Angela C. Incollingo Rodriguez

née Incollingo Belsky


   

About


I am UCLA-trained Health and Social Psychologist passionate about using science to improve overall health, especially as it relates to eating and weight. Learn about my line of research or download my Curriculum Vitae! Outside academia, you'll most likely find me with my husband cooking up a storm in our kitchen, enjoying the beautiful SoCal outdoors, or on an airplane off to our next adventure. And lately we've been doing all the above while getting to know our daughter. I also co-direct a non-profit organization dedicated to helping young women in Kibera, Kenya access education and improve their quality of life.



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Limón, Nicaragua, 2011. Photo by ACIR.



   

What do I study?


My research focuses on answering the following questions:

How does dieting affect our social relationships? Can the stress from dieting spread to our close others? And if your close other is dieting could that actually make you gain weight?

Why do diets fail? Do certain personality traits make someone a good dieter? And how rare is it to have those traits?

What are the psychological, biological, and behavioral consequences of experiencing weight stigma? How might societal weight stigma perpetuate inequality?

Can weight stigma affect even people who aren't overweight? What happens when a thin person embodies weight stigma (for example by wearing a fat suit)?

Most women gain weight over the gestation period - does this increase their risk of being targets of weight stigma? How does weight stigma interfere with health during pregnancy?

What happens when weight stigma intersects with other domains of stigma such as race or gender?

Does the stress-responsive Hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis function differently in different types of obesity?




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Guatapé, Colombia, 2013. Photo by ACIR.



   

Peer-Reviewed Publications

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Incollingo Rodriguez, A. C., Rodriguez, A., Callahan, L. C.,* Saxbe, D., & Tomiyama, A. J. (2017). The buddy system: A randomized controlled experiment of the benefits and costs of dieting in pairs. Journal of Health Psychology.

Incollingo Rodriguez, A. C., Heldreth, C. M., & Tomiyama, A. J. (2016). Putting on weight stigma: A randomized study of the effects of wearing a fat suit on eating, well-being, and cortisol. Obesity. PMID: 27465666. First two authors made equal contributions

Incollingo Rodriguez, A. C., Epel, E. S., White, M. L.,* Standen, E. C.,* Seckl, J. R., & Tomiyama, A. J. (2015). Hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis dysregulation and cortisol activity in obesity: A systematic review. Psychoneuroendocrinology. PMID: 26356039

Incollingo Rodriguez, A. C., Finch, L. E., Buss. J., Guardino, C. M., & Tomiyama, A. J. (in press). An experimental field study of weight salience and food choice. Appetite. PMID: 25698080

Incollingo Rodriguez, A. C., Tomiyama, A. J., & Ward, A. (2015). What does stigma smell like? Cross-modal influence of visual weight cues on olfaction. International Journal of Obesity. PMID: 25649689

Himmelstein, M., Incollingo Belsky, A. C., & Tomiyama, A. J. (2015). The weight of stigma: Cortisol reactivity to manipulated weight stigma. Obesity. PMID: 25522347

Tomiyama, A. J., Finch, L. E., Incollingo Belsky, A. C., Buss, J., Finley, C., Schwartz, M. B., & Daubenmier, J. (2015). Weight bias in 2001 versus 2013: Contradictory attitudes among obesity researchers and health professionals. Obesity. PMID: 25294247

Incollingo Belsky, A. C., Epel, E. S., & Tomiyama, A. J. (2014). Clues to maintaining calorie restriction? Psychosocial profiles of successful long-term restrictors. Appetite. PMID: 24747211

Note: The publications provided are for academic or educational use only.



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Cusco, Peru, 2011. Photo by ACIR



   

Selected Conference Presentations

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Incollingo Rodriguez, A. C., Rodriguez, A., Nguyen-Cuu, J.,* Standen, E. C.,* White, M. L.,* Callahan, L. C.,* Saxbe, D., & Tomiyama, A. J. (2016, May). Debunking the Buddy System: The Unintended Consequences of Dieting in Pairs. Paper presented at the 28th Annual Convention of the Association for Psychological Science, Chicago, IL.

