Team members

Professor Susan Paxton

Professor Paxton is a qualified Clinical and Health Psychologist, Past President and Fellow of the Academy for Eating Disorders, Past President of the Australia and New Zealand Academy for Eating Disorders, and an internationally recognised researcher in the field of body image and eating disorder prevention. Professor Paxton leads the EMBodIED Research Team and is involved in all current studies and supervision of most students.

Dr Laura Hart

Dr Laura Hart is an Australian Rotary Health Postdoctoral Research Fellow. She completed her PhD at the University of Melbourne, co-supervised by Prof Tony Jorm and Prof Paxton. She has been working in the field of public mental health research since 2007. She is a member of the Academy for Eating Disorders, Australia and New Zealand Academy for Eating Disorders, National Eating Disorders Collaboration, Alliance for the Prevention of Mental Disorders and Society for Mental Health Research. Dr. Hart is leading the Confident Body, Confident Child study.

Dr Stephanie Damiano

Dr Damiano is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow. She completed her PhD at RMIT University in collaboration with the Centre for Adolescent Health at the Royal Children’s Hospital, with aim to better understand anorexia nervosa in adolescent females. She is a member of the Academy for Eating Disorders, Australia and New Zealand Academy for Eating Disorders, and Psychology of Eating, Weight and Body Image Interest Group of the Australian Psychological Society. Dr Damiano is leading the Achieving Body Confidence for Young Children study and is collaborating on the Confident Body, Confident Child and Children’s Body Image Development studies.

Dr Siân McLean

Dr McLean is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow. She completed her PhD at La Trobe University which focused on understanding the role of media literacy in the prevention of body dissatisfaction in adolescent girls. She is a member of the Academy for Eating Disorders and the Australia and New Zealand Academy for Eating Disorders. Dr McLean is leading the social media research studies and is collaborating on the Achieving Body Confidence for Young Children study.

Ms Karen Gregg

Ms Karen Gregg is the Project Manager for the Child Body Image Development Study (CBIS). She joined the CBIS team in 2012 and has assisted the EMBodIED team in the evaluation of school-based body image interventions for adolescents, Happy Being Me and the impact of social media on body image.

Karen began her professional career as a generalist Primary teacher followed by various positions in Educational sales and training. She returned to tertiary study completing a Post Graduate Diploma in Psychological Studies at Victoria University. In 2007 she completed a Bachelor of Arts (Honours in Psychology) at The University of Melbourne. Prior to joining CBIS she conducted three consecutive ARC grant allocated studies on children's routes to understanding of addition and subtraction at Melbourne University and was a research assistant with The Conquer Headaches Program at Monash University.