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Virginia Ramseyer Winter

Virginia Ramseyer Winter

Virginia Ramseyer Winter


Associate Professor

Associate Director, Doctoral Studies

Director, Center for Body Image Research & Policy

Social Work


  • PhD, University of Kansas, 2015
  • MSW, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, 2003
  • BSW, University of Kansas, 2002

Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests

Body Image as it Relates to Physical, Mental, Sexual, Relationship, and Reproductive Health Across the Lifespan; Intervention Research; Social Work Education.

Research and Scholarly Activity

Examining Women’s Body Image and Health

Dr. Ramseyer Winter’s primary research agenda, grounded in theory and the strengths perspective, examines body image in relation to physical, mental, and sexual health. With her scholarship, she is most interested in improving body image to ultimately lead to improvements in health outcomes. Existing literature suggests that poor body image may be related to riskier sexual behaviors, eating disorders, anxiety, depression, and poor physical health outcomes, to name a few.

Dr. Ramseyer Winter is the Founding Director of the Center for Body Image Research & Policy, which aims to improve body image, health, and wellness for individuals, families and communities. See the CBIRP website and @CBIRP (Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram) for more information.