Angela Incollingo Rodriguez is an assistant professor of psychology in the Department of Social Science and Policy Studies. She is also a faculty member with the Neuroscience Initiative, a co-director of the Global Public Health minor program, and an affiliated faculty member in the WPI Healthcare Delivery Institute.
Her research program uses a biopsychosocial approach to study health and health behaviors. She conducts research at the intersection of social phenomena (such as weight stigma), biomarkers (such as the stress hormone cortisol), and psychological factors (such as perceived stress and pain-related distress). Her work follows two core arcs investigating (1) biopsychosocial predictors and consequences of eating, not eating (i.e. dieting), and obesity; and (2) weight stigma and its consequences for physical and mental health, which she is currently extending into the novel context of pregnancy and postpartum health.
Dr. Rodriguez is dedicated to teaching and mentoring students. She instructs Social Psychology (PSY 1402), Health Psychology (PSY 2408), and Psychophysiology (PSY 2502). She also is eager to engage students in her research and encourages them to contact her about opportunities to work, volunteer, or conduct ISPs or MQPs in the Stigma, Eating, and Endocrinology Dynamics (SEED) Lab.
Assistant Professor of Social Science & Policy Studies, Angela Incollingo Rodriguez, talked about her research surrounding weight stigma in pregnant and postpartum women on the podcast Top of Mind With Julie Rose (36:31 mark), from Brigham Young University Radio. Rodriguez discussed how nearly two-thirds of pregnant and postpartum women experience weight stigma, and that that when pregnant and postpartum women experience weight stigma, they are at risk for depressive symptoms, unhealthy eating behaviors, and stress.
An article written by Angela Incollingo Rodriguez, assistant professor of social science and policy studies, was published in The Conversation. Rodriguez’s research suggests that nearly two-thirds of pregnant and postpartum women experience some form of weight stigma. In the article she writes, “As a health psychologist studying weight stigma and its consequences, I see pregnancy as an important new avenue for research.”