Committee

Assistant Professor Tara Diversi, Bond University, Nutrition and Dietetics

Tara DiversiTara Diversi is an Accredited Practising Dietitian, Accredited Sports Dietitian and Assistant Professor of Nutrition & Dietetics at Bond University.

As well as her Masters of Nutrition and Dietetics, Tara holds a Graduate Diploma of Psychology, Graduate Certificate in Educational Studies. Post Graduate Diploma of Psychology and an MBA. She is currently completing her PhD in Behavioural nutrition.

Tara is the author of The Good Enough Diet (Wiley), and three communication books for health professionals. In her spare time she enjoys endurance sports having swum the English Channel, Rottnest Channel, Gibraltar Strait and Palm Beach to Manly.

Professor John Dixon MBBS, PhD, FRACGP, FRCP Edin
JohnDixonHead of Clinical Obesity Research, Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute, Melbourne
Head, Weight Assessment and Management Clinic, Baker IDI Heart & Diabetes Institute.
Adjunct Professor, School of Primary Health Care, Monash University, Melbourne

Professor John Dixon is the head of clinical obesity research at Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute in Melbourne. An experienced clinician and NHMRC Senior Research Fellow, John is a leading global expert in obesity and weight loss. With over 250 publications in quality peer reviewed journals he is rated ANZ’s number 1 for obesity research and is one the Top 10 in the world in the fields of obesity, morbid obesity and bariatrics (Expertscape.com, December 2015,). Committed to improving clinical care through enhanced professional education, he has a busy national and international schedule as an invited speaker in the areas of obesity, obesity comorbidity and weight loss. Amongst numerous committee appointments internationally and nationally, he is a member of the Scientific Advisory Council of Obesity Australia; co editor in chief of Current Obesity Reports, an associate editor of 3 international journals- Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases (SOARD), Obesity Surgery, and Clinical Obesity; and is on the editorial boards of Nutrition and Diabetes, Bariatric News and Diabesity in Practice.

Kelly Gall, Health Psychologist

Kelly-GallKelly Gall is a health psychologist who has been practicing in the profession for over 15 years. She holds Masters qualifications in both health psychology and clinical psychology. She currently operates a health psychology focused private practice which includes a substantial focus on eating disorders, weight problems and body image. Her previous academic research has focussed on barriers to accessing mental health care, and the impacts of obesity on adolescent wellbeing. Kelly is passionate about the delivery of effective clinical services for eating disorders and obesity within private practice settings and the potential for social media to promote attitudinal and behavioural change in the areas of nutrition, exercise and body-image.

Mr Glenn Mackintosh, Founder and Principal Psychologist, Weight Management Psychology

glenn-mackintoshGlenn Mackintosh is the Founder and Principal Psychologist at Weight Management Psychology. He is a member of the Australian Psychological Society, a fellow of the Obesity Prevention and Treatment Society, and the Queensland representative for the APS Psychology of Eating, Weight, and Body-image Interest Group. Before venturing into full time private practise, he was the Director of Psychology at the Wesley Lifeshape Clinic, and he also consults with Qld Bariatrics patients pre- and post- surgery.

Glenn’s research investigated psychological and social factors and weight management, and he has lectured in weight management psychology, health psychology, and sport and exercise psychology at the University of Queensland, Griffith University, and the Australian College of Applied Psychology.

Glenn has also developed the self-help resources Relaxation & Affirmation, The Walking Companion, and Weight Off Your Mind, designed for psychological education and transformation around key weight management issues, the Diet-Free Headphones and co-created the Weight Management Psychology – Emotional Freedom Techniques for Weight Management Online Program with Professor Peta Stapleton. He has also developed The Twelve Month Transformation, a group program helping people free themselves from yo-yo dieting and develop naturally healthy habits.

Dr Jonathan Mond (PhD, MPH), Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Rural Health | School of Health Sciences | Faculty of Health, University of Tasmania

jonathan mond

Dr Jonathan Mond is currently Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Rural Health a the University of Tasmania. He has previously held Associate Professorships in Psychology, Sociology, Medicine and Health Sciences at various Australian Universities. Dr Mond has Honours and Masters Degrees in Psychology and a PhD in Psychological Medicine, all from the University of Sydney, and a Master of Public Health from Harvard University.

To date, Dr Mond’s research has focused on public health aspects of body weight, body image and eating-disordered behaviour. He has published some 130 papers in peer-reviewed journals and has been an Associate Editor for BMC Public Health since 2013 and the Journal of Mental Health since 2011. Dr Mond has been a registered Psychologist since 1995 and a member of the Australian Psychological Society since 1999. In 2013 he was elected a Fellow of the Academy of Eating Disorders.​

 

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