaming, and include pregaming-specific material in their campus screening and intervention programming.

    View details for DOI 10.3109/10826084.2016.1162813

    View details for Web of Science ID 000377301800002

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