Faculty and Staff

Taryn Myers

Taryn Myers

Batten Associate Professor of Psychology and Chair of the Psychology


B.A., Kenyon College
M.A., Ph.D., Kent State University

Office Location: Roop 3
Phone: 757-757-233-8754
Email: tmyers@vwu.edu
- Psychology
- Women's and Gender Studies

Dr. Taryn A. Myers earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Kent State University, where she served as a Teaching Fellow and Assistant Director of the Psychological Clinic. She received her B.A. in Psychology with an interdisciplinary minor in Women's and Gender Studies from Kenyon College. A native Midwesterner, Dr. Myers completed her clinical residency at the Medical College of Georgia and the Charlie Norwood Veteran's Affairs Medical Center prior to moving to Hampton Roads in 2010. She chose to come to Virginia Wesleyan because of her passion for teaching and the liberal arts. Dr. Myers' research interests include risk and protective factors for body dissatisfaction and disordered eating. She enjoys integrating stories from her clinical work and findings from her research into her teaching to make the material come alive for students. She also engages in editorial activities for such journals as Body Image and Psychology of Women Quarterly. In addition, Dr. Myers enjoys sharing her research with students through independent projects and hopes to encourage them to present their work at conferences. Dr. Myers is currently serving as Chair of the Department of Psychology as well as President of the Obesity and Eating Disorders Special Interest Group of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies. She is the 2017 recipient of an Early Career Achievement Award from the American Psychological Association.

Howard, L.*, Heron, K., MacIntyre, R., Myers, T., & Everhart, R. (2017). Does use of social networking sites influence women’s body dissatisfaction and disordered eating? A look at racial differences. Body Image, 23, 109-113. doi: 0.1016/j.bodyim.2017.08.008

Myers, T. A. (2017). Your Scientific World Online Supplements to Licht, Hull, and Ballantyne’s Scientific American Psychology. Worth. www.macmillanhighered.com/launchpad/sciam2e

Jellinek, R.,* Myers, T. A., & Keller, K. L. (2016). The impact of doll familiarity and style of dress on body dissatisfaction in 6-8 year-old girls. Body Image. Advanced online publication. doi:10.1016/j.bodyim.2016.05.003.

Heron, K. E., Mason, T. B.,* Sutton, T.,* & Myers, T. A. (2015). Evaluating the ecological validity of the Body Image Quality of Life Inventory using Ecological Momentary Assessment (EMA) methods. Body Image, 15, 105-108. doi: 10.1016/j.bodyim.2015.07.004

Myers, T. A. (2015). Feminist theories of eating disorders. In M. P. Levine & L. Smolak (Eds.)  The Wiley Handbook of Eating Disorders. New York, NY: Wiley-Blackwell.

Myers, T. A. (2015). Clinical Choices Online Supplement to Comer’s Abnormal Psychology. Worth. http://www.macmillanhighered.com/launchpad/comerabpsych9e

Myers, T. A., Ridolfi, D. R., & Crowther, J. H. (2015). Reaction times to appearance-related or nonappearance-related word choice among women with and without eating psychopathology. Cognitive Therapy and Research, 39, 204-214. doi: 10.1007/s10608-014-9653-5.

Smolak, L., Murnen, S. K., & Myers, T. A. (2014). Development of Self-Sexualization Behavior Questionnaires for emerging adults. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 38, 363-378. doi:10.1177/0361684314524168.

Myers, T. A., Ridolfi, D. R., Crowther, J. H., & Ciesla, J. (2012). The impact of appearance-focused social comparisons on body image disturbance in the naturalistic environment: The roles of thin-ideal internalization and feminist beliefs. Body Image, 9, 342-351. doi: 10.1016/j.bodyim.2012.03.005.

Ridolfi, D. R., Myers, T. A., Crowther, J. H., & Ciesla, J. (2011). An examination of a potential moderator of the relationship between naturally occurring social comparisons to peers and media images and body image disturbance. Sex Roles, 65, 491-505. doi: 10.1007/s11199-011-9961-0.

Myers, T.A., & Crowther, J. H. (2009). Social comparison as a predictor of body dissatisfaction: A meta-analytic review. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 118, 283-298. doi: 10.1037/a0016763.

Myers, T. A., & Crowther, J. H.  (2008). Is self-objectification related to interoceptive awareness? An examination of potential mediating pathways to disordered eating attitudes.  Psychology of Women Quarterly, 32, 172-180. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 32, 172-180. doi: 10.1111/j.1471-6402.2008.00421.x.

Leahey, T., Myers, T., Gunstad, J., Glickman, E., Spitznagel, M., Alexander, T., & Juvancic-Heltzel, J.  (2008).  AB40 is associated with cognitive function, body fat, and physical fitness in healthy older adults.  Nutritional Neuroscience,10, 205-9. doi: 10.1080/10284150701676156.

Myers, T. A., & Crowther, J. H.  (2007).  Sociocultural pressures, thin-ideal internalization, self-objectification, and body dissatisfaction: Could feminist beliefs be a moderating factor?  Body Image, 4, 296-308. doi: 10.1016/j.bodyim.2007.04.001.

eating disorders
body image
women's issues
gender issues
clinical psychology

By appointment. Contact tmyers@vwu.edu

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Internship in Psychology;Psychology of Gender;Clinical Psychology;WGS Sem: The Gendered Body;GS: Intimate Partner Violence


TU: Psychology of Gender


Women in Culture and Society;Introduction to Psychology I;Theories of Personality;Original Research Project;HNRS:Women in Culture & Socty


Tpc:Hist Psychpthlogy in Eur