A Seventh-day Adventist Organization

Sylvia M. Herbozo, PhD, MA

Dr. Sylvia Herbozo

Associate Professor, Department of Psychology

Contact Information

Email sherbozo@llu.edu
Phone 909-558-8578
Fax 909-558-0171

Department of Psychology
Loma Linda University, Central Building, Office 117
11130 Anderson Street, Loma Linda, CA  92350

Body Image and Eating Behaviors Lab

Degrees and Certifications

  • PhD, Clinical Psychology - University of South Florida, 2008
  • MA, Clinical Psychology - University of South Florida, 2004

Areas of Specialization

  • Obesity
  • Eating disorders
  • Body image disturbance

Professional Memberships and Licenses

  • Licensed Clinical Psychologist
  • Academy for Eating Disorders
  • American Psychological Association
    • Division 38 - Health Psychology
  • The Obesity Society

Recent Publications

  • Stevens, S. D., Herbozo, S., & Martinez, S. N. (2016). Weight stigma, depression, and negative appearance commentary: Exploring body mass index as a moderator. Stigma and Health. doi: 10.1037/sah0000081.
  • Stevens, S., Herbozo, S., Morrell, H., Schaefer, L., & Thompson, J. K. (2016). Adult and childhood weight influence body image and depression through weight stigmatization. Journal of Health Psychology. doi: 10.1177/1359105315624749.
  • Herbozo, S., Flynn, P. M., Stevens, S., & Betancourt, H. (2015). Dietary adherence, glycemic control, and psychological factors associated with binge eating among indigenous and non-indigenous Chileans with type 2 diabetes. International Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 22(6), 792-798.
  • Herbozo, S., Schaefer, L., & Thompson, J. K. (2015). A comparison of eating disorder psychopathology, appearance satisfaction, and self-esteem in overweight and obese women with and without binge eating. Eating Behaviors, 17, 86-89.
  • Herbozo, S., Menzel, J., & Thompson, J. K. (2013). Differences in appearance-based commentary, body dissatisfaction, and eating disturbance among college women of varying weight groups. Eating Behaviors, 14(2), 204-206.

