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Sylvia Herbozo PhD

Sylvia Herbozo
  • Associate Professor, Departments of Psychiatry and Surgery
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  • sherbozo [at]
  • (312) 413-4837
  • (312) 413-7856
  • Neuropsychiatric Institute (NPI)
    912 S. Wood St.
    Department of Psychiatry (MC 913)
    Chicago IL 60612
  • Room #:839
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Dr. Herbozo received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of South Florida and her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Central Florida. She completed her postdoctoral fellowship in the Program for Obesity, Weight, and Eating Research at Yale University. Prior to her current position, she was an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at Loma Linda University.

Dr. Herbozo currently conducts pre-surgery psychological evaluations and provides pre- and post-surgery evidence-based interventions for patients in the UIC Bariatric Surgery Program. As a bilingual psychologist, she provides clinical services to monolingual Spanish speaking patients. Dr. Herbozo is also the director of the Body Image and Eating Behaviors lab in the UIC Psychiatry Department. Her research primarily addresses eating disorder psychopathology and obesity in college populations and bariatric surgery populations. She has a new area of research that focuses on mentorship for Latino students in clinical psychology. 
Dr. Herbozo is also the founder of Psicológicos Latinos Avanzando Nuestros Servicios (PLANS), a research-driven organization founded to address the underrepresentation of Latinos in Clinical Psychology and Counseling Psychology doctoral programs. The mission of PLANS is to support the growth and success of Latino undergraduate students interested in becoming licensed psychologists. In addition, Dr. Herbozo is an editorial board member of the Eating and Weight Disorders journal and a peer mentor in the Program to Increase Diversity in Behavioral Medicine and Sleep Disorders Research which is funded by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.

Dr. Herbozo offers research training opportunities to interns and externs. For information about research training, please contact Dr. Herbozo at sherbozoatuic [dot] edu

  • psychiatry

    Obesity, Bariatric Surgery, Eating Disorders, Body Image

  • Newman, A., Herbozo, S., Russell, A., Eisele, H., Zasadzinski, L., C. Hassan, & Sanchez-Johnsen, L. (in press). Psychosocial interventions to reduce eating pathology in pre- and post-bariatric surgery patients: a systematic review. International Journal of Behavioral Medicine.

    Sanner, C., Neece, C., Herbozo, S., & Baum, M. (2020). A pilot study of Enhanced Operation Fit: The feasibility of a camp-based health intervention for ethnically diverse families of children with intellectual and developmental disability. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities. Advanced online publication.

    Zawaini, L., Stevens, S., Harriger, J. A., & Herbozo, S. (2020). Internalization of the thin ideal and eating pathology in Kuwaiti adult women. Frontiers in Psychology. Advanced online publication.

    Stevens, S. D., Herbozo, S., & Martinez, S. N. (2018). Weight stigma, depression, and negative appearance commentary: Exploring body mass index as a moderator. Stigma and Health, 3, 108-115.

    Thurston, I. B., Hardin, R., Kamody, R. C., Herbozo, S., Kaufman, C. (2018). The moderating role of resilience on the relationship between perceived stress and binge eating symptoms among young adult women. Eating Behaviors, 29, 114-119.

    Herbozo, S., Stevens, S. D., Moldovan, C. P., & Morrell, H. E. R. (2017). Positive comments, negative outcomes? The potential downsides of appearance-related commentary in ethnically diverse women. Body Image, 21, 6-14.

    Herbozo, S., Stevens, S. D., & Thurston, I. B. (2017). The mediating role of appearance comparisons on the relationship between the impact of negative appearance commentary and binge eating symptoms. Eating Behaviors, 26, 155-158.

    Stevens, S. D., Herbozo, S., Morrell, H. E. R., Schaefer, L., & Thompson, J. K. (2017). Adult and childhood weight influence body image and depression through weight stigmatization. Journal of Health Psychology, 22, 1084-1093.

    Herbozo, S., Flynn, P. M., Stevens, S. D., & Betancourt, H. (2015). Dietary adherence, glycemic control, and psychological factors associated with binge eating among indigenous and non-indigenous Chileans with type 2 diabetes. International Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 22, 792-798.

    Herbozo, S., Schaefer, L., & Thompson, J. K. (2015). A comparison of eating disorder psychopathology, appearance satisfaction, and self-esteem in overweight and obese women with and without binge eating. Eating Behaviors, 17, 86-89.

    Herbozo, S., Menzel, J., & Thompson, J. K. (2013). Differences in appearance-based commentary, body dissatisfaction, and eating disturbance among college women of varying weight groups. Eating Behaviors, 14, 204-206.

    Herbozo, S., & Thompson, J. K. (2010). The effects of ambiguous appearance-related feedback on body image, mood, and intentions to use body change strategies in college women. Body Image, 7, 327-334.
    Herbozo, S., & Thompson, J. K. (2009). Positive and negative appearance-related feedback and weight status. Eating and Weight Disorders, 14, 234-236.

    Calogero, R. M., Herbozo, S., & Thompson, J. K. (2009). Complimentary weightism: The potential costs of appearance-related commentary for women’s self-objectification. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 33, 120-132.


Title Description Investigator(s) Category Status
Back on Track Program for Bariatric Surgery Patients The aim of this study is to examine the retention and completion rates as well as program outcomes of the Back on Track Program. The Body Image and Eating Behaviors Lab On-going
Enhanced Project Health During COVID-19 The aim of this study is to investigate the feasibility and acceptability of Enhanced Project Health, a virtual healthy lifestyle intervention for racially and ethnically diverse young adults during COVID-19. The Body Image and Eating Behaviors Lab On-going
Latino Students and Mentorship in Clinical Psychology The aim of this study is to examine the needs, interests, and barriers of Latino undergraduate students majoring in psychology and interested in doctoral training in clinical psychology. The Body Image and Eating Behaviors Lab On-going