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Tracy Tylka

I am a Professor of Psychology at the Columbus and Marion Campuses of The Ohio State University. While tenured and promoted through the Department of Psychology at the Columbus campus, I teach courses at the Marion campus. I perform service at both campuses.

I attended The University of Akron for my undergraduate and graduate studies, earning my B.A. in 1995, M.A. in 1998, and Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology in 2001. As a part of my graduate studies, I completed my internship at the counseling center at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale.

I teach classes in Positive Psychology (Psych 2303), Abnormal Psychology (Psych 3331), Psychology of Gender (Psych 4543), Personality (Psych 3530), Adjustment (Psych 3335), Counseling Psychology (Psych 4540), Eating Behavior (Psych 594), and Introduction to Psychology (Psych 1100). Within each class, I discuss the impact of sociocultural, psychological, biological, and relational factors on emotions, cognitions (thoughts), and behavior. I also supervise students’ independent studies and honors’ theses (if such projects focus on body image and/or eating behavior) at both the Columbus Campus and Marion campus of OSU. Most of my honors students have presented their findings at the American Psychological Association annual conference and published their work in peer-reviewed academic journals such as the Journal of Counseling Psychology, Body Image: An International Journal of Research, Psychology of Women Quarterly, and Psychology of Men and Masculinity.

My research is focused on studying both positive (adaptive) and negative (maladaptive) aspects of body image and eating behavior. That is, I am greatly interested in positive and negative body image, as well as both intuitive eating and eating disorders. I have developed and psychometrically evaluated many instruments including the Intuitive Eating Scale, the Body Appreciation Scale, the Male Body Attitudes Scale, the Interpersonal Sexual Objectification Scale, and the Transgender Congruence Scale.

Professionally, I am an Associate Editor for the journal Body Image: An International Journal of Research. I also am a Guest Editor for a Special Issue on Positive Body Image in this journal, to be published June 2015. I served as a Guest-Editor for three Special Issues on Gendered Body Image, published in Sex Roles during 2010 and 2011. I am also on the editorial board for the Journal of Counseling Psychology, Psychology of Women Quarterly, and Sex Roles. I regularly serve as an ad-hoc reviewer for select journals such as Appetite, Journal of Contextual Behavioral Science, Obesity Reviews, Eating Behavior, Journal of Adolescent Health, Public Health Nutrition, and Journal of Health Psychology.

I have also given many interviews about my research to media outlets, such as O Magazine, Self, Women's Health, Glamour, Shape, Prevention, Fitness, More Magazine, The Washington Post, New York Newsday, and the Seattle Post.



Cook-Cottone, C., Tribole, E., & Tylka, T. L. (2013). Healthy eating in schools: Evidence-based interventions to help kids thrive. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.


Tylka, T. L., & Cook-Cottone, C. P. (in press). Health disparities and help-seeking behaviors among girls. In C. L. Juntunen & J. P. Schwartz (Eds.), Counseling across the lifespan: Prevention and treatment (2nd ed., pp. XX-XX). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Tylka, T. L., & Kroon Van Diest, A. M. (in press). Protective factors in the development of eating disorders. In M. P. Levine & L. Smolak (Eds.), The Wiley-Blackwell handbook of eating disorders. New York: Wiley & Sons, LTD.

Tylka, T. L. (2012). Positive psychology perspectives on body image. In T.F. Cash (Ed.), Encyclopedia of body image and human appearance (Vol. 2, pp. 657-663). San Diego, CA: Academic Press.

Tylka, T. L. (2011). Positive psychology perspectives on body image. In T.F. Cash and L. Smolak (Eds.), Body image: A handbook of science, practice, and prevention (2nd ed., pp. 56-64). New York, NY: Guilford Press.

Tylka, T. L., & Augustus-Horvath, C. L. (2011). Fighting self-objectification in prevention and intervention contexts. In R. M. Calogero, S. Tantleff-Dunn, & J. K. Thompson (Eds.), Self-objectification in women: Causes, consequences, and counteractions (pp. 187-214). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.


Webb, J. B., Wood-Barcalow, N. L., & Tylka, T. L. (in press). Assessing positive body image: Contemporary approaches and future directions. Body Image.

Tylka, T. L., & Wood-Barcalow, N. L. (in press). What is and what is not positive body image? Conceptual foundations and construct definition. Body Image.

