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Research interests

My research is directed at reducing the burden of eating disorders and associated body image problems within the population. I am leading two arms of research toward this endeavour. The first arm is the study of eating disorders epidemiology. The second arm involves the study of treatment-seeking for eating disorders. These two arms converge to allow me to understand the disconnect between the characteristics of people who experience eating disorders at a population level versus people who gain access to treatment for an eating disorder. Ultimately this will lead to applied research to improve treatment access and effectiveness. 


I am a researcher and a clinical psychologist, specialising in eating and body image disorders. Currently I am completing a Macquarie University Research Fellowship, investigating eating disorders development, burden, and access to treatment in a longitudinal cohort of > 5000 adolescents.



I provide guest lectures on topics such as eating disorders psychopathology, epidemiological research methods, and body dysmorphic disorder.

Research student supervision

Current Students

  • PhD - Priyanka Thapliyal "Males experiences of treatment for an eating disorder"
  • PhD/MClinPsych - Alexandra Lonergan "Look at your selfie: The role of self-objectification and social media photo editing on Australian adolescents’ eating and body image concerns"
  • MClinPsych - Jennifer Gardner "The role of rejection sensitivity and bullying in the conferral of risk to the development of eating disorders and muscle dysmorphia"
  • Honours - Xiaojing Lei "Elucidating the Roles of Sexual Harassmnent and Self Objectification in the Development of Body Image Distrubance in Adolescence"
  • Honours - Natalie Li "A Comparison of the Characteristics and Burden of Objective and Subjective Binge Eating Using a General Population Sample"

Community engagement

I hold several professional memberships and roles, including membership on the current Executive Committee for the Australia and New Zealand Academy for Eating Disorders, and on the Scientific Committee for the 2020 International Conference for Eating Disorders. I also provide professional development to felllow clinicians and regularly consult with school wellbeing staff regarding the detection and management of eating disorders in the school context. 

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Projects 2016 2019

Research Outputs 2012 2019

Associations between self-reported diabetes mellitus, disordered eating behaviours, weight/shape overvaluation, and health-related quality of life

Dias Santana, D., Mitchison, D., Gonzalez-Chica, D., Touyz, S., Stocks, N., Appolinario, J. C., Da Veiga, G. V. & Hay, P., 1 Nov 2019, In : Journal of Eating Disorders. 7, p. 1-9 9 p., 35.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
Feeding Behavior
Diabetes Mellitus
Quality of Life
Weights and Measures

Chew and spit (CHSP) in a large adolescent sample: prevalence, impact on health-related quality of life, and relation to other disordered eating features

Aouad, P., Hay, P., Soh, N., Touyz, S., Mannan, H. & Mitchison, D., 26 Nov 2019, In : Eating Disorders. p. 1-14 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Quality of Life
Adolescent Behavior
South Australia

Cross-sectional comparison of health-related quality of life and other features in people with and without objective and subjective binge eating using a general population sample

Li, N., Mitchison, D., Touyz, S. & Hay, P., 1 Feb 2019, In : BMJ Open. 9, 2, p. 1-8 8 p., e024227.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
Quality of Life
Body Mass Index
Mental Health

DSM-5 full syndrome, other specified, and unspecified eating disorders in Australian adolescents: prevalence and clinical significance

Mitchison, D., Mond, J., Bussey, K., Griffiths, S., Trompeter, N., Lonergan, A., Pike, K. M., Murray, S. B. & Hay, P., 2 May 2019, In : Psychological Medicine.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Binge-Eating Disorder
Feeding and Eating Disorders
Weights and Measures
Bulimia Nervosa
Anorexia Nervosa

Eating disorders and obesity: the challenge for our times

Hay, P. & Mitchison, D., 11 May 2019, In : Nutrients. 11, 5, 4 p., 1055.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorialResearch

Open Access
eating disorders
Translational Medical Research
Feeding Behavior