Jennifer S Mills


Director of Clinical Training, Clinical Psychology graduate program

Locations / Contact Info:

Room 241 Behavioural Science - BSB
Keele Campus

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Faculty & School/Dept.

Faculty of Health - Department of Psychology


PhD - 2001
University of Toronto

MA - 1996
University of Toronto

BSc - 1995
University of Toronto

Selected Publications

  • McComb, S.E., & Mills, J.S. (2022). Eating and body image characteristics of those who aspire to the slim-thick, thin, or fit ideal and their impact on state body image. Body Image, 42, 375-384. DOI: 10.1016/j.bodyim.2022.07.017.

  • Gobin, K.C., Mills, J.S., & McComb, S.E. (2022). Testing a self-compassion micro-intervention before appearance-based social media use Implications for body image. Body Image, 40, 200-206.

  • McComb, S.E., & Mills, J.S. (2022). The effect of physical appearance perfectionism and social comparison to thin-, slim-thick-, and fit-ideal Instagram imagery on young women’s body image. Body Image, 40, 165-175.

  • Gobin, K.C., Mills*, J.S., & McComb, S.E. (2021). The effects of COVID-19 lockdown on eating, body image, and social media habits among women with and without symptoms of orthorexia nervosa. Frontiers in Psychology, Social and Personality Psychology, 12. *shared first authorship

  • Mills, J.S., Polivy, J., & Herman, C.P. (2021). Distinguishing dieting from restrained eating: A rejoinder to Lowe (2021). Appetite165, 105295. DOI: 10.1016/j.appet.2021.105295.

  • McComb, S.E., Gobin, K., & Mills, J.S. (2021). The effects of self-disclaimer Instagram captions on young women's mood and body image: The moderating effect of participants’ own photo manipulation practices. Body Image, 38, 251-261. DOI: 10.1016/j.bodyim.2021.04.011. 

  • McComb, S.E., & Mills, J.S. (2021). Young women’s body image following upwards comparison to Instagram models: The role of physical appearance perfectionism and cognitive emotion regulation. Body Image, 38, 49-62. DOI: 10.1016/j.bodyim.2021.03.012

  • Polivy, J., Herman, C. P., & Mills, J. S. (2020). What is restrained eating and how do we identify it? Appetite155, 104820. DOI: 10.1016/j.appet.2020.104820

  • Mills, J.S., Polivy, J., & Iqbal, A. (2020). Food-based social comparisons influence liking and consumption. Appetite, 151. DOI: 10.1016/j.appet.2020.104720

  • McComb, S., & Mills, J.S. (2020). A systematic review on the effects of media disclaimers on young women’s body image and mood. Body Image, 32, 34-52. DOI: 10.1016/j.bodyim.2019.10.010

  • Shannon, A., & Mills, J.S. (2019). Thinking about overeating results in higher likelihood of anticipated fat talk. Body Image, 31, 13-18. DOI: 10.1016/j.bodyim.2019.08.003

  • McComb, S., & Mills, J.S. (2019). Orthorexia Nervosa: A review of psychosocial risk factors. Appetite, 140, 50-75. DOI: 10.1016/j.appet.2019.05.005

  • Keating, L., Mills, J.S., & Rawana, J. (2019). Momentary predictors of binge eating: An attachment perspective. Eating Behaviors, 32, 44-52. DOI: 10.1016/j.eatbeh.2018.12.003

  • Hogue, J.V., & Mills, J.S. (2019). The effects of active social media engagement with peers on body image in young women. Body Image, 28, 1-5. DOI: 10.1016/j.bodyim.2018.11.002

  • Mills, J.S., Musto, S., Williams, L., & Tiggemann, M. (2018). “Selfie” harm: Effects on mood and body image in young women. Body Image, 27, 86-92. DOI: 10.1016/j.bodyim.2018.08.007

  • Mills, J.S., Weinheimer, L.A., Polivy, J., & Herman, C.P. (2018). Are there different types of dieters? A review of personality and dietary restraint. Appetite. DOI:  10.1016/j.appet.2018.02.014

  • Mills, J.S., Vu, N., Manley, R., & Tse, S. (2017). Adolescent and young adult women’s opinions of common eating disorder prevention messages.  Eating Disorders: The Journal of Treatment and Prevention. DOI: 10.1080/10640266.2016.1269549

  • Roosen, K., & Mills, J.S. (2016).  What persons with physical disabilities can teach us about obesity.  Health Psychology Open, January-June: 1-3. DOI: 10.1177/2055102916634362

  • Shentow-Bewsh, R., Keating, L., & Mills, J.S. (2016).  Effects of anti-obesity messages on women’s body image and eating behaviour.  Eating Behaviors, 20, 48-56. doi:10.1016/j.eatbeh.2015.11.012


Currently available to supervise graduate students: No

Currently taking on work-study students, Graduate Assistants or Volunteers: No

Available to supervise undergraduate thesis projects: No

Current Research

My research interests are in the area of body image and eating disorders. I study malleable risk factors for disordered eating, including body dissatisfaction and dieting. I am particularly interested in the factors that influence how women perceive their bodies and the psychological consequences of social media use. Other recent research projects include the study of women's reactions to eating disorder prevention messages, motivational interviewing as an adjunct to hospital treatment of eating disorders, and the nature and risk factors of "orthorexia nervosa" or a pathological obsession with clean or healthy eating.