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Dawn Witherspoon

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Faculty Bio

Assistant Professor

Phone: (904) 620-1967

Office: Building 59, Room 3315


Research Interests

Health and pediatric psychology including the health of minority youth


University of North Carolina Wilmington - B.S. Environmental Science focus in Engineering, Minor in Spanish

University of North Florida - M.S. Biology


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

Selected Publications

Do Depression, Self-Esteem, Body-Esteem, and Eating Attitudes Vary by BMI Among African American Adolescents?. Journal of Pediatric Psychology

The Perceived and Built Environment Surrounding Urban Schools and Physical Activity Among Adolescent Girls. Annals of Behavioral Medicine

Barriers to Treatment Adherence for Pediatric Patients With Sickle Cell Disease and Their Families. Children's Health Care