Staff profile

Professor Eleanor H

Professor Eleanor H Wertheim


Head of Department of Psychology and Counselling

College of Science, Health and Engineering

School of Psychology and Public Health

Department of Psychology and Counselling

George Singer Building, room 402/403, Melbourne (Bundoora)


BA Brandeis University, MA., PhD University of Connecticut



Membership of professional associations

Fellow of the Australian Psychological Society, Registered Psychologist Psychology Board of Australia (Endorsements in Clinical and Community Psychology, and Supervising psychologist), Member:College of Clinical Psychologists and of Community Psychologists

Area of study


Brief profile

Professor Wertheim received a Ph.D. in clinical psychology in the United States at the University of Connecticut, having spent a one-year internship at a psychiatric hospital in California. After a period working as a psychologist at a Community Mental Health Centre near Boston, she moved to La Trobe University.    There she has contributed to undergraduate and post-graduate programs and teaching in the areas of counselling and therapeutic skills, cognitive behavioural interventions and peace psychology.

Eleanor has been the recipient of a range of awards for excellence in teaching, including an Australian Award for University Teaching (Biological Sciences, Health and Related Studies) in 2004; a national Carrick Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning (2006). an Australian Psychological Society Excellence in Teaching Award (2004); the Faculty Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching (2003); an individual La Trobe Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning (2006); and she was a member of a La Trobe Citation awarded to the Professional Psychology Programs team.

Eleanor has conducted and facilitated many professional development programs in negotiation and conflict analysis. These activities have included working with the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (Geneva) since 1995 on programs in Austria, Norway, and Africa which included facilitating and lecturing in programs for UN staff and diplomats on the topics of preventive diplomacy and peace making. She has also taught negotiation to Law and Legal Studies students at La Trobe, and has been on the national and state committees of Psychologists for Peace.

Her current research interest in conflict resolution involves examining the factors that lead to forgiveness and reconciliation after perceived wrongs committed by others.     The role of mindfulness in the relationship to forgiveness has been a recent field of interest.

Eleanor has  been a co-investigator on the Enhancing Relationships in School Communities Project, in which teams of teachers and principals from schools take part in an 18-month program to build their capacity to resolve conflict constructively, promote cultural diversity and help children learn creative and positive ways to handle interpersonal challenges.  The project has been supported by a range of funders including an Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage grant.

Eleanor’s interest in the area of body image and disordered eating in adolescents and women has been supported by ARC and Australian Rotary Health Research grants.. She has been actively evaluating prevention and early intervention programs for adolescent girls and women, including using internet technology. Her research has examined body image changes over the course of pregnancy and the post-partum period, as well as the effects of mothers' eating patterns and body image on their children.  She has also conducted or supervised a variety of studies on topics including longitudinal predictors of disordered eating and examination of sociocultural influences in disordered eating and body concerns.

Research specialisation

- Clinical and health psychology

- Social psychology

Teaching units

Eleanor Wertheim developed, coordinates and teaches in:

  • Counselling and Professional Issues (PSY5COU), that is part of the postgraduate programs in clinical psychology and clinical neuropsychology
  • The Online Ethics and Professional Issues Unit that is part of the psychology Honours program. 
  • Psychology Field Placement (PSY3PFP) which is an undergraduate summer subject taken as an elective between 2nd and 3rd year of the undergraduate Psychology program.

Eleanor also lectures in and designs tutorial for a range of undergraduate and postgraduate psychology subjects covering topics such cognitive behavour therapy, mindfulness,  conflict resolution, forgiveness, and psychological assessment.

Recent publications

A variety of Eleanor Wertheim's publications are available for download through the La Trobe University repository:, Eleanor.



  • Peck, C., & Wertheim, E. H. (Eds.) (2014). Strengthening the practice of peacemaking and preventive diplomacy at the United Nations:  The UNITAR approach.  Geneva:  United Nations Institute of Training and Research.

