Melissa Simone, PhD

T32 Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Psychiatry

Melissa Simone

Contact Info

Office Phone 612-273-0912

T32 Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Psychiatry

PhD, Psychology (Quantitative Psychology and Sociobehavioral Epidemiology), Utah State University

MA, Psychology, University of Hartford


Dr. Melissa Simone is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Eating Disorders Research T32 fellowship in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Simone received her Ph.D. in psychology, with emphases in quantitative psychology and sociobehavioral epidemiology from Utah State University in 2018.

Awards & Recognition

  • 2017 - Walter R. Borg Scholarship and Research Productivity Award, Utah State University
  • 2017 - Graduate Enhancement Award, Utah State University
  • 2015 – Student Travel Award, Center for Women and Gender, Utah State University
  • 2015 – Student Travel Award, Society for Prevention Research
  • 2015 – Student Travel Award, Association for Women in Psychology
  • 2013 Richard Brayer Award, University of Hartford
  • 2013 – Graduate Research Award, University of Hartford
  • 2012 - Mary Louise Leonhardt Award for Community Contributions, University of Hartford
  • 2012 - Undergraduate Research Award, University of Hartford
  • 2012 - Program of the Year Award, University of Hartford
  • 2011 - Dr. Melvin Goldstein English Scholar, University of Hartford 


Research Summary/Interests

Dr. Simone’s research examines the role of discrimination, psychosocial processes, and interpersonal relationships in the development of eating disorder disparities in sexual and gender minority youth and young adults. Dr. Simone’s other primary interests include psychiatric comorbidities in individuals with eating disorders (e.g., substance use, suicidal ideation or attempts, and mood disorders), scale development/psychometrics, and the development of novel quantitative methodologies that model complex meditational and interactive pathways predicting health outcomes.

Research Funding Grants

2018 – present: NIMH T32 Postdoctoral Fellowship (T32MH082761; PI: Crow)


  • 1)Simone, M., Hooper, L., Eisenberg, M.E., & Neumark-Sztainer, D. (2019). Unhealthy weight control behaviors and substance use among adolescent girls: the harms of weight stigma. Social Science & Medicine (1982), 233, 64-70.
  • 2)Simone, M., Scodes, J., Mason, T., Loth, K., Wall, M., & Neumark-Sztainer, D. (2019). Shared and non-shared risk and protective factors of binge eating and binge drinking from adolescence to young adulthood. Journal of Health Psychology. First published online:
  • 3)Schaefer, L.M., Anderson, L.M., Simone, M., O’Connor, S.M., Zickgraf, H., Anderson, D., Rodgers, R., & Thompson, J. (2019). Gender-based differential item functioning in measures of eating pathology. International Journal of Eating Disorders. First published online:
  • 4)Simone, M., & Lockhart, G. (2019). Empirical sample size guidelines for use of latent difference score mediation. Structural Equation Modeling: A Multidisciplinary Journal, 26(4), 636-645
  • 5)Simone, M., Geiser, C., & Lockhart, G. (2019). The importance of face-to-face contact and reciprocal relationships and their association with depressive symptoms and life satisfaction. Quality of Life Research.
  • 6)Matacin, M., & Simone, M. (2019). Advocating for fat activism in a therapeutic context. Women in Therapy, 42(1-2), 200-215.
  • 7)Simone, M., Geiser, C., & Lockhart, G. (2018). Development and validation of the multicontextual interpersonal relations scale (MIRS). European Journal of Psychological Assessment. First published online:
  • 8)Simone, M., Long, E., & Lockhart, G. (2018). The dynamic relationship between unhealthy weight control and adolescent friendships: a social network approach. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 47(4), 1373-1384.
  • 9)Simone, M., & Lockhart, G. (2016). Two distinct mediated paths to disordered eating in response to weight stigmatization and their application to prevention programs. Journal of American College Health, 64(7), 520-526.
  • 10) Bluett, E., Lee, E., Simone, M., Lockhart, G., Lensegrav-Bensen, T., Quakenbush-Roberts, B., & Twohig, M.P. (2016). The role of body image flexibility on the treatment of eating disorders in a residential facility. Eating Behaviors, 23, 150-155.


Teaching Areas

  • Graduate Instructor (Utah State University, Logan, UT)


  • Scientific Thinking and Methods in Psychology
  • Psychological Statistics
  • Psychology as a Career and Profession