Kelsie Forbush

Associate Professor
M. Erik Wright Scholar
Primary office:
Fraser Hall
Room 306
Second office:


NOTE: I will be accepting one graduate student for the 2017-2018 academic year.

I earned my Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology (with a minor emphasis in Personality and Individual Differences) in 2011 from the University of Iowa. I completed an APA-accredited internship at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic.

I joined the faculty at the University of Kansas in 2014, after three years as an Assistant Professor at Purdue University. My research program is designed to clarify the reasons for diagnostic co-morbidity among eating, mood, and anxiety disorders, and to explicate the internal structure of eating pathology through scale development and assessment.


My philosophy of classroom teaching is that the most beneficial courses are ones in which the professor not only presents information specific to the course, but also focuses on building students' ability to integrate, critically evaluate, and rehearse scholarly material. Therefore, my main goals as an instructor are to: 1) provide students with the scaffolding necessary to make sense of scholarly readings, 2) help students think critically about course material, and 3) make the material personally meaningful to the student. I use this philosophy to inform my course structure and content. In addition, I work hard to incorporate "best-practice" techniques into all of my classes to help students remember and master course materials.

Beyond classroom teaching, I have substantial experience as a mentor to undergraduate and graduate students, many of whom have published scholarly research under my supervision (see my lab webpage for more information). I welcome inquiries from students who are interested in joining my research lab.

Teaching Interests

  • Eating and Weight Disorders
  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Diagnosis and Assessment of Mental Illness


My research laboratory is conducting several research studies that are designed to understand the associations (both cross-sectional and longitudinal) between eating behaviors and various other types of psychological difficulties, as well as research designed to develop better ways of assessing and diagnosing abnormal eating behaviors.

For additional information on my research interests and ongoing projects (or to enroll in one of our studies), please visit my laboratory webpage (

Research Interests

  • Eating and Weight Disorders
  • Novel Approaches for Assessment and Diagnosis
  • Latent Variable Modeling


I am active in several international and national service organizations that focus on eating disorders and clinical psychology. I am currently the Co-Chair of the Academy for Eating Disorder's Diagnosis and Assessment Special Interest Group (SIG) and Co-Chair for the 2019 International Conference on Eating Disorders. I am also an Early Career Reviewer for the National Institute of Health, and a Program Reviewer for the Academy of Psychological Clinical Science.

Selected Publications

Hunt, T. K., Forbush, K. T., Hagan, K. E., & Chapa, A. N. (in press). Do emotion regulation difficulties when upset influence the association between dietary restraint and weight gain among college students? Appetite, 114, 101ΓÇô109. DOI:10.1016/j.appet.2017.03.029

Hagan, K. E., Clark, K. E., & Forbush, K. T. (in press). Incremental validity of weight suppression in predicting clinical impairment in bulimic syndromes. International Journal of Eating Disorders. DOI:10.1002/eat.22673

Hagan, K. E., Forbush, K. T., & Chen, P. (in press). Is dietary restraint a unitary concept or multifaceted? Psychological Assessment. DOI:10.1037/pas0000429

Forbush, K. T., Hilderbrand, L. Bohrer, B. K., & Chapa, A. N. (in press). Test-retest reliability of common measures of eating disorder symptoms in men versus women. Assessment. DOI:10.1177/1073191117700267

Forbush, K. T., Kite, B. A., Hagan, K. E., Chapa, D. N., Sorokina, D. Bohrer, B. K., & Gould, S. R. (in press). Understanding eating disorders within internalizing psychopathology: A novel transdiagnostic, hierarchical-dimensional model . Comprehensive Psychiatry.

Forbush, K. T., & Wildes, J. E. (2017). Application of structural equation mixture modeling to characterize the latent structure of eating pathology. International Journal of Eating Disorders, 50(5), 542-550. DOI:10.1002/eat.22634

Wildes, J. E., Forbush, K. T., Hagan, K. E., Marcus, M. D., Attia, E. Gianini, L. M., Roberto, C. A., & Wu, W. (2017). Characterizing severe and enduring anorexia nervosa: An empirical approach. International Journal of Eating Disorders, 50(4), 389-397.

