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Linda Lin

Professor of Psychology


Contact Information

617 975-9145


Office Hours

Office: Administration Building, Room 420-C

Make an appointment for Dr. Lin's office hours: http://lindalin.youcanbookme.com/ or email linli@emmanuel.edu.

Education

Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Clinical Health Psychology, Boston University School of Medicine
Internship in Clinical Psychology, Boston Consortium of Clinical Psychology
Ph.D. Clinical Psychology, University of Massachusetts Amherst
M.S. Clinical Psychology, University of Massachusetts Amherst
B.A. Psychology, New York University


Bio

Dr. Linda Lin is trained as a clinical psychologist with a specialization in health behaviors. Dr. Lin earned her Master and Doctoral degrees in Clinical Psychology at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. She completed her clinical psychology internship at the Boston Consortium of Clinical Psychology and was a Postdoctoral Fellow in Clinical Psychology at the Boston University School of Medicine. Prior to becoming a professor at Emmanuel College, she had taught courses at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Amherst College, and Boston University School of Medicine. She has also worked as a psychotherapist in a number of clinical settings including Boston Medical Center, the Boston VA Medical Center, and the University of Massachusetts Medical Center in Worcester. Dr. Lin joined the faculty of Emmanuel College in the fall of 2004.

Dr. Lin's primary area of research focuses on understanding the development of negative body image, eating disorders, and muscle dysmorphia. The goal her research is to better understand the causes of body dissatisfaction in both women and men so that effective treatments can be developed to prevent the development of body image-related disorders. More specifically, she has published research on how factors such as social media, friendships, and social norms are related to body dissatisfaction. Her secondary area of research focuses on understanding tobacco use and nicotine dependence. In particular, she conducts research on how factors such as public policy, smoking identity, and stigma against smokers are related to people's smoking attitudes and behavior.  


What I Love About Emmanuel:

I feel really lucky to work at a place like Emmanuel College. Emmanuel is a small, tight knit community where people genuinely care about each other. Students are not anonymous here; they become a part of a dynamic community in the middle of Boston. I get to teach small classes where I get to know all my students and support them in their personal and professional development. 

Courses I Teach

  • PSYCH2405 - Health Psychology
  • PSYCH2801 - Research Methods and Statistics I
  • PSYCH2802 - Research Methods and Statistics II
  • PSYCH3212 - Adult Psychopathology
  • PSYCH3601 - Counseling Theories and Techniques
  • PSYCH4494 - Applied Internship in Psychology I
  • PSYCH4495 - Applied Internship in Psychology II

PEER-REVIEWED SCIENTIFIC PUBLICATIONS (* denotes Emmanuel Student)

