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Dr. David Frederick

Associate Professor
Crean College of Health and Behavioral Sciences; Psychology
Expertise: Body Image; Disordered Eating; Sexual Orientation; Stigma and Health; Mate Preferences; Antifat Attitudes
Office Location: Crean Hall 105
Office Hours: Spring 2020: By Appointment Only
Beloit College, Bachelor of Science
University of California, Los Angeles, Ph.D.


Dr. David Frederick is an Assistant Professor of Psychology.  He began teaching at Chapman in 2012.  Growing up in rural upstate New York, he became fascinated with animal behavior, and his original dream was to chase monkeys around Africa as a primatologist.  This spurred him to study how social and biological factors interact to shape the bodies, brains, and preferences of human and nonhuman animals.  He enjoys teaching Research Methods, where students are taught how to use experimental and correlational research designs to understand studies on current issues such as debates over affirmative action and the causes of the wage gap between men and women, to how we can accurately measure people’s emotions.  He also enjoys teaching Human Sexuality, where students learn how hormones, evolved biological systems, and social constructions can explain cross-cultural differences in sexuality, people’s mating preferences, factors shaping sexual orientation, and how doctors respond to intersex babies.


  • PSY 204: Research Methods in Behavioral Sciences
  • PSY 340: Human Sexuality


Dr. David Frederick examines how social transmission processes and our evolved psychology interact to influence our perceptions of what is attractive and our close relationships. His work uses perspectives from social psychology, health psychology, and evolutionary psychology to better understand human motivations and attractions.  He also investigates the factors shaping body image dissatisfaction, health, self-regulation, and close relationships among gay, lesbian, and heterosexual men and women.  This work investigates how these experiences differ for ethnic minority versus majority men and women.

To examine these factors, he conducts large-scale cross-cultural projects, assesses biological factors such as hormone levels, conduct experimental studies, and make use of archival datasets of 5,000-80,000 participants generated by NBCNews.com and Match.com on topics related to relationships, sexuality, and body image.

His work has been funded by the National Institutes of Health and UCLA, and in 2013 he was featured as a “Rising Star” in psychological research by the Association for Psychological Science.  He collaborates with researchers at University of California, Los Angeles, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Indiana University, and University of Westminster. 

He has delivered numerous national and international presentations on his infertility research in the United States and Europe.  He currently serves on the editorial board of two academic journals: Body Image: An International Journal of Research and the Journal of Social, Evolutionary, and Cultural Psychology.  He has published articles in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Archives of Sexual Behavior, Evolution and Human Behavior, Hormones and Behavior, Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, Review of General Psychology, Body Image, Sex Roles, Journal of Men and Masculinity, Psychological Topics, Personality and Individual Differences, Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, and Evolutionary Psychology.

