We know that names matter. Many people distrust Obamacare but support the Affordable Care Act. People would rather eat quiche than egg pie. A “Nutrition Assistance Program” sounds more dignified than “food stamps.” A “cold snap” sounds almost tropical, or at least tolerable, compared to a “polar vortex.” So, it matters that the American Medical Association decided, in June of 2013, to name obesity a disease […]
About Jeni Burnette
Jeni Burnette is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of Richmond. She received her undergraduate degree at the University of North Carolina and completed her Ph.D. in Psychology at Virginia Commonwealth University. Jeni’s research applies basic social psychological theories to understanding fundamental social issues such as obesity and stigma. She primarily focuses on how mindsets matter for dieting self-regulation and weight-loss goal achievement. Her work has been published in journals including Psychological Bulletin, Psychological Science, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, and Personality and Social Psychological Bulletin.
About Crystal Hoyt
Crystal Hoyt completed her doctorate in social psychology at UC Santa Barbara and is currently an associate professor of Leadership Studies and Psychology at the University of Richmond. Her research focuses on both the experiences and the perceptions of identity threatened individuals. She examines the role of beliefs, such as self-efficacy, implicit theories, and political ideologies, in the experiences and the perceptions of women and minorities in leadership or STEM fields, or the overweight. Her research has appeared in journals including Psychological Science, Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, Psychological Inquiry, and Leadership Quarterly. She has co-edited two books: Leadership at the Crossroads: Leadership and Psychology and For the Greater Good of All: Perspectives on Individualism, Society, and Leadership.