Refereed journal papers

  • Szekeres, R. A., & Wertheim, E. H. (in press).  Evaluation of Vipassana meditation course effects on subjective stress, well-being, self-kindness and mindfulness in a community sample:  Post-course and six-month outcomes.  Stress and Health, Accepted Jan 2014. 
  • Blatt, L. & Wertheim, E.  (in press). Development of the Factors Related to Forgiveness Inventory (FRFI): Assessing social-cognitive facilitators and inhibitors of interpersonal forgiveness.  European Journal of Psychological Assessment, Advance Online, pp. 1-9,  DOI 10.1027/1015-5759/a000211.
  • Walton, J., Priest, N., Paradies, Y., Wertheim, E. H., & Freeman, E.  (2015). Fostering intercultural understanding through secondary school experiences of cultural immersion. International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, 28 (2), 216-237.  
  • Freeman, E., Wertheim, E. H., & Trinder, M. (2014).  Teacher perspectives on factors facilitating implementation of whole-school approaches for resolving conflict. British Educational Research Journal, 40 (5), 847-868.  
  • Rodgers, R. F., Paxton, S. J., Massey, R., Campbell, K. J., Wertheim, E. H., Skouteris, H., & Gibbons, K. (2014). Maternal negative affect is associated with emotional feeding practices and emotional eating in young children, Appetite, 80, 242-247.
  • McLean, S., A., Paxton, S. J., & Wertheim, E. H. (2013).  Relationships between media literacy and eating disorder risk factors in adolescent girls: Implications for prevention.  Body Image:  An International Journal of Research, 10 (3), 282-289.  
  • Rodgers, R. F., Paxton, S. J., McLean, S. A., Campbell, K. J., Wertheim, E. H., Skouteris, H., & Gibbons, K. (2013).  Maternal feeding practices predict weight gain and obesogenic eating behaviors in young children: a prospective study.   International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 10 (ArtID 24), 10 pages.
  • Rodgers, R.F., Paxton, S.J. McLean S.A., Campbell, K.J., Wertheim, E.H., Skouteris, H. & Gibbons, K. (2013). Do maternal body dissatisfaction and dietary restraint predict weight gain in young pre-school children? A one-year follow-up study. Appetite, 67, 30-36.
  • White, A., Wertheim, E.H., Freeman, E., & Trinder, M. (2013). Evaluation of a core-team centred professional development program for building a whole-school cooperative problem solving approach to conflict. Educational Psychology, 33 (2), 192-214.
  • Donnoli, M., & Wertheim, E. H.  (2012). Do offender and victim typical conflict styles affect forgiveness?  The roles of offender forcing style and perceived lack of offender remorse in response to a transgression and apology. International Journal of Conflict Management, 23, 57-76.  DOI: 10.1108/10444061211199296 [available here]
  • Forsythe, C., Skouteris, H., Wertheim, E. H., Paxton, S. J., & Milgrom, J. (2011). Men's emotional responses to their partner's pregnancy and their views on support and information received. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, 51, 53-56.   doi: 10.1111/j.1479-828X.2010.01244.x
  • Trickey, M. L., Farhall, J., Wertheim, E. H., Hinch, C.,  & Ong, B.  (2011).  An examination of the relationships among emotion management, interpersonal hassles and depressive symptomatology.   Australian Journal of Psychology, 63, 100–106. doi: 10.1111/j.1742-9536.2011.00016.x
  • McLean, S. A., Paxton, S. J., Wertheim, E. H. (2011).  A body image and disordered eating intervention for women in midlife: A randomized controlled trial.  Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 79, 751-758. doi: 10.1037/a0026094
  • Kamysheva, E., Skouteris, H., Wertheim, E. H., Paxton, S. J., & Milgrom, J.  (2010). A prospective investigation of the relationships among sleep quality, physical symptoms, and depressive symptoms during pregnancy.  Journal of Affective Disorders, 123, 317-320.   doi:10.1016/j.jad.2009.09.015  
  • McLean, S., Paxton, S.J., & Wertheim, E. H. (2010). Factors associated with body dissatisfaction and disordered eating in women in midlife.  International Journal of Eating Disorders, 43, 527-536.   DOI: 10.1002/eat.20737
  • Trinder, M., Wertheim, E. H., Freeman, E., Sanson, A., Richardson, S., & Hunt, S.  (2010). Comparison of the effectiveness of two forms of the Enhancing Relationships in School Communities Project for promoting cooperative conflict resolution education in Australian primary schools. Journal of Peace Education, 7, 85-105. [available here]
  • Wertheim, E. H., Freeman, E., Trinder, M. & MacNaughton, G. (2009),   New developments and lessons learned from the Enhancing Relationships in School Communities project, The Australian Community Psychologist, 21, 62-75. [available here]
  • Clark, A., Skouteris, H., Wertheim, E. H., Paxton, S. J., & Milgrom, J. (2009).  My baby body: A qualitative insight into women’s body-related experiences and mood during pregnancy and the postpartum.  Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology, 27, 330–345. Doi:  10.1007/s00737-009-0086-1
  • Clark, A., Skouteris, H., Wertheim, E., Paxton, S., & Milgrom, J. (2009).  The relationship between depression and body dissatisfaction across pregnancy and the postpartum: A prospective study. Journal of Health Psychology, 14, 27-35. [available here] 
  • Duncombe, D., Wertheim, E. H., Skouteris, H., Paxton, S. & Kelly, L. (2009).  Factors related to exercise over the course of pregnancy including women’s beliefs about the safety of exercise during pregnancy.   Midwifery, 25,430-438. [available here]
  • Kamysheva, K., Wertheim, E., Skouteris, H., Paxton, S., & Milgrom, J. (2009). Frequency, severity and effect on life of physical symptoms experienced during pregnancy.  Journal of Midwifery and Women’s Health, 54, 43-49.
  • Moss, K. M., Skouteris, H., Wertheim, E. H., Paxton, S. J., & Milgrom, J. (2009). Depressive and anxiety sympotoms through late pregnancy and the first year post birth: An examination of prospective relationships. Archives of Women’s Mental Health, 12, 345-349.  doi:10.1007/s00737-009-0086-1
  • Skouteris, H., Wertheim, E., Germano, C., Paxton, S., & Milgrom, J. (2009).  Assessing sleep during pregnancy: A study across two time points. Women’s Health Issues, 19, 45-51. 
  • Skouteris, H., Wertheim, E., Rallis, S., Paxton, S., & Milgrom, J. (2009). Depression and anxiety through pregnancy and the early postpartum: An examination of prospective relationships.  Journal of Affective Disorders, 113, 303-308. doi:10.1016/j.jad.2008.06.002  


