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Family Research Scholar 2005-06
Leda Cook's research interests include interpersonal and intercultural communication; feminist, postcolonial and critical communication theory; and identity, collective memory, and nationalism. As a 2005-2006 Family Research Scholar, Dr. Cook proposed to develop, implement, and assess a media literacy and performance intervention model for the treatment of eating disorders. The media and cultural concern with ideal images of the body have often been cited as motivating factors for the development of eating disorders. However, media literacy has rarely been included as part of a comprehensive eating disorder treatment program. Cooks' research will focus on ways women in eating disorder treatment programs can develop new patterns for viewing and responding to the media.