Jason M Lavender


Department of Primary Appointment:
School of Medicine
Associate Professor; MiCOR Deputy Research Director
Location: Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD
Research Interests:
Eating disorders, psychosocial and behavioral health, assessment, survey development, psychometrics, multi-method study design, risk/maintenance factors, disordered eating in boys and men


T32 Postdoctoral Research Fellowship [2011-2014]
Sanford Center for Biobehavioral Research (formerly Neuropsychiatric Research Institute), Fargo, ND
Midwest Regional Postdoctoral Training Program in Eating Disorders Research

Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology [2011]
University at Albany, State University of New York, Albany, NY

Predoctoral Internship in Clinical Psychology [2010-2011]
University of Mississippi Medical Center/Jackson VAMC Psychology Internship Training Consortium, Jackson, MS

M.A. in Clinical Psychology [2007]
University at Albany, State University of New York, Albany, NY

B.S. in Psychology [2005]
Duke University, Trinity College of Arts and Sciences, Durham, NC


Dr. Jason Lavender, PhD is an Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU) and the Deputy Research Director for the Military Cardiovascular Outcomes Research (MiCOR) program with the Metis Foundation. Dr. Lavender’s research broadly focuses on elucidating risk/maintenance factors for eating disorders, particularly emotion and emotion dysregulation, personality and temperament, and neurocognitive functioning. His interests further include assessment, measure development, psychometrics, and multi-method study designs, including integrating laboratory-based and real-world, real-time data collection methods (i.e., intensive longitudinal data collection, ecological momentary assessment). His research additionally addresses unique factors related to the manifestation and assessment of eating disorder symptoms among boys and men, including muscularity-oriented disordered eating, as well as other under-researched populations (e.g., sexual and gender minorities). At USU, his work focuses on eating and weight-related conditions, along with commonly co-occurring concerns (e.g., anxiety, depression, trauma) and overall psychosocial functioning, among members of the military family including active-duty service members and dependents (offspring, spouses).

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