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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
Intersection of peer context and adolescents' weight-related behaviors; psychosocial correlates and antecedents of eating disorder and obesity risk factors; peer influence on adolescents' health risk 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, with a particular focus on these behaviors during adolescence. Given the salience of peers during adolescence, 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, “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)

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. , *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.

Jelalian, E., Hadley, W., Sato, A., Kuhl, E., Rancourt, D. , Oster, D., & Lloyd-Richardson, E. (2015). Adolescent weight control: An intervention targeting parent communication and modeling compared to minimal parental involvement. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 40, 203-2013.

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.