Scholarly book chapters

  • Wertheim, E. H. & Peck, C. (2014).  In C. Peck & E. H. Wertheim (Eds.) Preparing for negotiation and mediation:  Using conflict analysis.  Strengthening the practice of peacemaking and preventive diplomacy at the United Nations:  The UNITAR approach. (pp. 39-48).  Geneva:  United Nations Institute for Training and Research.
  • Chigas, D., & Wertheim, E. H. (2014).  The interest-based problem solving approach to negotiation.  In C. Peck & E. H. Wertheim (Eds.) Strengthening the practice of peacemaking and preventive diplomacy at the United Nations:  The UNITAR approach.  (pp. 29-38). Geneva:  United Nations Institute for Training and Research.
  •  Chigas, D., & Wertheim, E. H. (2014). Managing difficult behaviours in negotiation.  In C. Peck & E. H. Wertheim (Eds.)  Strengthening the practice of peacemaking and preventive diplomacy at the United Nations:  The UNITAR approach.  (pp. 49 – 56). Geneva:  United Nations Institute for Training and Research.
  •  Pappas, W. C., Caponecchia, C., & Wertheim, E. H. (2013). The human: Basic principles of social interaction.  Core Body of Knowledge for the Generalist OHS Professional.
  • Wertheim, E. H. & Paxton, S. J. (2012).  Body image development:  Adolescent girls.  In T. F. Cash (Ed.).  Encyclopedia of body image and human appearance,        Vol. 1 (pp.187–193). San Diego: Elsevier. 
  • Wertheim, E. H., Trinder, M., & Freeman, L.  (2012).   Enhancing relationships in school communities: Promoting cooperative conflict resolution and respect for cultural diversity in schools.   In D. Bretherton, & N. Balvin (Eds).  Peace psychology in Australia, Chap. 9 (pp. 139-160).  NY: Springer.
  •  Wertheim, E. H. (2012). Conflict management styles.  In Christie, D. J. (Ed). Encyclopedia of peace psychology, Vol 1 (pp. 214-218). Maldon, MA: Wiley-Blackwell.
  •  Wertheim, E. H. (2012). Empathy in the process of forgiveness.  In Christie, D. J. (Ed). Encyclopedia of peace psychology. (pp. 408-413). Maldon, MA: Blackwell.
  • Wertheim, E. H. (2012). Preventive diplomacy.  In Christie, D. J. (Ed).  Encyclopedia of peace psychology. (340-344).  Maldon, MA: Blackwell. 
  •  Pappas, W. C., Caponecchia, C., & Wertheim, E. H. (2012). The human: Principles of social interaction.  In HaSPA (Health and Safety Professionals Alliance).  Core Body of Knowledge for the Generalist Occupational Health Psychology Professional,  Chap. 14. Tullamarine, VIC. Safety Institute of Australia.


