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Diana  Rancourt

Diana Rancourt

Diana Rancourt
Assistant Professor


Office: PCD 4124
Phone: 813/974-0375



Postdoctoral Fellow, NIMH T32 in Child Mental Health, Warren Alpert Medical School at Brown University (2012-2014)

Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2012)

Clinical Internship, University of California, San Diego/San Diego VA (2011-2012)

M.A., Clinical Psychology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2007)

B.A., Amherst College (2002)


Research Interests
1) Social norms and sociocultural factors associated with adolescents’ and young adults’ weight-related behaviors and their application to prevention and intervention programs; and 2) craving as a transdiagnostic mechanism of eating disorders and obesity; 3) peer influence on adolescents’ health risk behaviors, with a focus on weight-related behaviors.

Research Summary
My research integrates clinical, social, developmental, and health psychology. I am committed to integrating research on eating disorder and obesity risk factors by considering weight-related behaviors as a spectrum and exploring craving as a transdiagnostic mechanism of eating disorders and obesity across healthy and pediatric populations. I am particularly interested in these behaviors during adolescence and young adulthood. Given the salience of peers during this developmental period, I am interested in understanding the interpersonal and psychosocial correlates that may be associated with adolescents’ effective weight control, unhealthy weight loss behaviors, muscle-gaining behaviors, and obesogenic behaviors. My approach is multi-faceted and involves the identification of how peers and social context may be helpful or harmful to efforts to encourage a healthy approach to eating and body image, as well as the identification of important moderators of peer influence, using cross-sectional and longitudinal surveys, EMA and observational approaches, as well as experimental designs. Current topics of interest include, weigh status misperception, "fat talk," the role of peer popularity and victimization on weight-related behaviors, how athletes’ may differ from non-athletes in their weight-related attitudes and behaviors, and gender differences in the correlates, functions, and outcomes of these behaviors.

Specialty Area


Recent Publications

(* indicates student/advisee author)

*Verzijl, C., *Ahlich, E., Schlauch, R. C., & Rancourt, D. (Accepted, pending minor revisions). The role of craving in emotional and uncontrolled eating. Appetite.

Molnar, D. S., Rancourt, D. , Schlauch, R., Wen, X., Maiorana, N., Huestis, M. A., & Eiden, R. D. (Accepted). Tobacco exposure and conditional weight-for-length-gain by 2 years of age. Journal of Pediatric Psychology.

Stern, M., Bachar, E., Ackerman, E., Rancourt, D. , & Weintraub, M. (Accepted). Weight trajectories of Israeli pediatric cancer survivors: Obesity is not a universal outcome. Journal of Pediatric Psychology.

Rancourt, D., Thurston, I. B., Sonneville, K. R., Milliren, C. E., & Richmond, T. K. (2017). Longitudinal impact of weight misperception and intent to change weight on body mass index of adolescents and young adults with overweight or obesity. Eating Behaviors, 27, 7–13.

Rancourt, D. , *Schaefer, L. M., Bosson, J. K., & Thompson, J. K. (2016). Differential impact of upward and downward comparisons on diverse women’s disordered eating behaviors and body image. International Journal of Eating Disorders, 49, 519-523.

Rancourt, D. , & McCullough, M. B. (2015). Overlap in eating disorders and obesity in adolescence. Current Diabetes Reports, 15, 645-654.

Rancourt, D. , Leahey, T., LaRose, J. G., & Crowther, J. H. (2015). Effects of weight-focused social comparisons on diet and activity outcomes in overweight and obese young women. Obesity, 23, 85-89.

Hadley, W., McCullough, M.B., Rancourt, D. , & Jelalian, E. (2015). Shaking up the system: The role of change in maternal-adolescent communication quality and adolescent weight loss. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 40, 121-131.

Jensen, C. D., Duraccio, K. M., Hunsaker, S. L., Rancourt, D. , Kuhl, E. S., Jelalian, E., & Wing, R. R. (2014). A qualitative study of successful adolescent weight losers: Implications for weight control intervention. Childhood Obesity, 10, 482-490.

Rancourt, D. , Barker, D. H., Sato, A., Hart, C., Lloyd-Richardson, E., & Jelalian, E. (2014). Longitudinal associations among change in overweight status, fear of negative evaluation, and weight-related teasing among obese adolescents. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 39, 697-707.

Rancourt, D. , Choukas-Bradley, S., Cohen, G.L., & Prinstein, M.J. (2014). An experimental examination of peers’ influence on adolescent girls’ weight-related behaviors. International Journal of Eating Disorders, 47, 437-447.