Background: This program presents the results of body image workshops offered to female veterans within North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System. Issues of development of body image at various points in the lives of these veterans were examined. Veterans were presented with images from previous entries in the "Imagine Me" contest.
Objectives: 1. Following this presentation, participants will be able to identify the common medical and psychological co-morbidities associated with body image disturbances experienced by female Veterans. 2. Following this presentation, participants will be able to identify three factors influencing body image development prior to military service. 3. Following this presentation, participants will be able to identify ways military experiences impact development of body image and acceptance among female Veterans.
I. Introduction to the unique sociocultural influences affecting female Veterans
II. Previous research on body image
III. Description of the exploratory study of body image with female Veterans
IV. Implications for further research and study
V. Conclusion and questions
Dr. Womack is a staff psychologist with the North Florida/South Georgia VA health system. She works primarily with female veterans through the women's primary health care clinic in Jacksonville, FL. She has worked extensively with issues associated with treatment of trauma, addictions, and eating disorders for over 25 years. She is an EMDRIA certified therapist in the practice of EMDR. Her work includes psychotherapy with individuals, couples, and groups.
Dr. Dizney is the previous clinical director for the University of Florida Eating Disorder Recovery Center. She currently works full-time as a staff psychologist in the Women's Clinic at the North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System. During her career as a licensed psychologist, she has specialized in the treatment of individuals in inpatient, outpatient, forensic, and residential settings. She has significant experience providing psychological care to adolescents and adults. Her primary approach is to assist patients in regaining control of their lives and strengthening their ability to handle distress without losing control and acting destructively.
and Sarah Patton, PsyD
Dr. Patton is a staff psychologist for the North Florida/South Georgia VA. She has published body image research in the Journal of Developmental Psychology. She completed her doctoral training at Baylor University, followed by a trauma-focused internship at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. She also completed two trauma-focused postdoctoral fellowships in child and adult psychology at UC Davis Medical School and the North Florida/South Georgia VA. Her clinical interests include attachment, body image, and complex trauma.