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Toronto Metropolitan University

Dr. Michelle Dionne

Professor, Continuing Education Academic Coordinator
EducationPhD, York University
Phone416-979-5000, ext. 557103
Areas of Expertisebody image; self-objectification; psychology of eating


Dr. Dionne is Professor in the Department of Psychology.  She holds an MA in Exercise and Health Science and a PhD in Psychology from York University.  Dr. Dionne’s research focuses in body image in young women and the psychology of eating, with an interest in personality variables and other individual differences which can protect against, or predict, problems.  She supervises MA and PhD students in both Clinical Psychology and Psychological Science. 

Dr. Dionne has taught courses in body image, sport psychology, and undergraduate statistics, and is currently the undergraduate thesis coordinator for the Department of Psychology.  In addition to her former leadership roles inside the Department of Psychology including Graduate Program Director, Dr. Dionne has long been involved in service around the university, including holding positions on Senate, the Board of Governors, and in the Ryerson Faculty Association. 


Selected Publications

Bar, R. J., Cassin, S. E., Dionne, M. M. (2015).  Eating disorder prevention initiatives for Athletes: A review.  European Journal of Sport Science, 27, 1-11. 

MacDonald, D. E., Dimitropoulos, G., Royal, S., Polanco, A., & Dionne, M. M. (2015). The Family Fat Talk Questionnaire: Development and psychometric properties of a measure of fat talk behaviours within the family context. Body Image, 12, 44-52.

Strimas, R., Dionne, M.M., Cassin, S., Wnuk, S., Taube-Schiff, M., & Sockalingam, S. (2014). Psychopathology in severely obese women from a Canadian bariatric setting. Ethnicity and Inequalities in Health and Social Care, 7, 72-85. DOI: 10.1108/EIHSC-10-2013-0033

Royal, S., Macdonald, D., & Dionne, M.M. (2013) Development and validation of the Fat Talk Questionnaire.  Body Image, 10, 62-69   DOI: 10.1016/j.bodyim.2012.10.003