Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University; M.A., California State University; B.A., Chapman University
Understanding genetic and environmental influences on comorbidity of eating disorders and substance use; Use of novel research methods to address questions related to eating disorders and substance use
Dr. Root joined Walden University in 2009 as contributing faculty in the School of Psychology. She later transitioned to core faculty working primarily as a student research mentor serving on doctoral committees. In 2011, she was appointed as the Academic Research Coordinator in the School of Health Sciences. A former assistant professor at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Dr. Root’s research has been devoted to exploring the relation between eating disorders and substance use from both phenotypic and genetic perspectives. She has successfully obtained research funding from the National Institutes of Health and has published several manuscripts, primarily in medical journals, as well as presented at several conferences on eating disorders. Dr. Root has taught several courses including Research Methods, Statistics I, Statistics II, and Lifespan Development and has served as a research consultant for medical doctors, faculty, students, and staff.