Health Sciences

Research Projects

The Clinic for Healthy Eating and Weight works closely with the Body Image, Eating and Weight Clinical Research Team on clinical research examining psychological aspects of eating, weight and body image. This includes research examining psychological aspects of eating, weight and body image and the prevention and treatment of problems in these areas. The following research projects are currently underway in the Clinic for Healthy Eating and Weight.

Please contact the Body Image, Eating and Weight Clinical Research Team, visit the BEWT webpages, or contact e: BEWTresearch.FHS@acu.edu.au; p: 03 9953 3100 if you would like more information about participating in these studies.

  • Collaborative Case Conceptualisation in the Assessment of Anorexia Nervosa
  • Guide Yourself to Health Eating
  • Overcoming  Low Self Esteem, Worry and Shyness Using Self-Help Strategies
  • Building a better body image
  • Making mealtimes enjoyable
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    This study examines the effectiveness of collaborative case conceptualisation (CCC), a novel assessment approach, compared to standard assessment as usual (AAU), for adults with Anorexia Nervosa. Participants will be randomly allocated to one of these two assessment approaches. Participation will involve attending up to 5 assessment sessions which will last approximately 1 hour each, and completing a questionnaire package before, immediately after, and 12 months after the assessments. Assessment will be conducted at Australian Catholic University and ongoing medical monitoring will be conducted by BETRS and community treatment teams. Results of this study will inform the development of assessment processes to maximise treatment engagement and retention for adults with Anorexia Nervosa.

    Please contact the Body Image, Eating and Weight Clinical Research Team, visit the BEWT webpages, or contact e: BEWTresearch.FHS@acu.edu.au; p: 03 9953 3100 if you would like more information about participating in this study.

     
     

    This study will evaluate a cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) -based guided self-help program for individuals with concerns about their eating behaviour. Guided self-help is a manualised treatment where participants work through the treatment manual with the help of a guide or facilitator. Participants in the study will be asked to attend a 90-minute assessment session prior to commencing the program. They will also be asked to complete a self-report questionnaire measuring factors related to eating habits and behaviours at the beginning and at the end of the program, as well as 6- and 18- months after completing the program. Participants will be provided with a self-help manual and asked to attend eight 25-50 minute sessions with their treatment guide conducted over 10 weeks. The sessions will be conducted either face-to-face or over Skype.

    Please contact the Body Image, Eating and Weight Clinical Research Team, visit the BEWT webpages, or contact e: BEWTresearch.FHS@acu.edu.au; p: 03 9953 3100 if you would like more information about participating in this study.

     
     

    This program uses self-help books that are based on cognitive behavioural (CBT) principles to help individuals tackle emotional and psychological difficulties. This research program offers help for three common issues; 1) Low Self-Esteem, 2) Excessive Worrying /Anxiety, and 3) Pervasive Shyness/ Social Anxiety. Interested respondents will be invited to attend an initial session to determine eligibility. All individuals will be provided with a copy of the self-help book. Individuals will be randomly allocated to either a therapist-guided group or a non-guided group. Therapists will meet with participants in the guided-group for 8 individual weekly intervention sessions (25-50 minutes) to assist them to work through the self-help program. Individuals in the non-guided group will be given a reading guide and email support to assist them to work through the self-help program. Participants will also be asked to complete questionnaires at the beginning and at the end of the program, as well as 6- and 18- months after completing the program.

    Please contact the Body Image, Eating and Weight Clinical Research Team, visit the BEWT webpages, or contact e: BEWTresearch.FHS@acu.edu.au; p: 03 9953 3100 if you would like more information about participating in this study.

     
     

    Building a better body image is a free, evidence-based program to help you with strategies to improve your body image. There are two different versions of the program: (1) self-guided which participants complete on their own at home or (2) clinician-led which participants complete as part of a group, led by a psychologist. The clinician-led program involves attending 8, 90-minute group sessions conducted weekly (after hours appointments are available) at ACU’s campus in Fitzroy. The self-guided program involves completing the 8 steps of program on your own, in your own time, with telephone and email support from ACU psychologists.

    Please contact the Body Image, Eating and Weight Clinical Research Team, visit the BEWT webpages, or contact e: BEWTresearch.FHS@acu.edu.au; p: 03 9953 3100 if you would like more information about participating in this study.

     
     

    Making mealtimes enjoyable is a free, evidence-based program to help you with strategies to improve child feeding problems including food refusal, fussy or picky eating. There are two different versions of the program: (1) self-guided which participants complete on their own at home or (2) clinician-led which participants complete as part of a group, led by a child psychologist. The clinician-led program involves attending 4, 2-hour group sessions conducted weekly (after hours appointments are available) at ACU’s campus in Fitzroy. The self-guided program involves completing the program on your own, in your own time, with telephone and email support from ACU psychologists.

    Please contact the Body Image, Eating and Weight Clinical Research Team, visit the BEWT webpages, or contact e: BEWTresearch.FHS@acu.edu.au; p: 03 9953 3100 if you would like more information about participating in this study.