Leila Azarbad

Associate Professor of Psychology; Ruge Fellow, Psychology and Neuroscience


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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

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Azarbad, L., & Keeney, J.  (2015, April).  Gender differences in predictors of binge eating in college students.  Poster presented at the 2015 annual meeting of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, San Antonio, TX.
  • Grupski, A., Hood, M.M., Hall, B., Azarbad, L., Fitzpatrick, S., & Corsica, J. (2013).  Examining the Binge Eating Scale in Screening for Binge Eating Disorder with Bariatric Surgery Candidates.  Obesity Surgery, 23(1), 1-6.
  • Azarbad, L., Corsica, J., Hall, B., & Hood, M. (2010).  Psychosocial correlates of binge eating in Hispanic, African American, and Caucasian women presenting for bariatric surgery.  Eating Behaviors, 11(2), 79-84.

Courses Taught

PSY 282: Stress and Coping

PSY 293: Careers in Psychology

HON 300: Thesis Practicum

PSY 324: Abnormal Psychology

PSY 350: Clinical Psychology

PSY 385: Health Psychology

PSY 490: Seminar in Disordered Eating and Obesity