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 ( 

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 

In addition to the books 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. 



One Size Doesn't Fit All: New Continua of Figure Drawings and Their Relation to Ideal Body Image (with Jocelyn Novella and Jennifer T. Gosselin), Sacred Heart University Faculty Publications (2015)

Objective: This study introduces a new figure drawing measure, the Presentation of Images on a...



Re‐energize Your Career from the Inside Out, Communication and Media Studies Faculty Publications (2011)

After surgery, the author went on an all- out campaign to re-energize her career and...



Cover to Cover: Contemporary Issues in Popular Women’s Magazines, Communication and Media Studies Faculty Publications (2008)

Exposure to popular magazine covers is widespread among even those choosing not to read a...




Why Can't My Child Stop Eating?: A Guide to Helping Your Child Overcome Emotional Overeating, Communication and Media Studies Faculty Publications (2013)

While most of us know what constitutes a healthy meal, very few are aware of...



The Emotional Eater's Book of Inspiration: 90 Truths You Need to Know to Overcome Your Food Addiction, Communication and Media Studies Faculty Publications (2007)

Debbie Danowski weighed in at more than 300 pounds. Years of trying every diet program...



The Overeater's Journal: Exercises for the Heart, Mind, & Soul, Communication and Media Studies Faculty Publications (2004)

As a 328-pound woman, Debbie Danowski was on her way to an early death when...



Locked Up for Eating Too Much: The Diary of a Food Addict in Rehab, Communication and Media Studies Faculty Publications (2002)

Sequel to Danowski's Why Can't I Stop Eating?

At age 23, Debbie Danowski was imprisoned...



Why Can't I Stop Eating?: Recognizing, Understanding, and Overcoming Food Addiction: A Food Plan for Life (with Pedro Lazaro, M.D.), Communication and Media Studies Faculty Publications (2000)

"Why can't I stop eating?" If, like millions of others, you often ask yourself this...


Popular Press


SHU Team Collaborates on Body-Image Research Published in Journal of American College Health, Sacred Heart University News Story (2015)

In its May issue, the Journal of American College Health has published a paper authored...



Love of Horses Inspires SHU Professor, Sacred Heart University News Story (2013)

Winsted resident and Sacred Heart University Associate Professor Debbie Danowski’s book, Why Can’t My Child...




The DR. A Show: Dr. Will Aguila Interviews Debbie Danowski (2013)

Debbie Danowski joins Dr. Will Aguila on the DR. A Show to talk about her...