Dr Lenny R. Vartanian

Dr Lenny R. Vartanian

Dr Lenny R. Vartanian

Senior Lecturer

Ph.D., University of Toronto, Canada, 2004

Contact details

Phone: (02) 9385 8758
Email: Dr Lenny R. Vartanian
Fax: (02) 9385 3641

Office: Mathews, Room 1111

Research Summary

Research Areas: Psychology of eating and weight, including body image, self-regulation, social influences, and weight bias and discrimination.


in press

  • Keremeas, K., Vartanian, L. R., Herman, C. P., & Polivy, J. (in press). The effect of portion size and unit size on food intake: Unit bias or segmentation effect? Health Psychology.
  • Vartanian, L. R. (in press). Impression management and food intake: Current directions in research. Appetite.
  • Spanos, S., Vartanian, L. R., Herman, C. P., & Polivy, J. (in press). Failure to report social influences on food intake: Lack of awareness or motivated denial? Health Psychology.


  • Spanos, Spanos, S., Kenda, A. S., & Vartanian, L. R. (2015). Can serving-size labels reduce the portion-size effect? A pilot study. Eating Behaviors, 16, 40-42. doi: 10.1016/j.eatbeh.2014.10.007
  • Fardouly, J., & Vartanian, L. R. (2015). Negative comparisons about one's appearance mediate the relationship between Facebook usage and body image concerns. Body Image, 12,. 82-88. doi: 10.1016/j.bodyim.2014.10.004


  • Black, M. J., Sokol, N., & Vartanian, L. R. (2014). The effect of effort and weight controllability on perceptions of obese individuals. Journal of Social Psychology, 154, 515-526.
  • Vartanian, L.R., Pinkus, R.T., & Smyth, J. (2014). The phenomenology of weight stigma in everyday life. Journal of Contextual Behavioral Science, 3, 196-202. doi: 10.1016/j.jcbs.2014.01.003
  • Vartanian, L. R., Smyth, J. M., Zawadzki, M. H., Heron, K. E., & Coleman, S. R. M. (2014). Early adversity, personal resources, body dissatisfaction, and disordered eating. International Journal of Eating Disorders, 47, 620-629. doi: 10.1002/eat.22313
  • Cavanagh, K., Vartanian, L.R., Herman, C.P., & Polivy, J. (2014). The effect of portion size on food intake is robust to brief education and mindfulness exercises. Journal of Health Psychology, 19, 730-739. doi: 10.1177/1359105313478645
  • Vartanian, L.R., & Fardouly, J. (2014). Reducing the stigma of bariatric surgery: Benefits of prodiving information about necessary lifestyle changes. Obesity, 22, 1233-1237. doi: 10.1002/oby.20721


  • Vartanian, L.R., Sokol, N., Herman, C.P., & Polivy, J. (2013). Social models provide a norm of appropriate food intake for young women. PLoS ONE 8 (11): e79268. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0079268
  • Vartanian, L.R., Thomas, M.A., & Vanman, E.J. (2013). Disgust, contempt, and anger and the stereotypes of obese people. Eating and Weight Disorders, 18, 377-382. doi: 10.1007/s40519-013-0067-2
  • Vartanian, L.R., & Dey, S. (2013). Self-concept clarity, thin-ideal internalization, and apperance-related social comparisons as predictors of body dissatisfaction. Body Image, 10, 495-500. doi: 10.1016/j.bodyim.2013.05.004
  • Vartanian, L.R., & Fardouly, J. (2013). The stigma of obesity surgery: Negative evaluations based on weight-loss history. Obesity Surgery, 23, 1545-1550. doi: 10.1007/s11695-013-0918-y
  • Vartanian, L.R., & Smyth, J.M. (2013). Primum non nocere: Obesity stigma and public health. Journal of Bioethical Inquiry, 10, 49-57. doi: 10.1007/s11673-012-9412-9
  • Vartanian, L.R., & Silverstein, K.M. (2013). Obesity as a status cue: Perceived social status and the stereotypes of obese individuals. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 43, E319-328. doi: 10.1111/jasp.12052









Awards, Fellowships & Grants

2014-2016 Australian Research Council Discovery Project. Attributions for food intake and the control of eating. LR Vartanian, CP Herman, J Polivy ($265,000).

2013-2015 Australian Research Council Discovery Project. Intergroup emotions and prejudice toward obese people. LR Vartanian, EJ Vanman, T Ito ($245,529).

2011-2013 Australian Research Council Discovery Project. How do social and enviromental cues influence food intake? LR Vartanian, CP Herman, J Polivy ($246,621).

Current Research Students

Jade Chan

Jasmine Fardouly

Francesca Froreich

Michelle Jiang

Ewelina Swierad

Personal Links

Personal Homepage: http://www2.psy.unsw.edu.au/Users/lvartanian/