Kara Christensen Pacella
Kara A. Christensen Pacella, an assistant professor in UNLV's Department of Psychology, is an expert in eating disorders. Her research focuses on understanding how we can improve eating disorder treatments by addressing potentially modifiable factors such as sleep, relationship dynamics, and emotion dysregulation.
Another component of her research is developing mobile health applications to meet the quickly rising need for accessible eating disorder treatments. Christensen Pacella is the co-developer of two mobile apps to treat eating disorders that are currently being tested in university students and adolescents. She has also conducted research examining how specific types of social media content (e.g., fitspiration, thinspiration) may be associated with disordered eating behaviors in young women.
Christensen Pacella is a licensed psychologist and has worked in outpatient, intensive outpatient, and partial hospitalization programs for
adolescents and adults with eating disorders. She additionally is trained in providing evidence-based treatments for disorders that commonly co-occur with eating disorders, such as post-traumatic stress disorder, sleep disorders, anxiety disorders, and depressive disorders.
- Postdoctoral Fellowship (NIH-funded TL1), Eating Disorders, University of Kansas
- Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, The Ohio State University
- Doctoral Internship, Medical University of South Carolina
- M.A., Psychology, The Ohio State University
- B.A., Psychology, The University of Chicago