Western University PsychologyFaculty of Social Science

Dr. Rachel Calogero

Social and Personality Psychology

Associate Professor
SSC 6304
519-661-2111 ext. 80403
Curriculum Vitae

  • Bio

  • Publications

  • Research

Biographical Information

I joined the Psychology Department at Western in October 2016. Previously I was Associate Professor in Psychology at the University of Kent (UKC) in England and remain an Honorary Associate Professor in the School of Psychology at UKC. Details on my degrees and previous posts can be found in my CV.

My academic training is in experimental and applied social psychology; but I also have clinical training from the scientific and clinical posts held at the Renfrew Center in Philadelphia between my MA and PhD, which is a residential treatment facility for women with eating disorders where I co-developed and implemented an exercise program to facilitate eating disorders treatment. Over the years, my work has spanned and integrated the areas of social, applied, political, and clinical psychology.

I am a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, Society for the Psychology of Women, Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues, and the Academy for Eating Disorders. Currently I am an Associate Editor for Body Image and previously served as an Associate Editor for Journal of Applied Social Psychology, Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, and Psychology of Women Quarterly. I am senior editor of Self-Objectification in Women: Causes, Consequences, and Counteractions, published by the American Psychological Association in 2011. My research on self-objectification, gender, exercise, and body image has been featured in a variety of media outlets (The Washington Post, Fox News, Good Housekeeping).

Selected Publications

Calogero, R.M. (2017). Political consciousness and gender collective action: A case and place for self-objectification. In A.L. Bos & M.C. Schneider (Eds.), The Political Psychology of Women in U.S. Politics (pp. 93-110). New York: Routledge.

Mensinger, J.L., Calogero, R.M., & Tylka, T.L. (2016). Internalized weight stigma moderates eating behaviour outcomes in high BMI women participating in a healthy living program. Appetite, 102, 32-43. doi: 10.1016/j.appet.2016.01.033

Tylka, T.L., Calogero, R.M., & Danielsdottir, S. (2015). Is intuitive eating the same as flexible dietary control? Their links to each other and wellbeing could provide an answer. Appetite, 95, 166-175.

Calogero, R.M., & Tylka, T.L. (2014). Sanctioning resistance to sexual objectification: An integrative system justification perspective. Journal of Social Issues, 70, 763-778.

Calogero, R.M., Pina, A., & Sutton, R.M. (2014). Cutting words: Priming self-objectification increases the intention to pursue cosmetic surgery. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 38, 197-207.

Calogero, R.M. (2013). On objects and actions: Situating self-objectification in a system justification context. In S. Gervais (Ed.), Nebraska Motivation Symposium: Vol. 60. Perspectives on motivation (pp. 97-126). Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press.

Calogero, R.M. (2013). Objects don’t object: Evidence that self-objectification disrupts women’s social activism. Psychological Science, 24, 312-318.

Calogero, R.M., & Jost, J.T. (2011). Self-subjugation among women: Sexist ideology, self-objectification, and the buffering function of the need to avoid closure. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 100, 11-228.          

Calogero, R.M., & Pina, A. (2011). Body guilt: Preliminary evidence for a further subjective experience of self-objectification. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 35, 428-440.

Harriger, J. A., Calogero, R.M., Witherington, D.C., & Smith, J.E. (2010). Body size stereotyping and internalization of the thin ideal in preschool-age girls. Sex Roles, 63, 609-620.

Calogero, R.M., & Pedrotty, K.N. (2010). Incorporating exercise into the treatment and recovery of eating disorders: Cultivating a mindful approach. In M.Maine, D.Bunnell, & B.H. McGilley (Eds.), Treatment of eating disorders: Bridging the research-practice gap (pp. 425-441). New York: Elsevier.

Calogero, R.M., Herbozo, S., & Thompson, J.K. (2009). Complimentary weightism: The potential costs of appearance-related commentary for women’s self-objectification. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 33, 120-132.

Calogero, R.M. & Pedrotty, K.N. (2004). The practice and process of healthy exercise: An investigation of the treatment of exercise abuse in women with eating disorders. Eating Disorders: The Journal of Treatment and Prevention, 12, 273-291.


Broadly speaking, my research programs are guided by my curiosity in why people legitimize social conditions and practices that oppress them. Much of my work has examined gender as a fundamental organizing framework of human behavior: shifting, shaping, and directing all sorts of meaningful social actions from support for social policies to exercise and eating behavior.

In the OBJECT Lab, we study Objectification and Body Justice Experiences in ConTexts. 

In our social-political research streams, we are examining various ways people come to reinforce and/or challenge the societal status quo in contexts of sexism, weightism, stigmatized identities, and social injustices. We are also studying additional intrapersonal and intergroup antecedents and consequences of these psychological processes. In our social-clinical research streams, we are developing and testing models of mindful exercise in the cultivation of positive body image and the treatment of eating disorders. We are also studying the impact of weight-neutral vs. weight loss beliefs and interventions on various wellness indicators.