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Laura J. Buchholz


Laura J. Buchholz

Meet Laura J. Buchholz

Assistant Professor, Psychology

Education: 2009 Niagara University, B.A.
2012 Kent State University, M.A.
2015 Kent State University, Ph.D.
2015-2017 VA Center for Integrated Healthcare, Psychology Postdoctoral Fellow


Courses Taught: Health Psychology
Eating Disorders, Exercise and Obesity
Quantitative Statistics
Abnormal Psychology

Career Specialties: Laura Buchholz's primary research interests are in the area of women’s health. One aspect of her research program is understanding the etiology and consequences associated with alcohol use, exercise and eating pathology, particularly restrictive dieting, issues that are especially problematic for college women. Through her research, she has focused on the antecedents and consequences associated with these co-occurring behaviors using novel technology, namely Ecological Momentary Assessment. A secondary research interest involves the identification and brief treatment of disordered eating in healthcare settings.

Professional and Community Activities: Publications

Lilienthal, K.R., Buchholz, L.J., King, P.R., Vair, C.L., Funderburk, J.S., & Beehler, G.P. (2017). Mental health measurement among women veterans receiving co-located, collaborative care services. Psychology, Health & Medicine. doi: 10.1080/135485 06.2017.1290809

This study examined overall rates of mental health measurement and predictors of measurement among women veterans in co-located, collaborative care settings. Overall, rates of measurement were low. Women with depression were less likely than those with anxiety disorders to have standard mental health measurement documented.

Buchholz, L.J., & Crowther, J.H. (2014). Women who use exercise as a compensatory behavior: How do they differ from those who do not? Psychology of Sport & Exercise. 15, 668-674. doi:10.1016/ j.psychsport.2014.06.010

This study examined group differences between women who reported using exercise as a compensatory behavior (ECB) and women who did not report using exercise as a compensatory behavior (NECB) on alcohol and exercise behavior, drinking and exercise motivation, and several related constructs. Women in the ECB group consumed more alcohol, were more likely to binge drink, experienced more alcohol-related problems, and were more likely to exercise for weight and appearance concerns than the NECB group.

Luce, K.H., Crowther, J.H., Leahey, T., & Buchholz, L.J. (2013). Do restrained eaters restrict their caloric intake prior to drinking alcohol? Eating Behaviors, 14, 361-365. doi:10.1016/j.eatbeh. 2013.06.004

This study used multilevel modeling to examine whether restrained eaters increase their caloric restriction on days that they intend to drink alcohol in a woman’s daily life. Overall, restrained eaters did not consume fewer calories on days that they intended to drink. However, restrained eaters had fewer eating episodes on days that they intended to drink than unrestrained eaters.

Buchholz, L.J., Crowther, J.H., Olds, R.S., Smith, K.E., & Ridolfi, D.R. (2013). Are restrained eaters accurate monitors of their intoxication? Results from a field experiment. Addictive Behaviors. 38, 1966-1969. doi:10.1016/j.addbeh.2012.12.008

This field study examined whether restrained eaters are accurate monitors of their alcohol intoxication after eating. After eating more food before intending to drink, women higher in dietary restraint were more likely to overestimate their intoxication than women lower in restraint. There were no differences between women high and low in dietary restraint in the accuracy of their intoxication after consuming less food before drinking.


2016-current Principal Investigator
Project Title: Prevalence and Correlates of Eating Behaviors among Women Veterans in Primary Care
Amount awarded: $19003.58
Funding source: VA Center for Integrated Healthcare Pilot Grant
The purpose of this grant application is to examine the rates and correlates of eating disorder symptomatology among women veterans who use primary care for services. A secondary aim of this pilot grant is to obtain detailed information regarding treatment preferences for eating pathology among women veterans who use primary care.

2016-current Co-Investigator
Project Title: Veterans’ priorities for assessment and treatment in VHA Primary Care-Mental Health Integration (PC-MHI) Services
Amount awarded: $18,447
Funding Source: VA Center for Integrated Healthcare Pilot Grant
The purpose of this grant application is to identify and describe veterans’ functional concerns in PC-MHI, and to describe the relationship between these functional concerns and utilization of mental health services.

2011-2012 Principal Investigator
Amount Awarded: $420
Funding Source: Kent State University Graduate Student Senate Research Grant
This award helped to defray the cost of participant payments for my dissertation project.

Community Activities

Buchholz has served as an ad hoc peer reviewer for several journals that focus on eating and weight, women’s health and substance use including Appetite, Women & Health, and Addictive Behaviors. As a licensed clinical psychologist, she has also provided psychological services to veterans with a broad array of mental and medical conditions within primary care settings. She has also provided psychological services to patients with disordered eating and obesity.

Honors and Awards: 2017 Integrated Primary Care SIG Travel Award Society of Behavioral Medicine
2013-2014 University Fellowship, Kent State University
2011 Early Career Award, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)