Forbush, K. T., Hagan, K. E., Salk, R. & Wildes, J. E. (2017). Concurrent and prognostic utility of subtyping anorexia nervosa along dietary and negative affect dimensions. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 85(3), 228-237.

Levinson, C. Zerwas, S. Forbush, K. T., Kordy, H. Hofmeier, S. Levine, M. & Bulik, C. M. (2017). The core symptoms of bulimia nervosa, anxiety, and depression: A network analysis. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 126(3), 340-354. DOI:10.1037/abn0000254

Forbush, K. T. (2017). The Eating Pathology Symptoms Inventory. In T. Wade (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Feeding and Eating Disorders. New York, NY: Springer.

Kotov, R. Krueger, R. F., Watson, D. Achenbach, T. M., Althoff, R. R., Bagby, M. Brown, T. A., Capi, A. Clark, L. A., Eaton, N. R., Forbes, M. K., & Forbush, K. T. (2017). The hierarchical taxonomy of psychopathology (HiTOP): A dimensional alternative to traditional nosologies . Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 126(4), 454-477. DOI:10.1037/abn0000258

Richardson, J. H., & Forbush, K. T. (2017). Weighing as treatment for eating disorders. In T. Wade (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Feeding and Eating Disorders. New York, NY: Springer.

Forbush, K. T., Siew, C. & Vitevitch, M. S. (2016). Application of network analysis to identify interactive systems of eating disorder psychopathology. Psychological Medicine, 46, 2667-2677.

Hunt, T. K., & Forbush, K. T. (2016). Is "drunkorexia" an eating disorder, substance use disorder, or both? Eating Behaviors, 22, 40-45.

Forbush, K. T., & Berg, K. C. (2016). Self-report assessments of eating disorders. In B. T. Walsh (Ed.), Handbook of Assessment and Treatment of Eating Disorders (pp. 157-174). Washington, DC: American Psychiatric Association.

Racine, S. E., Forbush, K. T., Wildes, J. E., Hagan, K. E., Pollack, L. O., & May, C. (2016). Voluntary emotion regulation in anorexia nervosa: Results from the emotion-modulated startle paradigm. Journal of Psychiatric Research, 77, 1-7.

Bohrer, B. K., Forbush, K. T., & Hunt, T. K. (2015). Are common measures of restraint and binge eating reliable and valid in obese persons? Appetite, 87, 344-351.

Forbush, K. T., Richardson, J. H., & Bohrer, B. K. (2015). Clinicians' practices regarding blind versus open weighing among patients with eating disorders: Clinicians' Practices Regarding Blind Versus Open Weighing . International Journal of Eating Disorders [02763478], 48, 905-911. DOI:10.1002/eat.22369

Tang, X. Forbush, K. T., & Liu, P. (2015). Development and validation of a Chinese-language version of the Eating Pathology Symptoms Inventory (C-EPSI). International Journal of Eating Disorders, 48, 1016-1023.

Wildes, J. E., & Forbush, K. T. (2015). Ethnicity as a Risk Factor for Eating Disorders. In M. Levine & L. Smolak (Eds.), The Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of Eating Disorders (pp. 325-337). Oxford: Wiley.

Forbush, K. T., & Hunt, T. K. (2014). Characterization of abnormal eating patterns among individuals with eating disorders: What is the state of the plate? Physiology and Behavior, 134, 92-109.

Forbush, K. T., Wildes, J. E., & Hunt, T. K. (2014). Gender norms, psychometric properties, and validity for the Eating Pathology Symptoms Inventory: Norms, Psychometric Data, and Validity for the EPSI . International Journal of Eating Disorders [02763478], 47(1), 85-91. DOI:10.1002/EAT.22180

Wildes, J. E., Forbush, K. T., & Markon, K. E. (2013). Characteristics and stability of empirically derived anorexia nervosa subtypes: Towards the identification of homogeneous low-weight eating disorder phenotypes. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 122, 1031-1041.

Forbush, K. T., Wildes, J. E., Pollack, L. O., Dunbar, D. Luo, J. Patterson, K. & Watson, D. (2013). Development and validation of the Eating Pathology Symptoms Inventory (EPSI). Psychological Assessment, 25, 859-878.

