Staff profile

Dr Laura

Dr Laura Hart

Australian Rotary Health Postdoctoral Research Fellow

College of Science, Health and Engineering

School of Psychology and Public Health

Department of Psychology and Counselling


PhD, BA, BSc (hons)


Research fellow

Membership of professional associations

Australia and New Zealand Academy for Eating Disorders, Alliance for the Prevention of Mental Disorders, Society for Mental Health Research (formerly ASPR) and the National Eating Disorders Collaboration (NEDC)

Area of study

Public Health

Brief profile

Dr. Laura Hart is a Research Fellow in the EMBodIED Research Team (Engaging Minds in Body Image and Eating Disorders Research) at La Trobe University’s School of Psychology and Public Health. She has been working in the field of public mental health since 2007. Her work focuses on developing and evaluating training courses for the public, to improve prevention, awareness and help-seeking for mental illness. As the winner of multiple awards for outstanding research presentations, her work has been recognised at national and international scientific conferences. She is currently working on two projects funded by Australian Rotary Health. The Confident Body, Confident Child program, is a new evidence-based parenting program to promote body satisfaction, healthy eating patterns and weight management in children aged 2-6 years. The teen Mental Health First Aid program, based at the University of Melbourne and in partnership with Mental Health First Aid Australia, is a new evidence-based training program for students in Years 10-12 to learn how to assist a peer who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis.

Recent publications

Hart LM, Damiano SR, Paxton SJ. Confident Body, Confident Child: A randomised controlled trial evaluation of a parenting resource for promoting healthy body image and eating patterns in 2- to 6-year old children. International Journal of Eating Disorders. 2016; 49: 458-472. 

Hart LM, Mason RJ, Kelly CM, Cvetkovski S, Jorm AF. ‘teen Mental Health First Aid’: a description of the program and an initial evaluation. International Journal of Mental Health Systems. 2016; 10:1-18.  

Hart LM, Damiano SR, Cornell C, Paxton SJ. What parents know and want to learn about healthy eating and body image in preschool children: A triangulated qualitative study with parents and Early Childhood Professionals. BMC Public Health 2015; 15:596.

Damiano SR, Hart LM, Paxton SJ.  Development and validation of parenting measures for body image and eating patterns in childhood. Journal of Eating Disorders. 2015; 3:1-17.

Mason RJ, Hart LM, Rossetto A, Jorm AF. Quality and predictors of adolescents’ first aid intentions and actions towards a peer with a mental health problem. Psychiatry Research 2015; 228(1):31-38. 

Hart LM, Cornell C, Damiano SR, Paxton SJ. Parents and prevention: A systematic review of interventions involving parents that aim to prevent body dissatisfaction or eating disorders. International Journal of Eating Disorders. 2015: 48(2):157-169. 

Yoshioka K, Reavley NJ, Hart LM, Jorm AF. Recognition of mental disorders and beliefs about treatment: results from a mental health literacy survey of Japanese high school students. International Journal of Culture and Mental Health. 2015; 8(2):207-222.