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Degree in Progress

PhD in Clinical Psychology


2012 – BA (Honours) in Psychology, Ryerson University

2015 – MA in Clinical Psychology, Ryerson University

Research Interests

Molly’s research interests broadly include the exploration of psychological factors that maintain disordered eating behaviours, as well as the treatment of eating disorders and obesity. Her Master’s thesis investigated the clinical correlates and antecedents of subjective binge eating (i.e., experiencing a sense of loss of control while eating, although the amount of food consumed is not unusually large). Specifically, she is investigating the relationship between problematic cognitions and the subjective appraisal of loss of control over eating, as well as the cognitive and emotional factors that precipitate subjective binge eating, in order to identify targets for treatment.

Clinical Interests

Molly has  gained experience providing cognitive-behavioural treatment to individuals with mood and anxiety disorders, insomnia, and eating disorders. She also has training and experience in conducting diagnostic assessments. She has completed practicum placements at St. Michael’s Hospital Department of Family and Community Medicine (Clinical Psychology Training Clinic), the Anxiety Treatment and Research Clinic at St. Joseph’s Healthcare in Hamilton, and the Eating Disorders Clinic at St. Joseph’s Healthcare in Hamilton.  She is currently completing her predoctoral internship in Halifax.

Research Support

2016 – Ontario Graduate Scholarship – Doctoral Award
2015 – Ontario Graduate Scholarship – Doctoral Award
2014 – Ontario Graduate Scholarship – Master’s Award                                                                                  

2013 – Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarship in Science and Technology – Master’s Award

Selected Publications

  • Atwood, M. E., & Cassin, S. E. (In press). Surgery for obesity and impact on disordered eating. In T. Wade (Ed.), Encyclopedia of feeding and eating disorders. Singapore: Springer.
  • Atwood, M. E., David, L., & Cassin, S. E. (2017). Cognitive behavioural therapy for bariatric surgery patients. In R. Rajendram, C. Martin, & V. R. Preedy & R. Rajendram (Eds.), Pathophysiology of bariatric surgery: Metabolism, nutrition, procedures, outcomes and adverse effects (pp. 595-602). London, UK: Academic Press.
  • Cassin, S. E., & Atwood, M. E. (2016). Cognitive behavioural therapy for severe obesity. In S. Sockalingham & R. Hawa (Eds.), Psychiatric care in severe obesity: An interdisciplinary guide to integrated care (pp. 245-256). New York, NY: Springer.

Selected Conference Presentations

  • Atwood, M. E., David, L. A., Wnuk, S., Sockalingham, S., & Cassin, S. E. (Accepted). Psychometric properties and validation of the Ontario Bariatric Eating Self-efficacy Scale. Poster accepted for presentation at the International Conference on Eating Disorders, Prague, CZ.
  • Friedman, A., Atwood, M. E., Cassin, S. E., Wnuk, S., & Sockalingham, S. (June, 2016). Psychosocial care of bariatric surgery patients: Unique challenges and innovative treatment approaches. In F. Collardeau (Chair), Graduate student symposium: Psychologists in hospitals and health centres. Symposium presented at the annual meeting of the Canadian Psychological Association, Victoria, BC.
  • Atwood, M. E., Friedman, A., & Cassin, S. E. (June, 2016). The exchange of social support on bariatric surgery discussion forums: A qualitative content analysis. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Canadian Psychological Association, Victoria, BC.
  • Atwood, M. E., Mehak, A., & Cassin, S. E. (November, 2015). 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.
  • Atwood, M. E., & Cassin, S. E. (June, 2015). Clinical correlates of subjective binge eating episodes in female undergraduates. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Canadian Psychological Association, Ottawa, ON.