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Mary Pritchard

Education Building 615
(208) 426-1901

Office Hours

Tu & Th 12:00 – 2:00

Dr. Mary Pritchard received her Ph.D. in experimental psychology with an emphasis in cognitive/social from the University of Denver in 1999, and joined the Boise State University Psychology Department in 2004.

Courses Taught

  • Social Psychology
  • Community Psychology
  • Psychology of Eating
  • Psychology of Health

Teaching and Research

Dr. Pritchard has research interests in health psychology and the psychology of eating, including health behaviors of college students and adolescents, obesity, disordered eating and exercise behaviors, body image, and self-esteem.

Peer-Reviewed Publications  2011 – 2012 († indicates undergraduate student collaborator)

Fernandez†, S., & Pritchard, M. E. (in press). Relationships between social self-esteem, media influence and drive for thinness. Eating Behaviors.
Pritchard, M. E., & Lee†, L. (in press). What makes an upper-division course upper-division? Differing perspectives of students and faculty. The College Quarterly.
McCrea†, C. & Pritchard, M. E. (in press). Dissemination and implementation of alternative methods in Idaho’s unipolar mood disorder treatment. VISTAS.
McDonald, T. & Pritchard, M. E. (in press). Mental health and substance abuse issues among Native Americans living on a remote reservation: Results from a community survey.  Journal of Rural and Community Psychology.
Juarez†, L., Soto, E., & Pritchard, M. E. (2012). Drive for muscularity and drive for thinness: The impact of pro-anorexia websites. Eating Disorders: Journal of Treatment and Prevention, 20, 99-112.
Juarez†, L., & Pritchard, M. E. (2012). Body dissatisfaction: Commitment, support and trust in romantic relationships. Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment, 22, 188-200.
Krouse, R., Ransdell, L., Lucas, S., & Pritchard, M. E. (2011). Motivation, goal orientation, coaching, and training habits of women ultrarunners.  Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 25, 2835–2842.
Varela†, A., & Pritchard, M. E. (2011). Peer influence: Use of alcohol, tobacco, and prescription medications. Journal of American College Health, 59, 751-756.
Birdsall, B., Pritchard, M., Elison-Bowers, P., & Spann, J. (2011). Does integrative restoration (iRest) meditation decrease perceived stress levels and negative moods in school counselors. Retrieved from
Elison-Bowers, P., Otterness, N., & Pritchard, M. E. (2011). The environment, human health, and nursing practice: A survey of Idaho RNs. Creative Education, 2, 321-326.
McCrea†, C. & Pritchard, M. E. (2011). Concurrent herb-prescription medication use and health care provider disclosure among university students. Complementary Therapies in Medicine, 19, 32-36.
Pritchard, M. E., Parker†, C., & Nielsen†, A. (2011). What predicts drive for muscularity in college students?  Eating Behaviors, 12, 228–231.