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Katherine Alexander
Katherine Alexander

Assistant Professor of Psychology
Ph.D., Rutgers University
M.A., Rutgers university
B.S., Long Island University   

Contact Information
Phone: (718) 405-3208
katherine.alexander@mountsaintvincent.edu
Founders Hall 431
Areas of Expertise
  • Attachment Theory
  • Eating Behavior

Courses
  • PSYC 204: Introduction to Psychology I
  • PSYC 321: Social Psychology
Research Interests
How do our close social/emotional bonds affect our eating behavior? I approach this question within the framing of attachment theory which posits that the bonds we form with our caregivers when we’re infants leads to the development of an internal working model, essentially a model of how we view ourselves, others, and social relationships. This attachment style (dimensions of insecurity and security) is at its core an emotion regulation system which persists throughout life and is an important part of how we perceive our social world. Eating is an inherently social and emotional process.

In my research I have found evidence that there is a relationship between maladaptive eating behavior (i.e. emotional eating) and attachment insecurity, but particularly attachment anxiety.

Recent Publications
Alexander, K.E. & Siegel, H.I. (2013). Perceived hunger mediates the relationship between attachment anxiety and emotional eating, Eating Behaviors, 14(3), 374-377

Dios, A, Alexander, K., Hansen, S.J., & Cheng, M.F.C. (2013). Specific neural representations for a conceptual set of behavior: Pair bonding, Research and Reports

Cheng, MF., Alexander, K.,Zhou, S.,Bonder, E., &Chuang, LS.(2011). Newborn GnRH neurons in the adult forebrain of the ring dove.Hormones and  Behavior, (60)1, 94-104.

Alexander, K. Attachment Anxiety and Perceptions of Team Work in the Classroom. Poster presented at the Northeast Conference for Teachers of Psychology, Connecticut, November, 2012