Katie Frost

Katie Frost (maiden name Kern) graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in Women’s Studies. At Madison, she worked as a research assistant for Dr. Lyn Abramson on a longitudinal study investigating the life experiences of individuals with Bipolar Disorder.

When Katie began her graduate career in the Marquette University clinical psychology department, she had interests both in social and clinical psychology with a particular desire to research body image and self-esteem issues in young adult women. She works with Dr. Stephen Franzoi.

Katie’s Master’s thesis (degree received May, 2010) “Restructuring the Body Esteem Scale,” and dissertation, “The Body Esteem Scale: Revised for the Next Quarter Century” examine the current factor structure of the Body Esteem Scale, a research tool used to measure men’s and women’s evaluations of their physical selves. She developed a plan for revision and validation of this scale. Katie is also involved in other ongoing projects in the Body Esteem Lab exploring the relationships between body image distortions, self-esteem and body esteem as well as investigating gender differences in social comparison and perfection beliefs.

Katie also enjoyed her experience teaching undergraduate Statistics last year. She is currently the instructor for Social Psychology. Katie is also competing her therapy practicum at the Center for Behavioral Medicine.


Franzoi, S. L., & Kern, K. A. (2009). Body image: Relationship implications. In H. T. Hastie & S. K. Sprecher (Eds.) Encyclopedia of Human Relationships. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Franzoi, S.L., Vasquez, K., Sparapani, E., Frost, K.A., Martin, J. & Aebly, M. (in press). Exploring body comparison tendencies: Women are self-critical whereas men are self-hopeful. Psychology of Women Quarterly.


Franzoi, S.L., Oswald, D.L., & Frost, K.A. (2011). The influence of parental sexism on daughters’ body esteem. Submitted to the Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology.


Frost, K.A., Franzoi, S.L., & Oswald, D.L. (2011, January). Is the factor structure of the body esteem scale still valid? Poster presented at the Society for Personality and Social Psychology Annual Convention, San Antonio, TX.

Frost, K.A., Franzoi, S.L., & Oswald, D.L. (2010, October). Factor structure of the body esteem scale. Poster presented at the Diversity in Psychology Poster Session at Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI.

Frost, K. A., Franzoi, S. L., & Oswald, D. L. (2009, May). Young women’s body attitudes and parental ambivalent sexism. Poster presented at the Midwestern Psychological Association Convention, Chicago, IL.

Kern, K. A., Franzoi, S. L., & Sparapani, E. (2008, December). Restructuring the body esteem scale. Poster presented at the Marquette University Forward Thinking Session, Milwaukee, WI.

Kern, K.A., Franzoi, S. L., Vasquez, K., Sparapani, E., Martin, J., & Aebly, M. (2008, May). Women’s and men’s body judgments: Social comparison tendencies and consequences. Poster presented at the Association for Psychological Science Convention, Chicago, IL.

Franzoi, S. L., Kern, K. A., Aebly, M., Martin, J., & Sparapani, E. (2007, December). Measuring body size distortion and body image dissatisfaction. Poster presented at the Marquette University Forward Thinking Session, Milwaukee, WI.


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