  • Lin, L., Flynn, M., & Roberge, A. (2019). Hearing vs. engaging in negative body talk: An examination of adult men. Eating Disorders: The Journal of Treatment & Prevention. https://doi-org.library.emmanuel.edu:8443/10.1080/10640266.2018.1560851
  • Berg, M. & Lin, L. (2018). Occasionally stigmatized: How frequency and context of use influence perceptions of intermittent smokers. Addiction Theory and Research. doi: 10.1080/16066359.2018.1499897 
  • Smirles, K. E. & Lin, L. (2018). The Effect of Thin and Plus-Sized Model Exposure on Anti-Fat Weight Bias in Women. Social Science Journal. doi: 10.1016/j.soscij.2018.02.002
  • Berg, M. B., Lin, L., & Alfonso-Barry, J. (2017) Attitudinal and behavioral differences between cigarette users who do and don not identify as "smokers". Journal of American College Health, 65, 1-8, doi: 10.1080/07448481.2017.1312417
  • Lin, L. & Soby, M. E.* (2016b). Is Listening to Fat Talk the Same as Participating in Fat Talk? Eating Disorders: The Journal of Treatment and Prevention. 25, 165-172, doi: 10.1080/10640266.2016.1255106
  • McDonnell, A. & Lin, L. (2016). The Hot Body Issue: Weight and Caption Valence in Celebrity Gossip Magazines. Body Image, 18, 74-77. doi:10.1016/j.bodyim.2016.06.001.
  • Lin, L. & Soby, M. E.* (2016a) Appearance Comparisons Styles and Eating Disordered Symptoms in Women. Eating Behaviors, 23, 7-12. doi:10.1016/j.eatbeh.2016.06.006
  • Berg, M. B., Lin, L., Hollar, S., Walker, S., & Erickson, L. (2016). The Relationship between Weight-Based Prejudice and Attitudes toward Obesity-Reducing Public Policies. Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policy. doi:10.1111/asap.12113
  • Lin, L. & DeCusati, F.* (2015) Muscle Dysmorphia and the Perception of Men's Peer Muscularity Norms. American Journal of Men's Health, 10(6) N78-N88. DOI: 10.1177/1557988315598367
  • Lin, L., McCormack, H.*, Kruczkowski, L.*, & Berg, M. B. (2015). How women's perceptions of peer weight preferences are related to drive for thinness. Sex Roles, 72(3-4), 117-126. doi:10.1007/s11199-015-0446-4Lin, L., & Reid, K.* (2009). The relationship between media exposure and antifat attitudes: The role of dysfunctional appearance beliefs. Body Image, 6(1), 52-55. doi:10.1016/j.bodyim.2008.09.001
  • Lin L., Halgin, R.P., Well, A.D., & Ockene, I. (2008). The relationship between depression and occupational, household, and leisure-time physical activity. Journal of Clinical Sport Psychology, 2 (2), 95-107.
  • DiBartolo, P.M., Lin, L., Montoya, S., Neal, H., & Shaffer, C. (2007). Are there healthy and unhealthy reasons for exercise? Examining individuals differences in exercise motivation using the Function of Exercise Scale. Journal of Clinical Sport Psychology, 1(2), 93-120. 

INVITED BOOK CHAPTERS

  • Lin, L. & Perna, F. (2006). Psychological Issues and the Bariatric Surgery Patient. In F. A. Farraye & R. A. Forse (Eds.), Bariatric Surgery: A Primer (pp.213 -231). New Jersey: Slack Incorporated

PEER-REVIEWED SCIENTIFIC CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS (* denotes Emmanuel Student)

