Current Position

Upon completion of her Bachelor’s degree, Aiden started the graduate program in Clinical Psychology at McGill University where she is currently a PhD student.

Degree

BA (Honours) in Psychology, Ryerson University

Research Interests

Aiden completed her undergraduate thesis in the HEAL lab, which investigated sociocultural influences on disordered eating in young women and resulted in a first authored publication.  She also co-authored a book chapter on virtual care for individuals with obesity.  Her current research interests include the phenomenon of ‘feeling fat’ among individuals with eating disorders.

Selected Publications

  • Cassin, S. E., Mehak, A., & Sockalingam, S.  (2018).  Telephone based psychological interventions in severe obesity.  In S. E. Cassin, S. Sockalingam, and R. Hawa (Eds.), Psychological care in severe obesity: A practical approach (pp. 249-263). Cambridge University Press.
  • Mehak, A., Friedman, A., & Cassin, S. E. (2018).  Body shame and appearance anxiety mediate the relationships between self-objectification, weight bias internalization and binge eating in young women. Body Image, 24, 111-115.

Selected Conference Presentations

  • Mehak, A., Friedman, A., & Cassin, S. E. (2018, April). The role of body shame in the relationship between depressive symptoms and eating pathology in young women [poster presentation]. International Conference on Eating Disorders (ICED), Chicago, IL.
  • Friedman, A., Mehak, A., & Cassin, S. E.  (2017, November).  Differentiating between thin ideal and weight bias internalization among young women: Effects on binge eating and dietary restraint [poster presentation].  Annual conference of the Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT), San Diego, CA.
  • Friedman, A., Mehak, A., & Cassin, S. E. (2017, November).  Differential effects of thin and muscular ideal internalization on disordered eating among young women [poster presentation].  Annual conference of the Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT), San Diego, CA.
  • Mehak, A., Friedman, A., & Cassin, S. E. (2017, June).  The role of negative affect in the relationship between weight bias internalization and binge eating among young women [poster presentation].  Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) annual conference, Toronto, ON.
  • Mehak, A., Friedman, A., & Cassin, S. (2017, May).  The relationship between weight bias internalization, body shape concerns, and disordered eating in young women [poster presentation].  National Eating Disorder Information Centre (NEDIC) annual conference, Toronto, ON.
  • Mehak, A., Friedman, A., & Cassin, S. E. (2016, October). Differences in weight bias internalization and binge eating among young women across the weight spectrum. Poster presented at the 69th annual conference of the Ontario Psychological Association, Toronto, ON.
  • Mehak, A., Friedman, A., & Cassin, S. E. (2016, June). Mediators of the relationship between weight bias internalization and disordered eating in young women. Poster presented at the 77th annual convention of the Canadian psychological Association, Victoria, BC.
  • Atwood, M. E., Mehak, A., & Cassin, S. E. (2015, November). Subjective and objective binge eating episodes in relation to general and eating disorder-specific cognitive distortions. Poster accepted for presentation at the annual meeting of the Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies, Chicago, IL.