Assistant Professor, Psychology

864.294.3215
Johns Hall 206F
kerstin.blomquist@furman.edu

  • Current disciplinary research interests

      My research is dedicated to the evaluation and promotion of healthy lifestyles in the Upstate. My interests lie at the intersection of social psychology and health behaviors including obesity, weight management, disordered eating, and body image. I aim to develop effective, sustainable interventions to prevent eating and weight disorders and promote healthy weight maintenance. I am strongly invested in working with parents, families, and communities to improve overall public health.

  • Interest in connecting sustainability to research

      My overarching interests in sustainability broadly relate to issues of health sustainability, and more specifically, the sustainability of Americans’ health, weight and weight-related diseases, in light of the toxic food environment.
      With regard to my own research, I recently began a community-based participatory research project with two Greenville communities (Brutontown and North Main) to help them identify areas of health and wellness needs (e.g., nutrition, physical activity, etc.) in order to facilitate and support these two communities in establishing community-based interventions to target their health needs. I believe that community partnerships and community-led initiatives are essential for establishing sustainable interventions.
      Further, I am interested in collaborating with other researchers to explore, assess, and intervene with sustainability issues related to eating and health-related behaviors, mental health/psychopathology, interpersonal relationships, culture and diversity.

  • Sustainability courses taught
      • FYW-1224: Big Food: Media and Politics in Modern American Health and Society
      • PSY-482: Eating and Weight Disorders: Treatment and Prevention
      • PSY-318: Clinical Psychology
      • PSY-311: Abnormal Psychology
      • PSY-505: Group Psychology Internship

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