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Virginia Ramseyer Winter

Assistant Professor and Director of Center for Body Image Research & Policy

705 Clark Hall
School of Social Work
University of Missouri
Columbia, MO 65211-4470
Phone: (573) 884-8077
Social Media: @CBIRP (Twitter, Facebook, & Instagram)
Curriculum Vitae (PDF)

Virginia Ramseyer Winter


PhD, University of Kansas, 2015; MSW, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, 2003; BSW, University of Kansas, 2002.

Research Interests

Body Image as it Relates to Physical, Mental, Sexual, Relationship, and Reproductive Health Across the Lifespan; Intervention Research; 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 physical, mental, and sexual health. With her scholarship, she is most interested in improving body image to ultimately lead to improvements in 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, to name a few.

Dr. Ramseyer Winter is the Founding Director of the Center for Body Image Research & Policy, which aims to improve body image, health, and wellness for individuals, families and communities. See the CBIRP website and @CBIRP (Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram) for more information.