Dr Susan Byrne

Clinical Director

EDUCATION

B.A (Hons), Dip.Ed, BSc (Hons), MPsych (Clinical), PhD, DPhil (Oxon)

PROFILE

Sue is a Clinical Psychologist with extensive experience in the treatment of eating and weight disorders. She is internationally recognised for her research in the field of eating and weight disorders. Sue has studied and worked at Oxford University, developing and trialling leading treatments for eating disorders and obesity. On her return to Perth, she has continued this work where she collaborates with other leading researchers in Australia and internationally on high profile projects aiming to identify causal pathways to the development and persistence of eating disorders and obesity and to test promising new treatments for these disorders.

Sue’s role as both a researcher and a clinician providing treatment to eating disorder sufferers provides a uniquely-informed perspective to her clinical research and practice. She has over 80 publications in peer reviewed journals, including 50 peer reviewed publications in the past 5 years and has held several nationally competitive grants. She was the chief investigator of a recently concluded National Health and Medical Research Council funded multi-centre randomised controlled trial of three psychological treatments for anorexia nervosa in adults (the Strong Without Anorexia Nervosa [SWAN] Study). Sue was also instrumental in setting up the first public eating disorder service for adults in Western Australia, which is now housed at the Centre for Clinical Interventions in Perth.

Sue is on the steering committee of the National Eating Disorders Collaboration, and is a member of the Clinical Oversight Committee of the Butterfly Foundation. She is also a a current member of the Australian and New Zealand Academy for Eating Disorders (ANZAED), the International Academy for Eating Disorders (AED), the Eating Disorders Research Society (EDRS; an invitation only membership of international eating disorder researchers). While Sue is in high demand as a speaker at local, national and international meetings and conferences, she maintains a strong presence and focus on her clinical work and is known as a caring, patient and empathic clinician.

Dr Emma Dove

Clinical Psychologist

EDUCATION

BSci (Hons), PG Diploma (science), MPsych (Clinical Psychology, with distinction), PhD

PROFILE

Emma is a Clinical Psychologist who specialises in the treatment of people with eating disorders and weight difficulties. She is also experienced in treating anxiety, perfectionism, panic, low self-esteem and depression. Emma is has a compassionate and patient therapeutic approach and is dedicated to providing evidence-based treatments that help people to understand and address eating and weight concerns.

Emma has trained extensively in gold standard treatments for eating disorders, including Enhanced Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Maudsley Family Based Therapy. Emma completed her study at the University of Western Australia. For several years she was a member of the specialist eating disorders team at the Centre for Clinical Interventions (CCI), and also worked as a clinician on the Hollywood Hospital Eating Disorders Programme and on the national SWAN research trial of treatments for adults with anorexia nervosa.

Prior to qualifying as a Clinical Psychologist, Emma worked as an academic researcher in the fields of obesity, mental health, diabetes and disordered eating in both Perth and the United Kingdom. Emma maintains an interest in research and has published book chapters and journal articles examining psychological assessment and treatment of disordered eating and obesity. She has also presented her research at national and international conferences, such as an invited plenary presentation on Binge Eating Disorder to the Australian and New Zealand Academy for Eating Disorders (ANZAED). Emma is a sessional lecturer at Curtin University, and is a current member of the ANZAED, the Australian Clinical Psychology Association (ACPA) and the Australian Association for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (AACBT).

Kerry Mairs

Clinical Psychologist

EDUCATION

BA (Hon) MPsych (Clinical)

PROFILE

Kerry is a Clinical Psychologist. She has spent years working with individuals and families in facilitating and supporting the treatment of eating disorders and weight management issues. She has developed a profound respect for the collaborative therapeutic relationship that drives effective, positive outcomes. Kerry draws on her specialist training in evidence-based treatments, including Enhanced Cognitive Bahavioural Therapy and the Maudsley approach to Family Based Therapy, to help people address patterns that undermine a healthy relationship with food, their bodies and themselves. She remains committed to understanding and drawing on current, quality research to inform her clinical practice.

Kerry works with people of all age groups and is experienced in treating comorbidities including anxiety, mood disturbance, perfectionism and negative body image which are associated with eating disorders and weight management issues.

Kerry completed her undergraduate, Honours and Masters degrees at the University of Western Australia. She is a current member of the Australian and New Zealand Academy for Eating Disorders (ANZAED) and the Australian Association for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (AACBT).

Dr Bianca Petterson

Psychologist

EDUCATION

BSc (Nutrition), GradDipPsych (Hons), DPsych (Clinical)

PROFILE

Bianca is a psychologist with a background in nutrition. She is experienced in the area of weight management and in helping people build healthy interactions with food and eating. She is qualified to treat a range of psychological difficulties using evidence-based treatments consistent with current psychological research. She specialises in the treatment of eating disorders, in adults and adolescents, and has special interest in the areas of selective (‘fussy’) eating, excessive exercise, and weight management. She is passionate about guiding individuals and families toward the development of healthful patterns of behaviours and attitudes relating to food, eating and body.

Bianca completed a Nutrition degree at Curtin University, and worked in the area of obesity and weight management. She then completed a Graduate Diploma of Psychology, with First Class Honours, at Sydney University, followed by the completion of a Doctor of Psychology (Clinical) degree at the University of Western Australia. During her post-graduate training, she completed an internship with the eating disorders team at the Centre for Clinical Interventions (CCI).

Bianca’s approach to therapy is one of warmth and dedication. She believes in delivering up-to-date evidence-based treatment, and working in collaborative and respectful partnerships with clients and colleagues. She is currently a member of the Australian and New Zealand Academy for Eating Disorders (ANZAED) and the Australian Association for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (AACBT).