The Food Landscape & Challenges of Today
Thursday January 28th, 2020
Nutrition & Mental Health
Thursday February 4th, 2020
Dr. Eva Pila
Associate Professor in the School of Kinesiology at Western University
Dr. Eva Pila is an Assistant Professor at Western University in the School of Kinesiology. Her academic background consists of a BSc in Kinesiology and Psychology at McMaster University, MSc in Exercise Science (Behavioural Stream) at McGill University/University of Toronto, PhD in Exercise Science (Behavioural Stream). She completed a joint postdoctoral fellowship at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Women’s College Hospital, and the University of Saskatchewan.
Dr. Pila's research is founded in psychological perspectives in kinesiology, focusing on understanding body image and body (in)equity as it relates to movement, mental health and well-being.
Specifically, her research seeks to understand relationships between body (in)equity on the basis of shape, size, weight, ability and function, movement-based behaviours including exercise, physical activity, and sport, and mental health, illness, and well-being. A main goal of this research is to develop psychological interventions, currently centred on self-compassion, to promote the health and well-being of individuals in marginalized bodies.
Dr.Pila's research integrates frameworks from health, exercise, social, and clinical psychology to understand conditions that disproportionately impact individuals in marginalized states (e.g., physical inactivity, weight stigma, eating disorders, mood disorders, breast cancer).