Anticipated Graduation:  June 2021

Erin HarropProfessional and Research Interests:  Erin’s research focuses on the intersections of mental health and physical health, specifically in the areas of eating disorders, substance abuse, and weight-stigma. Her research agenda addresses weight stigma as a social justice issue, by examining the systemic factors that impact eating disorder patients’ access to care. Erin’s research is informed by her six years of experience as a medical social worker at Seattle Children’s Hospital. Her research has been funded by four fellowships, including a Leadership and Education in Adolescent Health Fellowship (Maternal Child Health), and two NIH Institute of Translational Health Sciences fellowships. Her dissertation involves a mixed-methods longitudinal study examining the experiences of higher-weight individuals with restrictive eating disorders. She also engages in advocacy work at local and international levels, working with the Academy of Eating Disorders, the Association for Size Diversity and Health, and the Department of Defense, as a reviewer for the Peer Review Medical Research Program. She enjoys teaching research methods and clinical classes, while maintaining a focus on integrating social justice content.