Batterink, Bodell named among Rising Stars

Western Psychology professors Laura Batterink and Lindsay Bodell were recently named Rising Stars by the Association for Psychological Science (APS) in recognition of the pair being outstanding psychological scientists in the earliest stages of their post-PhD research careers. Batterink and Bodell were two of only six Canadian scientists named among the international class of 76.


Bodell completed a PhD in Clinical Psychology at Florida State University, and postdoctoral fellowships at the Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic/University of Pittsburgh and the University of Chicago Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience.

She joined Western in 2018.

Bodell’s research is broadly focused on identifying psychological and biological processes that contribute to the development and maintenance of eating disorders. She examines the influence of weight-related factors, and feeding-related hormones on the maintenance of eating disorders, particularly bulimia nervosa.


Batterink completed a PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of Oregon, followed by a postdoctoral fellowship at Northwestern University.

She joined Western in 2018.

Batterink’s research focuses on the neural basis of language processing and language acquisition, and implicit learning and implicit memory. Her work has shown that this learning may occur without conscious effort.

Each Rising Star nomination must be supported by two APS members, one of whom must be an APS Fellow. Individuals being considered for Rising Star designation will be evaluated for their promise of excellence in research based on the following criteria:

  • Significant publications;
  • Significant recognitions;
  • Significant discoveries, methodological innovations, or theoretical or empirical contributions; and
  • Work with potentially broad impact.