Diana Rancourt

Diana Rancourt

Associate Professor, 
Area Director, Clinical Psychology Program, and Director of Clinical Training


Office: PCD 4124
Phone: 813/974-0375



  • Postdoctoral Fellow, NIMH T32 in Child Mental Health, Warren Alpert Medical School at Brown University (2012-2014)
  • Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2012)
  • Clinical Internship, University of California, San Diego/San Diego VA (2011-2012)
  • M.A., Clinical Psychology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2007)
  • B.A., Amherst College (2002)


Research Interests

  1. Interoceptive awareness of hunger and satiety cues (e.g., food craving, self-reported hunger/satiety, blood glucose fluctuations) as a transdiagnostic mechanism of eating disorders and obesity.
  2. The intersection of individual factors and the social context on health risk behaviors, with particular focus on weight-related behaviors.
  3. Understanding the risk factors for and consequence of food and alcohol disturbance (FAD).

Research Summary

I have a longstanding interest in adolescents’ and young adults’ health behaviors, with a particular focus on weight-related behaviors (e.g., dieting, uncontrolled eating, muscle-gaining behaviors). My research spans the eating disorder and obesity literature and investigates psychosocial influences on adolescents' and young adults' weight-related behaviors across healthy and pediatric populations (e.g., type 1 diabetes, eating disorder, bariatric surgery). In particular, I am interested in investigating how interoceptive awareness of hunger and satiety cues and food craving may predict disordered eating behaviors, how peers and the social context may be helpful or harmful in terms of health risk behaviors, and understanding more about the risk factors for and consequences of food and alcohol disturbance (FAD). My methodological and statistical approaches are multi-faceted, theoretically-based, and dependent on the particular question being asked. I use cross-sectional and longitudinal surveys, ecological momentary assessment, observational and mixed-methods approaches, as well as experimental designs to investigate research questions of interest.




*Denotes graduate student author. IF = 5 year impact factor when available.

*Poovey, K., *Ahlich, E., *Attaway, S., & Rancourt, D. (2022). General versus hunger/satiety-specific interoceptive sensibility in predicting disordered eating. Appetite. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.appet.2022.105930. IF: 3868.

*Cheng, T. Y., *Akhiyat, Y. M., *Mehta, N., *Ahlich, E. M., *Verzijl, C., Chermak, R., Weiss, A., & Rancourt, D. (2021). Eating disorder symptomatology among adolescent bariatric surgery candidates: Examining differences by sex and racial minority status. Obesity Surgery, 31(12), 5295-5302. doi: 10.1007/s11695-021-05723-0. IF: 4.653.

*Ahlich, E., *Simon, J., *Verzijl, C. L., Schlauch, R. C., & Rancourt, D. (2020). Support for a two-dimensional model of food craving using self-report questionnaire and cue reactivity methodologies. International Journal of Eating Disorders. doi: 10.1002/eat.23290. IF: 3.897.

Rancourt, D., Foster, N., Bollepalli, S., *Fitterman-Harris, H. F., Powers, M. A., Clements, M., & Smith, L. B. (2019). Test of the modified dual pathway model of eating disorders in individuals with type 1 diabetes. International Journal of Eating Disorders, 52(6), 630-642. 10.1002/eat.23054. IF: 3.897.

*Choquette, E. M., Rancourt, D., & Thompson, J. K. (2018). From fad to FAD: A theoretical formulation and proposed name change for “Drunkorexia” to Food and Alcohol Disturbance. International Journal of Eating Disorders, 51(8), 831-834. doi: 10.1002/eat.22926. IF: 3.897.

*Verzijl, C., *Ahlich, E., Schlauch, R. C., & Rancourt, D. (2018). The role of craving in emotional and uncontrolled eating. Appetite, 123, 146-151. doi: 10.1016/j.appet.2017.12.014. IF: 3.691.

Rancourt, D., *Schaefer, L. M., Bosson, J. K., & Thompson, J. K. (2016). Differential impact of upward and downward comparisons on diverse women’s disordered eating behaviors and body image. International Journal of Eating Disorders, 49, 519-523. doi: 10.1002/eat.22470. IF: 3.897.

Rancourt, D., & McCullough, M. B. (2015). Overlap in eating disorders and obesity in adolescence. Current Diabetes Reports, 15, 645-654. doi: 10.1007/s11892-015-0645-y. IF: 3.568.