Debbie Danowski, Ph.D.

Debbie Danowski, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Debbie Danowski, Ph.D. is the author of four popular books about weight loss and food addiction and an associate professor of Media Studies. Dr. Danowski also served as Manager of Media Relations for a national nonprofit organization and a Public Relations Consultant for a national food addiction treatment center.  Currently, she is a Public Relations Coordinator for H.O.R.S.E. of Connecticut (

Degrees and Certifications

    Dr. Danowski holds a Ph.D. from Capella University in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where she researched eating behavior in American film, a Master’s degree in Public Communications from Syracuse University, and a Bachelor of Science in business administration from Sacred Heart University.

Teaching Responsibilities

    Magazines and Body Image, Studies in Self-Help Books, Advertising and Public Relations: Practical Applications, The History of Advertising and Public Relations, Food Advertising

Research Interests & Grants

    Journalism production and freelance writing, representations of gender and body image in magazines, TV, film, and other media

Publications and Presentations

    Her latest book is The Emotional Eater’s Book of Inspiration: 90 Truths You Need To Know To Overcome Your Food Addiction (Avalon/Marlowe).  Her other books include Why Can’t I Stop Eating? (Hazelden 2000) co-authored with Dr. Pedro Lazaro, Locked Up For Eating Too Much (Hazelden 2002), and The Overeater’s Journal (Hazelden 2004).  Additionally, Dr. Danowski has written more than 100 articles for national and local publications, including First For Women, Woman’s Day and Seventeen Magazine, and served as a contributing writer for Fairfield County Home magazine.

    Recent Publications

    • Why Can't I Stop Eating?. Co-authored with Dr. Pedro Lazaro. Center City, Minnesota: Hazelden, 2000
    • Locked Up For Eating Too Much.Center City, Minnesota: Hazelden, 2002
    • The Overeater's Journal Exercises for Heart, Mind, and Soul. Center City, Minnesota: Hazelden, 2004

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Contact Information

Office Location & Hours

  • Location:
    Communication and Media Studies
    Martire Center W218
    College of Arts and Sciences
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