Emeritus Appointment

Clinical Psychologist

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Affiliated with: 
Sch of Psychological Science
Courses Taught: 

Women, Weight, & Body Image

Fat Studies

Abnormal Psychology

Clinical Research Methods

Research/Career Interests: 

When I began my career, my research primarily focused on adult stress and anxiety disorders, specifically the Type A behavior pattern and panic disorder, as reflected by my early publications. My intervention work with panic disorder emphasized self-help approaches, with this interest culminating in the 2008 publication of the Handbook of Self-Help Therapies that I co-edited with my colleague, Dr. George Clum of the Virginia Tech Psychology Department. Over time, my research interests have evolved to focus on body image disorders, particularly as they relate to weight bias and physical activity. My more recent publications reflect these current interests as do two classes which I have developed and currently teach, i.e. Women, Weight, & Body Image and Fat Studies. Most recently, my research has investigated the effectiveness of interventions based on the Health At Every Size paradigm as well as Fat Studies pedagogy.  


  • Washington University of St. Louis Medical Center, NHLBI Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (1986-1989)          
  • University of Mississippi Medical Center & Jackson, VAMC Internship in Clinical Psychology (1985-1986)
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University, Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology (1982-1985; Degree received 1987)
  • University of the Pacific, Master’s Program in Psychology (1980-1982; Degree received 1983)
  • West Virginia University, Undergraduate Program-Psychology Major (1976-1980; Degree received 1980)
Beyond OSU
Personal Interests: 

 I am a member of the MidValley Bicycle Club and also enjoy hiking, kayaking, snorkeling, and diving.




My Publications


Book Chapter

Watkins, Patti Lou. Teaching Health At Every Size To Health Care Professionals And Students. Wellness Not Weight: Health At Every Size And Motivational Interviewing. Ed. R. Y Concepcion. San Diego, CA: Cognella, 2014. 159-169. Print. Wellness Not Weight: Health At Every Size And Motivational Interviewing.


Journal Article

Watkins, Patti Lou. Teaching Fat Studies: From Conception To Reception. Ed. A. Farrell. Trans. A. Doyle-Hugmeyer. Fat Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Body Weight and Society 1 (2012): n. pag. Print. Fat Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal Of Body Weight And Society.


Journal Article

Readdy, Tucker, Patti Lou Watkins, and Bradley Cardinal. Muscle Dysmorphia, Gender Role Stress, And Sociocultural Influences: An Exploratory Study. Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport 82.2 (2011): 310 - 319. Print. Research Quarterly For Exercise And Sport.