Kerstin Blomquist Bio
Dr. Kerstin Blomquist has always had a passion for teaching and is excited to teach and mentor students at Furman!
Kerstin has her Ph.D. in clinical psychology and has a long-standing interest in the intersection of social psychology and health behaviors including obesity, disordered eating, and body image. She investigates risk and maintenance factors for disordered eating and obesity as well as mechanisms for preventing and treating these problems. Her overarching research goal is to develop effective, sustainable community-based interventions to prevent eating and weight disorders. She is strongly invested in working with parents, families, and communities to improve overall public health.
Kerstin grew up in North Carolina and discovered her passion for investigating human behavior in a high school psychology class. These interests deepened at Wellesley College under the mentorship of Elissa Koff, Ph.D. and Steven Schiavo, Ph.D., where she pursued double majors in psychology and French. Kerstin received her M.A. and Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Vanderbilt University where she examined the effect of romantic relationships on women’s body dissatisfaction and the role of weight dissatisfaction in obesity-related eating behaviors among African Americans and Caucasians under the supervision of David Schlundt, Ph.D.
To complement her research interests and solidify her clinical experience treating disordered eating behaviors as well as mood and anxiety disorders, Kerstin completed her clinical psychology internship at the UC San Diego eating and mood disorder clinics. In order to fully integrate her research and clinical interests, she accepted a postdoctoral position, followed by an associate research scientist position, to work with Carlos Grilo, Ph.D. and Robin Masheb, Ph.D. on several randomized controlled clinical trials for obese individuals with binge eating disorder at Yale School of Medicine.
After living in many beautiful places including Canada, France, and on both coasts of the United States, she is thrilled to be able to thoroughly explore South Carolina! In her spare time, she enjoys being active outdoors. Some of her favorite activities include cycling, running, swimming, triathlons, and Ultimate Frisbee.
Prerequisites: Psy 111 and one other course in psychology, Bio 222, or Hsc 201
Offered: Fall normally but offered Spring 2013
Description: An introduction to the study of psychopathology. Topics include the definition, assessment, and classification of psychopathology; a survey of the types of disorders, their etiologies, symptoms, and treatments. 4 credits
Clinical Psychology - PSY 318
Prerequisites: Psy 311
Description: Students will learn how clinical psychologists assess, diagnose, and intervene with mental health disorders and how they empirically investigate the development, prevention, and treatment of these disorders. This course will also explore the historical basis of clinical psychology as well as issues related to professional training and practice. 4 credits
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Eating and Weight Disorders - PSY 482
Prerequisites: Psy 202 and 311Description: Advanced study of eating disorders and obesity. Topics include clinical and subclinical eating disorders, obesity, diagnostic criteria, etiology, risk, preventive, and maintenance factors with an emphasis on prevention and treatment. Students will lead discussions and complete a research paper or proposal and present their research to the class. 4 credits
Group Internship - PSY 505
Prerequisites: Psy 202 or Bio 222, Description: Provide majors with experience in mental-health fields. Students develop objectives for the internship experience, read relevant literature, complete a comprehensive paper, submit weekly reflective summaries of their internship activities, participate in biweekly seminar meetings, and present on their internship experience. Interns complete a minimum of 35 hours of site work per academic credit. Pass-fail only. Variable credit.
at least one other course in psychology and instructor permission
FYW 1224 Big Food: Media and Politics in Modern American Health and Society
In this writing seminar, we will read, evaluate, and discuss media and political messages related to food in modern American culture. Sources
will include websites, newspapers, magazines, peer-reviewed research
articles, popular non-fiction books, and movies. Topics will include
issues related to big food industries, farm subsidies,environmental
impact and sustainability, crop homogeneity, pollution, the obesity
epidemic, toxic food environment, weight bias, and popular diets.
Students will lead in class discussions, post weekly blogs, complete an
APA style literature review as well as present their paper to the class.