Body Image & Related Disorders (BIRD) Conference 2021

Body Image & Related Disorders (BIRD) Conference 2021

Swinburne Anorexia Nervosa (SWAN) Research Group

About this event

Swinburne University of Technology is hosting the 3rd biennial - and first virtual - Body Image & Related Disorders (BIRD) one-day conference, bringing together leading local and international experts in the fields of body image and eating disorders. Themed presentations will address a range of topics including lived experience driven research, and the phenomenology, biology and treatment of body image disturbance, body dysmorphic disorder, and eating disorders.

The Keynote speaker will be Joanna Steinglass from Columbia University Medical Center & New York State Psychiatric Institute, New York, USA, who will present on translational research from mechanism to treatment in anorexia nervosa.

Following the keynote will be short presentations across four major sessions, including: Anorexia Nervosa, Body Image & Eating Disorders broadly, Lived Experience in Body Image & Eating Disorders Research, and Body Dysmorphic Disorder. Posters will also be made available online for attendee viewing.

Preliminary Conference Schedule

12.00pm AEDT

WELCOME: Dr Andrea Phillipou

KEYNOTE: Prof Joanna Steinglass: "Translational research from mechanism to treatment in anorexia nervosa".

SESSION 1: Anorexia Nervosa

  • Dr Christina Ralph-Nearman: "Somatomap: A novel multi-platform tool for identifying and visually mapping body image disturbance as objective markers of illness severity in anorexia nervosa and other psychiatric disorders"

  • Stephanie Miles: "Understanding poor cognitive flexibility in anorexia nervosa"

  • Zoe Jenkins: "Investigating the psychophysiology of anorexia nervosa"

SESSION 2: Body Image & Eating Disorders

  • A/Prof Matthew Fuller-Tyszkiewicz: "Leveraging digital technology to reduce eating disorders"

  • Dr Deb Mitchison: "Eating disorders and disordered eating among Indigenous Australians"

  • Inge Gnatt: "Group-based compassion-focused therapy for comorbid eating and trauma-related difficulties: implementation, acceptability and future directions"


SESSION 3: Lived Experience in Body Image & Related Disorders Research

  • Selma Music: "Lived experience, eating disorders, and research: benefits and considerations"

  • Dr Jo Doley: "Body image in sexual minority women: Findings from three studies"

  • Dr Elysa Roberts: "Stages & language of recovery, in their/our own words: A thematic analysis"

SESSION 4: Body Dysmorphic Disorder

  • Dr Ben Buchanan: "Treatment outcome for body dysmorphic disorder in private practice"

  • Grace Fountas: "Hallucinations in body dysmorphic disorder"

  • Dr Nicole Schnackenberg: "Shame and identity in body dysmorphic disorder"

5.00pm CLOSING ADDRESS: Dr Andrea Phillipou

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