Clinical Psychology Faculty

Caitlin Martin-Wagar, Ph.D.

Caitlin Martin-Wagar, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Clinical Psychology

Home Department: Psychology
Office: Skaggs 366
Fax: (406) 243-6366

Current Position

Assistant Professor, Clinical Psychology

do plan on taking a graduate student to begin Fall 2022.


Fall 2021:

Psyx 534: Advanced Clinical Methods

Personal Summary

Dr. Caitlin Martin-Wagar is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Montana. She received her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Akron. Her predoctoral internship was at the Minneapolis VA Healthcare System. Then, she completed a Postdoctoral Clinical-Research Associateship at the Yale School of Medicine in the Department of Psychiatry, where she conducted clinical-research within National Institute of Health-funded eating disorder clinical trials. Her research focuses on weight stigma and improving eating disorder treatments, especially through strengths-based interventions. Both her clinical work and research focus on families, children and adolescents, and adults, especially in the areas of disordered eating and trauma. Dr. Martin-Wagar’s work also aims to reduce the research-practice gap.


Postdoctoral Associateship, Yale School of Medicine, 2021

Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, University of Akron, 2020

Predoctoral Internship, Minneapolis VA Healthcare System, 2020

M.A., Clinical Psychology, Cleveland State University, 2013

B.A., Psychology & Women's Studies, Cleveland State University, 2010

Research Interests

Eating Disorders (predictors of treatment, treatment outcomes, mechanisms of change)

Weight Stigma

Body Image

Strengths-based interventions

My research program has largely focused on eating disorders, social determinants of health, and the impact of well-being and strengths on mental health. There are significant gaps in the eating disorder literature for understanding symptom expression and treatment for all folks, but especially within minoritized/historically underrepresented groups. Thus, through research, I aim to improve mental and physical health outcomes related to sociocultural conditions (e.g., weight bias). I think that early intervention with youths and their families is particularly needed. 

My program of research encompasses two main areas: a) examining strengths-based variables within treatment and interventions, and b) social determinants of health and research with underserved populations. I have found that strengths-based intervention components can be added or integrated into empirically-supported treatments (ESTs) to improve treatment outcomes, and these can also help reduce the risk of overpathologizing already stigmatized or minoritized groups. I also have a secondary research area: methodological, measurement, and psychometric research, which often interacts with my main research areas.


Martin-Wagar, C. A., & Weigold, I. K. (accepted). Internalized stigma as a transdiagnostic factor for women with eating disorders. Eating Disorders: The Journal of Treatment and Prevention.

Martin-Wagar, C. A., Boswell, R. G., Bennett, B. L., Perelman, H., & Forrest, L. N. (2021). Psychological and eating disorder symptoms as predictors of starting eating disorder treatment. International Journal for Eating Disorders. doi:10.1002/eat.23538

Gregor, M. A., Weigold, I. K., Martin-Wagar, C.A., & Campbell-Halfaker, D. (2021). Tenure expectations and career aspirations among women assistant professors in STEM. Journal of Career Development. Advance online publication. doi:10.1177/08948453211005032

Wisniewski, L., Safer, D. L., Adler, S., & Martin-Wagar, C. A. (2021). Dialectical behavior therapy and eating disorders. In L. Dimeff, S. Rizvi, & K. Koerner (Eds.) Dialectical Behavior Therapy in Clinical Practice (2nd ed.). Guilford Press: New York, NY.

Norcross, J. C., Sayette, M., & Martin-Wagar, C. A. (2020). Doctoral training in counseling psychology: Analyses of 20-year trends, differences across the practice-research continuum, and comparisons with clinical psychology. Training and Education in Professional Psychology. Advance online publication. doi:10.1037/tep0000306

Weigold, A., Weigold, I. K., Dykema, S. A., Drakeford, N. M., & Martin-Wagar, C. A. (2020). Computerized device equivalence: A comparison of surveys completed using a smartphone, tablet, desktop computer, and paper-and-pencil. International Journal of Human-Computer Interaction, 37(8), 803-814. doi:10.1080/10447318.2020.1848159

Martin-Wagar, C. A., Norcross, J. C., Sayette, M. (2020). Decisions, decisions: What are the real differences between clinical psychology and counseling psychology programs? Eye on Psi Chi, 25(2). doi:10.24839/2164-9812.Eye25.2.38

Weigold, I. K., Weigold, A., Russell, E. J., Wolfe, G. L., Prowell, J. L., & Martin-Wagar, C. A. (2020). Personal growth initiative and mental health: A meta-analysis. Journal of Counseling & Development, 98(4), 376-390. doi:10.1002/jcad.12340

Martin-Wagar, C. A., Holmes, S. C., & Bhatnagar, K. C. (2018). Predictors of weight restoration in a day treatment program that supports family-based treatment for adolescents with anorexia nervosa. Eating Disorders: The Journal of Treatment and Prevention, 27(4), 400-417. doi:10.1080/10640266.2018.1528085

Ben-Porath, D., Bhatnagar, K. C., Gimenez Hinkle, M., & Martin-Wagar, C. A. (2018). Feeding and eating disorders. In V. Kress & M. Paylon (Eds.) Treating Those with Mental Disorders: A Comprehensive Approach to Case Conceptualization and Treatment (2nd ed.). Pearson: New York, NY.

Weigold, I. K., Weigold, A., Boyle, R. A., Martin-Wagar, C. A., & Antonucci, S. Z. (2018). Factor structure of the personal growth initiative scale-II: Evidence of a bifactor model. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 65(2), 259-266. doi:10.1037/cou0000254

Weigold, I. K., Boyle, R. A., Weigold, A., Antonucci, S. Z., Mitchell, H. B., & Martin-Wagar, C. A. (2018). Personal growth initiative in the therapeutic process: An exploratory study. The Counseling Psychologist, 46(4), 481-504. doi:10.1177/0011000018774541

Martin-Wagar, C. A. (2018). Inequity for women in psychology: How much have we progressed and what work still needs to be done? Psychology from the Margins, 1, Article 3.

Kelly, A. C., Wisniewski, L., Martin‐Wagar, C. A., & Hoffman, E. (2017). Group‐based compassion‐focused therapy as an adjunct to outpatient treatment for eating disorders: A pilot randomized controlled trial. Clinical Psychology & Psychotherapy, 24(2), 475-487. doi:10.1002/cpp.2018

Bhatnagar, K. C., Martin-Wagar, C. A., & Wisniewski, L. (2017). DBT for eating disorders: An overview. In M. Swales (Ed.) Oxford Handbook of Dialectical Behaviour Therapy. Oxford University Press: Oxford, UK.

Specialized Skills

Certification, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy – Enhanced (CBT-E), The Centre for Research on Dissemination at Oxford (CREDO)

Teaching Experience

Northeast Ohio Medical University, Rootstown, OH                                                                    

2017-2019: Foundations of Clinical Medicine

John Carroll University, Cleveland Heights, OH                                                                           

2017-2018: Clinical Evaluation

The University of Akron, Akron, OH                                                                                             

2018: Developmental Psychology

2017: Social Psychology


Academy of Eating Disorders

American Psychological Association

Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies


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