Marisol Perez

Associate Professor
Faculty
TEMPE Campus
Mailcode
1104

Biography

Marisol Perez is an associate professor in the Department of Psychology at Arizona State University. Her program of research encompasses both theoretical and applied studies in the area of eating psychopathology and obesity, often using a focus on Latino populations. Perez was born in Los Angeles, California and comes from a Cuban immigrant family. She was the first generation in her family to go to college and graduated with a bachelor’s degree from University of Miami in Florida in 1999. She obtained her master’s and doctoral degrees from Florida State University in clinical psychology, graduating in 2004. She currently serves on the Board of the Academy of Eating Disorders as director of Communications, is an associate editor for the ABCT Clinical Practice Book Series, and incoming editor for Clinician's Research Digest. 

Education

  • Ph.D. Clnical Psychology, Florida State University 2004
  • M.S. Clinical Psychology, Florida State University 2001
  • B.S. University of Miami 1999

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Research Interests

My program of research encompasses both theoretical and applied studies in the area of eating psychopathology and obesity, often using a focus on Latino populations. I have 3 current objectives:

1.)The prevention of eating disorders and obesity.

Our research team has recently concluded a randomized controlled trial assessing the efficacy of a couples based eating disorder prevention program and a naturalistic, dissemination based study on a dissonance-based eating disorder prevention program. We are now going to begin two dismantling studies to evaluate the hypothesized mechanisms of change. We are about to begin a replication study of the efficacy of a weight gain prevention program developed for the women in colonias along the Texas-Mexico border. In addition, we are in year 4 of a 10 year longitudinal assessing the changing health needs of families along the Texas-Mexico border.

2.)The investigation of the intergenerational transmission of eating.

We have recently started a study couched within an emotion regulation based developmental model of emotional eating that assesses the interplay of genetic, socio-cultural and environmental factors that contribute to the intergenerational transmission of eating pathology. In addition, we are piloting a parent-based prevention program for emotion regulation and emotional eating.

3.)Improving the assessment of eating behaviors for minorities.

We are working on assessing the cultural sensitivity of the diagnostic criteria for eating disorders for ethnic minority individuals, and the appropriateness of several eating and feeding assessments across cultural and economic groups.

Publications

Perez, M. (in press). Chapter 12: Tools for cognitive behavioral treatment of binge eating among Latinos. In Lorraine Benuto’s (Ed.) Toolkit for Counseling Spanish-speaking Clients. New York: Springer.

Ramirez, A. L., Trujillo, E., & Perez, M. (in press). Considerations in the treatment of Eating Disorders among ethnic minorities. In L. Anderson, S. Murray, & W. Kaye’s (Eds) Handbook of Complex and Atypical Eating Disorders. Oxford University Press.

Perez, M.  & Placensia, M. (2017). Psychological perspectives on ethnic minority eating behavior, and obesity. In Arthur Blume’s (Ed.) Social Issues in living color: Challenges and solutions from the perspective of ethnic minority psychology, volume 3. New York: Praeger Books.

Bruening, A. B., & Perez, M. (in press). Prevalence rates and norm data from the EDE-Q for ethnic minority college women. Eating Disorders: The Journal of Treatment and Prevention.

Becker, C.B., Perez, M., Kippela, L.S., Deidrichs, P., Trujillo, E., & Stice. E. (in press). Engaging stakeholder communities as body image prevention partners: The Body Project as a case example. Eating Behaviors.

Kroon Van Diest, A., Perez, M., Smith, H., Sladek, M.R. (2016). Body dissatisfaction and its correlates in 5-7 year old girls: A social learning experiment. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology 45, 1-13.

Perez, M., Ohrt, T., & Hoek, H. (2016). Prevalence and treatment of eating disorders among Hispanics/Latino Americans in the United States. Current Opinion in Psychiatry, 26(6), 378-382.

Perez, M., Ohrt, T.K., & Bruening, A.B. (2016). The effects of different recruitment and incentive strategies for body acceptance programs on college women. Eating Disorders: The Journal of Treatment & Prevention, 24(5), 383-392. Available for free at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10640266.2016.1192910

Smith, A., Bodell, L.P., Holm-Denoma, J., Joiner, T., Gordon, K., Perez, M., & Keel, P. (in press). “I don’t want to grow up, I’m a [Gen X, Y, Me] kid” Increasing maturity fears across the decades. International Journal of Behavioral Development.

Ambwani, S., Gleaves, D., & Perez M. (2015). Fearing Fatness: A Cross-National Comparison of Indian and European American University Students. International Journal of Culture and Mental Health, 8(1), 46-59. Doi: 10.1080/17542863.2014.892520.

Perez, M., Kroon Van Diest, A., & Cutts, S. (2014). Preliminary examination of a mentor-based program for eating disorders. Journal of Eating Disorders. Availabe for free at: http://www.jeatdisord.com/content/2/1/24

Wehrly, S.E., Bonilla, C., Liew, J., & Perez, M. (2014). Controlling parental feeding practices and child body composition of ethnically and economically diverse preschool children. Appetite,73, 163-171.doi: 10.1016/j.appet2013.11.009.

Kroon Van Diest, A.M., Tartakovsky, M., Stachon, C. , Pettit, J. , Perez, M. (2013).The relationship between acculturative stress and eating disorders symptoms: Is it unique from general life stress? Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 37(3), 445-457. Advance online publication. DOI: 10.1007/s10865-013-9498-5.

Kroon Van Diest, A.M. , & Perez, M.  (2013). Exploring the integration of thin-ideal internalization and self-objectification in the prevention of eating disorders. Body Image: An International Journal of Research, 10, 16-25.

Ramirez, A.L. , Perez, M., & Taylor, A. (2012). Preliminary examination of a couple-based eating disorder prevention program. Body Image: An International Journal of Research, 9, 324-333.

Ramirez, A.L. , Perez, M., Muñoz, O.J., Garcia, P., Trevino, L., & Lara, P. (2011). Family-based health needs along the Texas-Mexico Border. Journal of Public Health, 33, 579-586.  

Perez, M., & Warren, C.F. (2011). The relationship between quality of life, Binge Eating Disorder, and obesity status in an ethnically diverse sample. Obesity, 20, 879-885.

 

Research Activity

Courses

Fall 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
PSY 399Supervised Research
BIO 495Undergraduate Research
PSY 499Individualized Instruction
PSY 599Thesis
PSY 792Research
PSY 799Dissertation
Summer 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
PSY 792Research
Spring 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
PSY 399Supervised Research
PSY 472Clinical Psychology
PSY 499Individualized Instruction
Fall 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
PSY 399Supervised Research
PSY 472Clinical Psychology
BIO 495Undergraduate Research
PSY 499Individualized Instruction
PSY 574Psychotherapy
Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
PSY 399Supervised Research
PSY 499Individualized Instruction
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
PSY 366Abnormal Psychology
PSY 399Supervised Research
PSY 472Clinical Psychology
PSY 499Individualized Instruction
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
PSY 399Supervised Research
PSY 472Clinical Psychology
PSY 499Individualized Instruction
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
PSY 399Supervised Research
PSY 499Individualized Instruction
PSY 574Psychotherapy
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
PSY 366Abnormal Psychology
PSY 399Supervised Research
PSY 472Clinical Psychology
PSY 499Individualized Instruction
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
PSY 394Special Topics
PSY 399Supervised Research
PSY 499Individualized Instruction
Spring 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
PSY 399Supervised Research
PSY 499Individualized Instruction