Older publications


  • Wertheim, E. H., Love, A., Peck, C., & Littlefield, L. (2006).  Skills for resolving conflict: Creating effective solutions through co-operative problem solving (2nd edition).  Melbourne, Victoria: Eruditions.
  • Wertheim, E.H., Love, A., Littlefield, L., & Peck, C. (1992).  I win: You win.  Melbourne: Penguin Pub.

Refereed journal papers

  • Zammit, S., Skouteris, H., Wertheim, E., Paxton, S., & Milgrom, J. (2008). Pregnant women’s alcohol consumption: The predictive utility of intention to drink and pre-pregnancy drinking behaviour, Journal of Women’s Health, 17, 1513-1522. doi:10.1089/jwh.2007.0595.
  • Duncombe, D., Wertheim, E. H., Skouteris, H., Paxton, S. J.  & Kelly, L. (2008).  How well do women adapt to changes in their body size and shape across the course of pregnancy?  Journal of Health Psychology, 13, 497-509. [available here]
  • Kamysheva, E.,  Skouteris, H., Wertheim, E. H., Paxton, S. J., & Milgrom, J. (2008). Examination of a multi-factorial model of body-related experiences during pregnancy:  The relationships among physical symptoms, sleep quality, depression, self-esteem, and negative body attitudes.  Body Image: An International Journal of Research, 5, 152–163
  • Koutsos, P., Wertheim, E. H., & Kornblum, J. (2008). Paths to interpersonal forgiveness: The roles of personality, disposition to forgive and contextual factors in predicting forgiveness following a specific offence.Personality and Individual Differences, 44, 337-348.
  • Rizkalla, L., Wertheim, E. H., & Hodgson, L. (2008).  An examination of relationships among disposition to forgive, conflict management styles, emotion management and perspective taking tendencies. Journal of Research in Personality, 42, 1594-1601.
  • Skouteris, H., Wertheim, E. H., Rallis, S., Germano, C., Paxton, S. J., Kelly, L. & Milgrom, J. (2008). Use of complementary and alternative medicines by a sample of Australian women during pregnancy, Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, 48. 384–390
  • Skouteris, H., Germano, C., Wertheim, E. H., Paxton, S. J. & Milgrom, J. (2008).  Sleep quality and depression during pregnancy: A prospective study.  Journal of Sleep Research, 17, 217–220.
  • Heinicke, B. E., Paxton, S. J., McLean, S. A., & Wertheim, E. H. (2007).  Internet-delivered targeted group intervention for body dissatisfaction and disordered eating in adolescent girls: A randomized controlled trial. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 35, 379-391.
  • Rallis, S., Skouteris, H., Wertheim, E. H., & Paxton, S. J. (2007).  Predictors of body image during the first year postpartum: A prospective study.  Women and Health, 45, l 87-104.
  • Hodgson, L. K., & Wertheim, E. H. (2007). Does good emotion management aid forgiving? Multiple dimensions of empathy, emotion management and forgiveness of self and others. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 24, 931-949. [available here]
  • Trinder, M., & Wertheim, E. H. (2007).   Training teachers in building empathy and compassion in young people. In M. Kostanski (Ed.).  The Power of Compassion: An Exploration of the Psychology of Compassion in the 21st Century. Chapter 13, (pp. 152-161), Newcastle, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
  • Paxton, S. J., McLean, S., Gollings, E. K., Faulkner, C., & Wertheim, E. H. (2007). Comparison of face-to-face and internet interventions for body image and eating problems in adult women: An RCT. International Journal of Eating Disorders, 40, 692-704 .
  • Duncombe, D., Skouteris, H., Wertheim, E. H., Kelly, L., Fraser, V. & Paxton, S. J.  (2006). Vigorous exercise and birth outcomes in a sample of recreational exercisers: A prospective study across pregnancy.  Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, 46, 288-292. [available here]
