Mackenzie 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 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.
Marquisele Mercedes is a doctoral student at the Brown University School of Public Health. She is broadly interested in weight stigma’s connection to the conceptualization and promotion of health in medical care, research, policy, and public health institutions and initiatives. Her work is greatly influenced by fat studies and scholarship on race/ism, as she is invested in creating safer spaces for people of color living in larger bodies.
Erin Nolen is a PhD student at the Steve Hicks School of Social Work at the University of Texas at Austin. She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in social work from Baylor University. Her research aims to address food insecurity and its disproportionate affect on women and families of color, and to investigate the multidimensional aspects of positive body image and embodiment as both a form of resistance and a mediator of health behaviors.
Kelsey Rose is a 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 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.