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Dawn O Witherspoon

Assistant Professor

Psychology | College of Arts & Sciences

Areas of Expertise

Clinical Psychology

Pediatric Psychology

Health Psychology

Child and Adolescent Development

Health Disparities

Eating Disorders


Post Doctoral Training


2009- 2012      NICHD Diversity Scholar (PA-08-190) – Postdoctoral Research Fellowship

                        University of Maryland, School of Medicine

                        Department of Pediatrics, Division of Growth & Nutrition

Supervisor: Maureen Black, PhD



2007-2008       Predoctoral Internship, Pediatric Psychology Track

                        Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Columbus, OH

                        Director: Anthony Alioto, PhD


2005 – 2009    Ph.D., Clinical Psychology

Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH

Dissertation: Prediction of Outcomes of an Eating Disorders Treatment Program Using Structural Equation Modeling

Advisors: Dennis Drotar, Ph.D. & Carolyn Ievers-Landis, Ph.D


2002-2004       M.A., Clinical Psychology

Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH

Thesis: Correlates of Adherence to Prophylactic Penicillin in Children with Sickle Cell Disease

Advisor: Dennis Drotar, Ph.D.


1994-1999       B.A., Psychology

University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA

Honors Thesis: Parent Vocalizations and Infant Affect During Parent-Infant Play

Advisor: Jeffrey Cohn, Ph.D.


Publications & Presentations

Witherspoon, D., Latta, L., Wang, Y. & Black, M. (2013). Do depression, self-esteem, body esteem and eating attitudes vary by BMI? Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 38, 1112-1120.

Hager, E., Witherspoon D., Latta, L. Gormly, C., Pepper, R., & Black, M. (2013). The perceived and built environment surrounding urban schools and physical activity among adolescent girls. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 45, S68-75.

Buckingham-Howes, S., Hager, E., Pejsa, M., Wang, Y., Witherspoon, D. & Black, M. (2018) Disordered Eating in Urban, African American, Adolescent Girls: The role of Weight Status and Body Image Satisfaction. Eating Behaviors  

Contact Information

Building 51, Room 3114

(904) 620-5519