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HAES Expert  Jenny Copeland

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Jenny Copeland, PsyD, RYT200, Licensed Psychologist

Joplin , MO  64804
United States
Location: Missouri
Phone: 417-358-7728

Occupation: Clinical Psychology
Organization/Business Name: Ozark Center
Area(s) of Expertise: Activism/Advocacy, Education/Teaching, Mental Health/Psychology

Description: Jenny Copeland, PsyD, RYT, is a clinical psychologist with Ozark Center in southwest Missouri specializing in the treatment of eating disorders. She earned her doctorate and master’s degrees in Clinical Psychology from The School of Professional Psychology at Forest Institute. Following completion of her 200 hour training with Emery Bryant Yoga in 2015, Dr. Copeland has worked to bring all aspects of her passion together to help people pursue balance within and outside themselves to find freedom in their bodies.
Dr. Copeland has conducted studies on weight stigma, perceptions of size among health care providers, and the effectiveness of Health At Every Size programs for positive lifestyle improvements, and has presented this research at national and international conferences. She is the co-creator of the Model of Appearance Perceptions and Stereotypes, an innovative research-based theory of individual weight and size perceptions. Dr. Copeland has been recognized for her work with the Research and Evaluation Fellowship from Forest Institute and the inaugural Health At Every Size Scholar Award from the National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance. Dr. Copeland continues to be active in the size acceptance community, where she served on the Leadership Team of the Association for Size Diversity and Health from 2011 to 2016. She hopes to continue her journey of challenging personal and professional perceptions of appearance. Follow Dr. Copeland on Twitter or Instagram at @DrJennyCopeland.
Articles Written: Battle of the bodies. The European Magazine. (December 2014) ‘Tis the Season: Finding Joy and Peace with Food. Show Me the Ozarks Magazine, p. 78. (December 2014) Step away from the scale: Embrace the bikini body you already have. Show Me the Ozarks Magazine, p. 92. (May 2014) Exploring weight bias and stigma: The model of appearance perceptions and stereotypes. In R. Chastain (Ed.), The politics of size: Perspectives from the fat acceptance movement. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, Inc.

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