Virginia Ramseyer Winter
PhD, The University of Kansas, 2015; MSW, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, 2003; BSW, The University of Kansas, 2002.
Body Image; Women’s Physical, Mental, Sexual, and Reproductive Health Across the Lifespan; Social Work Education.
Research and Scholarly Activity:
Examining Women’s Body Image and Health
Dr. Ramseyer Winter’s primary research agenda, grounded in theory and the strengths perspective, examines body image in relation to women’s physical, mental and sexual health. With her scholarship, she is most interested in improving women’s body image to ultimately lead to improvements in women’s health outcomes. Existing literature suggests that poor body image may be related to riskier sexual behaviors, eating disorders, anxiety, depression, and poor physical health outcomes.
In future work, she would like to examine service providers to discover how body image discussions are presented in practice with their clients and what impact this may have on their overall health. Additionally, this work will hopefully highlight any barriers to providing services and interventions around body image to women in practice. Ultimately, Dr. Ramseyer Winter plans to conduct intervention research in collaboration with community agencies that serve marginalized women.
Dr. Ramseyer Winter defended her dissertation, Sexual Objectification, Self-Objectification, Body Appreciation, and Quality of the Sexual Relationship in Relation to Preventative Sexual Health Behaviors in a Sample of Emerging Adult Women, in April 2015. She is currently working to disseminate the findings of this research. Dr. Ramseyer Winter will be teaching Human Behavior in the Social Environment to BSW and MSW students and Community and Organizational Dynamics to BSW students.