Research Associate Professor
Ph.D., The Ohio State University



Professor Corning’s research is in the area of eating disorders and body image problems.  In our lab we are especially focused on preventing the development of symptoms related to eating disorders in adolescent girls before the symptoms get out of hand.  At present, much of our work targets girls in middle school, before they reach critical risk periods.  Most recently, we have been conducting intervention work with mothers of middle-school girls, as mothers can be powerful, positive agents of change in their daughters’ lives.  We also conduct studies with high school and college populations to better understand the social processes (e.g., detrimental social comparison) that contribute to the development and maintenance of eating pathology.

Selected Publications:

Corning, A. F., & Gondoli, D. M. (2012). Who is most likely to fat talk?  A social comparison perspective. Body Image: An International Journal of Research, 9, 528-531.

Bucchianeri, M. M., & Corning, A. F. (2012). An experimental test of women's body dissatisfaction reduction through self-affirmation. Applied Psychology: Health and Well-Being, 4, 188-201.

Gondoli, D. M., Corning, A. F., Blodgett Salafia, E. H., Bucchianeri, M. M., & Fitzsimmons, E. E. (2011). Heterosocial involvement, peer pressure for thinness, and body dissatisfaction among young adolescent girls. Body Image: An International Journal of Research, 8, 143-148. 

Corning, A. F., Gondoli, D. M., Bucchianeri, M. M., & Blodgett Salafia, E. H. (2010). Preventing the development of body issues in adolescent girls through intervention with their mothers. Body Image: An International Journal of Research, 7(4), 289-295.

Blodgett Salafia, E. H., Gondoli, D. M., Corning, A. F., Bucchianeri, M. M., & Godinez, N. M. (2009). Longitudinal examination of maternal psychological control and adolescents' self‐competence as predictors of bulimic symptoms among boys and girls.  International Journal of Eating Disorders,42(5), 422-428.

Blodgett Salafia, E. H., Gondoli, D. M., Corning, A. F., McEnery, A. M., & Grundy, A. M. (2007). Psychological distress as a mediator of the relation between perceived maternal parenting and normative maladaptive eating among adolescent girls.  Journal of Counseling Psychology, 54(4), 434-446.

Corning, A. F., Krumm, A. J., & Smitham, D. A. (2006). Differential social comparison processes in women with and without eating disorder symptoms. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 53(3),338-349.

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Contact Information
Office: 101 Haggar Hall
Notre Dame, IN
Phone: (574) 631-9928