My primary focus in scientific research is in on eating disorders, and the effects of diet on cognitive function. I have spent quite a number of years now investigating a novel phenomenon called Drunkorexia, which entails the act of using disordered eating behaviours for the sole purpose of saving calories for binge drinking. I was the chief investigator for the very first study conducted on the topic of Drunkorexia in Australia, and hope to broaden my investigation on the topic in future years. I have also been closely involved with an NHMRC RCT study investigating the effects of the Mediterranean diet on cognitive function among older adults, from which I have written a number peer-reviewed publications on. My academic background is rather diverse. I have a PhD is psychology, a Bachelor of psychology with honours, a Masters in Journalism and a Bachelor of Education. I have taught year 6/7 children on and off for a number of years, in which time I implemented a novel dance program for disadvantaged children to increase self-esteem and self-worth. I am a yoga, pilates, tai-chi and mindfulness instructor. In my classes I teach the importance of body, mind and soul awareness, accepting thoughts and behaviours, and valuing the present moment. I have provided a number of presentations in recent years at conferences including the Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA) and the Australia and New Zealand Academy for Eating Disorders (ANZAED).
My research of interest is predominately in the areas of neuropsychology, age-related cognitive function, eating disorders, alcohol addiction, body image, yoga-mindfulness therapy, and positive psychology