Kelsie Forbush

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences - Psychology
Associate Professor
M. Erik Wright Scholar
Primary office:
Fraser Hall
Room 306
University of Kansas
1415 Jayhawk Boulevard
Lawrence, KS 66045


NOTE: I will be NOT accepting graduate students for the 2019-2020 academic year. However, I may have an opening for a post-baccalaureate researcher in my laboratory.

I earned my Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology (with a minor emphasis in Personality and Individual Differences) in 2011 from the University of Iowa. I completed an APA-accredited internship at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic.

I joined the faculty at the University of Kansas in 2014, after three years as an Assistant Professor at Purdue University. My research program is designed to clarify the reasons for diagnostic co-morbidity among eating, mood, and anxiety disorders, and to explicate the internal structure of eating pathology through scale development and assessment. Finally, an emerging area of interest is the development of m-health interventions for eating disorders.


My philosophy of classroom teaching is that the most beneficial courses are ones in which the professor not only presents information specific to the course, but also focuses on building students' ability to integrate, critically evaluate, and rehearse scholarly material. Therefore, my main goals as an instructor are to: 1) provide students with the scaffolding necessary to make sense of scholarly readings, 2) help students think critically about course material, and 3) make the material personally meaningful to the student. I use this philosophy to inform my course structure and content. In addition, I work hard to incorporate "best-practice" techniques into all of my classes to help students remember and master course materials.

Beyond classroom teaching, I have substantial experience as a mentor to undergraduate and graduate students, many of whom have published scholarly research under my supervision (see my lab webpage for more information). I welcome inquiries from students who are interested in joining my research lab.

Teaching Interests

  • Eating and Weight Disorders
  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Diagnosis and Assessment of Mental Illness


My research laboratory is conducting several research studies that are designed to understand the associations (both cross-sectional and longitudinal) between eating behaviors and various other types of psychological difficulties, as well as research designed to develop better ways of assessing, diagnosing, and treating abnormal eating behaviors.

For additional information on my research interests and ongoing projects (or to enroll in one of our studies), please visit my laboratory webpage (

Research Interests

  • Eating and Weight Disorders
  • Novel Approaches for Assessment and Diagnosis
  • Latent Variable Modeling


I am active in several international and national service organizations that focus on eating disorders and clinical psychology. I previously served as Co-Chair of the Academy for Eating Disorder's Diagnosis and Assessment Special Interest Group (SIG) and Co-Chair for the 2019 International Conference on Eating Disorders. I am also an Early Career Reviewer for the National Institute of Health, and a Program Reviewer for the Academy of Psychological Clinical Science, and a Board Member for the Body Balance Coalition (an advocacy group comprised of eating-disorder treatment providers and researchers in the states of Missouri and Kansas).

Selected Publications

Ruggero, C. J., Kotov, R. Hopwood, C. First, M. Clark, L. A., Mullins-Sweatt, S. N., Patrick, C. J., Bach, B. S., Cicero, D. Docherty, A. Bagby, M. Krueger, R. F., Callahan, J. Chmielewski, M. Conway, C. De Clercq, B. J., Dornbach-Bender, A. Eaton, N. Forbes, M. & Forbush, K. T. (in press). Integrating the hierarchical taxonomy of psychopathology into clinical practice. JOURNAL OF CONSULTING AND CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY.

Conway, C. C., Forbes, M. K., Forbush, K. T., Fried, E. I., Hallquist, M. N., Kotov, R. Mullins-Sweatt, S. N., Shackman, A. J., Skodol, A. E., South, S. C., Sunderland, M. Waszczuk, M. A., Zald, D. H., Afzali, M. H., Bornovalova, M. A., Carragher, N. Docherty, A. R., Jonas, K. G., Krueger, R. F., Patalay, P. Pincus, A. L., Tackett, J. L., Reininghaus, U. Waldman, I. D., Wright, A. G., Zimmermann, J. Bach, B. Bagby, R. M., Chmielewski, M. Cicero, D. C., Clark, L. A., Dalgleish, T. DeYoung, C. G., Hopwood, C. J., Ivanova, M. Y., Latzman, R. D., Patrick, C. J., Ruggero, C. J., Samuel, D. B., Watson, D. & Eaton, N. R. (2019). A Hierarchical Taxonomy of Psychopathology Can Transform Mental Health Research. PERSPECTIVES ON PSYCHOLOGICAL SCIENCE, 14(3), 419-436. DOI:10.1177/1745691618810696

Perko, V. L., Forbush, K. T., Siew, C. S., & Tregarthen, J. P. (2019). Application of network analysis to investigate sex differences in interactive systems of eating-disorder psychopathology. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF EATING DISORDERS. DOI:10.1002/eat.23170

