Bookstore Faculty Author Spotlight presents Dr. Denise Martz

Wednesday, September 18, 2019
5 p.m.

Plemmons Student Union, Price Lake, Room 201A.

This event is free and open to the public.

A program sponsored by the University Bookstore and presented by the Appalachian State University Student Book Club, the Faculty Author Spotlight hosts a monthly event on the campus of Appalachian State University. The University Bookstore partners with campus departments to highlight new releases from faculty authors. The September event will feature Psychology Department, Kulynych/Cline Distinguished Professor Dr. Denise Martz. 

Women have unintentionally become their own worst enemies through their engagement in “fat talk”—critical dialogue about one’s own physical appearance—and “body snarking”—criticism towards other women’s bodies. Not only does this harsh judgment pervade our psyches and societies, but it also contributes to the glass ceiling in a variety of professions, including politics representing feminist activism. This book reviews and analyzes the origins and effects of fat talk and body shaming, and provides potential solutions that include evidence-based personal therapies and community interventions. 

“We are excited to feature Denise Martz and hear about her important research," said John Pearce, Scholars Bookshop Manager.

Martz is a clinical health psychologist in the Kulynych/Cline Distinguished Professorship. She has been publishing her scientific work on fat talk with colleagues and students for the past twelve years. She also has a small private practice in her community.

The primary mission of the University Bookstore is to provide students and their families, faculty, staff and alumni, with goods and services to support the educational goals of the institution. Additionally, the bookstore's purpose is to generate funds to support student scholarships. This is accomplished by offering a variety of products from socially and environmentally responsible sources.

For more information about this event, please contact Trixie Wilkie at


About the Dr. Wiley F. Smith Department of Psychology
Appalachian’s Dr. Wiley F. Smith Department of Psychology serves 900 undergraduate majors seeking the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree in psychology, as well as 80 graduate students in the master’s degree programs in clinical psychology, experimental psychology, school psychology, and industrial-organizational psychology and human resource management. Its newly established Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) program will begin admitting students in fall 2019. Learn more at

 Dr. Denise Martz. Photo by University Communications
Published: Sep 10, 2019 11:52am