Elizabeth Daniels, Ph.D.

Elizabeth Daniels, Ph.D.

Elizabeth Daniels, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Director of Psychological Science Training & Honors Program Director
COLU 4023

Professional Summary

Dr. Daniels joined the UCCS Psychology Department in Fall of 2014. She was previously an Assistant Professor at Oregon State University Cascades and a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Oregon Central Oregon Programs. Her research centers on identifying positive influences on girls' and young women's development including media and activity contexts. Her research has been featured in national and international media, e.g., the Los Angeles TimesHuffington PostWashington PostTimeNew York MagazineTelegraph, and Daily Mail. Dr. Daniels serves as the Director of Psychological Science Training for the MA program.

*The Director of Psychological Science Training is responsible for all aspects of the Psychological Science MA track including recruitment and admissions, curriculum, professional development, and assessment.


  • Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Ph.D. Developmental Psychology, University of California Santa Cruz
  • M.S. Developmental Psychology, University of California Santa Cruz
  • B.A. Psychology, Georgetown University

Areas of Interest

Media, Body Image, Gender, Sports and Physical Activities, Adolescent Development,Positive Youth Development


Dr. Daniels teaches a range of courses in developmental science and gender issues including Lifespan Development, Child Development, Adolescent Development, Social Development, and Psychology of Gender.


  • PSY 3620 - Developmental Psychology
  • PSY 4620 - Seminar in Developmental Psychology
  • PSY 6100 - Developmental Psychology

Representative Publications

  • Daniels, E. A., Gillen, M. M., & Markey, C. H. (Eds.). (2018). Body positive: Understanding and improving body image in science and practice. Cambridge University Press.
  • Daniels, E. A. (2018). Does objectification on social media cost young men? Emerging Adulthood. Advance online publication.
  • Linder, J. R., & Daniels, E. A. (2018). Sexy vs. sporty: The effects of viewing sexualized images of athletes on self-objectification in men and women. Sex Roles, 78, 27–39.
  • Daniels, E. A. (2016). Sexiness on social media: The social costs of using a sexy profile photo. Sexuality, Media, & Society. October-December, 1-10.
  • Daniels, E. A., Layh, M., & Porzelius, L. K. (2016). Grooming ten-year-olds with gender stereotypes? A content analysis of preteen and teen girl magazines. Body Image, 19, 57-67.
  • Daniels, E. A., & Zurbriggen, E. L. (2016). “It’s not the right way to do stuff on Facebook:” An investigation of adolescent girls’ and young women’s attitudes toward sexualized photos on social media. Sexuality and Culture, 20, 936-964.
  • Daniels, E. A., & Zurbriggen, E. L. (2016). The price of sexy: Viewers’ perceptions of a sexualized versus non-sexualized Facebook profile photograph. Psychology of Popular Media Culture, 5, 2-14. 
  • Daniels, E. A., & Zurbriggen, E. L. (2014). The price of sexy: Viewers' perceptions of a sexualized versus non-sexualized Facebook profile photograph. Psychology of Popular Media Culture. Advanced online.
  • Schooler, D., & Daniels, E. A. (2014). "I am not a skinny toothpick and proud of it:" Latina adolescents' ethnic identity and responses to mainstream media images. Body Image, 11, 11-18.
  • Daniels, E. A. & Gillen, M. M. (2014). Identity and body image: A call for new research. In K. McLean & M. Syed (Eds.), The Oxford handbook of identity development. Oxford University Press.
  • Daniels, E. A. (2012). Sexy versus strong: What girls and women think of female athletes. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, 33, 79-90.
  • Daniels, E.A., & *Wartena, H. (2011). Athlete or sex symbol: What boys and men think of media representations of female athletes. Sex Roles, 65, 566-579. (* undergraduate co-author)
  • Daniels, E.A. (2009). Sex objects, athletes, and sexy athletes: How media representations of women athletes can impact adolescent girls and young women. Journal of Adolescent Research, 24, 399-422. (Most downloaded article of those published in JAR in 2009 and 2010)

Representative & Recent Service/Leadership Roles

  • UCCS Psychology Honors Program Director (2021-Present)
  • UCCS Psychology Director of Psychological Science, 2019-Present
  • UCCS Chair of the Faculty Assembly Women's Committee, 2017-present
  • Editorial Board for Emerging Adulthood, 2016-present
  • Associate Editor for Sex Roles: A Journal of Research, 2012-2015 
  • Contributing Editor for Psychology o Women Quarterly, 2012-2015