Debbie A. Christel

Assistant Professor


Research Interests

  • Functional design, research and development
  • Market research and design methodologies of plus-size apparel
  • Technology based design using 3D body scanning
  • Product development of medical apparel for post-bariatric and obese patients
  • Weight bias
  • Student perception of obesity

 Teaching Interests

  • Apparel Production and Development
  • Technical Design
  • Market Research and Design techniques for Plus-size apparel
  • Functional and Athletic Apparel Design
  • Fat Studies
  • Problem-Based Learning

Recent Publications

  • Christel A., N. O’Donnell & L. Bradley. in press. Coping by crossdressing: An exploration of exercise clothing for obese heterosexual women. Fashion and Textiles.
  • Christel, D. (2015). The efficacy of problem-based learning of plus-size design in the fashion curriculum. International Journal of Fashion Design, Technology and Education. 8, No.3. DOI:10.1080/17543266.2015.1094518
  • Christel, D.(Sept. 2014). It’s your fault you’re fat: Judgements of responsibility and social conduct in the fashion industry. Clothing Cultures.  1, No. 3.
  • Christel, D. & Mullet, K. (July/August 2012). Perceived Comfort of Three Styles of Men’s Running Pants. American Association of Textiles Chemists and Colorists Review.  11, No. 2.

Recent Funding

  • Christel, D. A. & Bradley, L. B. (2015-2017). Prevention of Skin Infections in Post Bariatric Patients, Research Initiative for Health Sciences, CAHNRS. Washington State University, $45,200.

Educational Background

PhD. – Design, Sports Psychology & Women’s Studies – Oregon State University
MS – Design and Human Environment – Oregon State University
BA – Apparel Merchandising, Design & Textiles – Washington State University


Department of AMDT
Washington State University
Pullman, WA 99164-6406
Johnson Hall Annex C-15