Presentations

List of Peer Reviewed Conference Presentations Over the Past 5 Years

2017

  1. Decker, K. M., Thurston, I. B., Howell, K. H., Hasselle, A. J., & Kamody, R. C. (2017, June). Profiles of maternal strengths: Association with positive parenting practices among mothers experiencing adversity. In K. H. Howell (Chair), Multilevel predictors of resilience in diverse communities of high risk youth and adults. Symposium to be presented at Pathways to Resilience IV: Global South Perspectives, Cape Town, South Africa.
  2. Hardin, R. N., Thurston, I. B., Howell, K. H., Kamody, R. C., & Kaufman, C. C. (2017, June). External predictors of community connectedness in women living with HIV: The moderating role of resilience and depression. In K. H. Howell (Chair), Multilevel predictors of resilience in diverse communities of high risk youth and adults. Symposium to be presented at Pathways to Resilience IV: Global South Perspectives, Cape Town, South Africa.
  3. Howell, K. H., Thurston, I. B., Schwartz, L. E., Jamison, L. E., & Hasselle, A. J. (2017, June). Individual, cultural, and community factors that promote resilience among women exposed to intimate partner violence. In K. H. Howell (Chair), Multilevel predictors of resilience in diverse communities of high risk youth and adults. Symposium to be presented at Pathways to Resilience IV: Global South Perspectives, Cape Town, South Africa.
  4. Thurston, I. B., Dietrich, J., Otwombe, K. N., Decker, K. M. Sikkema, K. J., Grey, G. E. (2017, June). Risk and protective factors associated with positive body image and high self-esteem among South African adolescents. In K. H. Howell (Chair), Multilevel predictors of resilience in diverse communities of high risk youth and adults. Symposium to be presented at Pathways to Resilience IV: Global South Perspectives, Cape Town, South Africa.
  5. Decker, K. M., Thurston, I. B., Hardin, R. N., Anderson, M. B., Maclin-Akinyemi, C. D. (2017, March). Profiles of weight stigma and mental health: Association with health outcomes among emerging adults with overweight/obesity. In E. Panza (Chair), Stigma as a pathway to obesity and negative health outcomes in underserved populations. Symposium presented at the 38th Annual Meeting & Scientific Sessions of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, San Diego, CA.
  6. Harmon, B., Berg, B. K., Thurston, I. B., Leak, C., Nigg, C. R., & Hayman, L. L. (2017, March). Expanding the living healthy summer camp to Latino families. Poster presented at the 38th Annual Meeting & Scientific Sessions of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, San Diego, CA.
  7. Howell, K. H., Thurston, I. B., Schaefer, L. M., Hasselle, A. J., & Murry-Drubot, O. (2017, March). Social support as a mediator of the relationship between syndemics and posttraumatic stress. In I. B. Thurston (Chair), A strength-based approach to understanding health disparities: Examining risk and resilience in mothers living with syndemics. Symposium presented at the 38th Annual Meeting & Scientific Sessions of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, San Diego, CA.
  8. Kamody, R. C., Thurston, I. B., & Burton, E. T. (2017, March). Developing a culturally responsive behavioral health intervention for disordered eating and obesity among adolescents: From theoretical conceptualization to implementation. In I. B. Thurston (Chair) & E. Getzoff Testa (Discussant), Culturally responsive assessments and interventions to address pediatric obesity: A collaborative symposium of the diversity and obesity SIGs. Symposium presented at the Society of Pediatric Psychology Annual Conference, Portland, OR.
  9. Kamody, R. C., Thurston, I. B. & Burton, E. T. (2017, March). Preliminary efficacy of a pilot intervention for emotional overeating and binge eating among adolescents. Poster presented at the 38th Annual Meeting & Scientific Sessions of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, San Diego, CA.
  10. Kamody, R. C., Thurston, I. B., Howell, K. H., Schwartz, L. E., & Schaefer, L. M. (2017, March). The relationship between intimate partner violence and mother-child communication about syndemics. In I. B. Thurston (Chair), A strength-based approach to understanding health disparities: Examining risk and resilience in mothers living with syndemics. Symposium presented at the 38th Annual Meeting & Scientific Sessions of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, San Diego, CA.
  11. Kaufman, C.C., Thurston, I.B., Maclin-Akinyemi, Hardin, R.N., Kamody, R.C., & Decker, K.M. (2017, March). Body positivity, satisfaction, and exercise are associated with lower depressive symptoms among adolescents and young adults with overweight and obesity. Poster presented at the Society of Pediatric Psychology Annual Conference, Portland, OR.
  12. Maclin-Akinyemi, C., Thurston, I. B., Decker, K. M., & Berlin, K. S. (2017, March). Assessing measurement invariance of the modified weight bias internalization scale. Poster presented at the 38th Annual Meeting & Scientific Sessions of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, San Diego, CA.
  13. Pichon, L. C., Powell, T. W., Thurston, I. B., Arnold, T. L., Ogg, S. A., Williams, A. L., & Becton-Odum, N. (2017, March). An exploration of southern faith leaders’ perspectives of sexuality and sexual health teachings. Poster presented at the 38th Annual Meeting & Scientific Sessions of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, San Diego, CA.
  14. Rybak, T. M., Decker, K. M., Thurston, I. B., Burton, E. T., & Han, J. C. (2017, March). Focused discussion groups: A culturally-responsive strategy for bridging research and practice in a pediatric obesity clinic. In I. B. Thurston (Chair) & E. Getzoff Testa (Discussant), Culturally responsive assessments and interventions to address pediatric obesity: A collaborative symposium of the diversity and obesity SIG. Symposium presented at the Society of Pediatric Psychology Annual Conference, Portland, OR.
  15. Thurston, I. B., Howell, K. H., Kamody, R. C., Maclin-Akinyemi, C., & Cotton, M. (2017, March). The mediating role of resilience on the relationship between syndemics and depressive symptoms among mothers living with HIV. In I. B. Thurston (Chair), A strength-based approach to understanding health disparities: Risk and resilience in mothers living with syndemics. Symposium presented at the 38th Annual Meeting & Scientific Sessions of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, San Diego, CA.

