Eastern Michigan University
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Karen Saules


Dr. Saules 2018 611 W. Cross Street




Post-Doctoral Fellowship, University of Michigan, Behavioral Medicine
Ph.D., Wayne State University
M.S., Wayne State University
B.A., Colby College

Interests and Expertise

Addictive behaviors, interaction of addictive and eating behaviors, binge eating, obesity, bariatric surgery, weight management/ maintenance, body image, weight stigma

Selected Publications

Note: Formerly published as Karen K. Downey (2003 and prior)

Carr, M.M., Schulte, E., Saules, K. K., & Gearhardt, A. (in press). Measurement invariance of the Modified Yale Food Addiction Scale 2.0 across gender and racial groups.  Assessment.

Saules, K. K. & Herb, K. (in press). Sex and gender differences in compulsive overeating.  In P. Cottone, G. Kook, V. Sabino, & C. Moore (Eds.) Food Addiction and Compulsive Eating Behavior: Research Perspectives. Elsevier

Saules, K. K
., Carr, M.M., & Herb, K. (2018). Overeating, overweight, and substance misuse:  What’s the connection? Current Addiction Reports, 5 (2), 232-242. (Invited Manuscript). DOI: 10.1007/s40429-018-0208-9.

Carey, J. B., Saules, K. K., & Carr, M. M. (2017). A qualitative analysis of men’s experiences of binge eating. Appetite, 116, 184-195.

Ivezaj, V., Stoeckel, L., Avena, N., Benoit, S.C., Conason, A., Davis, J.F., Gearhardt, A., Goldman, R., Mitchell, J.E., Ochner, C.N., Saules, K. K., Steffen, K. J., Stice, E., & Sogg., S. (2017).  Obesity and Addiction: Can a Complication of Surgery Help Us Understand the Connection? Obesity Reviews, 18(7), 765-775.

Carr, M. M., Catak, P. D., Pejsa-Reitz, M., Saules, K. K., and Gearhardt, A. (2017). Measurement invariance of the Yale Food Addiction Scale 2.0 across gender and racial groups. Psychological Assessment, 29 (8), 1044-1052.

Carr, M. & Saules, K. K., Koch, E.I., & Waltz, T. J. (2017). Testing the dose-response curve in a training clinic setting: Use of client pretreatment factors to minimize bias in estimates. Training & Education in Professional Psychology, 11(1), 26-32.

Sienko, R., Saules, K. K., and Carr, M. M. (2016). Internalized weight bias mediates the relationship between depression and disordered eating behavior among women who think they are overweight. Eating Behaviors, 22 , 141-144.

McSweeney, L., Koch, E., Saules, K.K. & Jefferson, S. (2016). Exploratory Factor Analysis of DSM-5 Criteria for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder.  Journal of Nervous & Mental Disease,  204(1), 9-14doi: 10.1097/NMD.0000000000000390. 

Porter, K. E., Koch, E. I., Saules, K. K., & Shadle, M.B. (2015). The impact of sexual victimization on perceived consequences of risky dating scenarios.  Acta Psychpathologica,  1(1), 1-9.

Pouliot, G., Paschall, E. & Saules, K.K. (2015). Can videogames be addicting? An investigation into the specific game Features and personal characteristics associated with problematic videogame playing. Acta Psychopathologica, 1(3), 1-15.

Saules, K.K. Carey, J. B., Carr, M. & Sienko, R (2015). Binge-Eating Disorder: Prevalence, Predictors, and Management in the Primary Care Setting.  Journal of Clinical Outcomes Management, 22 (11), 512-528.

Yanos, B., Saules, K.K., Schuh, L. M., & Sogg, S (2015). Predictors of lowest weight and long-term weight regain among Roux-en-Y gastric bypass patients. Obesity Surgery, 25 (8), 1364-1370. 

Ivezaj, V., Saules, K.K., & Schuh, L.M. (2014). New onset substance use disorder after gastric bypass surgery: Frequency and associated characteristics. Obesity Surgery, 24( 11), 1975-80.

Clark, S.M., Saules, K. K., Schuh, L. M. Stote, J. & Creel, D.B. (2014). Associations between Relationship Stability, Relationship Quality, and Weight Loss Outcomes among Bariatric Surgery Patients. Eating Behaviors. 15 (4):670-2.

Fowler, L., Ivezaj, V., & Saules, K. K. (2014). Problematic intake of high-sugar/low-fat and high glycemic index foods by bariatric patients is associated with development of post-surgical new onset substance use disorders. Eating Behaviors, 15(3), 505-8.

Callahan, J. L., Gustafson, S., Misner, J., Paprocki, C.M., Sauer, E.M., Saules, K. K., …Wise, E. H. (2014). Introducing the Association of Psychology Training Clinics’ Collaborative Research Network. Training & Education in Professional Psychology, 8 (2), 95-104.

Reslan, S., Saules, K. K., Greenwald, M.K. & Schuh, L.M. (2014). Substance misuse following Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery. Substance Use & Misuse , 29 (4), 405-417. 

Saules, K. K. & Reslan, S. (2013). Post-bariatric surgery substance use disorders:  Prevalence, predictors, management & prevention. Journal of Clinical Outcomes Management,  20 (10), 470-480.

Wiedemann, A. A., Saules, K. K., & Ivezaj, V. (2013). Emergence of New Onset substance use disorders among post-weight loss surgery patients. Clinical Obesity , 3 (6), 194-201.

