Professor Elizabeth Rieger

BA(Hons); MClinPsych; PhD
Professor, School of Medicine and Psychology
ANU College of Health and Medicine

Areas of expertise

  • Clinical And Health Psychology 5203

Research interests

My main areas of research are in eating and weight disorders, focusing on psychosocial factors implicated in the aetiology, maintenance, and treatment outcome of these conditions. These psychosocial variables include motivation to change, cognitive processes, and interpersonal problems. I also have an interest in psychological wellbeing, conducting projects on investigating strategies for enhancing the wellbeing of university students and seeking an integrative understanding of the psychological, biological, societal, and environmental dimensions of wellbeing.


I am an academic and clinical psychologist with a primary focus on eating and weight disorders in my research, teaching, and clinical work.

I completed my PhD on motivation to change in anorexia nervosa at the University of Sydney, followed by a post-doctoral fellowship at the Centre for Eating and Weight Disorders (University of California, San Diego and San Diego State University) where I was trained in interpersonal psychotherapy. I have had academic roles in the School of Psychology at the University of Sydney and the Research School of Psychology at the Australian National University (ANU). I am currently a Professor in the ANU's School of Medicine and Psychology.

My research focuses on the cognitive, motivational, and interpersonal factors implicated in health behaviours, especially in the area of eating and weight disorders. This work spans both basic and translational science and, in the latter capacity, I have led or co-led many clinical trials on eating and weight disorders. I also have a research interest in wellbeing, particularly in the university setting.

I have been a practicing Clinical Psychologist for approximately 30 years. My main clinical experience has included treating adults with eating and weight disorders, and medical patients with accompanying psychological problems, working in public and private hospitals, university clinics, and private practice. I also provide clinical training to diverse health professionals.

I am a co-lead of the National Network stream of the Australian Eating Disorders Research and Translation Centre, and a member of the Eating Disorders Research Society, the Australia and New Zealand Academy for Eating Disorders, the College of Clinical Psychologists of the Australian Psychological Society, and the Australian Clinical Psychology Association.



Projects and Grants

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