Christopher A. Modica

Assistant Professor of Psychology


B.A., Judson College
M.S., Illinois State University
Ph.D., Ball State University


Before coming to Ohio Wesleyan University, Chris Modica was an Assistant Professor at Wright State University within the School of Professional Psychology (Clinical Psychology Psy.D. program) where he taught classes in clinical interviewing, ethics, and statistics. He also has teaching experience at Ball State University at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Professional areas of interest broadly include psychotherapy and counseling, diagnosis and psychopathology, sociocultural theories of eating disorders and body image, and professional psychology ethics. His primary areas of research interest are sociocultural variables impacting body image and eating disorders.

He is currently a licensed psychologist in Ohio and Indiana and a Health Service Provider in Psychology in Indiana. His professional clinical experience has been in private practice, community mental health, and university student counseling centers. He also has experience in providing clinical supervision of doctoral students in individual therapy, group therapy, and testing/assessment.


  • Modica, C.A. (2020). The associations between Instagram use, selfie-activities, appearance-comparison, and body dissatisfaction in adult men. Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, 23(2), 90-99

  • Modica, C.A. (2019). The association between body surveillance and body satisfaction moderated by self-concept clarity in adult women in the United States: A cross sectional study. Journal of Women’s Health, Issues and Care, 8, 1-6.

  • Modica, C.A. (2019). Facebook, body esteem, and body surveillance in adult women: The moderating role of self-compassion and appearance-contingent self-worth. Body Image, 29, 17-30.                 
  • Modica, C. A. (2018). Problems related to eating, nutrition, and body image. In J. Santos & J. Cutcliffe (Eds.), European psychiatric/mental health nursing in the 21st century: A person-centered evidence-based approach (pp. 425-439). Switzerland: Springer International Publishing Switzerland.