Angela C. Incollingo Rodriguez, CPhil

née Incollingo Belsky





   

About:


I began my research career at Rutgers University as an undergraduate research assistant in Dr. A. Janet Tomiyama's DiSH Lab. After graduating in 2012 with my B.A. in Psychology and Spanish, I accompanied Dr. Tomiyama to the West Coast, moving myself and the DiSH Lab to our new home at UCLA. After two years managing the lab, I accepted an offer to attend UCLA for graduate school. I am now a third year PhD candidate developing my line of research in UCLA's premier Health Psychology program! Away from the lab, I am a total travel bug and avid explorer of food - I haven't let even crawfish brains or guinea pig deter me from "trying anything once." In my free time, you'll probably find me with my husband cooking up a storm in our kitchen, enjoying the beautiful SoCal outdoors, or on an airplane off to our next adventure. And lately we've been doing all the above while getting to know our brand new baby girl Petrizia. I also co-direct a non-profit organization dedicated to helping young women in Kibera, Kenya access education and improve their quality of life.




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Limón, Nicaragua, 2011. Photo by ACIR.




   

What do I study?:


My research focuses on answering the following questions:

How does dieting affect our social relationships? Can the stress from dieting spread to our close others? And if your close other is dieting could that actually make you gain weight?

Why do diets fail? Do certain personality traits make someone a good dieter? And how rare is it to have those traits?

What are the psychological, biological, behavioral, and societal consequences of experiencing weight stigma? How does weight stigma undermine health and healthy eating and perpetuate inequality?

Can weight stigma affect even people who aren't overweight? What happens when a thin person embodies weight stigma (for example by wearing a fat suit)?

How does weight stigma interfere with health during pregnancy? Most women gain weight over the gestation period - does this increase their risk of being targets of weight stigma?

What happens when weight stigma intersects with other domains of stigma such as race or gender?

How does obesity affect our biological stress system? Does the HPA-axis function differently in different types of obesity?





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Guatapé, Colombia, 2013. Photo by ACIR.




   

Publications:


Incollingo Rodriguez, A. C., Rodriguez, A., Callahan, L. C., Saxbe, D., & Tomiyama, A. J. (in press). The buddy system: A randomized controlled experiment of the benefits and costs of dieting in pairs. Journal of Health Psychology.

Incollingo Rodriguez, A. C.,* Heldreth, C. M.,* & Tomiyama, A. J. (2016). Putting on weight stigma: A randomized study of the effects of wearing a fat suit on eating, well-being, and cortisol. Obesity. PMID: 27465666. *Authors made equal contributions

Incollingo Rodriguez, A. C., Epel, E. S., White, M. L., Standen, E. C., Seckl, J. R., & Tomiyama, A. J. (2015). Hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis dysregulation and cortisol activity in obesity: A systematic review. Psychoneuroendocrinology. PMID: 26356039

Incollingo Rodriguez, A. C., Finch, L. E., Buss. J., Guardino, C. M., & Tomiyama, A. J. (in press). An experimental field study of weight salience and food choice. Appetite. PMID: 25698080

Incollingo Rodriguez, A. C., Tomiyama, A. J., & Ward, A. (2015). What does stigma smell like? Cross-modal influence of visual weight cues on olfaction. International Journal of Obesity. PMID: 25649689

Himmelstein, M., Incollingo Belsky, A. C., & Tomiyama, A. J. (2015). The weight of stigma: Cortisol reactivity to manipulated weight stigma. Obesity. PMID: 25522347

Tomiyama, A. J., Finch, L. E., Incollingo Belsky, A. C., Buss, J., Finley, C., Schwartz, M. B., & Daubenmier, J. (2015). Weight bias in 2001 versus 2013: Contradictory attitudes among obesity researchers and health professionals. Obesity. PMID: 25294247

Incollingo Belsky, A. C., Epel, E. S., & Tomiyama, A. J. (2014). Clues to maintaining calorie restriction? Psychosocial profiles of successful long-term restrictors. Appetite. PMID: 24747211

*Keep your fingers crossed for papers under revision, review, and in prep!


Note: The publications provided are for academic or educational use only.




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Cusco, Peru, 2011. Photo by ACIR




   

Conference Presentations:

                                                                      ! denotes upcoming
                                                                      *denotes mentee

Incollingo Rodriguez, A. C., Rodriguez, A., Nguyen-Cuu, J.*, Standen, E. C.*, White, M. L.*, Callahan, L. C.*, Saxbe, D., & Tomiyama, A. J. (2016, May). Debunking the Buddy System: The Unintended Consequences of Dieting in Pairs. Paper to be presented at The 28th Annual Convention of the Association for Psychological Science, Chicago, IL.

Incollingo Rodriguez, A. C., Heldreth, C. M., & Tomiyama, A. J. (2016, January). Putting on weight stigma: The implications of wearing a fat suit for eating behavior and psychological well-being. Paper to be presented at The 17th Annual Meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, San Diego, CA.

Corner, G. W., Incollingo Belsky, A. C., Tsai, A. B., Lyden, H., Stoycos, S., & Saxbe, D. (2015, April). Attitudes and beliefs about pregnancy and childbirth: The role of attachment styles in expectant parents. Poster presented at The Society of Behavioral Medicine 36th Annual Meeting & Scientific Sessions, San Antonio, TX.