  • Neumark-Sztainer, D., Levine, M., Paxton, S., Smolak, L., Piran, N., Wertheim, E. H. (2006).  Prevention of body dissatisfaction and disordered eating: What next? Eating Disorders: A Journal of Treatment and Prevention, 14, 265-285.
  • Wertheim, E. H., Freeman, E., Trinder, M., & Sanson, A. (2006).   Lessons learned from the Enhancing Relationships in School Communities project.   The Australian Community Psychologist, 18, 71-81.
  • Evans, L. & Wertheim, E. H. (2006). Sexual abuse, bulimic symptoms, depression and satisfaction in adult relationships.  Eating and Weight Disorders, 11, 61-17. [available here]    
  • Durkin, S. J., Paxton, S. J., & Wertheim, E. H. (2005). How do adolescent girls evaluate body dissatisfaction prevention messages? Journal of Adolescent Health, 37, 381-390.
  • Evans, L., Kennedy, G. A., & Wertheim, E. H. (2005).   An examination of the association between eating problems, negative mood, weight and sleeping quality in young women and men. Eating and Weight Disorders,10, 245-250. [available here]
  • Evans, L. & Wertheim, E. H.  (2005). Attachment styles in adult intimate relationships: Comparing women with bulimia nervosa symptoms, women with depression and women with no clinical symptoms. European Eating Disorders Review, 13, 285-293.
  • Nejad, L, Wertheim, E. H., & Greenwood, K. (2005). A comparison of the Health Belief Model and the Theory of Planned Behaviour in dieting and fasting behaviour.  E-Journal of Applied Psychology, 1, 63-74.  
  • Skouteris, H., Carr, R., Wertheim, E., Paxton, S.J, & Duncombe, D.  (2005). A prospective study of factors that lead to body image dissatisfaction during pregnancy.  Body Image: An International Journal of Research, 2,347-361. 
  • Weiss, K. & Wertheim, E. H. (2005). An evaluation of a prevention program for disordered eating in adolescent girls: Examining responses of high- and low-risk girls. Eating Disorders: The Journal of Treatment and Prevention, 13 (2), 143–156.
  • Ristovski, A. & Wertheim, E. H. (2005). The effects of source of compensation and trait empathy on forgiveness and satisfaction with outcome in the criminal context. Australian Psychologist, 40, 63-69.
  • Paxton, S. J., Norris, M., Wertheim, E. H., Durkin, S. J., & Anderson, J. (2005).  Body dissatisfaction, dating, and importance of thinness to attractiveness in adolescent girls.  Sex Roles: A Journal of Research, 53, 663-675.
  • Keery, H., Shroff, H., Thompson, J.K., Wertheim, E.H., Smolak, L. (2004). The Sociocultural Internalization of Appearance Questionnaire – Adolescents (SIAQ-A): Psychometric analysis and normative data for three countries. Eating and Weight Disorders, 9, 56-61. [available here]
  • Nejad, L., Wertheim, E. H., & Greenwood, K. (2004).  Predicting dieting behavior by using, modifying and extending the theory of planned behavior. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 34, 2099-2131.
  • Tilgner, L., Wertheim, E. H., & Paxton, S. J. (2004).  The effect of social desirability on adolescent girls’ responses to an eating disorders prevention program.  International Journal of Eating Disorders, 35, 211-216.
  • Wertheim, E. H., Paxton, S. J., & Tilgner, L. (2004).  Test-retest reliability and construct validity of Contour Drawing Rating Scale scores in a sample of early adolescent girls. Body Image: An International Journal of Research, 1, 199-205.  
  • Withers, G. & Wertheim, E. H. (2004). Applying the Elaboration Likelihood Model of Persuasion to a videotape-based eating disorders prevention program for adolescent girls.  Eating Disorders: The Journal of Treatment and Prevention, 12, 103-124.
  • Boscaglia, N., Skouteris, H., & Wertheim, E. H. (2003). Changes in body image satisfaction during pregnancy: A comparison of high exercising and low exercising women. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, 43, 41-45.
