Jane Ellen Smith


Title with Advance at UNM:

Internal Advisory Board member

Your background in academia:

I am interested in two major areas of research: eating disorders/obesity and substance use treatment. For the eating disorders/obesity area, I primarily am focusing on risk factors, such as extreme body dissatisfaction. As part of this, I am exploring the association between body dissatisfaction and unhealthy dieting/exercise habits, and the role of body dissatisfaction in obesity treatment dropout and the mother-daughter relationship. My lab also regularly examines assessment issues, such as problems associated with using standard eating disorder measures with ethnic or racial minority participants. For the substance abuse treatment area, I am focusing on CRAFT (Community Reinforcement and Family Training); a treatment that works with the family members of treatment-refusing individuals with substance use problems. Currently we are examining how to culturally adapt CRAFT to Native American populations.