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Thursday, 22 November 2018

The Victorian Centre of Excellence in Eating Disorders (CEED) is doing a project looking at carer inclusion in adult (18+) eating disorder treatment - what are the challenges, what carers would find helpful in their caring role and how carers experience different types of services. The aim of the project is to develop a framework for carer inclusion in adult treatment services which will enhance both consumer and carer experience, as well as facilitate stronger recovery outcomes. we are looking for carers of adults in ED treatment to complete a survey asking about their experiences.

Complete the survey here:


Monday, 08 October 2018

Researchers at La Trobe University would like to understand how the regulation of emotions contributes to the development of Eating Disorder symptoms in women, across the range of symptom severity (La Trobe University Research Office HREC Approval number HEC17-116). This research aims to improve our understanding of why women engage in Eating Disorder behaviours, and may allow for treatment approaches to more effectively target symptoms. Participation involves completing a series of questionnaires about parent’s reactions to emotion expression, emotion vulnerability, perfectionism, relationships in adulthood, difficulties regulating emotions, and Eating Disorder symptoms. Participants will also be asked to provide demographic information.

There is the potential for individuals to experience an emotional reaction to the questions asked in this survey. The contact details of several services will be provided should participants experience an emotional reaction to the content of the study (e.g., the phone number of Lifeline). You do not need to have a direct experience of an Eating Disorder to participate. However, we are interested in the experiences of women only. Please be aware that this study does not include treatment for Eating Disorder symptoms.

If you would like to participate please follow the link:

Monday, 08 October 2018

Body image is at the media forefront of every social conscience, for better or worse; the games people play: judging, conforming, participating are numerous with perhaps the biggest curve ball being fat talk, in a game that is always hit and miss – with its helpless victims; its usual anonymous bullies; its direct and indirect so called compatible marketing; with its focus driven by what are the alleged dictates of social acceptability.

Fat talk refers to verbal comments an individual makes that disparage their own physical appearance. Research proposes that self-degrading talk is causing a myriad of negative physical and psychological effects, influencing the development of mental health disorders such as depression, anxiety, and disordered eating.

The social phenomenon is causing 66% of adolescent girls to feel the need to lose weight due to not meeting societal standards and 50% of adult women feeling dissatisfied with their appearance.

In order to eradicate fat talks destructive cycle, we need to identify the ideal response. Therefore, this study will explore different methods of fat talk, primarily focusing on the effects of receiving different responses to fat talk on an individual’s likelihood of engaging in fat talk again and the socio emotional consequences.

Weblink to particpate:


Monday, 08 October 2018

We are looking for individuals who have body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) to participate in a new research project. This research project involves a comprehensive investigation of the features of BDD and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), in an effort to generate new and useful information about these disorders. The project is being conducted by researchers at Australian Catholic University (Fitzroy) and Swinburne University of Technology (Hawthorn) in Melbourne, Australia.

What is involved?
1) Attend two assessment sessions at either Australian Catholic University or Swinburne University. These sessions will include interviews to assess your current psychological symptoms, as well as pencil-and-paper tests and computer tests. These tests are designed to measure how your mind processes different types of information, such as visual information. Each session will take approximately 2 — 2.5 hours.
2) Attend a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan at Swinburne University. You will be asked to lie inside the scanner while we take images of your brain. While lying down, you will be able to see a computer screen, and we will ask you to complete some tasks on the computer using a remote control during the scan. The scan appointment will take approximately 1.5 - 2 hours.
3) Complete an online survey at home. This survey will ask about your personal history and psychological experiences. It takes approximately 30 minutes — 1 hour to complete.

What are the benefits?
You will receive a total of $160 cash reimbursement for your time, split over each appointment. In addition, your participation will help contribute to new scientific knowledge about BDD.

Who can participate?
We are looking for people who have a current primary diagnosis of BDD, but do not also have OCD. In addition, we require participants to meet the following criteria:
- English first language
- 18 to 65 years old
- Right handed
- No electrical, metal or magnetic implants in the body
- No neurological disorders or history of brain injury
- Have a practising Australian General Practitioner

How can I get in touch?
If you want to participate or just have questions about the study, please contact one of our researchers.
Amy Malcolm
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Toni Pikoos
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URL link for participants:


Monday, 08 October 2018

This study aims to validate a new questionnaire for people with eating disorders. It will also investigate links between adverse childhood experiences, personality and distress. We are seeking people aged 16+ with a wide range of experiences, from those who have a healthy relationship with food to those with disordered eating.

As a thank you for participating we would like to enter you in a prize draw for the opportunity to win a £100 Amazon voucher.

If you are interested in taking part, please click this link:


Tuesday, 11 September 2018


Are you concerned about your weight?
Is your shape and appearance important to you?

Online research exploring Eating Disorders and Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders (OCRD) needs participants! We are searching for participants over the age of 18 to complete a short online research study. Eating Disorders and OCRDs are serious mental illnesses that have a large impact on people’s life. Despite the increases in research on Eating Disorders and OCD, there is limited knowledge of the factors that contribute to the development and maintenance of these disorders. The research aims to explore the various neuropsychological and psychological factors (such as attention and set shifting) that may be associated with OCD, Eating Disorders and disordered eating behaviours. Participation involves the completion of an online questionnaire and tasks that will take no longer than an hour. If you would like to learn more about this study or participate, please click the following link: or scan the QR code.

For more information, please contact:
Stephanie Miles
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