Program Committee 2018
Dr Kimberley Mallan, Lecturer, Australian Catholic University
I have recently joined the School of Psychology at ACU as a lecturer. I have previously held a postdoctoral research fellowship in Psychology at UQ (2007-2011), the H.J. Heinz research fellowship at the Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation at QUT and most recently (2013-2015) have been a senior research fellow in the Child and Adolescent research group at QUT. I have always had a special interest in the health and wellbeing of children; before completing my PhD in psychology I worked with children as an at-home therapist and teacher aide. In collaboration with colleagues from psychology, nutrition and education I have contributed to projects that look at child nutrition and eating patterns from birth to school age.
My research focuses on supporting parents in feeding their children – whether it be bottle feeding a newborn, feeding a fussy toddler, or figuring out the best way to limit how many ‘extras’ foods a pre-schooler eats.
Ms Christine Morgan, CEO & National Director, National Eating Disorders Collaboration (NEDC) & Butterfly Foundation
Christine has been CEO of the Butterfly Foundation for 8 years, and in that time has grown Butterfly into a widely respected and highly effective national organisation for consumers with eating disorders and their carers in Australia.
Christine was instrumental in the founding of the ground-breaking National Eating Disorders Collaboration (NEDC) in 2009, and under her leadership Australia received its first federal funding for a national telephone and e-health helpline for eating disorders, ED HOPE, in 2012. She is also the National Director of the NEDC and a Director of Butterfly.
Christine is a board member of Mental Health Australia, Australia’s peak body for mental health, she sits on the implementation committee for the NSW Government’s Eating Disorders Plan, and plays a significant advocacy role in media and to government in furthering Australia’s understanding of eating disorders.
In the not-for-profit sector, Christine previously served as General Manager in Wesley Mission, overseeing the areas of corporate services and community and family development. In these roles, she was extensively involved in the operations of Wesley Mission as a service provider and in the corporate governance, human resources and legal affairs of the organisation. She was also responsible for developing a strategic plan for Wesley Mission.
Prior to joining not for profit organisations, Christine spent 10 years of her career as a lawyer and in-house counsel for Telstra, Australand Holdings Ltd, Century Drilling Ltd, State Superannuation & Investment Management Corporation, Australian Consolidated Investments Limited (formerly Bell Resources Ltd) and Tooth & Co Ltd.
Ms Kelly Gall, Health and Clinical Psychologies, Healthy Inside & Out
Kelly 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.
Dr Evelyn Smith, Senior Lecturer, Clinical Psychology, Western Sydney University
Dr Evelyn Smith is a Senior Lecturer in clinical psychology at the School of Social Sciences and Psychology at Western Sydney University. She heads the new Eating Disorders and Obesity psychology research Clinic (EDOC) located in Penrith Campus. She works primarily with adults with eating disorders and obesity and has published widely in this area. She is currently the Chief Investigator of a randomised controlled trial funded by Ramaciotti Australia to investigate the effectiveness of cognitive remediation therapy for obesity, and Chief Investigator of a UWS Women’s Research Fellowship to investigate the efficacy of schema therapy for eating disorders. She is Associate Editor of the journal Clinical Obesity.