Recent Creative, Scholarly Work and Publications

Frederick, D. A., Alley, J., Semenyna, S. W., & Garcia, J. R. (2021). Mating strategy variation and sexual orientation. In D. M. Buss and P. Durkey (Eds.), The Handbook of Human Mating. Oxford University Press.
Robinette, J. W., Bostean, G., Glynn, L., Douglas, J., Jenkins, B., Gruenewald, T., & Frederick, D. A. (2021). Perceived neighborhood cohesion buffers COVID-19 impacts on mental health in a United States sample. Social Science & Medicine, 285, 114269. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.socscimed.2021.114269
Burke, N. L., Schaefer, L. M., Karvay, Y. G., Bardone-Cone, A. M., Frederick, D. A., Schaumberg, K., Klump, K. L., Anderson, D. A., & Thompson, J. K. (2021). Does the tripartite influence model of body image and eating pathology function similarly across racial/ethnic groups of White, Black, Latina, and Asian women? Eating Behaviors, 42, 101519. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.eatbeh.2021.101519
Frederick, D. A., & Reynolds, T. A. (2021). The value of integrating evolutionary and sociocultural perspectives on body image. Archives of Sexual Behavior. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10508-021-01947-4
Frederick, D. A., Gillespie, B. J., Lever, J., Berardi, V., & Garcia, J. R. (2021). Lesbian bed intimacy and sexual satisfaction: A comparison of heterosexual and lesbian women using coarsened exact matching in a U.S. national sample. Archives of Sexual Behavior. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10508-021-02096-4
Swami, V., Tran, U. S., Barron, D., Afham, R., Aimé, A., Almenara, C. A., … Frederick, D. A., … Voracek, M. (2020). The Breast Size Satisfaction Survey (BSSS): Breast size dissatisfaction and its antecedents and outcomes in women from 40 nations. Body Image, 32, 199-217
Cunningham, M. L., Rodgers, R. F., Lavender, J. M., Nagata, J. M., Frederick, D. A., Szabo, M., & Murray, S. B. (2020). Big boys don’t cry’: Examining the indirect pathway of masculinity discrepancy stress and muscle dysmorphia symptomatology through dimensions of emotion dysregulation. Body Image, 34, 209-214.
Cunningham, M. L., Nagata, J. M., Frederick, D. A., Rodgers, R. F., Lavender, J. M., Szabo, M., & Murray, S. B. (2020). Who’s the ‘bigger’ man? Parsing the relationships between masculinity and men’s muscularity dissatisfaction. Body Image, 34, 94-100.
Frederick, D. A., Gillespie, B. J., Lever, J., Berardi, V., & Garcia, J. R. (2020). Sexual practices and satisfaction among gay and heterosexual men in romantic relationships: A comparison using coarsened exact matching in a U.S. national sample. Journal of Sex Research.
Frederick, D. A., *Nguyen, D., & *Chu, T. (2020). The impact of COVID-19 on racism: Results from a national U.S. study. Areo Magazine.
Frederick, D. A., *Chu, T., *Nguyen, D. (2020). Did you gain the COVID-15? The COVID-19 pandemic led to poorer eating habits and worse mental health. Medium.
Frederick, D. A., Glynn, L., Gruenewald, T., Pincus, D., Boehm, J., Moors, A., Jenkins, B., Berardi, V., Bostean, G., Smith, J., Douglas, J., & Robinette, J. (2020). The Chapman University COVID-19 National Mental Health Study Initial Report (Spring 2020 Wave).
Hazzard, V. M., Schaefer, L. M., Schaumberg, K., Bardone-Cone, A. M., Frederick, D. A., Klump, K. L., …. Thompson, J. K. (2019). Testing the Tripartite Influence Model among heterosexual, bisexual, and lesbian women. Body Image, 30, 145-149. doi:10.1016/j.bodyim.2019.07.001
Schaefer, L. M., Burke, N. L., Anderson, L. M., Thompson, J. K., Dedrick, R. F., Heinberg, L. J., Bardone-Cone, A. M., Higgins, M. K., Frederick, D. A. … Paxton, S. J. (2019). Comparing internalization of appearance ideals and appearance-related pressures among women from the United States, Italy, England, and Australia. Eating and Weight Disorders. doi:10.1007/s40519-018-0544-8
