Meghan Gillen, Ph.D.

Meghan Gillen
Associate Professor of Psychology, Psychological & Social Sciences
Office Phone
Office Location
Woodland, 236k
Penn State Abington
0119 Sutherland Building
Abington, PA 19001

    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:


    Breastfeeding, body image, and weight control behavior among postpartum women, Body Image - April, 2021
    Collaborators: Charlotte Markey, Co-Author; Diane Rosenbaum, Co-Author; Jamie Dunaev, Co-Author

    Body Image, Weight Management Behavior, and Women’s Interest in Cosmetic Surgery, Psychology, Health, & Medicine - 2020
    Collaborator: Charlotte Markey, Co-Author

    Feeling let down: An investigation of breastfeeding expectations, appreciation of body functionality, self-compassion, and depression, Appetite - 2020
    Collaborators: Diane Rosenbaum, Author; Charlotte Markey, Co-Author

    Predictors of disordered weight loss behaviors among same-sex and opposite-sex romantic partners, Eating Behaviors - 2020
    Collaborators: Charlotte Markey; Kristin August; Jamie Dunaev

    Emerging Adulthood - June, 2020
    Collaborator: Charlotte Markey, Secondary Author

    Disconnection from Nature and Interest in Mass Media, Applied Environmental Education & Communication - 2019
    Collaborators: Lynn McCutcheon; Mara Aruguete; Michael Bernstein

    Reclaiming the joy of eating and striving for positive body image - March, 2019
    Collaborators: Charlotte Markey; Elizabeth Daniels

    Body positive: What we wish we knew back then - 2018
    Collaborators: Charlotte Markey; Elizabeth Daniels

    How your body image influences your sex life - 2018
    Collaborator: Charlotte Markey

    Becoming positive: Our growing understanding of positive body image - 2018
    Collaborators: Charlotte Markey, Primary Author; Elizabeth Daniels

    Body image - 2018
    Collaborator: Charlotte Markey, Primary Author

    A review of research linking body image and sexual well-being, Body Image - 2018
    Collaborator: Charlotte Markey

    Schadenfreude and sport celebrity worship - 2018
    Collaborators: Michael Bernstein, Co-Author; Jeanne Edman; Terence Leary; Lynn McCutcheon, Student Author; William Jenkins

    Associations between body appreciation and comfort communicating about sex: A brief report - 2017
    Collaborators: Virginia Winter; Andrea Kennedy

    Beauty and the burn: Tanning and other appearance-altering behaviors and attitudes, Psychology, Health, & Medicine - 2017
    Collaborator: Charlotte Markey, Co-Author

    Body appreciation, anxiety, and depression among a racially diverse sample of women, Journal of Health Psychology - 2017
    Collaborators: Virginia Winter; Laura Cahill; Aubrey Jones; Michaella Ward

    Body appreciation, interest in cosmetic enhancements, and need for uniqueness among U.S. college students, Body Image - 2017
    Collaborator: Jamie Dunaev, Co-Author

    Does "body talk" improve body satisfaction among same-sex couples?, Body Image - 2017
    Collaborators: Charlotte Markey; Patrick Markey; Kristin August; Christopher Nave

    Body image and mental health - 2016
    Collaborator: Charlotte Markey, Co-Author

    Dieting - 2016
    Collaborator: Charlotte Markey, Co-Author

    Additional Psychometric Data for the Mate Value Scale, Journal of Relationships Research - 2016
    Collaborators: Brian Collisson; Michael Murtagh; Blaine Browne; Lynn McCutcheon, Author

    Intimate relationships and attitudes toward celebrities, Interpersona: An International Journal on Personal Relationships. - 2016
    Collaborators: Lynn McCutcheon, Author; Blaine Browne; Brian Collisson; Michael Murtagh

    Body image and identity: A call for new research - 2015
    Collaborator: Elizabeth Daniels, Author

    Associations between positive body image and indicators of men’s and women’s mental and physical health - 2015

    Development and Validation of the Muscle Pictorial Measure - 2015
    Collaborator: Charlotte Markey, Co-Author

    Does tanness mean goodness? Perceptions of tan skin in hiring decisions - 2015
    Collaborator: Michael Bernstein, Co-Author

    Sex rules: Emerging adults’ perceptions of gender’s impact on sexuality - 2015
    Collaborators: Megan Maas, Primary Author; Cindy Shearer, Co-Author; Eva Lefkowitz, Co-Author

    The role of religiousness and spirituality in the sexual lives of heterosexual emerging adults - 2014
    Collaborators: Tara Stoppa, Author; Graciela Espinosa-Hernandez, Co-Author

    Body image and HIV risk among college students - 2014
    Collaborator: Charlotte Markey, Co-Author

    How gendered attitudes relate to women’s and men’s sexual behaviors and beliefs - 2014
    Collaborators: Eva Lefkowitz, Author; Cindy Shearer, Co-Author; Graciela Espinosa-Hernandez, Co-Author

    The tan bias: Perceptions of tan and non-tan faces - 2014
    Collaborators: Rochelle Grant, Primary Author; Michael Bernstein, Co-Author

    Does this profile picture make me look fat? Facebook and body image in college students - September, 2013
    Collaborators: Christina Rutledge, Author; Katherine Gillmor, Co-Author

    How clothes make the woman immoral: Impressions given off by sexualized dress - July, 2013
    Collaborator: Elizabeth Montemurro, Author

    An examination of multiple aspects of body image in racially/ethnically diverse emerging adults - March, 2013

    Wrinkles and sagging flesh: Exploring transformations in women’s sexual body image - January, 2013
    Collaborator: Elizabeth Montemurro, Author

    The role of body image and depression in tanning behaviors and attitudes - July, 2012
    Collaborator: Charlotte Markey, Co-Author

    Understanding men’s body image in the context of their romantic relationships - May, 2012
    Collaborators: Laura Goins, Author; Charlotte Markey, Co-Author

    An examination of dieting behaviors among adults: Links with depression - April, 2012
    Collaborators: Charlotte Markey, Co-Author; Patrick Markey, Co-Author

    Gender and racial/ethnic differences in body image development among college students - January, 2012
    Collaborator: Eva Lefkowitz, Co-Author

    Body size perceptions in racially/ethnically diverse men and women: Implications for body image and self-esteem - December, 2011
    Collaborator: Eva Lefkowitz, Co-Author

    The “freshman 15”: Trends and predictors in a sample of multiethnic men and women - December, 2011
    Collaborator: Eva Lefkowitz, Co-Author


    Ph D, Human Development and Family Studies, Penn State University

    MS, Human Development and Family Studies, Penn State University

    BS, Human Development, Cornell University