Dr. Jessica F. Saunders

Postdoctoral Research Associate
Women's Research Institute of Nevada
Expertise: Eating disorders, Women's body experiences, Women's mental and physical health, Impact of social media on eating disorders, Racial/Ethnic health disparities


Jessica F. Saunders is an expert on eating disorders – including the impact of social media on women with these disorders – women’s body experiences, and female mental and physical health outcomes.

A postdoctoral research associate at UNLV’s Women’s Research Institute of Nevada, Saunders’ work prioritizes women’s body experiences in psychological research and seeks ways to alter and improve negative body experiences (body dissatisfaction, self-objectification, and social comparison). She captures the lived experiences of women and girls during their course of recovery from eating disorders, bridging the gap between science and policy and giving a new voice to the struggles women with these disorders encounter.

Saunders also oversees the Status of Women in Nevada report, a statewide survey on the physical, mental, occupational, and political health of women.


  • Ph.D., Florida International University
  • M.S., Florida International University
  • B.A., Wellesley College

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Inside Higher Ed
June 7, 2019
New study finds discrimination against women and racial minorities in hiring in the sciences. The study's about postdocs, but it has important implications for all of academe.