Frederick, D. A., Tomiyama, A. J., *Bold, J., & Saguy, A. C. (2019). Can she be healthy at her weight? Effects of news media frames on antifat attitudes, dieting intention, and perceived health risks of obesity. Stigma and Health.
Frederick, D. A., St. John, H. K., Garcia, J. R., & Lloyd, E. A. (2018). Differences in orgasm frequency among gay, lesbian, bisexual, and heterosexual men and women in a U.S. national sample. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 47, 273-288. doi:10.1007/s10508-017-0939-z
Schaefer, L. M., Smith, K. E., Leonard, R. L., Wetterneck, C., Smith, B., Farrell, N., Riemann, B. C., Frederick, D. A. …. Thompson, J. K. (2018). Identifying a male clinical cutoff on the Eating Disorder Examination-Questionnaire (EDE-Q). International Journal of Eating Disorders, 51, 1357-1360. doi:10.1002/eat.22972.
Schmitt, D. P., Alcalay, L., Allik, J., Alves, I. C. B., Anderson, C. A. … Frederick, D. A. et al., (2017). Narcissism and the strategic pursuit of short-term mating: Universal links across 11 world regions of the International Sexuality Description Project-2. Psychological Topics, 26, 89-137.
Frederick, D. A., *Shapiro, L. M., *Williams, T. R., *Seoane, C. M., *McIntosh, R. T., *Fischer, E. W. (2017). Precarious manhood and muscularity: Effects of threatening men’s masculinity on reported strength and muscle dissatisfaction. Body Image, 22, 156-165. doi:10.1016/j.bodyim.2017.07.002
Frederick, D. A., Daniels, E. A., *Bates, M. E., Tylka, T. L. (2017). Exposure to thin-ideal media affects most, but not all, women: Results from the perceived effects of media exposure scale and open-ended responses. Body Image, 23, 188-205. doi:10.1016/j.bodyim.2017.10.006
Frederick, D. A., & *Fales, M. R. (2016). Upset over sexual versus emotional infidelity among gay, lesbian, bisexual, and heterosexual adults. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 45, 175-191. doi: 10.1007/s10508-014-0409-9
Frederick, D. A., Saguy, A. C., *Sandhu, G., & Mann, T. (2016). Effects of competing news media frames of weight on antifat stigma, beliefs about weight, and support for obesity-related public policies. International Journal of Obesity, 40, 543-549. doi: 10.1038/ijo.2015.195
Frederick, D. A., Saguy, A. C., Gruys, K. (2016). Culture, health, and bigotry: How exposure to cultural accounts of fatness shape attitudes about health risk, health policies, and weight-based prejudice. Social Science and Medicine, 165, 271-279. doi: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2015.12.031
Frederick, D. A., Kelly, M. C., Latner, J. D., *Sandhu, G., & Tsong, Y. (2016). Appearance concerns among White and Asian American women: Sociocultural predictors of body, face, and eye satisfaction. Body Image, 16, 113-125. doi: 10.1016/j.bodyim.2015.12.002
Frederick, D. A., *Sandhu, G., Morse, P. J., & Swami, V. (2016). Correlates of appearance and weight satisfaction in a U.S. national sample: Personality, attachment style, television viewing, self-esteem, and life satisfaction. Body Image, 17, 191-203. doi: 10.1016/j.bodyim.2016.04.001
Frederick, D. A., *Sandhu, G., *Scott, T., & *Akbari, Y. (2016). Reducing the negative effects of media exposure on body image: The effectiveness of subvertising and disclaimer labels. Body Image, 17, 171-174. doi: 10.1016/j.bodyim.2016.03.009
Frederick, D. A., *Forbes, M., *Gentle, B., *Reynolds, T. A., & *Walters, T. (2015). Beauty standards from an anthropological perspective. In P. Whelehan & A. Bolin (Eds.) Human Sexuality. New York: Wiley.
Lever, J., Frederick, D. A., & Hertz, R. (2015). Who pays for dates? Following versus challenging gender norms. SAGE Open, 5, 2158244015613107. doi: 10.1177/2158244015613107
*Fales, M. R., Frederick, D. A., Garcia, J. R., Gildersleeve, K. A., Haselton, M. G., Fisher, H. E. (2016). Mating markets and bargaining hands: Predictors of mate preferences for attractiveness and resources in two national U.S. studies. Personality and Individual Differences, 88, 78-87. doi: 10.1016/j.paid.2015.08.041