  • Lin, L. & Flynn, M. (2019). Women's Perceptions of Online and In-Person Peer Weight Preferences and Body Dissatisfaction. Paper presented at the International Conference on Eating Disorders. New York, NY.
  • Lin, L., Flynn, M., & Roberge, A. (2018). Appearance-Related Praise and Criticism and Men's Body Image: Does the Source Matter? Paper presented at the Appearance Matters International Conference. Bath, England. 
  • Lin, L. & McDonnell, A. (2018). How Gender, Age, and Race Affect the Depictions in Celebrity Gossip Magazines. Paper presented at the 2018 annual meeting of the Association for Women in Psychology. Philadelphia, PA. 
  • Lin, L. & Soby, M.* (2017). Appearance comparisons styles and women's body image. Paper presented at the 2017 annual meeting of the Association for Women in Psychology. Milwaukee, WI.
  • Lin, L. & Gold, J.* (2015). How Appearance-Related Comments from Peers are Related to Muscle Dysmorphia Symptoms in College Men. Paper presented at the 2015 annual meeting of the New England Psychological Association. Fitchburg, MA.
  • Soby, M. E.*, O'Connor, D. J., Burns, C.* & Lin, L. (2015). Physical Appearance Comparison Patterns and Eating Disordered Attitudes in College-Aged Women. Paper presented at the 2015 annual meeting of the New England Psychological Association. Fitchburg, MA. 
  • Lin, L., Soby, M.*, & Kachinski, V.* (2015). "I feel so fat": The relationship between close friend's negative body talk and women's body image. Paper presented at the 2015 Annual meeting of the Association for Women in Psychology. San Francisco, CA.
  • Smirles, K., Lin, L., & Fitzpatrick, C.*(2015). "Loving "real" women: The effects of viewing thin vs. "plus-sized" models on body satisfaction and anti-fat bias". Paper presented at the Association for Women in Psychology conference in San Francisco, CA.
  • Smirles, K. & Lin, L. (2015). "Faculty Leadership: Challenges and Strategies". Facilitated a structured discussion at the Association for Women in Psychology conference in San Francisco, CA
  • Lin, L. & Decusati, F.* (2014). Muscle Dysmorphia and the Perception of Peer Muscularity Norms in College Men. Paper presented at the 2014 Annual meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association. Boston, MA. 
  • Lin, L., McCormack, H.*, Kruczkowski, L.*, & Merrill, B.* (2013). Eating Disordered Symptoms and Women's Perception of Weight Preference. Paper presented at the 2013 Annual Meeting of the Eastern Psychology Association. New York, NY.
  • Decusati, F.*, Merrill, B.*, & Lin, L. (2012). Social Norms and Weight Prejudice. Poster presentation for the 2012 meeting of the New England Psychological Association. Worcester, MA.
  • Kruczkowski, L.* & Lin, L. (2012). The Influence of Family and Close Friends on Weight Expectations and Eating Disordered Attitudes. Paper presentation for the 2012 meeting of the New England Psychological Association. Worcester, MA.
  • McCormack, H.* & Lin. L. (2012). Using Tailored Normative Feedback as an Intervention for Eating Disordered Attitudes and Poor Body Image. Paper presentation for the 2012 meeting of the New England Psychological Association. Worcester, MA.
  • Merrill, B.* & Lin, L. (2012). Using a Cognitive Dissonance Intervention to Reduce Antifat Attitudes. Paper presentation for the 2012 meeting of the New England Psychological Association. Worcester, MA.
  • Kruczkowski, L.*, McCormack, H.*, DeCusati, F.*, & Lin, L. (2011). The Effect of Media Exposure on Appearance Investment and Physical Appearance Comparisons in Women. Paper Presentation for the 2011 meeting of the New England Psychological Association.
  • McCormack, H. *, Merrill, B. *, & Lin, L. (2011). Normative Perceptions of Weight Preferences and Eating Disordered Attitudes in Women. Paper Presentation for the 2011 meeting of the New England Psychological Association.
  • Merrill, B.*, Kruczkowski, L. *, DeCusati, F. *, & Lin, L. (2011). The Relationship between Diet Motivations and Psychological Outcomes: The Development of the Diet Motivations Scale. Paper Presentation for the 2011 meeting of the New England Psychological Association.
  • Lin, L. (2008). When You Are the Diversity in the Classroom. Presented at the 2008 annual conference for the New England Center for Inclusive Teaching at the University of Massachusetts Boston. Boston, MA.
  • Lin, L. (2008). Use of memoirs to develop clinical writing skills. In S. Spencer (Chair), Teaching the Three R's: Reading, (W)riting, and Reflection Across the Curriculum. Symposium conducted at the meeting of the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association. Boston, MA. 
  • Lin, L. (2006). Using Student "Teaching" as a Vehicle for Critical Thinking and Analysis. Talk presented at the annual meeting of the Northeast Conference for Teachers in Psychology. New Haven, CT. 

PEER-REVIEWED SCIENTIFIC CONFERENCE POSTER PRESENTATIONS (* denotes Emmanuel Student)