2016

  1. Decker, K. M., Thurston, I. B., Kamody, R. C., Maclin-Akinyemi, C. D., & Hardin, R. N. (2016, November). Weight Self-Stigma Questionnaire: An exploratory factor analysis among emerging adults with overweight and obesity. Poster presented at the Obesity Society’s Annual Scientific Meeting, New Orleans, LA.
  2. Herbozo, S., Stevens, S.D., & Thurston, I. B. (2016, November). Physical appearance comparison mediates the relationship between negative appearance commentary and binge eating symptoms in a racially diverse sample of young adult females. Poster presented at The Obesity Society’s 2016 Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA.
  3. Jamison, L. E., Howell, K. H., Thurston, I. B., Schwartz, L. E., Decker, K. M. (2016, November). The role of current and past intimate partner violence on depression among women. Poster presented at the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS) 32nd Annual Meeting, Dallas, TX.
  4. Kamody, R. C., Thurston, I. B., Decker, K. M., Hardin, R. N., Richmond, T. K., & Sonneville, K. R. (2016, November). Facets of self-esteem and their associations with weight and depression among adolescents and young adults. Poster presented at The Obesity Society’ s Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA.
  5. Thurston, I. B., Decker, K. M., Richmond, T. K., & Sonneville, K. R. (2016, November). The scale matters: Assessing overweight and obesity with figure rating scales. Poster presented at The Obesity Society’s 2016 Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA.
  6. Thurston, I. B., Herbozo, S., Decker, K. M., Mackenzie, K., & Maclin-Akinyemi, C., (November 2016). Sociocultural attitudes towards appearance and body dissatisfaction among a racially-diverse sample of emerging adult females with overweight and obesity. Poster presented at The Obesity Society’s 2016 Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA.
  7. Kaufman, C.C., Thurston, I.B., Howell, K.H., & Crossnine, C.B. (2016, October). Patterns of mental health and associations with spirituality in women exposed to adversity. Poster presented at the Annual Convention of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, New York, NY.
  8. Maclin-Akinyemi, C., Thurston, I. B., Harden, R. N., & Kaufman, C. (2016, October). Ethnic identity differentially predicts weight bias internalization among Black college students. Poster presented at the Annual Convention of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, New York, NY.
  9. Anderson, M. B., Thurston, I. B., Hardin, R. N., Decker, K. M., Kaufman, C. C., Edmonson, C., Jamison, L. E., Whestone, A. L., Stewart, K., Padden, J. L., & Okwumabua, T. M. (2016, September). The Condom Carnival: Efficacy of a novel group intervention for decreasing sexual risk among black and white adolescents and young adults. Poster presented at the 2016 National STD Prevention Conference, Atlanta, GA.
  10. Howell, K. H., Thurston, I. B., Decker, K. M., & Dormois, M. (2016, July). The impact of intergenerational intimate partner violence on parenting, child resilience, and child psychopathology. Poster presented at the International Family Violence and Child Victimization Research Conference, Portsmouth, NH.
  11. Sonneville, K.R., Thurston, I.B., Milliren, C., Gooding, H.C., & Richmond, T.K. (2016, May). Prospective association between weight misperception and disordered eating behaviors among adolescents with overweight/obesity. Paper presented at the International Conference on Eating Disorders, San Francisco, CA.
