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Striegel to Assume Position of Provost, Vice President for Academic Affairs

Ruth Striegel

Ruth Striegel

Ruth Striegel, professor of psychology and the Walter A. Crowell University Professor of the Social Sciences, will assume the position of Wesleyan’s next provost and vice president for academic affairs. She will start in this position on July 1, succeeding Rob Rosenthal, who will be returning to the faculty as John E. Andrus Professor of Sociology.

Striegel holds a doctoral degree in clinical psychology from the University of South Carolina. She is a distinguished scholar-teacher whose research has focused on understanding the causes and effects of eating and weight disorders, and particularly on using insights gained from large-scale studies to alleviate individual suffering. Her work embodies the Wesleyan ideal of using liberal learning to make a positive difference in the world.

Her research has been generously funded by a number of government and private sources, and her findings are frequently cited in major media outlets. Professor Striegel has edited three books and published more than 200 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters. She is the past president of two professional associations devoted to eating disorders and has won several awards for her teaching and research. This month she became editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Eating Disorders. She also is widely known in her field as a dedicated mentor.

She has worked with trustees, faculty and students in many capacities: as former chair of the faculty and of the Psychology Department, as a member of the presidential search committee, and as a member of numerous task forces and standing committees. In addition, she served as an ACE Fellow at Mount Holyoke College, working with then-President Joanne V. Creighton on strategic planning.

“Ruth Striegel has a deep understanding of Wesleyan’s ideals and culture, and I look forward to working with her in her new role as provost,” said Wesleyan President Michael Roth in an all-campus email on Jan. 24. “Please join me in congratulating her.”

Striegel Receives Grant to Support Binge Eating Study

Ruth Striegel, the Walter A. Crowell University Professor of the Social Sciences, professor of psychology, received a grant worth $492,300 from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases on Aug. 21. The grant will support her research titled “Targeting Binge Eating to Prevent Weight Gain in College Students” through Aug. 31, 2014.

Dierker, Striegel Published in Eating Disorders Journal

Lisa Dierker, chair and professor of psychology, and Ruth Striegel, the Walter A. Crowell University Professor of the Social Sciences, professor of psychology, are co-authors of a paper titled, “Behavioral Symptoms of Eating Disorders in Native Americans: Results from the Add Health Survey Wave III,” published in the International Journal of Eating Disorders, 2011.

In addition, Dierker is the author of “Alcohol Use as a Signal for Sensitivity to Nicotine Dependence: Cross-sectional findings from a Nationally Representative Sample of Recent Onset Smokers,” published in Addictive Behaviors, Issue 36(4), pages 421-426, 2011.

And “How Spacing of Data Collection May Impact Estimates of Substance Use Trajectories,” published in Substance Use and Misuse, Issue 46 (6), pages 758-68, 2011.


Striegel Co-Authors Book on Eating Disorders

Book by Ruth Striegel.

Ruth Striegel, the Walter A. Crowell University Professor of the Social Sciences, professor of psychology, is the co-author of  Developing an Evidence-Based Classification of Eating Disorders: Scientific Findings for DSM 5, published by the American Psychiatric Association Press in 2011.

The culmination of several years of collaborative effort among eating disorders investigators from around the world, this volume provides summaries of the research presentations and discussions of the conceptual and methodological issues involved in diagnosing and classifying eating disorders. The mission of the DSM-5 Eating Disorder Work Group was to improve the clinical utility of eating disorder diagnoses by recommending revisions based on sound empirical evidence. Although the objective was to provide empirical information to the DSM-5 Eating Disorders Work Group, the research presented in this book should be invaluable to the eating disorders research and clinical community at large and, by extension, to their patients.



Striegel Study Will Change Binge Eating “Facts”

Ruth Striegel is the Walter A. Crowell University Professor of the Social Sciences, professor of psychology.

Like all eating disorders, binge eating only affects women and teenaged girls, right?


An extensive new study that examined the eating habits of 21,743 men found that binge eating affected 1,630 of them. The rate, while slightly less than the number of women in the same study who experienced binge eating, reveals that this behavior is not limited to female populations. The results argue strongly for including men in future studies and treatment strategies.

Published in the Sept. 2011 issue of International Journal of Eating Disorders, the study, titled “Why Men Should be Included in Research on Binge Eating: Results from a Comparison of Psychosocial Impairment in Men and Women” was led by Ruth Striegel, Walter A. Crowell Professor of Social Sciences, professor of Psychology, and renowned eating disorder researcher.

Striegel and her team found that the health and medical implications of binge eating are just as damaging to men affected by this disorder as they are to women.

“Binge eating is closely linked to obesity and excessive