Meghan Gillen, Ph.D.

Meghan Gillen
Associate Professor of Psychology, Psychological & Social Sciences
Office Phone
Office Location
Woodland, 236k

    Research Interests and Innovations

    Body and appearance-related issues, including body image, body modification, and eating behavior

    The developmental periods of adolescence and emerging adulthood

    Teaching Interests/Courses Taught

    Psych 100: Introduction to Psychology
    Psych 200: Elementary Statistics in Psychology
    Psych 412: Adolescence
    Psych 479/Wmn St 471: Psychology of Gender
    Psych 296/496: Independent Studies
    Psych 494: Senior Independent Study

    HD FS 129: Introduction to Human Development and Family Studies
    HD FS 239: Adolescent Development
    HDFS 433: Developmental Transition to Adulthood

    Selected awards, grants, patents, other honors

    Scholar Award, Penn State Abington, 2018
    Summer Faculty Fellowship, Penn State Abington, 2012
    Outstanding Research Fellowship, Penn State Abington, 2011
    Outstanding Teacher, Tenure Line, Penn State Abington, 2010
    Abington College Nominee, Eisenhower/Atherton/Alumni Award for Outstanding Teaching, 2011
    Psychological and Social Sciences (PSS) Rubin Grants, 2008, 2013

    See Dr. Gillen interviewed on South New Jersey News about her research:


    Gillen, M. M., & Markey, C. N. (2017). Beauty and the burn: Tanning and other appearance-altering attitudes and behaviors. Psychology, Health, & Medicine.

    Gillen, M. M. & Dunaev, J. (2017). Body appreciation, interest in cosmetic enhancements, and need for uniqueness among U.S. college students. Body Image, 22, 136-143.

    Gillen, M. M., Collisson, B., Murtagh, M., Browne, B. L., & McCutcheon, L. E. (2016). Additional psychometric data for the Mate Value Scale. Journal of Relationships Research, 7, 1-7.

    Gillen, M. M., & Bernstein, M. J. (2015). Does tanness mean goodness? Perceptions of tan skin in hiring decisions. North American Journal of Psychology, 17, 1-16.

    Gillen, M. M., & Markey, C. N. (2016). Body image and mental health. In H. S. Friedman (Ed.), Encyclopedia of mental health, second edition (pp. 187-192). Waltham, MA: Academic Press.

    Gillen, M. M., & Markey, C. N. (2015). Development and validation of the Muscle Pictorial Measure. Archives of Assessment Psychology, 5, 11-22.

    Gillen, M. M. (2015). Associations between positive body image and indicators of men’s and women’s mental and physical health. Body Image, 13, 67-74.

    Daniels, E. A., & Gillen, M. M. (2015). Body image and identity: A call for new research. In K. C. McLean & M. Syed (Eds.), The Oxford handbook of identity development (pp. 406-422). New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

    Grant, R. L., Gillen, M. M., & Bernstein, M. J. (2014). The tan bias: Perceptions of tan and non-tan faces. Health Behavior and Policy Review, 1, 484-489.

    Gillen, M. M. & Markey, C. N. (2014). Body image and HIV risk among college students. American Journal of Health Behavior, 38, 816-822.

    Stoppa, T. M., Espinosa-Hernandez, G., & Gillen, M. M. (2014). The roles of religiousness and spirituality in the sexual lives of heterosexual emerging adults. In C. M. Barry & M. Abo-Zena (Eds.),Emerging adults’ religiousness and spirituality: Meaning-making in an age of transition (pp. 186-203). Oxford University Press.

    Rutledge, C. M., Gillmor, K. L., & Gillen, M. M. (2013). Does this profile picture make me look fat? Facebook and body image in college students. Psychology of Popular Media Culture, 2, 251-258.

    Montemurro, B., & Gillen, M. M. (2013). How clothes make the woman immoral: Impressions given off by sexualized dress. Clothing and Textiles Research Journal, 31, 167-181.

    Gillen, M. M. (2013). An examination of multiple aspects of body image in racially/ethnically diverse emerging adults. North American Journal of Psychology, 15, 71-88.

    Montemurro, B., & Gillen, M. M. (2013). Wrinkles and sagging flesh: Exploring transformations in women’s sexual body image. Journal of Women and Aging, 25, 3-23.

    Gillen, M. M., & Markey, C. N. (2012). The role of body image and depression in tanning behaviors and attitudes. Behavioral Medicine, 38, 74-82.

    Gillen, M. M., Markey, C. N., & Markey, P. M. (2012). An examination of dieting behaviors among adults: Links with depression. Eating Behaviors, 13, 88-93.

    Gillen, M. M., & Lefkowitz, E. S. (2012). Gender and racial/ethnic differences in body image development among college students. Body Image, 9, 126-130.

    Gillen, M. M., & Lefkowitz, E. S. (2011). Body size perceptions in racially/ethnically diverse men and women: Implications for body image and self-esteem. North American Journal of Psychology, 13, 447-467.

    Gillen, M. M., & Lefkowitz, E. S. (2011). The “freshman 15”: Trends and predictors in a sample of multiethnic men and women. Eating Behaviors, 12, 261-266.

    Lefkowitz, E. S., Gillen, M. M., & Vasilenko, S. (2010). Putting the romance back into sex: Sexuality in romantic relationships. In F. Fincham & M. Cui (Eds.), Romantic relationships in emerging adulthood (pp. 213-233). New York: Cambridge University Press.


    Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University, Human Development and Family Studies, 2006

    M.S., Pennsylvania State University, Human Development and Family Studies, 2003

    B.S., Cornell University, Human Development, 2001