  • Mello, S., O'Dell, D., Viviano, G., & Lin, L. (2019). The Relationship between Appearance Comparisons and Body Esteem: A Comparison of Men and Women. Poster presented at the Fenway Undergraduate Psychology Research Conference. Boston, MA.
  • Travis, S. Steffes, S.*, & Lin, L. (2019). Gender Differences in Body Talk. Poster presented at the Fenway Undergraduate Psychology Research Conference. Boston, MA.
  • Eldredge, O.*, Huchel, E. *, Lin, L., & Flynn, M. (2019). Appearance-Related Praise and Criticism on Social Networking Sites and Body Dissatisfaction in Men and Women. Poster presented at the International Conference on Eating Disorders. New York, NY
  • Eldredge, O.* Roberge, A.* Huchel, E.* & Lin, L. (2018). What does #thinspo and #fitspo look like on social media? Poster presented at the Association for Women in Psychology Conference in Philadelphia, PA.
  • Berg, M. & Lin, L. (2017) Occasionally Stigmatized: Frequency of Smoking Influences Perceptions of Cigarette Users. Poster presented at the Association for Psychological Science Conference in Boston, MA.
  • Roberge, A.* & Lin. L. (2017). Does relationship status moderate the association between internalization of muscular ideals and self-esteem in men? Poster presented at the Eastern Psychological Association Conference. Boston, MA.
  • Roberge, A.* & Lin, L. (2016). How does relationship status affect the association between self-esteem and appearance attitudes in men? Poster presented at the Fenway Psychology Research Conference. Boston, MA.
  • Lin, L. & McDonnell, A. (2016). Body image and celebrity gossip magazines. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association. New York, NY.
  • Berg, M. B., Lin, L., Barry, J. A. (2016). Attitudinal and behavioral differences between college smokers who do and do not identify themselves as "smokers." Poster presented at the annual meeting of Society of Behavioral Medicine, Washington, D.C.
  • Alfonso, J., Brown, M.E.*, Smith, J.M.*, Kilduff, S.E.*, Berg, M.B. & Lin, L. (2014). Factors related to support for a campus-wide smoking ban in small liberal arts college settings. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the New England Psychological Association, Lewiston, ME.
  • DeNuzzio, A.*, Kachinski, V.*, DeCusati,F. * & Lin, L. (2014). How do peer groups influence men's muscularity ideals? Presented at the 2014 Meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association. Boston, MA.
  • Soby, M.* & Lin, L. (2014). The accuracy of college men's perceptions of ideal muscularity and steroid use. Presented at the 2014 Meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association. Boston, MA.
  • Kachinski, V.*, DeNuzzio, A.* & Lin, L. (2014). Evidence of pluralistic ignorance in men's estimates of muscularity norms. Presented at the 2014 Meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association. Boston, MA.
  • Lin, L., McCormack, H.*, Kruczkowski, L.*, & Merrill, B.* (2013). Which Comparison Groups Influence Women's Thin Ideals? Poster presented at the 2013 Annual Meeting of the Eastern Psychology Association. New York, NY.
  • DeCusati, F.*, Temme, C.*, Zonay, M.*, & Lin, L. (2013). Do Women and Men Experience Pluralistic Ignorance in their Estimates of Other's Exercise and Dieting Behaviors? Poster presented at the 2013 Annual Meeting of the Eastern Psychology Association. New York, NY.
  • Larson, H.*, Denuzzio, A.*, Kachinsky, V.*, & Lin, L. (2013) Gender Differences in the Accuracy of Weight Preferences of Same-Sex Versus Opposite-Sex Reference Groups. Poster presented at the 2013 Annual Meeting of the Eastern Psychology Association. New York, NY.
  • Merrill, B*., McCormack, H*., & Lin, L. (2011). The Relationship between Attitudes About Physical Appearance and Attitudes Toward the Obese. Presented as a Poster at the annual meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association in Cambridge, Massachusetts. 
  • Burbine, A.*, Kruczkowski, L*., & Lin, L. (2011). The mediating role of appearance investment in the evaluation of body types. Presented as a Poster at the annual meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association in Cambridge, Massachusetts. 
  • Racine, A.* & Lin, L. (April, 2009). "The Influence of the Perception of Maternal Weight-Related Attitudes on Adolescent Weight-Related Attitudes" Poster presented at the 2009 annual meeting of the Boston Undergraduate Research Symposium. Harvard University. Boston, Massachusetts.
  • Reid, K.* & Lin, L. (October, 2007). "The Relationship between Antifat Bias, Body Dissatisfaction, and Media Exposure". Poster presented at the 2007 annual meeting of the New England Psychological Association. Southern New Hampshire State University. Manchester, New Hampshire. 
  • Silberbogen, A., Lin, L., & Mori, D. (October, 2005). Group Therapy for Veterans with Co-Morbid Psychiatric and Medical Illness. Poster presented at the American Association of Behavior Therapy in New Orleans, Louisiana.
  • Lin, L. (October, 2003). Physical Activity and Depression: Does the context of the activity matter? Poster Presentation. The Cooper Institute, Annual Conference. Dallas, TX.
  • Lin, L. (August 2001). The validity and reliability of the Reasons for Exercise Scale. American Psychological Association, Annual Conference. San Francisco, CA.