Forbush, K. T., Chen, P. Hagan, K. E., Chapa, D. A., Gould, S. R., Eaton, N. R., & Krueger, R. F. (2018). A new approach to eating-disorder classification: Using empirical methods to delineate diagnostic dimensions and inform care. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF EATING DISORDERS, 51(7), 710-721. DOI:10.1002/eat.22891

Wildes, J. E., Forbush, K. T., Hagan, K. E., Marcus, M. D., Attia, E. Gianini, L. M., & Wu, W. (2017). Characterizing severe and enduring anorexia nervosa: An empirical approach. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF EATING DISORDERS, 50(4), 389-397. DOI:10.1002/eat.22651

Forbush, K. T., Hagan, K. E., Salk, R. H., & Wildes, J. E. (2017). Concurrent and Prognostic Utility of Subtyping Anorexia Nervosa Along Dietary and Negative Affect Dimensions. JOURNAL OF CONSULTING AND CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY, 85(3), 228-237. DOI:10.1037/ccp0000164

Hagan, K. E., Forbush, K. T., & Chen, P. (2017). Is Dietary Restraint a Unitary or Multi-Faceted Construct? PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSESSMENT, 29(10), 1249-1260. DOI:10.1037/pas0000429

Kotov, R. Krueger, R. F., Watson, D. Achenbach, T. M., Althoff, R. R., Bagby, R. M., Brown, T. A., Carpenter, W. T., Caspi, A. Clark, L. A., Eaton, N. R., Forbes, M. K., Forbush, K. T., Goldberg, D. Hasin, D. Hyman, S. E., Ivanova, M. Y., Lynam, D. R., Markon, K. Miller, J. D., Moffitt, T. E., Morey, L. C., Mullins-Sweatt, S. N., Ormel, J. Patrick, C. J., Regier, D. A., Rescorla, L. Ruggero, C. J., Samuel, D. B., Sellbom, M. Simms, L. J., Skodol, A. E., Slade, T. South, S. C., Tackett, J. L., Waldman, I. D., Waszczuk, M. A., Widiger, T. A., Wright, A. G., & Zimmerman, M. (2017). The Hierarchical Taxonomy of Psychopathology (HiTOP): A Dimensional Alternative to Traditional Nosologies. JOURNAL OF ABNORMAL PSYCHOLOGY, 126(4), 454-477. DOI:10.1037/abn0000258

Bohrer, B. K., Carroll, I. A., Forbush, K. T., & Chen, P. (2017). Treatment seeking for eating disorders: Results from a nationally representative study. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF EATING DISORDERS, 50(12), 1341-1349. DOI:10.1002/eat.22785

Forbush, K. T., Hagan, K. E., Kite, B. A., Chapa, D. A., Bohrer, B. K., & Gould, S. R. (2017). Understanding eating disorders within internalizing psychopathology: A novel transdiagnostic, hierarchical-dimensional model. COMPREHENSIVE PSYCHIATRY, 79, 40-52. DOI:10.1016/j.comppsych.2017.06.009

Wildes, J. E., Forbush, K. T., Levine, M. & Smolak, L. (2015). Ethnicity as a Risk Factor for Eating Disorders. In , The Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of Eating Disorders (pp. 325-337). Oxford: Wiley.

Forbush, K. T., & Hunt, T. K. (2014). Characterization of eating patterns among individuals with eating disorders: What is the state of the plate? PHYSIOLOGY & BEHAVIOR, 134, 92-109. DOI:10.1016/j.physbeh.2014.02.045

Forbush, K. T., Wildes, J. E., Pollack, L. O., Dunbar, D. Luo, J. Patterson, K. Petruzzi, L. Pollpeter, M. Miller, H. Stone, A. Bright, A. & Watson, D. (2013). Development and Validation of the Eating Pathology Symptoms Inventory (EPSI). PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSESSMENT, 25(3), 859-878. DOI:10.1037/a0032639

Selected Work

Selected Grants

Forbush, Kelsie, (Principal), Development of a Military-Specific Transdiagnostic Eating-Disorder Survey and Screening Tool in a Nationally Representative Sample of Veterans, $1.7 million (total costs). Grant No. 45000, Department Of Defense, $1,700,000, (09/01/2019 - 08/31/2022). Federal. Status: Funded.

Forbush, Kelsie, (Principal), Improving Eating-Disorder Treatment Outcomes: Validation of an Adaptive Mobile App, $50K (direct costs), Eating Recovery Foundation Early Career Investigator Grant, National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA), $50,000, Submitted 10/15/2017 (01/01/2018 - 12/31/2019). Not-for-Profit (not Foundation). Status: Funded.

Forbush, Kelsie T, (Principal), Improving eating disorders research and treatment at the University of Kansas, $330K (direct costs). KUEA, $330,000, (12/01/2019 - 01/31/2021). Status: Funded.

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