Anna Ciao, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow, Eating and Weight Disorders Program

5841 South Maryland Avenue, MC3077, Room W-411
Chicago, IL 60637


Education & Training

Trinity University, BA in Psychology, 2004 .University of Hawaii, MA in Clinical Psychology, 2009 .University of Hawaii, PhD in Clinical Psychology, 2013 (anticipated)


Clinical Interests

Eating disorders and obesity

Cognitive-behavioral and family-based treatments


Research Interests

Risk factors for developing eating and weight concerns .Eating disorder and obesity prevention and early intervention .Barriers to seeking psychological treatments .Dissemination of evidence-based treatments


Society Memberships

Academy of Eating Disorders

Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies .Society for a Science of Clinical Psychology .American Psychological Association


Selected Publications


Ciao, A. C., Latner, J. D. & Durso, L. E. (2012). Treatment seeking and barriers to treatments of different intensity levels among overweight and obese individuals. Eating and Weight Disorders, 17, e9-16.


Ciao, A. C., & Latner, J. D. (2011). Reducing obesity stigma: The effectiveness of cognitive dissonance and social consensus interventions. Obesity, 19, 1768-1774.


Daníelsdóttir, S., O'Brien, K. S. & Ciao, A. (2010). Anti-fat prejudice reduction: A review of published studies. Obesity Facts, 3, 47-58.


Becker, C. B., Bull, S., Smith, L. M., & Ciao, A. C. (2008). Effects of being a peer leader in an eating disorders prevention program: Can we further reduce eating disorder risk factors. Eating Disorders: Journal of Treatment and Prevention, 16, 444-449.


Becker, C. B., Ciao, A. C., & Smith, L. M. (2008). Moving from efficacy to effectiveness in eating disorders prevention: The Sorority Body Image Program. Cognitive and Behavioral Practice, 15, 18-27.


Becker, C. B., Smith, L. M., & Ciao, A. C. (2006). Peer facilitated eating disorder prevention programs: A randomized effectiveness trial of cognitive dissonance and media advocacy. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 53, 550-555.


Becker, C. B., Smith, L. M., & Ciao, A. C. (2005). Reducing eating disorder risk factors in sorority members: A randomized trial. Behavior Therapy, 36, 245-253.