University of Calgary

Kristin von Ranson

  • Professor


My research focuses on eating disorders, specifically questions related to etiology, classification, and assessment of eating problems and body image across the lifespan. I use various methods to examine risk, resilience, and maintenance factors for eating disorders in pre-teens, adolescents, and adults. In one research stream, I study the debate over whether eating disorders are forms of addictions. In another research stream, I study how to help bridge the gap between researchers' recommendations and practitioners' choice of psychotherapies for eating disorders.

Research projects I have underway include:

  • Parents' views of the importance of research support in choosing a treatment for their child's mental health problem
  • Uptake of evidence-based psychotherapies for eating disorders
  • Development and psychometric evaluation of the Eating Addiction Questionnaire
  • Associations between binge eating and personality in community women and men with and without eating disorders
  • Weight stigma
  • "Thinspiration" and "fitspiration" in social media
  • Attentional biases related to eating pathology and food addiction

My postdoctoral, graduate and undergraduate supervisees are conducting research pertaining to eating disorders and related problems: see for details.

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Research Support

Alberta Centre for Child, Family & Community Research/PolicyWise for Children and Families


Member, O'Brien Institute of Public Health

Associate Scientist, Alberta Children's Hospital Research Institute


Journal Articles - Peer Reviewed


  • PhD - Clinical Science
    University of Minnesota
  • AB (Hons) cum laude - Psychology
    Bryn Mawr


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