  12. Decker, K.M., Thurston, I.B., Rybak, T.M., Burton, E.T., & Han, J.C. (2016, April). The Association between weight misperception and mental health among Black and White youth in a pediatric obesity clinic. Poster presented at the Society of Pediatric Psychology Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA.
  13. Enzer, K., Milliren, C. E., Thurston, I. B., Sonneville, K. R., & Richmond, T. K. (2016, April). The impact of health related quality of life on longitudinal weight gain in youth: Does weight perception play a role? Poster presented at the 2016 Pediatric Academic Societies Meeting, Baltimore, MD.
  14. Kamody, R.C., Thurston, I.B., Decker, K.M., Padden, J.L., Richmond, T.K., & Sonneville, K.R. (2016, April). The relation among profiles of shape/weight-based self-esteem, depression, and anxiety, and BMI and perceived health in adolescents and young adults. Poster presented at the Society of Pediatric Psychology Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA.
  15. Kaufman, C. C., Thurston, I. B., *Maclin-Akinyemi, C., *Ingram, D., & *Kamody, R. C. (2016, April). Predictors of engagement in weight loss behaviors among black and white emerging adults with overweight and obesity. Poster presented at the Society of Pediatric Psychology Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA.
  16. Padden, J.L., Decker, K.M., Thurston, I.B., Anderson, M.B., Sonneville, K.R., Richmond, T.K. (2016, April). Associations between shape/weight overvaluation and depression and anxiety among emerging adults. Poster presented at the Society of Pediatric Psychology Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA.
  17. Rybak, T.M., Thurston, I.B., Decker, K.M., Burton, E.T., & Han, J.C. (2016, April). Caregivers’ readiness to change lifestyle habits in relation to perception of child’s weight and psychosocial difficulties at a tertiary pediatric obesity clinic. Poster presented at the Society of Pediatric Psychology Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA.
  18. Anderson, M.B., Thurston, I.B., Decker, K.M., Hardin, R.N., Kaufman, C.C., Padden, J.L., Edmonson, C., Jameson, L.E., Whestone, A.L., Stewart, K., & Okwumabua, T.M. (2016, March). The Condom Carnival: Efficacy of a novel, peer-led, group sexual risk reduction intervention. Poster presented at the 37th Annual Meeting & Scientific Sessions of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, Washington, DC.
  19. Decker, K. M. & Thurston, I. B. (2016, March). Weight self-stigma and internalizing symptoms in emerging adults with overweight or obesity: Exploring race as a moderator. Poster presented at the 37th Annual Meeting & Scientific Sessions of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, Washington, DC.
  20. Kaufman, C.C., Maclin-Akinyemi, C., Ingram, D., Iwelunmor, J., & Thurston, I.B. (2016, March). Factors associated with intentions to lose weight among Black and White emerging adults with overweight and obesity. Poster presented at the 37th Annual Meeting & Scientific Sessions of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, Washington, DC.
  21. Padden, J.L., Decker, K.M., Sonneville, K.R., Richmond, T.K., & Thurston, I.B. (2016, March). The impact of shape/weight overvaluation on weight dissatisfaction among emerging adults. Poster presented at the 37th Annual Meeting & Scientific Sessions of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, Washington, DC.
  22. Thurston, I.B., Howell, K.H., Hardin, R.N., Hasselle, A., & Anderson, M.B. (2016, March). Factors associated with resilience in children of Black mothers experiencing physical and emotional adversities. Poster presented at the 37th Annual Meeting & Scientific Sessions of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, Washington, DC.

