Elissa Koff, Ph.D.

Margaret Hamm Professor of Psychology Emerita

Department of Psychology
Wellesley College
106 Central Street
Wellesley, MA 02481-8203
Phone: 781-283-3006
Email: ekoff@wellesley.edu
Office: Science Center 550F

Until Spring 2007, I taught courses on brain and behavior, including Biological Psychology and Drugs and Behavior. I have published extensively in two major areas, the neuropsychology of emotion, and early adolescent development. I have looked at the development of body image; the effects of puberty and menarche (the onset of menstruation) on body image; the relationship of body image, pubertal status, and the development of eating disorders and depression; and other factors that might place girls at risk for developing negative body image and disordered eating- and weight-related attitudes and behaviors. The bulk of this work was supported by grants from the National Institutes of Child Health and Human Development. I also have studied body image in a cross-cultural context, and currently am looking at body image and related phenomena in a group of Spanish and Portuguese speaking middle-school girls. My other current research is focused on the relationship between phases of the menstrual cycle and behaviors such as economic decision making.