Rachel Rodgers Associate Professor of Applied Psychology R.Rodgers@northeastern.edu 617.373.2105 Expertise adolescent psychopathology, body image, Community Health, COVID-19, eating disorders, psychology Rachel Rodgers in the Press Article Social media is part of a ‘self-perpetuating cycle of risk’ for eating disorders and negative body image, per study “It is extending the findings of previous work in a way that I think is useful,” said Rachel Rodgers, an associate professor in the Department of Applied Psychology at Northeastern University’s Bouvé College of Health Sciences. Article How your family shapes your body image There’s a reason why parental influence is so strong. Rachel Rodgers, a psychologist at Northeastern University, says that when a parent is concerned with their own body image, they will be modelling behaviours that show “this is important”. Article TechCrunch Instagram to default young teens to private accounts, restrict ads and unwanted adult contact On this front, Instagram says it has expanded its “Youth Advisors” group to include new experts like Jutta Croll at Stiftung Digitale Chancen, Pattie Gonsalves at Sangath and It’s Okay To Talk, Vicki Shotbolt at ParentZone UK, Alfiee M. Breland-Noble at AAKOMA Project, Rachel Rodgers at Northeastern University, Janis Whitlock at Cornell University, and Amelia Vance at the Future of Privacy Forum. Article Selfies, Surgeries And Self-Loathing: Inside The Facetune Epidemic In the long term, this feedback cycle can be very damaging to one’s mental health, warns Rachel Rodgers, a psychology professor at Northeastern University who’s studying the harms associated with digitally altered photos. “If you’re constantly being told that your outward appearance is a reflection of your inner self-worth, then when you’re posting something to […] Article Americans’ health may be affected by pandemic weight gain and lack of exercise Public health measures meant to contain the pandemic, “have still been extremely destabilizing”, said Rachel Rodgers, associate professor of psychology at Northeastern University. Changes to eating habits could be especially lasting for groups, such as “children, adolescents, and new college students who are transitioning to independent life decisions”, said Rodgers. “Having this happen at that […] Article Boston Herald Active teens rewarded with gowns Enter Rachel Rodgers, an associate professor of applied psychology at Northeastern University, who told the girls gathered at the club yesterday that although 67 percent of women in the U.S. are plus sizes, only 2 percent of those portrayed in the media are. Article NECN Boston company empowers young women through fashion UsTrendy, a non-profit, isn’t just giving away beautiful dresses, it connects girls with important mentors like psychologist Mia Holland. “Social media has made it worse, because it’s now ubiquitous. And for vulnerable girls it’s a big influence,” Holland said. She and Northeastern University Associate Professor Rachel Rogers are teaming up to help these girls deal […] Article Today Most mannequins are still too skinny – and it’s a serious problem New research proves just how thin those mannequins are. In a study, researchers found that 100 percent of the female mannequins they looked at represented an underweight body size. Rachel Rodgers, a body image expert and psychology professor at Northeastern University, told TODAY she wasn’t surprised by the study’s results — her own research has […] Article Forbes Mistreatment and abuse of models revealed at Paris Fashion Week “Most of these models are teens or young adults, so being dangerously underweight and having an eating disorder can have serious consequences on growth and development that affect them for life,” said Rachel Rodgers, a professor of applied psychology at Northeastern University and the principal researcher. “The fact that the already-thin models engage in unhealthy […] Article Models are still pressured to be ultra-thin, survey says Psychologist Rachel Rodgers with Northeastern University recently surveyed models. Many said they were not only told to lose weight but were threatened if they didn’t. Over half of them, 54 percent, had been told to lose weight. And otherwise, they would not be able to find any more jobs. Rachel Rodgers for Northeastern Global News How has COVID-19 affected mental health and well-being? How has COVID-19 affected mental health and well-being? Instagram ‘likes’ are disappearing. You might like it. Instagram ‘likes’ are disappearing. You might like it. When brands like Aerie, CVS, and Dove stop airbrushing their models, everyone wins When brands like Aerie, CVS, and Dove stop airbrushing their models, everyone wins According to new research, knowing that the models were photographed without being airbrushed was enough to boost customers’ confidence. She’s studying the detriments of digitally altered photos She’s studying the detriments of digitally altered photos Applied psychology professor Rachel Rodgers appeared on NBC’s The Today Show to discuss the detrimental impact digitally altered photos have.