A principal area of focus for researchers in the Mental Health Team in the School of Medicine is the epidemiology, treatment and prevention of eating disorders and associated body image problems. The team also partners with the Translational Health Research Institute (THRI),(opens in new window)Opens in a new window a national health centre focusing on the integration and translation of research into best practice and policy.
The School of Medicine are now offering a research scholarship to a highly motivated PhD candidate to work with eating disorder researchers within the Mental Health Team and THRI on a project to develop a novel multidimensional measure of body image. The project is partly supported by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC).
This project will involve development of a standardised measure to assess multi-dimensional facets of body image. The successful candidate will have input into the scope and aims of the PhD, working with the supervisory panel. Specific steps in this process may include a literature review, development of the psychometric methodological protocol; item development, testing and validation using population- and community-based samples; and testing of clinical validity and development of cut-off scores in clinical treatment-seeking samples. This project has the potential to greatly advance the field of eating disorders by providing a tool for researchers to better understand the development, burden, and clinical significance of body image disturbance.
The successful candidate will be supervised by leading Australian eating disorder and body image researchers (Dr Deb Mitchison, Prof Phillipa Hay, Medicine, Western Sydney University; Dr Scott Griffiths, Psychology, University of Melbourne) and work alongside other HDR candidates and research assistants.