Eneli, I. U., Tylka, T. L., Hummel, J., Watowicz, R. P., Perez, S. A., Kaciroti, N., & Lumeng, J. C. (in press). Rationale and design of the Feeding Dynamic Intervention (FDI) for self-regulation of energy intake in preschoolers. Contemporary Clinical Trials.

Tylka, T. L., Russell, H. L., & Neal, A. A. (2015). Self-compassion as a moderator of thinness-related pressures’ associations with thin-ideal internalization and disordered eating. Eating Behaviors, 17, 23-26.

Eneli, I. U., Tylka, T. L., Watowicz, R. P., & Lumeng, J. C. (2015). Maternal and child roles in the feeding relationship: What are mothers doing? Clinical Pediatrics, 54, 179-182.

Tylka, T. L. (2015). No harm in looking, right? Men’s pornography consumption, body image, and well-being. Psychology of Men and Masculinity, 16, 97-107.

Tylka, T. L., & Kroon Van Diest, A. M. (in press). You looking at her “hot” body may not be “cool” for me: Integrating male partners’ use of pornography into objectification theory for women. Psychology of Women Quarterly.

Tylka, T. L. & Wood-Barcalow, N. L. (2015). The Body Appreciation Scale-2: Item refinement and psychometric evaluation. Body Image, 12, 53-67.

Calogero, R. M., & Tylka, T. L. (2014). Sanctioning resistance to sexual objectification: An integrative system justification perspective. Journal of Social Issues, 70, 763-778.

Tylka, T. L., Annunziato, R. A., Burgard, D., Daníelsdóttir, S., Shuman, E., Davis, C., & Calogero, R. M. (2014). The weight-inclusive vs. weight-normative approach to health: Evaluating the evidence for prioritizing well-being over weight loss. Journal of Obesity. doi: 10.1155/2014/983495

Homan, K. J., & Tylka, T. L. (2014). Appearance-based exercise motivation moderates the relationship between exercise frequency and positive body image. Body Image, 11, 101-108.

Tylka, T. L. (2013). Evidence for the Body Appreciation Scale’s measurement equivalence/invariance between U.S. college women and men. Body Image, 10, 415-418.

Tylka, T. L., & Kroon Van Diest, A. M. (2013). The Intuitive Eating Scale-2: Item refinement and psychometric evaluation with college women and men. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 60, 137-153.

Tylka, T. L., Eneli, I. U., Kroon Van Diest, A. M., & Lumeng, J. C. (2013). Which adaptive maternal eating behaviors predict child feeding practices? An examination with mothers of 2- to 5-year-old children. Eating Behaviors, 14, 57-63.

Kozee, H. B., Tylka, T. L., & Bauerband, L. A. (2012). Measuring transgender individuals’ comfort with gender identity and appearance: Development and validation of the Transgender Congruence Scale. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 36,179-196.

Iannantuono, A. C., & Tylka, T. L. (2012). Interpersonal and intrapersonal links to body appreciation in college women: An exploratory model. Body Image, 9, 227-235.

Tylka, T. L., & Andorka, M. J. (2012). Support for an expanded tripartite influence model with gay men. Body Image, 9, 57-67.

Tylka, T. L. (2011). Refinement of the tripartite influence model for men: Dual body image pathways to body change behaviors. Body Image, 8, 199-207.

Augustus-Horvath, C. L., & Tylka, T. L. (2011). The acceptance model of intuitive eating: A comparison of women in emerging adulthood, early adulthood, and middle adulthood. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 58, 110-125.

Brown, D. L., & Tylka, T. L. (2011). Racial discrimination and resilience in African American young adults: Examining racial socialization as a moderator. Journal of Black Psychology, 37, 259-285.

Kroon Van Diest, A. M., & Tylka, T. L. (2010). The Caregiver Eating Messages Scale: Development and psychometric investigation. Body Image, 7, 317-326.

Tylka, T. L., & Sabik, N. J. (2010). Integrating social comparison theory and self-esteem within objectification theory to predict women’s disordered eating [Special issue]. Sex Roles, 63, 18-31.

Wood-Barcalow, N. L., Tylka, T. L., & Augustus-Horvath, C. L. (2010). “But I like my body”: Positive body image characteristics and a holistic model for young-adult women. Body Image, 7, 106-116.


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