Team members

The Confident Body, Confident Child (CBCC) research team

Dr Laura Hart

Dr Hart is a Research Fellow leading the Confident Body, Confident Child Study. She has a background in psychology and completed her PhD in the area of Mental Health First Aid for eating disorders. In 2015 Dr Hart was awarded a Colin Dodds Post-doctoral Fellowship in Mental Health Research by Australian Rotary Health to further evaluate the CBCC Program.

Dr Hart’s work in mental health research has focused on developing training programs in how to assist individuals with eating disorders, Indigenous Australians and teenagers with mental illness. Laura has been a member of the National Eating Disorders Collaboration Prevention and Early Intervention Advisory Group since 2009, has published numerous papers and won multiple awards for her scientific presentations. Her research areas of interest include parenting to prevent mental illness, eating disorders and Mental Health First Aid.

Professor Susan Paxton

Professor Paxton is the founder of the Confident Body, Confident Child Study. Professor Paxton's research has concentrated on understanding risk factors for the development of body image and eating disorders, and the evaluation of prevention and treatment interventions for these problems. In 2012 Professor Paxton was granted funding from the Cages foundation to investigate the needs of parents and to develop an evidence-based resource for providing guidance on how to help children develop healthy body image and eating patterns.

Professor Paxton is past President of the Australian and New Zealand Academy for Eating Disorders, and past President of the Academy of Eating Disorders. She is also a Director of the Butterfly Foundation and co-chair of the Prevention and Early Intervention Steering Committee of the National Eating Disorders Collaboration. Professor Paxton has been a member of the National Ministerial Body Image Advisory Group, a member of the Victorian State Ministerial Advisory Committee on Body Image and Ministerial Advisory Committee for Eating Disorders.

Dr Stephanie Damiano

Dr Damiano is a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow who collaborates on the Confident Body, Confident Child Study, as well as the Child Body Image Development Study. Stephanie has a strong research interest in the factors associated with the development and maintenance of eating disorders and body dissatisfaction. Stephanie recently completed her PhD at RMIT University. In her PhD, Stephanie explored the psychological characteristics of anorexia nervosa in adolescent girls, and her results highlight the importance of targeted and individualised treatment approaches. In 2016 she was granted a Post-Doctoral Fellowship by La Trobe University to develop the Achieving Body Confidence for Young Children (ABC4YC) study.

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