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EVENT: Psychology Colloquium:Current Controversies and Future Directions in the Treatment of Obesity (A/Prof Liz Rieger, ANU)

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Psychology Colloquium

Tuesday 31st October 4:00-5:00pm in Bayliss MCS G.33, followed by post-talk drinks in the Psychology Courtyard (or, in bad weather, the Psychology Common Room, 2nd floor of main psychology building)

Presenter: A/Prof Elizabeth Rieger (Australian National University)

Title: Current Controversies and Future Directions in the Treatment of Obesity.


How to best support adults with obesity is a significant research and clinical challenge, not only because of the high prevalence of obesity but also due to its seeming intransient nature both in terms of prevention and treatment. Given these challenges, it is perhaps not surprising that considerable controversy has emerged in terms of how to best meet this challenge. This presentation will begin with an exploration of one of these controversies, namely, whether researchers and clinicians should continue focusing on behavioural weight loss programs for adults with obesity. The presentation will then provide an overview of two recent studies on behavioural weight loss programs that sought to increase both the effectiveness and scalability of these programs through (1) the inclusion of support people in the intervention and (2) the use of technological strategies to augment face-to-face treatment.

Speaker Bio:

Elizabeth Rieger is an Associate Professor and Clinical Psychologist in the Research School of Psychology at the Australian National University. She specialises in eating disorders and obesity in her research, teaching, and clinical work. She completed her PhD at the University of Sydney in 2001, which focused on motivation to change in eating disorders. She then undertook a post-doctoral fellowship at the Centre for Eating and Weight Disorders (University of California, San Diego) where she was trained in interpersonal therapy and expanded her research and clinical focus to obesity. Elizabeth has published widely on the cognitive, motivational, and interpersonal aspects of eating disorders and obesity. She has been involved in several large-scale treatment trials including as CIA on an NHMRC-funded project grant that entailed a multi-site RCT of a CBT weight loss program for adults with obesity and their support people, as senior investigator on an RCT entailing a CBT program augmented by text-message support for adults with obesity, and as an investigator on a project supported by an Australian Rotary Health grant investigating a weight loss and body image enhancement program for young women with obesity. She is also the editor of the first Australian undergraduate textbook on abnormal psychology that was instigated to promote research-based teaching in psychology programs throughout Australia; it is currently in its fourth edition (Rieger, E. [2017]. Abnormal Psychology: Leading Researcher Perspectives. Sydney: McGraw-Hill) and was awarded Winner of the Best Tertiary Student Resource Award at the 2015 Educational Publishing Awards. She is senior editor for the Journal of Eating Disorders, and a member of the Eating Disorders Research Society and the Australia and New Zealand Academy for Eating Disorders.

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Speaker(s) Associate Professor Elizabeth Rieger
Location Bayliss Building MCS G. 33
Contact Admin Psyh <[email protected]> : 6488 3267
Start Tue, 31 Oct 2017 16:00
End Tue, 31 Oct 2017 17:00
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Last Updated Thu, 12 Oct 2017 08:57
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