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Dr. Jason Lavender, PhD is an Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU) and the Director of Behavioral Research for the Military Cardiovascular Outcomes Research (MiCOR) program with the Metis Foundation. Dr. Lavender’s research broadly focuses on elucidating risk/maintenance factors for eating disorders, particularly emotion and emotion dysregulation, personality and temperament, and neurocognitive functioning. His interests further include assessment, measure development, psychometrics, and multi-method study designs, including integrating laboratory-based and real-world, real-time data collection methods (i.e., intensive longitudinal data collection, ecological momentary assessment). His research additionally addresses unique factors related to the manifestation and assessment of eating disorder symptoms among boys and men, including muscularity-oriented disordered eating, as well as other under-researched populations (e.g., sexual and gender minorities). At USU, his work focuses on eating and weight-related conditions, along with commonly co-occurring concerns (e.g., anxiety, depression, trauma) and overall psychosocial functioning, among members of the military family including active-duty service members and dependents (offspring, spouses).

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T32 Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Eating Disorders, Sanford Center for Biobehavioral Research


Clinical Psychology, PhD, State University of New York Albany


Psychology; Biological Anthropology & Anatomy, Bachelor, Duke University



  • BF Psychology
  • Eating Disorders
  • Anorexia Nervosa
  • Bulimia Nervosa
  • Binge Eating Disorder
  • Disordered Eating
  • Muscle Dysmorphia
  • Body Image
  • Assessment
  • Psychometrics


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