Incollingo Rodriguez, A. C., Heldreth, C. M., & Tomiyama, A. J. (2016, January). Putting on weight stigma: The implications of wearing a fat suit for eating behavior and psychological well-being. Paper presented at the 17th Annual Meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, San Diego, CA.

Incollingo Belsky, A. C., Tomiyama, A. J., Ward, A. (2015, March). The smell of stigma: Cross-sensory pathway between vision and olfaction in stigma perception. Poster presented at the American Psychosomatic Society 73rd Annual Scientific Meeting, Savannah, Georgia. [Presented during the Citation Poster Session]

Incollingo Belsky, A. C., Tomiyama, A. J., & Ward, A. (2015, February). What does stigma smell like?: Cross-Modal influence of visual weight Cues on olfaction. Poster presented at the 16th Annual Meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Long Beach, CA.

Incollingo Belsky, A. C., Tomiyama, A. J., & Ward, A. (2015, February). What does stigma smell like?: Cross-Modal influence of visual weight Cues on olfaction. Paper presented at the 2015 Social Personality & Health Network Preconference, Long Beach, CA

Incollingo Belsky, A. C., Finch, L. E., Buss, J., & Tomiyama, A. J. (2014, May). Stereotype threat versus assimilation: An experimental field study of weight salience and food choices. Paper presented at Obesity Stigma: Psychological, Social, and Medical Causes and Consequences, Los Angeles, CA.

Incollingo Belsky, A. C., Epel, E. S., & Tomiyama, A. J. (2014, May). Profiling personalities of long-term calorie restrictors: Why dieting may not be the cure for the “obesity epidemic.” Paper presented at the Association for Psychological Science 26th Annual Convention, San Francisco, CA.

Incollingo Belsky, A. C., Epel, E. S., & Tomiyama, A. J. (2014, March). Clues to Maintaining Calorie Restriction? Psychosocial Profiles of Successful Long-term Restrictors. Poster presented at the American Psychosomatic Society 72nd Annual Scientific Meeting, San Francisco, CA. [Received: Newsworthy Abstract Distinction]

Incollingo Belsky, A. C., Finch, L. E., Buss, J., & Tomiyama, A. J. (2014, February). Becoming our own stereotypes: Assimilating to unhealthy eating choices. Paper presented at the Social Personality & Health Network Preconference, Austin, TX.

Incollingo Belsky, A. C., Epel, E. S., & Tomiyama, A. J. (2013, November). The keys to dieting success: Psychosocial characteristics of long-term calorie restrictors. Poster presented at the Obesity Society’s Annual Scientific Meeting, Obesity Week 2013, Atlanta, GA.



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Valparaíso, Chile, 2013. Photo by ACIR



   

Get in touch with me!


Snail Mail
UCLA Department of Psychology
415 Hilgard Ave
1285 Franz Hall
Los Angeles, CA 90095

Email
incollingorodriguez@gmail.com

Curriculum Vitae
Click here



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Salzburg, Austria, 2009. Photo by ACIR



My Collaborators


I am exceedingly grateful to my wonderful, supportive, and inspiring collaborators, without whom my research truly would not be possible.

Faculty Collaborators & Mentors

A. Janet Tomiyama, UCLA
Chris Dunkel Schetter, UCLA
Andrew Ward, Swarthmore College
Jenessa Shapiro, UCLA
Elissa Epel, UCSF

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The DiSH Lab, 2014.



   

Fun Facts:


My interest in eating has deep roots - my mother is a holistic nutritional health counselor and the best Italian cook I know.

If you ever stop by my office, you'll see a true work-life fusion - a computer, a bookshelf, and a crib - you might even meet the cutest office-mate ever.

Statistics are central to my relationships. My husband - and Quantitative Psychologist - and I used a joint-probability table to decide to get married.



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