Pulcini, M.E., Saules, K.K., & Schuh, L.M. (2013). Roux-en-Y gastric bypass patients hospitalized for substance use disorders achieve successful weight loss despite poor psychosocial outcomes. Clinical Obesity , 3 (3-4), 95-102

Wiedemann, A.A. & Saules, K.K. (2013). The relationship between emotional eating and weight problem perception is not a function of body mass index or depression. Eating Behaviors,  14 (4), 525-528.

Reslan, S., & Saules, K. K. (2013). Assessing the prevalence and predictors of overweight, obesity, and Binge Eating Disorder as a function of ethnicity. Eating & Weight Disorders. 18 (2), 209-219. doi: 10.1007/s40519-013-0022-2.

Clark, S.M. & Saules, K. K. (2013). Validation of the Yale Food Addiction Scale among a weight-loss surgery population. Eating Behaviors, 14 (2), 216-2109. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.eatbeh.2013.01.002

Reslan, S., Saules, K. K., & Greenwald, M.K. (2012a). Validating the behavioral economic approach to assess food demand: Effect of body mass index, dietary restraint, and impulsivity. Appetite.59(2), 364-371. doi:10.1016/j.appet.2012.05.025

Reslan, S., Saules, K. K., & Greenwald, M.K. (2012b). Validation of an online questionnaire measure of the relative reinforcing value of food. Eating Behavior, 13(2), 278-280.doi: 10.1016/j.eatbeh.2012.03.009

Ivezaj, V., Saules, K. K., & Wiedemann, A. (2012). “I didn’t see this coming.” Why are post-bariatric patients in substance abuse treatment? Patients’ perceptions of etiology and future recommendations. Obesity Surgery, 22 (8), 1308-14.

Reslan, S. & Saules, K. K. (2011). College students’ definitions of an eating "binge" differ as a function of gender and Binge Eating Disorder status. Eating Behaviors, 12, 225-227. doi:10.1016/j.eatbeh.2011.03.001.

Reslan, S., Saules, K. K., & Serras, A. (2011). "Partier" identity mediates the relationship between college student binge drinking and related adverse consequences. Addictive Behavior. 36 (8), 855-860.

Sehgal, R., Saules, K. K., Young, A., Grey, M.J., Gillem, A.R., Nabors, N.A., Byrd, M.R., & Jefferson, S. (2011). Multicultural counseling competence among clinical psychology trainees and experienced multicultural psychologists: Do we practice what we know? Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 17 (1), 1-10.

Saules, K. K., Wiedemann, A., Ivezaj, V. Hopper, J.S., Foster-Hartsfield, J., & Schwarz, D. (2010). Bariatric surgery history among substance abuse treatment patients: Prevalence and associated features. Surgery for Obesity & Related Diseases,6 (6), 615-621.

Ivezaj, V., Saules, K. K., Hoodin, F, Angelella, N. E., Alschuler, K., Ivezaj, V., Saunders-Scott, D. & Wiedemann, A. A. (2010). The relationship between binge eating and weight status on depression, anxiety, and body image among a diverse college sample: A focus on bi/multiracial women. Eating Behaviors. Eating Behaviors, 11, 18-24, doi: 10.1016/j.eatbeh.2009.08.003.

Serras, A. M. Saules, K. K., Cranford, J. A. & Eisenberg, D. (2010). Self-injury, substance use, and associated risk factors in a national probability sample of college students. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 24, 119-128, doi: 10.1037/a0017210.

Erdodi, L. A., Lajiness-O’Neill, R., & Saules, K. K. (2009). Order of Conner's CPT-II administration within a cognitive test battery influences ADHD indices. Journal of Attention Disorders. doi:10.1177/1087054709347199.

Saules, K. K., Collings, A. S., Hoodin, F., Angelella, N. E., Alschuler, K., Ivezaj, V., Saunders-Scott, D. & Wiedemann, A. A. (2009). The contribution of weight problem perception, BMI, gender, mood, and smoking status to binge eating among college students. Eating Behaviors, 10 (1), 1-9.

Saules, K. K., Collings, A .S., Wiedemann, A. A. & Fowler, S. L. (2009). The relationship of body image to obesity and binge eating: The role of cross-situational body image dissatisfaction versus situational reactivity. Psychological Reports, 104, 909-921.

Saules, K. K., Collings, A. S., Hoodin, F., Angelella, N. E., Alschuler, K., Ivezaj, V., Saunders-Scott, D. & Wiedemann, A. A. (2009). The contribution of weight problem perception, BMI, gender, mood, and smoking status to binge eating among college students. Eating Behaviors, 10 (1), 1-9.

Saules, K. K., Pomerleau, C. S. & Tate, J. C. (2008). Weight control smoking in women. In Frank Columbus (Ed.),Smoking and Women's Health Research. Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science Publishers, Inc.

Collings, A. S., Saules, K. K., & Saad, L. R. (2008). A prospective study of predictors of successful weight maintenance by women enrolled in community-based weight-loss programs. Eating & Weight Disorders, 13 (1), 38-47.

Additional Information

2004 EMU Psychology Department award for Excellence in Graduate Student Mentorship

2010 EMU Graduate Mentorship Award recipient

2010 Association of Psychology Training Clinics’ Jean Spruill Achievement Award for excellence in training and dedication to best practices in professional psychology doctoral training clinics

 See: http://www.emich.edu/psychology/eatbeh/