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CBIRP Students

Ally Bentz

Ally BentzAlly Bentz is a senior studying psychology at Mizzou. She is looking forward to applying to graduate schools and want to focus on body image research. Aside from school, she is involved with Autism Speaks U and the ADPI sorority.


Mackenzie Cook

Mackenzie CookMackenzie Cook is a current PhD student in the School of Social Work. Her research interests include sexual health and sex education which align with the center’s mission to provide education, research, and policy regarding body image and sexual health.


Aubrey Jones

Aubrey JonesAubrey Jones is a third-year PhD student at the University of Tennessee. She earned her MSW at the Florida State University in 2015. In 2011 she earned two Bachelor of Arts Degrees from the University of Montana in Communication Studies and Psychology. Her primary research is centered around women’s health and wellbeing with a particular focus on maternal mental health. Jones is actively involved in her community working as a crisis counselor for youth experiencing psychosis, suicidal, or homicidal ideations.


Kelsey Rose

Kelsey RoseKelsey Rose is a second-year Master of Public Health student in the Department of Nutritional Sciences at The University of Michigan. Her research focuses on the prevention of eating disorders and disordered eating, with a specific interest in promoting body diversity and challenging weight biased beliefs.


Michaella Ward

Michaella WardMichaella Ward earned her MSW and MPH from the University of Missouri in 2019 after graduating from Louisiana Tech University with a BA in Sociology and History in 2015. She was the first student to complete her final MSW practicum with the Center for Body Image Research & Policy. She is now a PhD student at Indiana University’s School of Public Health where she continues to promote body positivity and examine body image in the context of sexual health and education as well as identity, relationship, and sexual development.