Kaylee Misener, B.A, M.A.


Kaylee is a PhD candidate in the Clinical Psychology program at the University of British Columbia Okanagan (UBCO) supervised by Dr. Maya Libben. Kaylee has conducted research in the area of eating disorders and body image for several years, culminating in her developing and teaching a third-year course on the psychology of body image. Kaylee’s undergraduate honours thesis, completed at UBCO, investigated whether an implicit measure of disordered eating could be used to assess cognitive distortions among individuals who exhibit eating disordered symptoms as compared with post-symptomatic and control groups. Her Master’s research investigated the relationship between attentional biases and body dissatisfaction, using novel eye-tracking technology. Further, it provided a cross-cultural replication and expansion to facilitate the comparison of body image issues across cultures. Her recent research involves the creation of a body dissatisfaction prevention program that focuses on the role of self-compassion, mindfulness, and yoga in preventing body image concerns for youth. Kaylee is also a passionate mental health advocate and the current president of UBCO’s Mental Health Awareness and Advocacy Club (MHAAC).

Kaylee's Publications

Fraser, E., Misener, K. & Libben, M. (2022). Exploring the impact of a gratitude-focused meditation on body dissatisfaction: Can a brief auditory gratitude intervention protect young women against exposure to the thin ideal? Body Image, 41, 331-341. doi: 10.1016/j.bodyim.2022.04.002.

Wang, Y., Wang, Y., Misener, K. & Libben, M. (2021). Cognitive Bias Modification for Perfectionism: Examining the Mediating and Moderating Effects of Body Dissatisfaction and Self-Efficacy. Current Psychologydoi: 10.1007/s12144-021-01550-9.

Misener, K. & Libben, M. (2020). Examination of the Relationship Between Attentional Biases and Body Dissatisfaction: An Eye-Tracking Study. Cognitive Therapy and Research, 43, 211-232. doi: 10.1007/s10608-020-10084-6.

Ly, M., Misener, K. & Libben, M. (2019). Validation of the translated Negative Physical Self Scale in a female North American sample: Preliminary examination. Eating Behaviors34, 101-109. doi: 10.1016/j.eatbeh.2019.101314.

Misener, K. & Libben, M. (2017) The relationship between cognitive bias and eating disordered traits in a sub-clinical sample: A lexical decision study. Body Image21, 103-106. doi: 10.1016/j.bodyim.2017.03.00.

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