2015

  1. Howell, K.H., Thurston, I.B., Anderson, M.B., & Padden, J.L. (2015, December). Individual, interpersonal, and community predictors of resilience in women living with HIV. Poster presented at the 2015 National HIV Prevention Conference, Atlanta, GA.
  2. Thurston, I.B., Howell, K.H., Hardin, R.N., & Decker, K.M., (2015, December). Factors distinguishing depression among women living with HIV: The role of partner violence and life stress. Poster presented at the 2015 National HIV Prevention Conference, Atlanta, GA.
  3. Thurston, I.B., Hardin, R.N., Herbozo, S., & Moldovan, C. (2015, November). The Impact of resilience on binge eating behaviors and associated symptoms among emerging adult females with overweight and obesity. Poster presented at the Annual Scientific Meeting of The Obesity Society, Los Angeles, CA.
  4. Decker, K.M., Thurston, I.B., Banks, G.G., Parvathareddy, R.R., & Han, J.C. (2015, November). Mental health predictors of maladaptive eating behaviors among Black children and adolescents with obesity. Poster presented at the Annual Scientific Meeting of The Obesity Society, Los Angeles, CA.
  5. Decker, K.M., Thurston, I.B., Sonneville, K.R., Padden, J.L., & Richmond, T.K. (2015, November). The impact of weight-related self-stigma on depression and anxiety among emerging adults with overweight and obesity. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of The Obesity Society, Los Angeles, CA.
  6. Banks, G.G., Thurston, I.B., Berlin, K.S., Decker, K.M., Parvathareddy, R.P., Mack, R.T., & Han, J.C. (2015, November). Predicting psychosocial symptoms using parental perception of well-being in treatment-seeking children and adolescents with obesity. Poster presented at the Annual Scientific Meeting of The Obesity Society, Los Angeles, CA.
  7. Mantilla, C., Thurston, I.B., Decker, K.M., Jacobo, A.M., Quirola, L., Marten, D., & Arwari, B. (2015, November). The association between executive cognitive control and measures of physical fitness and body composition among ethnic minority children. Poster presented at the Annual Scientific Meeting of The Obesity Society, Los Angeles, CA.
  8. Rancourt, D., Thurston, I.B., Sonneville, K.R., Milliren, C., & Richmond, T.K.  (2015, November). Longitudinal impact of weight misperception and intent to change weight on BMI among adolescents and young adults with overweight or obesity. Poster presented at the Annual Scientific Meeting of the Obesity Society, Los Angeles, CA.
  9. Mantilla, C., Decker, K.M., Jacobo, A.M., Parvathareddy, R.R., Thurston, I.B., Mack, R.T., Smith, W.A., Völgyi, E., & Han, J.C., (2015, November). Associations among parental perception of child weight status, body composition, and physical activity participation in pediatric patients with obesity. Poster presented at the Annual Scientific Meeting of The Obesity Society, Los Angeles, CA.
  10. Howell, K.H. & Thurston, I.B. (2015, June). Predictors of resilience among high-risk mothers: Examining individual, interpersonal, and community-level factors. Poster presented at Pathways to Resilience III Conference: Beyond Nature vs. Nurture, Halifax, Nova Scotia, CA.
  11. Nguyen, B., Milliren, C., Thurston, I.B., Sonneville, K.R., Calzo, J., Katz-Wise, S.L., Gooding, H.C., & Richmond, T.K. (2015, April). Does weight misperception have protective effects in sexual minorities? The relationship between sexual orientation, weight misperception, and depressive symptoms among overweight/obese youth. Poster presented at the Pediatric Academic Societies annual meeting, San Diego, CA.
  12. Anderson, M., Okwunabua, T.M., & Thurston, I.B. (2015, April). Adolescent Condom Carnival: Feasibility of a novel group intervention for decreasing sexual risk among Black teens. Poster presented at the Society of Pediatric Psychology Annual Conference, San Diego, CA.
  13. Decker, K.D., Thurston, I.B., Padden, J.L., Sonnewille, K.R., & Richmond, T.K. (2015, April). The relationship between weight perception and body satisfaction among black and white female adolescents and young adults. Poster presented at the Society of Pediatric Psychology Annual Conference, San Diego, CA.