Himmelstein, M. S., Incollingo Belsky, A. C., & Tomiyama, A. J. (2015, March). The effect of weight stigma on HPA reactivity: The importance of self-perceived weight. Poster presented at The American Psychosomatic Society 73rd Annual Scientific Meeting, Savannah, Georgia.

Incollingo Belsky, A. C., Tomiyama, A. J., Ward, A. (2015, March). The smell of stigma: Cross-sensory pathway between vision and olfaction in stigma perception. Poster presented at The American Psychosomatic Society 73rd Annual Scientific Meeting, Savannah, Georgia. *Presented during the Citation Poster Session.

Incollingo Belsky, A. C., Tomiyama, A. J., & Ward, A. (2015, February). What does stigma smell like?: Cross-Modal influence of visual weight Cues on olfaction. Poster presented at The 16th Annual Meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Long Beach, CA.

Himmelstein, M. S., Incollingo Belsky, A. C., & Tomiyama, A. J. (2015, February). The effect of weight stigma on HPA reactivity: The importance of self-perceived weight. Paper presented at The 2015 Social Personality & Health Network Preconference, Long Beach, CA.

Incollingo Belsky, A. C., Tomiyama, A. J., & Ward, A. (2015, February). What does stigma smell like?: Cross-Modal influence of visual weight Cues on olfaction. Paper presented at The 2015 Social Personality & Health Network Preconference, Long Beach, CA

Hamilton, R.,* Incollingo Belsky, A. C., Tomiyama, A. J., & Ward, A. (2014, May). Obesity stigma and olfactory perception. Paper presented at Obesity Stigma: Psychological, Social, and Medical Causes and Consequences, Los Angeles, CA.

Callahan, L. C.,* Incollingo Belsky, A. C., Himmelstein, M. S., & Tomiyama, A. J. (2014, May). Weighing heavily on your mind: Weight stigma causes psychological stress. Paper presented at Obesity Stigma: Psychological, Social, and Medical Causes and Consequences, Los Angeles, CA.

Incollingo Belsky, A. C., Finch, L. E., Buss, J., & Tomiyama, A. J. (2014, May). Stereotype threat versus assimilation: An experimental field study of weight salience and food choices. Paper presented at Obesity Stigma: Psychological, Social, and Medical Causes and Consequences, Los Angeles, CA.

Incollingo Belsky, A. C., Epel, E. S., & Tomiyama, A. J. (2014, May). Profiling personalities of long-term calorie restrictors: Why dieting may not be the cure for the “obesity epidemic.” Paper presented at The Association for Psychological Science 26th Annual Convention, San Francisco, CA.

Incollingo Belsky, A. C., Epel, E. S., & Tomiyama, A. J. (2014, March). Clues to Maintaining Calorie Restriction? Psychosocial Profiles of Successful Long-term Restrictors. Poster presented at The American Psychosomatic Society 72nd Annual Scientific Meeting, San Francisco, CA. *Newsworthy Abstract Distinction

Tomiyama, A. J., Incollingo Belsky, A. C., Himmelstein, M. S. & Mann, T. (2014, February). Diminish the Self, Expand the Waist: How Efforts to Change Overeating Through Stigma Backfire. Poster presented at The 15th Annual Meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Austin, TX.

Incollingo Belsky, A. C., Finch, L. E., Buss, J., & Tomiyama, A. J. (2014, February). Becoming our own stereotypes: Assimilating to unhealthy eating choices. Paper presented at The Social Personality & Health Network Preconference, Austin, TX.

Incollingo Belsky, A. C., Epel, E. S., & Tomiyama, A. J. (2013, November). The keys to dieting success: Psychosocial characteristics of long-term calorie restrictors. Poster presented at The Obesity Society’s Annual Scientific Meeting, Obesity Week 2013, Atlanta, GA.




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The ladies of the DiSH Lab.




My Collaborators:


I am exceedingly grateful to my wonderful, supportive, and inspiring collaborators, without whom my research truly would not be possible.

Faculty Mentors:

A. Janet Tomiyama, UCLA
Chris Dunkel Schetter, UCLA
Andrew Ward, Swarthmore College
Jenessa Shapiro, UCLA
Elissa Epel, UCSF


Student Collaborators:

Mary Himmelstein
Courtney Heldreth
Anthony Rodriguez
Laura Finch
Femi Olanubi
… and all the awesome grads and undergrads in the UCLA DiSH Lab.




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Valparaíso, Chile, 2013. Photo by ACIR




   

Get in touch with me:


Snail Mal:
UCLA Department of Psychology
415 Hilgard Ave
1285 Franz Hall
Los Angeles, CA 90095

Email:
incollingorodriguez@gmail.com
My CV is always changing, so email me if you'd like the current copy.




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Salzburg, Austria, 2009. Photo by ACIR




   

Fun Facts:


My interest in eating has deep roots - my mother is a holistic nutritional health counselor and the best Italian cook I know.

If you ever stop by my office, you'll see a true work-life fusion - a computer, a bookshelf, and a crib - you might even meet the cutest office-mate ever.

As only two academics could, my husband and I decided to get married over a joint-probability table. When my colleague and friend Courtney Heldreth spoke at our wedding, it was chocked full of stats jokes.

Despite understanding the rule just fine, I almost never get "its" versus "it's" right on the first try.

Although Cashew isn't mine, we have an unbreakable bond. I even gave Cashew her middle name - Chicken.

Eyebrow threading, drawing blood, and teaching yoga are just a few of the random and/or weird things I can do - the lab has even served as my salon and yoga studio.




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