Dr. Trisha Karr

Assistant Professor


  • PhD Developmental Psychology – Loyola University Chicago
  • MA Clinical Psychology – Roosevelt University Chicago
  • BA Psychology & Art – Luther College, Decorah,  IA

Dr. Karr’s areas of interest are primarily exercise, body image, and eating disorders across the life span. She is specifically interested in the interaction of factors of compulsive exercise (i.e., cognitions and behaviors) and body attitudes among men and women during adulthood.

Dr. Karr teaches the following courses:

  • PSY 210 Intro to Psychological Science
  • PSY 250 Developmental Psychology
  • PSY 298 Health Psychology

Supervised Student Research

Students may be able to assist with Dr. Karr’s research involving exercise and body image. Students who have an independent area of research interest are also encouraged to propose a new project.


Karr, T.M., Bauer, K., Graham, D., Larson, N., & Neumark-Sztainer, D. (2014). Exercise
identity: Healthy and unhealthy outcomes in a population-based study of young adults. The Journal of Sport Behavior, 37, 1-17.

Zunker, C., Karr, T.M., Crosby, R.D., Erickson, A., Thompson, R., Sherman, R., & Mitchell,
J.E. (Feb, 2014). Perceptions of athletic uniforms among endurance athletes. The Sport Journal.

Cook, B., Karr, T.M., Zunker, C., Mitchell, J.E., Thompson, R., Sherman, R., Crosby, R.D.,
Cao, L., Erickson, A., & Wonderlich, S.A. (2013). Primary and secondary exercise dependence in recreational road race runners. Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology, 35, 464-469.

Karr, T.M., Crosby, R.D., Cao, L., Engel, S.G., Mitchell, J.E., Simonich, H., & Wonderlich,
S.A. (2013). Posttraumatic stress disorder as a moderator of the association between negative affect and bulimic symptoms: An ecological momentary assessment study. Comprehensive Psychiatry, 54, 61-69.

Karr, T.M., Davidson, D., Bryant, F., Balague, G., & Bohnert, A. (2013). Sport type and
interpersonal and intrapersonal predictors of body dissatisfaction in high school female sport participants. Body Image, 10, 210-219.

Karr, T.M., Simonich, H., & Wonderlich, S.A. (2013). Binge eating disorder, childhood trauma,
and psychiatric comorbidity. In J. Alexander, A. Goldschmidt, & D. Le Grange, A Clinician’s Guide to Binge Eating Disorder. London: Routledge.

Karr, T.M., Zunker, C., Crosby, R.D., Erickson, A., Thompson, R., Sherman, R., & Mitchell,
J.E. (2013). Moderators of the association between exercise identity and obligatory exercise among participants of an athletic event. Body Image, 10, 70-77.

Mitchell, J.E., Crosby, R.D., de Zwaan, M., Engel, S.G., Steffen, K., Roerig, J., Gordon, K.,
Karr, T.M., Lavender, J., & Wonderlich, S.A. (2013). Possible risk factors for increased suicide following bariatric surgery. Obesity, 21, 665-672.

Karr, T.M., Simonich, H., & Wonderlich, S.A. (2012). Psychological trauma and body image.
In T. Cash, Encyclopedia of Body Image and Human Appearance. Oxford: Elsevier.  

Mitchell, J.E., Karr, T.M., Peat, C., Wonderlich, S.A., Crosby, R.D., Engel, S.G., & Simonich,
H. (2012). A fine-grained analysis of eating behavior in women with bulimia nervosa. International Journal of Eating Disorders, 45, 400-406.

Zunker, C., Karr, T.M., Saunders, R., & Mitchell, J.E (2012). Eating behaviors post-bariatric
surgery: A qualitative study of grazing. Obesity Surgery, 22, 1225-1231.

Steffen, K.J., Mitchell, J.E., & Karr, T.M. (2011). Body image and body contouring in bariatric
surgery patients. In J. E. Mitchell & M. de Zwaan, Psychosocial Assessment and Treatment After Bariatric Surgery. New York: Routledge.