2014

  1. Thurston, I.B., Sonneville, K.R., Milliren, C., Kamody, R.C., Gooding, H.C., & Richmond, T.K. (2014, November). Is weight misperception helpful or harmful? The relationship between weight misperception and depression among overweight and obese adolescents and emerging adults. Poster presented at Obesity Week 2014, Annual Meeting of The Obesity Society (TOS) and American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS), Boston, MA.
  2. Sonneville, K.R., Thurston, I.B., Milliren, C., Kamody, R.C., Gooding, .C., & Richmond, T.K. (2014, November). Weight misperception among overweight adolescents protective against excess weight gain. Poster presented at Obesity Week 2014, Annual Meeting of TOS and ASMBS, Boston, MA.
  3.  Völgyi, E., Nguyen, T.G., Palmer, F.B., Murphy, L.E., Graff, C.J., Whitaker, T.M., Richey, P.A., Thurston, I.B., Han, J.C., Tylavsky, F.A. (2014, August). Nutritional status and cognitive development during the first four years of life. Paper presented at the Biennial North American Society for Pediatric Exercise Medicine Meeting, Minneapolis, MN.
  4. Enzer, K., Sonneville, K.R., Thurston, I.B., Milliren, C.E., & Richmond, T.K. (2014, May). Understanding weight loss goals of racially/ethnically diverse obese adolescent patients seeking care in an obesity treatment program. Poster presented at the 2014 Pediatric Academic Societies for Pediatric Research Joint Meeting, Vancouver, BC, Canada.
  5. Thurston, I.B., Arnold, T.L., & Phares, V. (2014, March). Parents’ willingness to seek help from pediatricians for anxiety and ADHD symptoms. Poster presented at the Society of Pediatric Psychology Annual Conference, Philadelphia, PA.
  6. Kamody, R.C., Berlin, K.S., Thurston, I.B., Banks, G.G., Rybak, T.R., Karazsia, B.T., & Ferry, R.J., Jr. (2014, March). The roles of diet, physical activity, and sedentary behaviors in explaining socioeconomic, racial, ethnic, and gender health disparities in adolescent obesity. Poster presented at the Society of Pediatric Psychology Annual Conference, Philadelphia, PA.

2013

  1. Thurston, I.B., Sonneville, K.R., & Richmond, T.K. (2013, November). Developing and piloting a novel culturally-tailored group intervention for multi-ethnic obese adolescent girls. Poster presented at the 31st Annual Scientific Meeting of The Obesity Society, Atlanta, GA.
  2. Richmond, T.K., Thurston, I.B., Sonneville, K.R., Milliren, C., Walls, C.E., & Austin, S.B., (2013, November). Does the accuracy of weight status reporting in young adults vary by race/ethnicity: Findings from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health. Paper presented at the 31st Annual Scientific Meeting of The Obesity Society, Atlanta, GA.