Aviva Ariel-Donges, M.A.

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Aviva Ariel-Donges, M.S., is a doctoral candidate at the University of Florida (UF) in the Department of Clinical and Health Psychology. Aviva graduated summa cum laude from Skidmore College in 2010 with a major in Psychology and a minor in English Literature. After graduation, Aviva worked as a Clinical Research Coordinator/Site Monitor at Massachusetts General Hospital’s Bipolar Clinic and Research Program and as a Hotline Coordinator/Crisis Counselor at a non-profit organization that serves survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in Western Massachusetts. Aviva is in the Clinical Health Psychology track, and she works as a Graduate Research Assistant in the UF Weight Management Lab under the mentorship of Dr. Michael G. Perri. Aviva is also concurrently working on a master’s in Public Health in UF’s College of Public Health and Health Professions with a concentration in Social and Behavioral Sciences. In her free time, Aviva enjoys watching movies, practicing yoga, and volunteering for the Alachua County Humane Society.

Research Focus

Aviva’s primary research interests include weight management, disordered eating, health behavior change (e.g., diet, exercise, sleep, smoking, and stress management), and mind-body interventions. She is interested in psychosocial, behavioral, and biological barriers to healthy weight management and how better understanding these factors can inform novel treatments for obesity and eating disorders. Aviva’s master’s thesis focused on the prevalence and correlates of binge eating in adults with obesity seeking behavioral weight-management treatment. Aviva hopes to focus her doctoral dissertation on a brief yoga intervention for college-aged women with body image dissatisfaction.

Publications

Perri, M. G. & Ariel, A. H. (Expected 2017). Improving the maintenance of weight loss. In G. Bray & T. Wadden (Eds.), The Handbook of Obesity Treatment, Second Edition. New York, NY: Guilford Press.

Perri, M. G., Laitner, M. L., & Ariel, A. H. (In Press, 2016). Obesity. In S. Richards & L. Cohen (Eds.), The Wiley Encyclopedia of Health Psychology, Volume III: Clinical Health Psychology and Behavioral Medicine. Oxford, UK: John Wiley and Sons.

Ariel, A. H. & Perri, M. G. (2016). Effect of dose of behavioral treatment for obesity on binge eating severity. Eating Behaviors, 22, 55-61.

Presentations

Ariel, A. H., Degener, R. T., Laitner, M. H., Warren, E. L., & Perri, M. G. (April 2016). Relation of improvements in binge eating severity to dietary self-monitoring and weight change in behavioral treatment for obesity. Poster presented at the 2016 Society of Behavioral Medicine meeting, Washington, DC.

Ariel, A. H., Degener, R. T., Laitner, M. H., Warren, E. L., & Perri, M. G. (October 2015). Relation of clinically significant improvements in binge eating to treatment adherence and weight change in a behavioral weight management program. Poster presented at the 2015 University of Florida Graduate Student Research Day, Gainesville, FL.

Ariel, A. H., Lespinasse, D. M., Maurer, S. N., Minski, S. A., Alabduljabbar, M., Degener, R. T., Laitner, M. H., Warren, E. L., & Perri, M. G. (April 2015). Binge eating severity improvement in response to dose of behavioral treatment for obesity. Poster presented at the 2015 International Conference on Eating Disorders, Boston, MA.

Ariel, A. H., Minski, S. A., Degener, R. T., Laitner, M. H., Warren, E. L., & Perri, M. G. (April 2015). Does binge eating severity respond to a behavioral intervention for obesity? Poster presented at the 2015 University of Florida College of Public Health and Health Professions Research Day, Gainesville, FL.

Ariel, A. H., Lespinasse, D. M., Maurer, S. N., Minski, S. A., Alabduljabbar, M., Degener, R. T., Laitner, M. H., & Perri, M.G. (November 2014). Binge eating, body mass index, and weight management self-efficacy in treatment seeking obese adults. Poster presented at the 2014 University of Florida Graduate Student Research Day, Gainesville, FL.

Ariel, A. H., Lespinasse, D. M., Maurer, S. N., Minski, S. A., Alabduljabbar, M., Degener, R. T., Laitner, M. H., & Perri, M. G. (April 2014). Impact of weight regain on depressive symptoms after a behavioral weight loss program. Poster presented at the 2014 Society of Behavioral Medicine meeting, Philadelphia, PA.

Ariel, A. H., Lespinasse, D. M., Maurer, S. N., Minski, S. A., Alabduljabbar, M., Degener, R. T., Laitner, M. H., & Perri, M. G. (April 2014). Weight regain and depressive symptoms after a behavioral weight loss program. Poster presented at the 2014 University of Florida College of Public Health and Health Professions Research Day, Gainesville, FL.

Awards and Memberships

Outstanding Research Award, PHHP Research Day, College of Public Health and Health Professions, University of Florida (2014)
Research Travel Award, Office of Research, University of Florida (2014)
Research Travel Award, Office of Research, University of Florida (2015)
Research Travel Award, Office of Research, University of Florida (2016)
Research Travel Award, Graduate Student Council, University of Florida (2015)
Research Travel Award, Graduate Student Council, University of Florida (2016)
Student Member of Academy for Eating Disorders (2014 – Present)
Student Member of American Psychological Association (2014 – Present)
Student Member of APAGS (2014 – Present)
Student Member of Society for Behavioral Medicine (2014 – Present)

Teaching Experience

Guest lecturer, Health Psychology, University of Florida (March 2016)
Guest lecturer, Abnormal Psychology, University of Florida (Feb. 2016)
Graduate student panel, Dept. of Psychology, University of Florida (Aug. 2015)
Guest lecturer, Abnormal Psychology, University of Florida (Feb. 2015)
Speaker, Healthy Lifestyles Panel, Gainesville, FL (Nov. 2013)

Leadership

Class Representative, Clinical and Health Psychology Program (Fall 2013 – Present)
Executive Board Member, PHHP Doctoral Student Council (Fall 2013 – Present)
Student Representative, Curriculum Committee (Spring 2014 – Present)
Volunteer Intake Coordinator, Free Therapy Night (Fall 2015 – Present)