  • Evans, L. & Wertheim, E.H. (2002). An examination of willingness to self-disclose in women with bulimic symptoms considering context of disclosure and negative affect levels. International Journal of Eating Disorders, 31, 344-348.
  • Paxton, S.J., Wertheim, E.H., Pilawski, A., Durkin, S.J. & Holt, T. (2002).  Evaluations of dieting prevention messages by adolescent girls.  Preventive Medicine, 35, 474-491.
  • Schutz, H. K., Paxton, S. J., & Wertheim, E. H.  (2002).  Investigation of body comparison among adolescent girls.Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 32, 1906-1937
  • van den Berg, P., Wertheim, E. H., Thompson, J. K., & Paxton, S. J. (2002). Development of body image, eating disturbance, and general psychological functioning in adolescent females:  A replication using covariance structure modeling in an Australian sample. International Journal of Eating Disorders, 32, 46-51.
  • Wertheim, E. H., Martin, G., Prior, M. & Sanson, A. (2002).  Parent influences in the transmission of eating and weight related values and behaviours. Eating Disorders: The Journal of Treatment and Prevention, 10, 321-324.
  • Withers, G., Twigg, K., Wertheim, E.H., & Paxton, S.J. (2002). A controlled evaluation of an eating disorders primary prevention videotape using the Elaboration Likelihood Model of Persuasion. Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 53, 1021 – 1027.
  • Banasiak, S. J., Wertheim, E. H., Koerner, J., & Voudouris, N. J.  (2001). Test-retest reliability and internal consistency of a variety of measures of dietary restraint and body concerns in a sample of adolescent girls. International Journal of Eating Disorders, 29, 85-89.
  • Dunkley, T. L., Wertheim, E.H., & Paxton, S. J.  (2001). Examination of a model of multiple sociocultural influences on adolescent girls’ body dissatisfaction and dietary restraint. Adolescence, 36, 265-279.
  • Wertheim, E.,  Koerner, J., and Paxton, S. J. (2001).  Longitudinal predictors of restrictive eating and bulimic tendencies in adolescent girls: Age differences between early and middle adolescence in predictions of change.Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 30, 69-81.
  • Heinze, V., Wertheim, E. H., Kashima, Y. (2000). An evaluation of the importance of message source and age of recipient in a primary prevention program for eating disorders. Eating Disorders: The Journal of Prevention and Treatment, 8, 131-145.
  • Lunner, K., Wertheim, E. H., Thompson, J.K., Paxton, S. J., McDonald, F., & Halvarsson, R.  (2000). A cross-cultural investigation of the role of teasing, and weight and dieting concerns in adolescent girls from Sweden and Australia. International Journal of Eating Disorders, 48, 430-435.
  • Martin, G., Wertheim, E. H., Prior, M., Smart, D., Sanson, A., & Oberklaid, F. (2000). A longitudinal study of the role of childhood temperament in the later development of eating concerns. International Journal of Eating Disorders, 27, 150-162.
  • Muir, S. L., Wertheim, E. H., & Paxton, S. J. (1999).  Adolescent girls' first diets: Triggers and the role of multiple dimensions of self-concept.  Eating Disorders: The Journal of Treatment and Prevention, 7, 259-170
  • Wertheim, E. H., Mee, V. & Paxton, S. J. (1999).  Relationships among adolescent girls' eating behaviours and their parents' weight related attitudes and behaviors. Sex Roles, 41, 169-187.
  • Lindner,  H., Kirkby, R., Wertheim, E.H.,  and Birch, P.  (1999). A brief assessment of irrational thinking: The shortened General Attitude and Belief Scale.  Cognitive Therapy and Research, 23, 651-663.
  • Paxton, S.J., Schutz, H., Wertheim, E.H. (1999). Friendship cliques as peer influences on body image attitudes, dietary restraint, extreme weight loss behaviours and binge eating in adolescent girls. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 108, 255-266.
