Leila Azarbad

Associate Professor of Psychology; Ruge Fellow, Psychology and Neuroscience


Contact

+1 630 637 5379

lazarbad@noctrl.edu

Dr. Leila Azarbad is an Associate Professor of Psychology at North Central College.  She is a licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in health psychology.  Her clinical areas of focus are psychological assessment and treatment of mood and anxiety disorders, disordered eating, and obesity.  Her research interests focus on eating disorders and dieting habits/eating behaviors of college students.  Her current research projects examine the influence of physical activity on food cravings and body image.  Dr. Azarbad is actively involved in the Psychology department's internship program.  She serves as co-advisor for the student organization PHAME (Positive Healthy Active Minds Evolving), a mental health advocacy group aimed at reducing stigma around mental illness.  She has taught at the graduate, post-graduate, and medical school level, but her true passion is teaching undergraduates.  She was the recipient of the Clarence F. Dissinger Award for Distinguished Teaching by a junior faculty member in 2013 and a Ruge Fellow award for excellence in teaching in 2018. 

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Selected Scholarship

  • Keeney, J., & Azarbad, L. (2017). Examining binge eating symptoms in male and female undergraduate athletes and non-athletes. Performance Excellence Movement, Winter edition, 12-14.
  • Azarbad, L., & Keeney, J.  (2018, March).  Comparing the effectiveness of food induction craving techniques: Are GIFs best?  Poster presentation given at the 2018 annual meeting of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, New Orleans, LA.
  • Azarbad, L., & Keeney, J.  (2017, March).  Severity of depressive symptoms affects weight loss goals, eating pathology, and dieting behaviors in college women.  Poster presentation given at the 2017 annual meeting of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, San Diego, CA.
  • Keeney, J., & Azarbad, L.  (2016, September).  Does sport participation and gender matter? Examining binge eating symptoms in male and female undergraduate athletes and non-athletes.  Oral presentation given at the 2016 annual meeting of the Association for Applied Sport Psychology.
  • Azarbad, L., & Keeney, J.  (2016, March).  Predictors of ideal weight loss goals in college students.  Poster presented at the 2016 annual meeting of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, Washington, D.C.

Courses Taught

PSYC 282: Stress and Coping

PSYC 293: Careers in Psychology

PSYC 324: Abnormal Psychology

PSYC 350: Clinical Psychology

PSYC 385: Health Psychology

PSYC 490: Seminar in Disordered Eating and Obesity