The Body Image, Eating and Weight Clinical Research Team (BEWT) also sits within the Clinical Health Psychology research team. This group, led by Associate Professor Leah Brennan, conducts clinical research examining psychological aspects of feeding, eating, weight and body image.

This includes research examining:

  1. psychological correlates of feeding, eating, weight and body image difficulties
  2. psychological outcomes of feeding, eating, weight and body image prevention and treatment programs,
  3. efficacy/effectiveness of psychological prevention and treatment programs for feeding, eating, weight and body image.

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The BEWT team works closely with the ACU Clinic for Healthy Eating and Weight (CHEW), a community-based clinic offering high quality, low cost psychological assessment and treatment of feeding, eating, weight and body image concerns. The clinic provides a range of evidence-based programs for treatment of eating disorders, disordered eating, emotional eating, obesity, weight and shape concerns, body image concerns and child feeding problems.

Our members


Associate Professor Leah Brennan
Leah is a clinical and health psychologist. She specialises in clinical research examining the role of psychology in understanding, preventing and treatment of eating and weight disorders.

Dr Xochitl de la Piedad Garcia
Xochitl is a psychology researcher with an interest in judgment, decision making and choice. She has a particular interest in the effects of delay and probability on choice behaviour; models self-control and hyperbolic discounting.

Ms Sarah Mitchell
Sarah is a clinical psychologist. Her research interests include examining psychosocial factors involved in the development and maintenance of eating disorders and disordered eating and psychosocial predictors of treatment outcomes for eating and weight disorders.

PhD Students

Annemarie Hindle
Annemarie is a PhD student and psychology tutor. Her research interests include examining the psychological and social factors that affect eating, health, and weight related behaviours in adults and children. Her thesis examines early post-surgical predictors of bariatric surgery outcomes.

Jake Linardon
Jake is a PhD student and psychology tutor. His interests lie in understanding the cognitive, behavioural, and emotional processes that maintain the core symptoms of eating disorders. His thesis examines the mechanisms of change in cognitive behavioural interventions for disordered eating.

Stephanie Papadopoulos
Stephanie is a PhD student, provisional psychologist in the Masters of Psychology (Clinical) program, and psychology tutor. Her research interests include exploring the relationship between obesity and stigma on biopsychosocial health and wellbeing. Her thesis involves the development and psychometric assessment of a qualitative measure of weight-stigma in adults with overweight/obesity.

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