Writing and Research

Dr. Baker-Pitts is currently studying the emotional repercussions of cosmetic surgery. Beyond asking why women elect surgery, she is interested in the effects of a surgical makeover on relationships, identity, and body integrity. Her upcoming book about cosmetic surgery, with a foreword by Dr. Susie Orbach, is based on years of interviewing patients and surgeons, attending parties where the main attraction is Botox, and accompanying women throughout the surgical process – from the planning and consultation to the surgery and recovery.


Are you a surgeon, patient, cosmetic surgery liasion or international broker, Botox party hostess, or post surgical caregiver?  Do you want to share your experience to help women who are contemplating the possibilities and pitfalls of cosmetic surgery?  I would love to interview you!

Catherine is a member of The Body Attachment Group, a research project affiliated with the New School for Social Research.  Together with an international team of feminist psychoanalysts, body and movement therapists, and infant attachment researchers, this group is studying the transgenerational transmission of anxiety and (dis)embodiment from caregiver to child. The Body Attachment Group has presented its innovative research findings at the American Psychological Association conference and at psychoanalytic institutes in New York.

Catherine is editing a Special Issue of The Eating Disorders Journal of Treatment and

Prevention devoted to “the surgical body.” She invites 2-page proposals on the intersection of eating and body image problems with elective surgery, whether bariatric or cosmetic. Papers exploring the role of other body modification practices (e.g. tattooing, self-cutting) in mediating eating disorders will also be considered. Please contact Dr. Catherine Baker-Pitts directly for more information.

Prior publications include Fed Up: College Students and Eating Problems (Gurze, 2000),

as well as professional papers and book reviews. Her paper, Two Bodies in the Room: An intersubjective view of female objectification (Psychoanalysis, Culture and Society, 2007, 12 124-141.), sparked a conversation among therapists about the bodies in treatment and the importance of female subjectivity.

To purchase Fed Up, please visit www.gurze.com


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