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Niva Piran
Professor Emerita

phone: (416) 978-0712
email: niva.piran@utoronto.ca  

Department: Applied Psychology and Human Development

Research Overview

Women's health and mental health, body image development, embodiment, the relationship between body and culture, eating disorders, addictions, self harm, embodied agency and self care, trauma, immigration, feminist-informed and critical multicultural counselling and health promotion.

Teaching Overview

APD3217 Practicum II: Interventions in Counselling Psychology
APD3258 Special Topics in Counselling Psychology
APD1208 Individual Cognitive and Personality Assessment

Representative Publications


McVey, G., Levine, M.P., Piran, N., & Ferguson, H.B. (in press/upcoming January 2012). Improving the Prevention of Eating Disorders: Collaborative Research, Advocacy, and Policy Change. Waterloo ON: Wilfred Laurier Press.

Piran, N., Levine, M., & Steiner-Adair, C. (1999). Preventing eating disorders : A handbook of
intervention and special challenges. Philadelphia: Brunner/Mazel (Taylor & Francis Group).

Piran, N., & Kaplan, A. (Eds.).  (1990).  A day hospital group treatment program for anorexia
nervosa and bulimia nervosa.   New York:  Brunner/Mazel.

Journal Publications:  Special Issues

Piran, N., & Moodley, R. (2008).  Special Issue: Minding the Body in Health Promotion. International Journal for Health Promotion and Education, 46 (2), (pp. 40-80).

Moodley, R., & Piran, N. (2008).   Special  Issue: Dialogue with the Body in Clinical Practice. Counselling Psychology Quarterly, 21 (2) (pp. 103-195).

Book Chapters

Piran, N., & Mafrici, N. (2011). Ecological and activism approaches to prevention. In T. Cash & L. Smolak. Body Image: A Handbook of Theory, Research, and Clinical practice.(451-459) NY: Guilford Press.

Piran, N., & Mafrici, N. (in press). Preventing body image problems: Ecological and activism approaches. In L. Smolak (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Body Image and Human Appearance. Elsevier Press.

Research Grants and Contracts

2011-2014 SSHRC 'Women's Embodiment at the Intersection of Psychology and Social Critical Theory' (Principal Investigator)

2007-2010 SHRC 'The Body Journey of Girls'(Principal Investigator)

2005-2006 Royal Bank 'The co-morbidity of eating disorders' (Co-principal investigator with Dr. Tahany Gadalla)

2003-2006 SSHRC 'Powerful girls and women: A contradiction in terms?' (Principal Investigator)

2001- 2004 OWHC 'Outcome evaluation of the Brief Psychotherapy Center for Women' (Co-Investigator)

1999-2003 SSHRC 'Eating disorders at the intersection of body and culture' (Principal Investigator)

1999-2001 Kellogg Canada 'Women self-care and body image' (Co-Principal Investigator with Dr. Heather Maclean)

Honours and Awards

2012 David E. Hunt award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching, OISE, University of Toronto

2009 Florence Denmark Distinguished Mentorship Award, Association for Women in Psychology (U.S.)

2006 The Lori Irving Award for Research Excellence in Eating Disorders Prevention and Awareness, National (American) Eating Disorder Association, Seattle

2004 Awarded: Academy of Eating Disorders Fellowship

2003 Feminist Mentorship Award (Inaugural Recipient), Section on Women and Psychology (SWAP) of the Canadian Psychological Association

2003 Founding Member, North American Eating Disorder Association, Seattle