Rachel Calogero

Dr. Rachel Calogero

Social and Personality Psychology

Associate Professor
WH 321
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 the Journal for Theoretical Social Psychology, and previously served as an Associate Editor for the 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. 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., Tylka, T.L., *Donnelly, L.C., *McGetrick, A., & *Medrano Leger, A. (2017). Trappings of femininity: A test of the “beauty as currency” hypothesis in shaping college women’s gender activism. Body Image, 21, 66-70.

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

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. (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., Tantleff-Dunn, S., & Thompson, J.K. (2011). Self-objectification in women: Causes, consequences, and counteractions. Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association.

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., Bardi, A., & Sutton, R.M. (2009). A need basis for values: Associations between the need for cognitive closure and people’s value priorities. Personality and Individual Differences, 46, 154-159.

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 interest in why people legitimize social conditions and practices that oppress them and others. 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 Body Justice and Wellness Lab, we conduct research along two main streams.  

In our social-political research stream, we examine the ways people come to reinforce or challenge the societal status quo in contexts of sexism, weightism, stigmatized identities, and various social injustices. We also study the intrapersonal and intergroup antecedents and consequences of these psychological processes. In our social-clinical research stream, we examine the interaction of sociocultural and intrapersonal processes in the context of physical and mental wellness. We have developed and tested models of mindful exercise for the cultivation of positive body image and the treatment of eating disorders. We also study the impact of weight-inclusive vs. weight loss beliefs and interventions on various wellness indicators.