Assistant Professor of Psychology
B.A., Kenyon College
M.A., Ph.D., Kent State University
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 College 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 Coordinator of the Women's and Gender Studies Program.
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. Levine & L. Smolak (Eds.) The Wiley Handbook of Eating Disorders. New York, NY: Wiley-Blackwell.
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.
Internship in Psychology
Psychology of Gender
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