Cheri A Levinson, PhD

Associate Professor

Dr. Levinson will be considering applications for the 2023-2024 academic year. The best fit will be students who have worked 1-2 years as a research coordinator or have a masters. I am looking for students who are interested in working with existing data on a) the personalization of treatment using idiographic methods, b) the adaptation of exposure therapy to eating disorders, and/or c) analysis of data from wearable sensors. 

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Life Sciences Building, 312
(502) 852-7710


  • Ph.D., 2015, Washington University in St. Louis
  • Clinical Internship 2014-2015 University of North Carolina Center of Excellence in Eating Disorders
  • Post-doctoral Training 2015-2016 Washington University in St. Louis, School of Medicine

Research Interests

Eating Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, Comorbidity, Treatment Development, Exposure Therapy, Anorexia Nervosa, Personalized Treatment, Fears of Weight Gain, Mobile Interventions, Network Analysis; Idiographic Methods

Graduate Applicants

Dr. Levinson will accept a graduate student to join the lab in Fall 2023. In future years a good fit applicant would be someone with at least one (preferably 2) years of experience in eating disorder research post-undergraduate. 

Representative Publications

Levinson, C.A., Zerwas, S. C., *Calebs, B. Marcus, M., Kordy, H., Hamer, R.M., Hofmeier, S.M., Levine, M., Zimmer, B., Moesner, M., Peat, C., Runfola, C.D., Bulik, C.M. (in press). The Core Symptoms of Bulimia Nervosa, Anxiety, and Depression: A Network Analysis.Journal of Abnormal Psychology.

*Fewell, L.K., Levinson, C.A., Stark, L. (in press). Worry, depression, psychosocial functioning, and weight gain as predictors of eating disorder treatment outcomes in a residential and partial hospitalization setting. Eating and Weight Disorders.

*Sala, M. Levinson, C.A. (in press). A Longitudinal Study on the Association Between Facets of Mindfulness and Eating Pathology. Mindfulness.

*Brosof, L.C., Levinson, C.A. (in press). Social appearance anxiety and dietary restraint as mediators between perfectionism and binge eating: A six month three wave longitudinal study. Appetite.

Levinson, C.A., *Byrne, M., Rodebaugh, T. L. (in press). Guilt and shame as shared risk factors for social anxiety and bulimic symptoms: Shame prospectively predicts both social anxiety and bulimic symptoms. Eating Behaviors.

Levinson, C.A., *Brosof, L.C. (in press). Cultural and Ethnic Differences in Eating Disorders and Disordered Eating Behaviors. Current Psychiatry Reviews.
Sala, M. Levinson, C.A. (in press). A longitudinal study on the association between worry and disordered eating. Eating Behaviors.

Levinson, C. A., Rodebaugh, T.L. (2015). Negative social evaluative fears produce social anxiety, food intake, and body dissatisfaction: Evidence of similar mechanisms through different pathways. Clinical Psychological Science, 3, 744-757.
Levinson, C.A., Rodebaugh, T.L., Fewell, L., Kass, A., Riley, E.N., Stark, L., McCallum, K., Lenze. E.J. (2015). A pilot randomized control trial of D-cycloserine facilitation of exposure therapy in patients with Anorexia Nervosa. The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, 76, 787-793.
Levinson, C.A., *Byrne, M. (2015). The Fear of Food Measure: A novel measure for use in exposure therapy for eating disorders. International Journal of Eating Disorders, 48, 271-283.
*denotes graduate student