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RESEARCH AND CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

Current Research Interests
  • Weight management and weight loss: Providing a comprehensive treatment protocol which goes beyond the typical emphasis on diet and exercise to address the specific cognitive and emotional difficulties which underlie struggles with weight loss and maintenance. 

  • Improving weight management and the quality of life via the application of Positive Psychology and mindfulness strategies.

  • The centrality and importance of shame to experiences of depression, anxiety, weight and eating struggles, grief, self-esteem/self-confidence, experiences of abuse, relationship difficulties, identity/self-concept issues, and trauma.

Conference and Seminar Presentations

  • The Psychology of Weight Management.  I am working to publish a comprehensive book on this subject - available in 2014.  Workshops will follow .Watch this space for further information.

  • Altering the Fate of Silence: Recovery from the Shame Imposed by Homophobia and Heterosexism. Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatry: Section of Psychotherapy Conference, November 5-8, 2010, Sydney, Australia.

  • Shame, Trauma and Obesity: A Crisis in the Making. Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists: Section of Psychotherapy, Bi-National Conference, August 22-24, 2008, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia.

  • The Interrelationship of Shame, Self-Cohesion, Time-Sense and Attachment Style. Australia and New Zealand Association of Psychotherapy Ltd., 18th Annual Conference, 16-19 November, 2006, Sydney, NSW, Australia. 

  • Can Shame be Positive? Making a Distinction between Mature Healthy Shame and Dysfunctional Shame. 3rd European Conference on Positive Psychology, July 3-6, 2006, University of Minho, Braga, Portugal.

  •  Healthy versus Unhealthy Shame: Understanding the Qualitative Changes which Influence Shame’s Impact on Self-Development. LifeConnect, May 25, 2005, North Sydney, NSW Australia. 

  •  Using Shame as a Positive and Self-Enhancing Phenomenon with the Therapeutic Relationship27th Annual International Conference on the Psychology of the Self, November 4-7, 2004, San Diego, USA.

  • A Developmental Theory of Shame: A Roadmap to Recovery. 16th Annual Conference of the Australia and New Zealand Association of Psychotherapy, October 28-31, 2004, Sydney, NSW, Australia. 

  • Shame and the Autonomic Nervous System. Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists: Section of Psychotherapy, Bi-National Conference, October 8-10, 2004, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

  • Confronting the Shame Crisis. Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists: Section of Psychotherapy Bi-National Conference, October 4, 2003, Port Douglas, Queensland, Australia. 

  • The PhD Journey. Macquarie University Psychology Conference, November 29, 2002, Sydney, NSW, Australia. 

  • Review of International Psychology of the Self Conference, 2000. Australian and New Zealand Association of Psychotherapy seminar, November, 25, 2000, Sydney, NSW, Australia. 

  • The Shame of Trauma: The Trauma of Shame. Australian and New Zealand Association of Psychotherapy 12th Annual Conference, October 7, 2000, Sydney, NSW, Australia.