Luo, J. Forbush, K. T., Williamson, J. A., Pollack, L. O., & Markon, K. E. (2013). How specific are the relationships between eating disorder behaviors and perfectionism? Eating Behaviors, 14(3), 291-294. DOI:10.1016/J.EATBEH.2013.04.003

Forbush, K. T., & Watson, D. (2013). The structure of common and uncommon mental disorders. Psychological Medicine, 43, 97-108.

Pollack, L. O., & Forbush, K. T. (2013). Why do eating disorders and obsessive-compulsive disorder co-occur? Eating Behaviors, 14, 211-215. DOI:10.1016/J.EATBEH.2013.01.004

Haedt-Matt, A. A., Zalta, A. K., Forbush, K. T., & Keel, P. K. (2012). Experimental evidence that changes in mood cause changes in body dissatisfaction among undergraduate women. Body Image, 9, 216-220. DOI:10.1016/j.bodyim.2011.11.004

Franko, D. L., Thompson-Brenner, H. Thompson, D. R., Boisseau, C. L., Davis, A. Forbush, K. T., & Wilson, G. T. (2012). Racial/ethnic differences in adults in randomized clinical trials of binge eating disorder. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 80, 186-195.

Wildes, J. E., Marcus, M. D., Crosby, R. D., Ringham, R. M., Marin Dapelo, M. Gaskill, J. & Forbush, K. T. (2011). The clinical utility of personality subtypes in patients with anorexia nervosa. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 79, 665-674.

Selected Grants

Forbush, Kelsie, (Principal), Improving Eating-Disorder Treatment Outcomes: Validation of an Adaptive Mobile App, Eating Recovery Foundation Early Career Investigator Grant, National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA), $50,000, Submitted 10/15/2017 (01/01/2018 - 12/31/2019). Not-for-Profit (not Foundation). Status: Funded.

Forbush, K. T., (Principal), Ptomey, L T., (Co-Investigator), Donnelly, J. E., (Co-Investigator), Diet Quality, Parental Perceptions, and Weight Gain Among Adolescents, Healthy Weight Research Network, $18,000, (11/01/2015 - 10/31/2019). Foundation. Status: Funded.

Forbush, Kelsie, (Principal), Assessing Dietary and Behavioral Predictors of Weight Gain and Obesity using Computerized Adaptive Testing: Development of the E-Health Collaborative Consortium, Institutional - RIC II, $27,338, (08/15/2016 - 09/01/2019). University (KU or KUMC). Status: Funded.

Forbush, K. T., (Principal), Improving Technology-Enabled Clinical Outcomes Tracking for Eating Disorders, Recovery Record, Inc., $12,500, (02/01/2015 - 03/01/2019). For Profit (company/corporation). Status: Funded.

Fazzino, T., (Principal), Forbush, K. T., (Mentor), The Effects of Heavy Alcohol Use on Weight Gain in College Freshman: Examining an Overlooked Calorie Source, F32, National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), $107,102, (07/01/2016 - 06/30/2018). Federal. Status: Funded.

Forbush, K. T., (Principal), Integrating behavioral, neural, and endocrine facets of reward-learning dysfunction in bulimia nervosa, $9,935, (07/01/2016 - 06/30/2017). University (KU or KUMC). Status: Funded.

Forbush, Kelsie, (Principal), Predictors of Short-Term Stability and Change in Eating Disorder Psychopathology and Comorbidity, $8,000, (08/01/2014 - 05/31/2015). University (KU or KUMC). Status: Funded.

Forbush, Kelsie T, (Principal), Where Do Eating Disorders Belong in the Diagnostic Taxonomy?, F31, National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), $83,767, (08/01/2007 - 08/31/2010). Federal. Status: Funded.

Upcoming Special Events


A memorial service in honor of Larry Wrightsman be will held in the Kansas Room at the Memorial Union on campus on Wednesday, October 30 from 3:30 - 5:00 P.M. with a reception immediatley following until 6:30 P.M We hope you can attend!  To help us better keep track of likely attendees, please RSVP using this link.  Feel free to pass this on to any others who might be interested in attending!