Kelsie Forbush, Ph.D.

Kelsie Forbush, Ph.D.

Kelsie Forbush

Dr. Forbush earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology (with a minor emphasis in Personality and Individual Differences) in 2011 from the University of Iowa. She completed an APA-accredited internship at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic.

She joined the faculty at the University of Kansas in 2014, after three years as an Assistant Professor at Purdue University. Her research program is designed to clarify the reasons for diagnostic co-morbidity among eating, mood, and anxiety disorders, and to explicate the internal structure of eating pathology through scale development and assessment.

Assistant Professor,
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Ph.D., University of Iowa

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Research Interests

Dr. Forbush's research laboratory is conducting several research studies that are designed to understand the associations (both cross-sectional and longitudinal) between eating behaviors and various other types of psychological difficulties, as well as research designed to develop better ways of assessing and diagnosing abnormal eating behaviors.

  • Eating and Weight Disorders
  • Novel Approaches for Assessment and Diagnosis
  • Latent Variable Modeling

Professional Service

She is active in several international and national service organizations that focus on eating disorders and clinical psychology. She is currently the Co-Chair of the Academy for Eating Disorder's Diagnosis and Assessment Special Interest Group (SIG). She is also an Early Career Reviewer for the National Institute of Health, and a Program Reviewer for the Academy of Psychological Clinical Science.


Wildes, J. E., Forbush, K. T., Hagan, K. E., Marcus, M. D., Attia, E., Gianini, L. M., Roberto, C. A., & Wu, W. (in press). Characterizing severe and enduring anorexia nervosa: An empirical approach. International Journal of Eating Disorders.

Forbush, K. T., Hagan, K. E., Salk, R., & Wildes, J. E. (in press). Concurrent and prognostic utility of subtyping anorexia nervosa along dietary and negative affect dimensions. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology.

Forbush, K. T., & Wildes, J. E. (in press). Dimensions, categories, or hybrid dimensions-categories? Application of structural equation mixture modeling to characterize the latent structure of eating pathology. International Journal of Eating Disorders.

Kotov, R., Krueger, R. F., Watson, D., Achenbach, T. M., Althoff, R. R., Bagby, M., Brown, T. A., Capi, A., Clark, L. A., Eaton, N. R., Forbes, M. K., Forbush, K. T., . . . Zimmerman, M. (in press). The hierarchical taxonomy of psychopathology (HiTOP): A dimensional alternative to traditional nosologies. Journal of Abnormal Psychology.

Forbush, K. T., Siew, C., & Vitevitch, M. S. (2016). Application of network analysis to identify interactive systems of eating disorder psychopathology. Psychological Medicine46, 2667-2677.