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Susan M. Byrne; Ph.D.

Dr. Byrne is currently an Associate Professor in the School of Psychology at the University of Western Australia in Perth, Western Australia. Her research focus includes body image, eating disorders, childhood obesity, and cognitive behavioural therapy. She has written and published extensively on the subject of matter of childhood and adult obesity and disordered eating. These publications include: Watts, K., Bell, L.M., Byrne, S.M., Jones, T.W., Davis, E.A. 2008, 'Waist circumference predictscardiovascular risk in young Australian children', Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, 44, pp. 709-715; Byrne, S.M., Wake, M., Blumberg, D., Dibley, M. 2008, 'Identifying priority areas for longitudinal research in childhood obesity: Delphi technique survey', International Journal of Pediatric Obesity, 3, 2, pp. 120-122; Allen, K.L., Byrne, S.M., McLean, N.J., Davis, E.A. 2008, 'Overconcern with weight and shape is not the same as body dissatisfaction: Evidence from a prospective study of preadolescent boys and girls', Body Image, 5, 3, pp. 261-270; Gibson, L.Y., Byrne, S.M., Blair, E., Davis, E.A., Jacoby, P., Zubrick, S.R. 2008, 'Clustering of psychosocial symptoms in overweight children', Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 42, 2, pp. 118-125; and Allen, K.L., Byrne, S.M., La Puma, M., McLean, N.J., Davis, E.A. 2008, 'The onset and course of binge eating in 8-to 13-year-old healthy weight, overweight and obese children', Eating Behaviors, 9, 4, pp. 438-446. Dr. Byrne has received many funded research grants both individually and teamed with other research colleagues including: 2009, A randomized controlled trial of three treatments for Anorexia Nervosa in adults, National Health and Medical Research Council, 2008, 'The Effect of CBT for Obesity on Weight Loss Dietary Patterns & Glycaemic Control in Individuals with Type 2 Diabetes', Diabetes Research Foundation; 2007, 'Developing Evidence Based Recommendations for Managing Childhood Obesity', WA Health Promotion Foundation; 2006, 'Causal pathways to eating disorders: A prospective analysis using data from the Western Australian Pregnancy Cohort (Raine) Study', Australian Rotary Health Research Fund; 2004, 'Factors Influencing the Development and Persistence of Childhood Obesity.', WA Health Promotion Foundation, and 2004, 'ACAORN Longtitudinal Studies Special Interest Group', Australian Child and Adolescent Obesity Research Network (ACAORN). Dr. Byrne holds a Ph.D. degree in Psychology from the University of Western Australia and a D.Phil in Clinical Medicine from Oxford University, U.K.


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