  • Benedikt, R., Wertheim, E. H., and Love, A. (1998).  Eating attitudes and weight-loss attempts in female adolescents and their mothers.  Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 27, 43-57.
  • Evans, L. and Wertheim, E. (1998.) Intimacy patterns and relationship satisfaction of women with eating problems and the mediating effects of depression, trait anxiety and social anxiety. Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 44, 355-365
  • Wertheim, E.H., Paxton, S.J., Schutz, H., and Muir, S. L.  (1997).  Why do adolescent girls watch their weight?  An interview study examining sociocultural pressures to be thin.  Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 42, 345-55.
  • Gibbons, K., Wertheim, E.H., Paxton, S., Szmukler, G.I. & Petrovich, J. (1995). Nutrient intake of adolescents and its relationship to drive for thinness, weight loss behaviours, and bulimic tendencies.  Australian Journal of Nutrition and Dietetics, 52, 69-74.
  • Mildred, H., Paxton, S.J., and Wertheim, E.H. (1995). Risk factors for eating disorders in Greek- and Anglo-Australian adolescent girls.  International Journal of Eating Disorders, 17, 91-96.
  • Poulakis, Z. & Wertheim, E.H. (1995). The relationships among bulimic tendencies, depression and dysfunctional cognitions.  Cognitive Therapy and Research, 17, 549-559. 
  • Littlefield, L., Love, A., Peck, C. & Wertheim, E.H. (1993). A model for resolving conflict:  Some theoretical, empirical and practical implications.  Australian Psychologist, 28, 80-85. 
  • Maude, D., Wertheim, E.H., Paxton, S., Gibbons, K. & Szmukler, G.I. (1993). Body dissatisfaction, weight loss behaviours, and bulimic tendencies in Australian adolescents with an estimate of data representativeness. Australian Psychologist, 28(2), 118-127.
  • Wertheim, E. H. and Poulakis, Z. (1993).  The relationships among the General Attitude and Belief Scale, other dysfunctional cognition measures, and depressive or bulimic tendencies.  Journal of Rational-Emotive and Cognitive-Behavior Therapy, 10, 219-232.
  • Baell, W. and Wertheim, E. H. (1992). Predictors of outcome in the management of bulimia nervosa.  British Journal of Clinical Psychology, 31, 330-332.
  • Wertheim, E.H., Paxton, S.J., Maude, D., Gibbons, K., Szmukler, G.I., and Hillier, L.  (1992).  Psychosocial predictors of weight loss behaviors and binge eating in adolescent girls and boys. International Journal of Eating Disorders, 11, 151-160.
  • Paxton, S. J., Wertheim, E. H., Gibbons, K., Szmukler, G. I., Hillier, L., & Petrovich, J. L. (1991). Body image satisfaction, dieting beliefs and weight loss behaviours in adolescent girls and boys.  Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 20, 361-379.
  • Wertheim, E.H. (1991). Examination of the concurrent and construct validity of the Bulimia Test using normal and bulimic samples.  International Journal of Eating Disorders, 10, 361-368.
  • Littlefield, L., Wertheim, E.H., and Love, A. (1989).  Teaching skills to resolve conflict.  Network, 5, 38‑44.
  • Weber, J. & Wertheim, E. (1989).  The relationship of self‑monitoring, special attention, body fat percent, and self‑motivation to attendance at a community gymnasium.  Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 11, 105‑114.
  • Wertheim, E. H. (1989).  Analysis of the internal consistency and component parts of the Bulimia Test using both university and eating problem samples.  International Journal of Eating Disorders, 8, 325‑334.
  • Wertheim, E.H., and Weiss, K. (1989). A description of 144 bulimic women who contacted a research program for help.  Australian Psychologist, 24, 187‑201. 
  • Wertheim, E., Habib, C., & Cumming, G.  (1986).  A test of the neurolinguistic programming hypothesis that eye‑movements relate to imagery processing.  Perceptual and Motor Skills, 62, 523‑529. 