INVITED PROFESSIONAL PRESENTATIONS 

  • Lin, L. (2019). Myths about Girl's Empowerment. (Keynote Address) Miss Porter's School for Girls Leadership Conference. Farmington, CT.Lin, L. (2018). How to Raise a Body Confident Daughter. Workshop for mothers raising daughters. Moms as Mentors. Impact Hub. Boston, MA.
  • Lin, L. (2018). Stronger Together: Building Girls Self-Esteem. Workshop for mothers and their middle school daughters that focuses on media literary, self-esteem, and building the mother-daughter relationship. Moms as Mentors. Ten Acre School. Wellesley, MA.
  • Lin, L. (2018). Strategies for Working Women. Presented at a networking event sponsored by She Geeks Out and Cogo Labs. Cambridge, MA.
  • Lin, L. (2008).Career Paths in Academic Psychology. Presented at the 2008 annual conference for the New England Psychological Association at Western New England College. Springfield, MA. 
  • Lin, L. (2008). Cognitive-Behavioral Interventions for Smoking Cessation. Presented to the Smoking Cessation Research Group at Harvard School of Dental Medicine. Boston, MA.
  • Lin, L. (2007). Teaching Careers in Academic Psychology. Panelist at the New England Psychology Association Conference. Conference held at Southern Connecticut University. 
  • Lin, L. (2007). Career Paths in Psychology. Invited panelist at the New England Psychology Association Conference. Conference held at Southern Connecticut University.
  • Lin, L. (2005). Future Directions in Health Psychology. Invited talk given at Boston University School of Medicine. Boston, MA. 
  • Lin, L. (2005). Problems with Treatment Adherence in Exercise Interventions. Invited guest at a roundtable discussion of hosted at the Society of Behavioral Medicine. Boston, Massachusetts. 
  • Lin, L. (2003). Work-Life Balance: Balancing your Professional and Personal Goals. Presented at the Boston Consortium of Clinical Psychology - VA Boston. Boston, MA. 
  • Lin, L. (2002). Exercise and mental health: The role of exercise in treatment. Presented at the Behavioral Medicine Department at University of Massachusetts Medical Center. Worcester, MA. 
  • Lin, L. (2002). Clinical considerations when working with Asian-American patients. Presented at the Behavioral Medicine Department at University of Massachusetts Medical Center. Worcester, MA. 
  • Lin, L. (2001). TA to TA: The role of the graduate teaching assistant. Center for Teaching, University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Amherst, MA. 

Broadly speaking, I am trained as a clinical psychologist with a specialization in studying health behaviors. My research focuses on two areas: body image and tobacco use. The overarching goal of my primary research agenda is to better understand the causes of poor body image in men and women so that effective treatments can be developed to prevent body image-related disorders such as eating disorders and muscle dysmorphia. My research has focused on how factors such as social media, friendships, body talk, and social norms are related to body dissatisfaction. I am also interested in understanding the factors that lead people to use tobacco products in order to prevent nicotine addiction. In particular, I conduct research on how factors such as public policy, smoking identity, and stigma against smokers are related to smoking attitudes and behavior.

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