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Elizabeth Cotter

Elizabeth Cotter

Assistant Professor Health Studies

Dr. Elizabeth Cotter is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Studies at American University. She is a licensed psychologist with research interests related to 1) the prevention and treatment of eating and weight-related concerns; and 2) mindfulness-based approaches to improving health behaviors. Her most recent project focused on the development and evaluation of a community-based, culturally-relevant obesity prevention program called Vivir Sano. Dr. Cotter is currently working on several studies examining how mindfulness-based interventions might influence eating behaviors and alcohol use.


Post-Doc, Health Psychology Focus, Virginia Commonwealth University; Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee; B.A., Psychology, Michigan State University

CAS - Health Studies
Mary Graydon - 330B
Contact Info
(202) 885-3703

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  • Spring 2018

Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Selected Publications

Cotter, E. W.; Bera, V.; Elsemore, J.; & Snelling, A. (In press, accepted October 3, 2017). Vivir Sano: Enhancing community access and skills for healthy eating. American Journal of Health Promotion.  

Cotter, E. W., Teixeira, C., Bontrager, A., Horton, K., & Soriano, D. (In press, accepted January 9, 2017). Low-income adults' perceptions of farmers' markets and community supported agriculture programs. Public Health Nutrition.

Lydecker, J. A., Cotter, E. W., Palmberg, A. A., Simpson, C., Kwitowski, M., White, K., & Mazzeo, S. E. (In press, accepted March 16, 2016). Does this Tweet make me look fat? A content analysis of fat stigma on Twitter. Eating and Weight Disorders - Studies on Anorexia, Bulimia and Obesity.

 Cotter, E. W., Hamilton, N., Kelly, N. R., Harney, M. B., Greene, L., White, K. & Mazzeo, S. E. (In press, accepted September 30, 2015). A qualitative examination of health barriers and facilitators among African American mothers in a subsidized housing community. Health Promotion Practice.

 Cotter, E. W. & Kelly, N. R. (in press, accepted July 27, 2015). The Binge Eating Scale. Encyclopedia of Eating and Feeding Disorders.

Cotter, E. W., Kelly, N. R., Mitchell, K. S., & Mazzeo, S. E. (2015). An investigation of body appreciation, ethnic identity and eating disorder symptoms in black women. Journal of Black Psychology, 41, 3 – 25.

Kelly, N. R., Cotter, E. W., Tanofsky-Kraff, M., & Mazzeo, S. E. (2015). Racial variations in binge eating, body image concerns, and excessive exercise among men. Psychology of Men and Masculinity, 16, 326 - 336.

Kelly, N. R., Cotter, E. W., & Mazzeo, S. E. (2014). Examining the role of distress tolerance and negative urgency in binge eating behavior among women. Eating Behaviors, 15, 483 - 489.

 Mazzeo, S.E., Kelly, N. R., Stern, M., Gow, R. W., Cotter, E. W., Thornton, L. M., Evans, R. K., & Bulik, C. M.  (2014).  Parent skills training to enhance weight loss in overweight children: Evaluation of NOURISH.  Eating Behaviors, 15, 225 - 229.

  Lydecker, J. A.; Cotter, E. W.; & Mazzeo, S. E. (2014). Body checking and body image avoidance: Construct validity and norms for college women. Eating Behaviors, 15, 429 - 432.

Jeffers, A. J., Cotter, E. W., Snipes, D. J. & Benotsch, E. G. (2013). BMI and depressive symptoms: The role of media pressures. Eating Behaviors, 14, 13 - 16.

Kelly, N. R.; Cotter, E. W., Mitchell, K. S., & Mazzeo, S. E. (2012). Eating Disorder Examination Questionnaire (EDE-Q): Norms for African American women. Eating Behaviors, 13, 429 - 432.