Jacqueline Carter-Major

B.A. (Hons), M.A. Carleton University; D.Phil. University of Oxford

Professor; R. Psych.

Office: SN3078
Phone: (709) 864-8118
Email: jacqueline.carter@mun.ca
Website: http://muneatinglab.wixsite.com/home
Affiliations: Clinical



I received my doctorate from the University of Oxford in 1997 under the mentorship of Professor Christopher Fairburn and completed my post-doctoral training at the Toronto General Hospital Eating Disorders Program in Toronto, Ontario. I practised as a registered psychologist in Toronto from 1999-2012 where I was a Staff Psychologist in the Eating Disorders Program of the Toronto General Hospital and an Associate Professor in Psychiatry at the University of Toronto as well as an Adjunct Professor in Psychology at York University.

Research Interests

My research has focused on understanding the nature and maintenance of eating disorder psychopathology, evaluating psychological treatments for eating disorders, and identifying predictors and mediators of treatment outcome. My current research is focused mainly on understanding and treating Binge-Eating Disorder (BED). BED is characterized by recurrent episodes of binge eating in the absence of extreme methods of weight control.

Current research projects

We are currently conducting studies on the affect regulation model of binge eating disorder (BED). For example, we recently completed a randomized controlled trial to examine the effectiveness of Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) guided self-help for binge eating disorder. This research was funded by the Newfoundland Centre for Applied Health Research. We are also investigating an addiction model of binge eating, as well as factors associated with binge eating behaviour among adolescents.

Potential Honours and Graduate Students

Please contact me to find out if I am currently accepting new students.

Selected Publications

Carter, J. C., van Wijk, M.* & Rowsell, M.*(2019). Symptoms of ‘Food Addiction’ in Binge Eating Disorder Using the Yale Food Addiction Scale Version 2.0. Appetite, 133, 362-369.

Kenny, T. E.*, Singleton, C.* & Carter, J.C. (2019). An examination of emotion-related facets of impulsivity in binge eating disorder. Eating Behaviors. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.eatbeh.2018.12.006

Kenny, T.E.* & Carter, J.C. (2018). I weigh, therefore I am: Implications of using different criteria to define overvaluation of weight and shape in binge eating disorder. International Journal of Eating Disorder, 51, 1244-1251.

Kenny, T. E.*, van Wijk, M.*, Singleton, C.W,*, & Carter, J. C. (2018). An examination of the relationship between binge eating disorder and insomnia symptoms. European Eating Disorders Review, 26(3), 1-11.

Kenny, T.E., Singleton, C. & Carter, J.C. (2017). Testing predictions of the affect regulation model of binge eating disorder. International Journal of Eating Disorders, 1-9, DOI: 10.1002/eat.22787.

Davis, C., Mackew, L., Levitan, R.D., Kaplan, A.S., Carter, J.C. & Kennedy, J.L. (2017) Binge Eating Disorder (BED) in relation to addictive behaviors and personality risk factors. Frontiers in Psychology, 8:579, doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2017.00579

Rowsell, M.*, MacDonald, D.* & Carter, J.C. (2016) Emotion regulation difficulties in anorexia nervosa: associations with improvements in eating psychopathology. Journal of Eating Disorders, 4:17 DOI: 10.1186/s40337-016-0108-0. Note: this paper won the award for Best Paper Published by an Early Career Investigator in this journal in 2016.

Davis, C. Kaplan, A.S., Levitan, R.D., Carter, J.C., & Kennedy J.L., (2016). Sex differences in subjective and objective responses to a stimulant medication (methylphenidate): Comparisons between overweight/obese adults with and without binge eating disorder. International Journal of Eating Disorders, 49(5), 473-481. Note: this paper won the award for best scientific paper published in this journal in 2016.

Carter, J.C. & Kelly, A.C. (2015). Autonomous and controlled motivation for eating disorders treatment: baseline predictors and relationship to treatment outcome. British Journal of Clinical Psychology, 54(1), 76-90.

Fuss, S.*, Trottier, K. & Carter, J.C. (2015). An investigation of the factor structure of the Beck Depression Inventory-II in anorexia nervosa. European Eating Disorders Review, 23(1), 43-50

Kelly, A.C. & Carter, J.C. & (2015). Self-compassion training for binge eating disorder: A pilot randomized controlled trial. Psychology and Psychotherapy: Theory Research and Practice, 88, 285-303.

Trottier, K., Carter, J.C., McDonald, D.E., McFarlane, T.L. & Olmsted, M.P. & (2015). Adjunctive Graded Body Image Exposure for Eating Disorders: A randomized controlled initial trial in clinical practice. International Journal of Eating Disorders, 48, 494-504.  doi.org/10.1002/eat.22341

Vella-Zarb, R.A., Mills, J.S., Westra, H.A., Carter, J.C., & Keating, L. (2014). A randomized controlled trial of motivational interviewing for binge eating. International Journal of Eating Disorders, 48, 328-332. doi: 10.1002/eat.22242

Davis, C., Levitan, R.B., Kaplan, A.S., Kennedy, J. & Carter, J.C. (2014). Food Cravings, Appetite, and Snack-Food Consumption in Response to a Psychomotor Stimulant Drug: The Moderating Effect of ‘Food Addiction’. Eating Behaviors, 5(403), 1-8. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2014.00403

Davis, C. & Carter, J.C. (2014). If Certain Foods are Addictive, How Might this Change the Treatment of Compulsive Overeating and Obesity? Current Addiction Reports, 1, 89-95. doi: 10.1007/s40429-014-0013-z

Yilmaz, Z., Davis, C., Loxton, N. Kaplan, A., Levitan, R., Carter, J. C. and Kennedy, J. (2014). Overeating mediates MC4R polymorphism and variation in body weight. International Journal of Obesity, 1-7. doi:10.1038/ijo.2014.79

Kelly, A.C.* & Carter, J.C. (2014). Eating disorder subtypes differ in their rates of psychosocial improvement over treatment. Journal of Eating Disorders, 2, 1-10. doi:10.1186/2050-2974-2-2

Kelly, A.C., Vimalakanthan, K., & Carter, J.C. (2014). Understanding the roles of self-esteem, self-compassion, and fear of self-compassion in eating disorder pathology: An examination of female students and eating disorder patients. Eating Behaviors, 15, 388-391. DOI: 10.1016/j.eatbeh.2014.04.008.

Kelly, A.C.*, Carter, J.C. & Borairi, S.* (2014). Are improvements in shame and self-compassion early in eating disorders treatment associated with better patient outcomes? International Journal of Eating Disorders, 1, 89-95. doi: 10.1002/eat.22196



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