Recent Presentations

  • 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 annual meeting of the Obesity Society, New Orleans, LA.
  • Thurston, I. B., Herbozo, S., Mackenzie, K., Decker, K. M., & Maclin-Akinyemi, C. D. (2016, November). Sociocultural attitudes towards appearance and body dissatisfaction among a racially diverse sample of emerging adult females with overweight and obesity. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Obesity Society, New Orleans, LA.
  • Sanner, C. M., Davis A. L., Herbozo, S., and Neece, C. L. (2016, April). Obesity and emotional overeating in children with intellectual and developmental disabilities: Parent factors as predictors. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Society of Pediatric Psychology, Atlanta, GA.
  • Lim, D., Bolivar, G., Martinez, S., & Herbozo, S. (2016, April). Body appreciation and eating disorder psychopathology in Caucasians and ethnic minorities. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Western   Psychological Association, Atlanta, GA.
  • Sanner, C. M., Davis, A. L., Neece, C. L., and Herbozo, S. (2016, March). Parent and child eating behaviors in a population of overweight/obese children with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Poster presented at the 49th annual Gatlinburg Conference, San Diego, CA.
  • Duong, E., Herbozo, S., Stevens, S., Wolpern, E. (2016, March). The effect of weight stigma beliefs on binge eating and exercise frequency in adults with overweight/obesity. Poster presented at the Healthy People in Healthy Communities Conference, Loma Linda, CA.
  • Wolpern, E., Duong, E., & Herbozo, S. (2016, March). The influence of negative attitudes toward individuals with overweight/obesity on diet frequency among adults seeking weight loss treatment. Poster presented at the Healthy People in Healthy Communities Conference, Loma Linda, CA.
  • Herbozo, S., Stevens, S., Harries, A., & Moldovan, C. (2015, November). Overvaluation of shape and weight predicts binge eating and self-esteem in adults seeking weight loss treatment. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Obesity Society, Los Angeles, CA.
  • Sanner, C. M., Davis, A. L., Herbozo, S., & Neece, C. L. (2015, November). Risk factors for obesity in children with intellectual and developmental disabilities and overweight/obesity. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Obesity Society, Los Angeles, CA.
  • Thurstone, I., Hardin, R., 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 meeting of the Obesity Society, Los Angeles, CA.
  • Stevens, S., Herbozo, S., & Moldovan, C. (2015, August). The impact of BMI, ethnicity, and depression on attitudes toward obesity and experienced weight stigma. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, Toronto, Canada.
  • Sanner, C. M., Davis, A. L., Neece, C. L., & Herbozo, S. (2015, August). A pilot study of an intervention for overweight/obese children with intellectual and developmental disabilities: Parenting factors and weight outcomes. In Lee McIntyre (Chair), New perspectives on interventions for children with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Symposium presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, Toronto, Canada.
  • Davis, A. L., Sanner, C. M., Neece, C. L., Herbozo, S., & Baum, M. (2015, May). A pilot study of the Operation FIT intervention for overweight children with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Poster presented at the Loma Linda University Counseling and Family Sciences Student Research Conference, Loma Linda, CA.
  • Bolivar, G., Herbozo, S., Menzel, J., & Thompson, J. K. (2015, May). The influence of exercise motivation and frequency on body appreciation in college women. Paper presented at the Loma Linda University Counseling and Family Sciences Student Research Conference, Loma Linda, CA.
  • Wolpern, E., Duong, E., Herbozo, S., & Stevens, S. (2015, May). An examination of binge eating and associated symptoms in a diverse sample of overweight and obese adults seeking weight loss. Paper presented at the Loma Linda University Counseling and Family Sciences Student Research Conference, Loma Linda, CA.
  • Herbozo, S., Stevens, S., Wolpern, E., & Duong, E. (2015, April). Overvaluation of shape and weight, binge eating, and eating disorder psychopathology in treatment-seeking overweight and obese adults. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, San Antonio, TX. 
  • Suplee, A., Moldovan, C., & Herbozo, S. (2014, August). Body image, eating disorder features, and acculturation in Asian American women. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, Washington, DC.
  • Harries, A., Herbozo, S., Stevens, S., Suplee, A., Hermé, A., & Moldovan, C. (2014, April). Emotion regulation difficulties, stress, binge eating, and body image concerns in adults seeking weight loss treatment. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Behavioral Medicine, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Hermé, A., Stevens, S., Herbozo, S., & Suplee, A. (2014, April). The influence of body image and appearance-related commentary on attitudes toward obese individuals in college women. Poster to be presented at the annual meeting of the International Conference on Eating Disorders, New York, NY.
  • Herbozo, S., Peters, W. R., Davis, W., Aréchiga, A., Hermé, A., Suplee, A., & Hewett, J. (2013, March). Binge eating, eating disorder psychopathology, and depressive symptoms in obese and morbidly obese adults. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Behavioral Medicine, San Francisco, CA.
  • Suplee, A., Hermé, A., Herbozo, S., Aréchiga, A., Stevens, S., Harries, A., Peters, W. R., & Davis, W. (2013, March). Food cravings and food addiction among obese adults seeking weight loss treatment. Poster presented and awarded first place at the annual Loma Linda University Postgraduate Convention, Loma Linda, CA.
  • Hermé, A., Herbozo, S., Suplee, A., Stevens, S., Harries, A., Aréchiga, A., Peters, W.R., & Davis, W. (2013, March).  The psychometric properties of the Yale Food Addictions Scale in a clinical sample of obese adults. Poster presented at the Loma Linda University Postgraduate Convention, Loma Linda, CA.
  • Herbozo, S., Menzel, J., Thompson, J. K, Suplee, A., & Herme, A. (2012, May). Differences in appearance-based commentary, body dissatisfaction, and eating disturbance among college women of varying weight groups. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the International Conference on Eating Disorders, Austin, TX.

Community Engagement

  • Girls on the Run: Physical Activity-Based Youth Development Program (2010-present)