Frederick, D. A., & *Jenkins, B. N. (2015). Height and body mass on the mating market: Associations with number of sex partners and extra-pair sex among heterosexual men and women aged 18-65. Evolutionary Psychology, 13, 1-26. doi: 10.1177/1474704915604563
Schaefer, L. M., Burke, N. L., Thompson, J. K., Dedrick, R. F., Heinberg, L. J., Calogero, R. M., Bardone-Cone, A. M., Higgins, M. K., Frederick, D. A. et al. (2015). Development and validation of the Sociocultural Attitudes Towards Appearance Questionnaire-4 (SATAQ-4). Psychological Assessment, 27, 54-67.
Gillespie, B. J., Frederick, D. A., Harari, L., & Grov, C. (2015). Homophily, close friendship, and life satisfaction among gay, lesbian, heterosexual, and bisexual men and women. PLoS One, 10, 1-16 (e0128900).
Gillespie, B. J., Lever, J., Frederick, D. A., & Royce, T. (2015). Close adult friendships, gender, and the life cycle. Journal of Personal and Social Relationships. 32, 709-736.
Frederick, D. A., Bohrnstedt, G. W., Hatfield, E., & Berscheid, E. (2014). Factor structure and validity of the Body Parts Satisfaction Scale: Results from the 1972 Psychology Today Survey. Psychological Topics, 23, 223-243.
Saguy, A., Frederick, D. A., & Gruys, K. (2014). Reporting risk, producing prejudice: How news reporting on obesity shapes attitudes about health risk, policy, and prejudice. Social Science and Medicine, 111, 125-133.
*Tang, N., & Frederick, D. A. (2013). Na Li. In M. Stange and C. Oyster (Eds.) The encyclopedia of women in today's world. SAGE Publishers.
Frederick, D. A., *Forbes, M., & *Reynolds, T. A. (2013). Infidelity. In M. Stange and C. Oyster (Eds.) The encyclopedia of women in today's world. SAGE Publishers.
Frederick, D. A., *Reynolds, T. A., & Fisher, M. L. (2013). The importance of female choice: Evolutionary perspectives on `constraints, expressions, and variations in female mating strategies. In R. Chang, M. Fisher & J. Garcia (Eds.), Evolution’s empress: Darwinian perspectives on the nature of women. Oxford, UK: Oxford Press.
Frederick, D. A., *Ng., N., & *Yousefinejad, S. (2013). Cultural competence. In C. Cortes (Ed.) Multicultural America. SAGE Publishers.
*Tang, N., *Ng., N., & Frederick, D. A. (2013). The Chinese American Citizens Alliance. In C. Cortes (Ed.) Multicultural America. SAGE Publishers.
Gildersleeve, K., Debruine, L., Haselton, M. G., Frederick, D. A., Penton-Voak, I. S., Jones, B. C., Perrett, D. I. (2013). Shifts in women’s mate preferences across the cycle: A critique of Harris (2011) and Harris (2012). Sex Roles, 69, 516-524.
Gray, P. B., & Frederick, D. A. (2012). Body image and body type preferences in St. Kitts, Caribbean: A cross-cultural comparison with U.S. samples regarding attitudes towards muscularity, body fat, and breast size. Evolutionary Psychology, 10, 631-655.
Fessler, D. M. T., Stieger, S., Asaridou, S. S., Umeru, B., Cravalho, M., de Barros, P., Fisher, M. K., & Frederick, D. A.., et al. (2012). Testing a postulated case of intersexual selection in humans. Evolution and Human Behavior, 33, 147-164.
Frederick, D. A., *Jafary, A., Daniels, E. A., & Gruys, K. (2011). Surveys and the epidemiology of body image. In T. Cash (Ed.), The encyclopedia of body image and human appearance (p. 766-773). San Diego: Academic Press.
Frederick, D. A., *Reynolds, T. A., *Fales, M. R., & Garcia, J. A (2011). Physical attractiveness: Dating, mating, and social interaction. In T. Cash (Ed.), The encyclopedia of body image and human appearance (p. 629-635). San Diego: Academic Press.
Frederick, D. A.,* Jafary, A., *Fales, M., *Lurye, F., *Phuphanich, M. E., *Au, L., & Stanley, E. B. (2011). Bella and the psychobiology of love and attraction. In E. Klonsky and A. Black (Eds.), The psychology of Twilight. Ben Bella Books: New York.
Snyder, J. K., Fessler, D. M. T., Tiokhin, L., Frederick, D. A., Lee, S. W., & Navarette, C. D. (2011). Trade-offs in a dangerous world: Women’s fear of crime predicts preferences for aggressive and formidable mates. Evolution and Human Behavior, 32, 127-137.