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 Jennifer Sanftner, Ph.D. 



Photo Of Dr. Jennifer SanftnerPennsylvania License Number: PS015076
Issued November 2, 2001

Education and Training:
Postdoctoral Fellowship in Clinical Psychology
     University of Rochester Medical Center, 2001
Internship in Clinical Psychology
     University of Rochester Medical Center, 1999
Ph.D. Clinical Psychology, Kent State University, 1999
M.A. Clinical Psychology, Kent State University, 1996
B.A. Psychology, George Mason University, 1992

Current Teaching:
Psychology 276: Introduction to Abnormal Psychology
Psychology 300: Psychology of Gender
Psychology 320: Introduction to Clinical Psychology
Psychology 334: Health Psychology
Psychology 375: Psychopathology
Psychology 450: Psychology Internship
Psychology 420: Community Service Practicum
Psychology 430: Research Practicum

Research Interests:

Research interests include exploring the factors that influence the development, maintenance, and treatment of eating disorders, including anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder, and eating disorder not otherwise specified.  Women (and men) who are diagnosed with eating disorders often have considerable difficulties in their relationships with important others, including friends, romantic partners, and family members.  They also describe difficulty controlling their moods and managing negative emotional states.  I am working to understand how an individual's interpersonal or relational functioning and moods/emotions impact the development and continuation of an eating disorder.  I am also interested in how information about the role of interpersonal functioning can be integrated into treatments for eating disorders. 

A second area of study involves developing scales to measure body images in women and men.  We have developed sets of figures for men and women that allow us to assess perceptions of muscularity as well as body fat.  We are looking at a syndrome in men called Muscle Dysmorphia, which is characterized by excessive preoccupation with one's muscular development.  For women, current concepts of body image deal with degree of body fat but not muscularity.  These measures will contribute to the reliable assessment of body image in men and women. 

A thrid area involves the Reflections Body Image Program which is a peer-led program designed to empower women and reduce rates of eating disorders on the SRU campus.  Small groups meet to allow female students to challenge the media messages we are bombarded with on a daily basis.  Groups are meeting on a regular basis and I train peer leaders to run groups during fall semesters.

The next training is October 5-7, 2012, please contact Dr. Sanftner for more information about this program.

Student Activities:      

Department of Psychology
309-L Vincent Science Center
Slippery Rock University
Slippery Rock, PA 16057
(724) 738-2717
Fax: (724) 738-4219

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Office Hours

Monday  1-3 pm

Wednesday  1-3 pm

Thursday  3:30-4:30 pm


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