Research projects

Recent grant-related projects include:   

  • Australian Research Council Discovery Grant, 2014-2016. (Susan Paxton, Eleanor Wertheim). Prospective predictors of body image attitudes and dieting beliefs during the first years of school:  Providing guidance for prevention. 
  • Australian Research Council Discovery Grant, 2011-2013.  (Susan Paxton,  Eleanor Wertheim).  The development of body image attitudes in 3, 4 and 5 year old girls and boys: A prospective study of psychosocial predictor variables.   
  • Beyondblue, 2009-2011.   (Susan Paxton, Eleanor Wertheim).  Body image, eating disorders and depressive symptom outcomes following a school-based body image prevention intervention: A one year follow-up study.
  • Heart Foundation Grant-In-Aid, 2008-2009.  (Susan Paxton, Karen Campbell, Eleanor Wertheim, Kay Gibbons, Helen Skouteris). A test of a model predicting eating behaviours in young children: A prospective study.
  • Australian Research Council Linkage Grant, 2007-2009.  (Glenda MacNaughton, Eleanor Wertheim, Elizabeth Freeman).  Linkage partners include Scanlon Foundation,  Catholic Education Office Victoria, Australian Psychological Society, Haig St. Primary School, St. Anthony’s Primary School, Alphington.  Creating culturally respectful primary schools: Enhancing Relationships through Strategic Professional Learning
  •  La Trobe University Online Teaching Fund, 2007-2008 (Eleanor Wertheim, Anthony Love, Ben Ong, Bradley Wright)  Grant to develop an online unit entitled “Ethics and professional Issues in Professional Psychology”
  • Morawetz Social Justice Fund (Melbourne Community Foundation), 2006-2007 (Eleanor Wertheim, Elizabeth Freeman, Margot Trinder, & A/Prof Ann Sanson) Enhancing relationships in school communities ( a program to support primary school teachers in providing conflict resolution training and promoting cultural diversity).
  • Australian Rotary Health Grant 2006 (Susan Paxton & Eleanor Wertheim).   Development and evaluation of a group cognitive behavioural body image and eating behaviour intervention for women in midlife.
  • Scanlon Foundation (formerly Brencorp Foundation)  2005-2007 (Elizabeth Freeman, Eleanor Wertheim, Margot Trinder, & A/Prof Ann Sanson) Enhancing relationships in school communities ( a program to support primary school teachers in providing conflict resolution training and promoting cultural diversity).
  •  Australian Government Department of Health and Aging (Alcohol and Harm Reduction Initiatives Section), 2005-2006 (Dr. Helen Skouteris, Wertheim,  Prof Susan Paxton). A prospective study of the factors that predict abstinence and low to moderate alcohol consumption during pregnancy
  • ARC Discovery Grant  2005-2007 (Eleanor Wertheim,  Prof Susan Paxton, Dr Helen Skouteris & Prof. Jeanette Milgrom)  Body image concerns during pregnancy and the post-partum: What are the predictors and consequences? 
  • Australian Rotary Health Grant 2005 (Paxton & Wertheim).   An examination of the efficacy of an internet delivered group therapy program for body image and eating problems: A randomised controlled trial.