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Executive Committee Members

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President: Siãn McLean

Siãn McLean, PhD, is a Lecturer in Psychology at Victoria University and an Honorary Research Fellow at La Trobe University, based in Melbourne, Australia. Siãn is a research psychologist whose work examines body image, with a particular focus on social media and the preventive role of media literacy, stigma in eating disorders and effects on treatment seeking, and impact of weight bias on psychological health and health care behaviours.

Siãn has board experience in a number of different roles. She is currently a Director (President) of a small not-for-profit Cooperative and also a Director of recently established charity, The Pretty Foundation. The vision and mission of The Pretty Foundation is to empower women and girls to feel confident in their bodies. Siãn’s role is to provide expert input regarding body image for content and campaigns for parents in relation to their young children.

Rachel Lawson

President-Elect: Rachel Lawson

Rachel is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Clinical Head of the South Island Eating Disorders Service for the Canterbury District Health Board, Christchurch, New Zealand. Rachel has extensive experience in the treatment of eating disorders in both New Zealand and the United Kingdom. She supervises, consults and trains local and national audiences, and presents at national and international conferences. She has an interest in workforce development, for which she has held both national and Australasian-wide project roles. She was made a Fellow of the New Zealand College of Clinical Psychologists (NZCCP) in 2017 in recognition of her work in the field of eating disorders. Rachel served as a member of the ANZAED executive board for two terms. She organised ANZAED’s webinar series over this time and was a member of the professional development, advocacy and partnership committee. In 2016 she was chair of the ANZAED annual conference and was co-chair of the ANZAED Autumn workshop series in 2019. In 2020 she was a member of the scientific committee which organised the joint AED and ANZAED Virtual conference. She co-chaired the Keynote address at the conference and worked with the ANZAED team to organise the Meet the expert’s session.

Mandy Goldstein

Secretary: Mandy Goldstein

Dr Mandy Goldstein is the Principal Clinical Psychologist at MGPsych, a growing private practice founded in 2008, with a focus on the treatment of those living with eating disorders (EDs) and/or trauma. Since completing a Doctorate in Psychology focused on EDs, she has worked with and undertaken research in EDs across contexts including in- and day-patient settings, and The Redleaf Practice, a multidisciplinary private practice providing evidence based treatment for EDs. In opening MGPsych, she aimed to share her passion for early intervention and evidence based treatment, and was among the first in Sydney to offer FBT in a private practice setting. Having honed her clinical experience over 15 years, she remains committed to generating practice-based research, and alongside treatment, provides supervision and training to early-career clinicians, drawing on expert knowledge of model-based treatments such as FBT/CBTe, as well as on the principles core to good ED treatment. As an active ANZAED member since 2008, Mandy has presented research/workshops at several conferences. Mandy was a member of the 2017 Plenary Committee, an invited Trauma Plenary speaker (2018), and Co-Chair of the Research-Practice Global Think-Tank (AED/ANZAED ICED2020), and she is also an ANZAED Online Consultant. Mandy has served as Secretary of ANZAED since 2019, and as an Office Bearer has been involved at a leadership level on ANZAED’s Executive. In her initial term as Secretary, and as Chair of the Policies and Procedures Committee, she has provided effective governance supporting ANZAED’s growth towards credentialing, supported policy review/development, and developed a sound understanding of ANZAED’s operations and strategic focus.

Shane Jeffrey

Treasurer: Shane Jeffrey

Shane is a dietitian with 25 years experience. During this time he has worked almost exclusively in eating disorders and the broader area of eating, weight and body image concerns, where he has experience in providing treatment and services across the private and public sectors to children, adolescents and adults in both the inpatient and outpatient settings. Shane is currently the founder, clinical director, and senior dietitian at FMB Wellbeing – Food Mind Body, a private practice providing dedicated services in the area of eating, weight and body image concerns, with a primary focus on eating disorders and a non diet approach to weight management. Shane’s leadership as a dietitian has seen him chair local, national, and international committees, teach undergraduate and postgraduate students across four universities, and present at conferences both nationally and internationally. Shane has an interest in service evaluation and research, with his activity in this area leading to the development of state-wide service initiatives, numerous conference presentations and university collaborations. While Shane values his academic and professional learnings, he acknowledges that his richest learnings have come through the people and families he has worked with over the years, and for this reason, Shane is a strong advocate and supporter of the lived experience finding its way into eating disorder treatment models.

Kim Hurst

Past President: Kim Hurst

Dr Kim Hurst is a Senior Psychologist and the Clinical Lead at Robina Private Hospital’s Eating Disorders Service, she also is in Private Practice. Prior to this Kim was a founding member of the Gold Coast Child & Youth Mental Health Service (CYMHS), Eating Disorder Program (EDP). Kim has been delivering eating disorder treatment for over fifteen years and is a credentialed FBT therapist who provides training, supervision and consultation to clinicians across Queensland. Kim has worked across a range of eating disorder treatment settings including psychiatric and medical inpatient units and outpatient services. She has developed specialist eating disorder clinical policies and is focused on service improvement strategies to enhance treatment delivery. Kim is also passionate about early intervention programs and has delivered workshops to school children, guidance officers and teachers on positive body image. ​Kim was previously the President of ANZAED and has coordinated a national eating disorder conference and smaller workshop events. Kim has a solid record of presenting at local, national and international eating disorder conferences and has several published works within the field.

Dr Susan Barnett

Committee Member: Susan Barnett

Dr Susan Barnett is a GP Psychotherapist and Medical Educator. She was awarded FRACGP 2003, FPS 2014 and ANZAED credentialling and FASPM in 2022. In 2021 she set up in solo practice to focus purely on providing psychological care. She provides care for many patients and their families suffering from eating disorders and often as part of a multidisciplinary team. She is trained in CBTe, FBT, EMDR, ACT and CFT. Susan is a medical educator for EVGPT (Victorian GP training consortium), Black Dog Institue and Australian Society of Psychological Medicine (ASPM). She is currently the Education Chair for ASPM and Vice President. She is on the GP advisory group for the Inside out Gp clinical decision tool kit. She is also going to be the GP Representative on a joint EDV and NEDC panel for the newly released guidelines on people with higher weight in September 2022. She is a Gp facilitator for RACGP in providing peer group learning on family violence as well as a Mentor for GPMHSC. Susan is passionate, skilled and experienced in helping GPs learn useful and practical psychological techniques. She is one of the facebook moderators for GP ED treatment group that has around 570 GP members. She is passionate around helping support GPs who are involved in the complex care for patients suffering from Eating Disorders using a trauma informed and multidisciplinary approach. She believes that GPs can play a critical role in supporting patients suffering from eating disorders their families and treatment team.

Megan Bray

Committee Member: Megan Bray

Megan Bray is an Accredited Practicing Dietitian and Director of Collective Health Co, a private practice established to provide treatment for those with eating disorders on the Sunshine Coast. Megan has experience working with this population across the inpatient and outpatient settings and is currently undertaking a PhD exploring Interprofessional Collaborative Practice in outpatient eating disorder treatment.

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Committee Member: Shannon Calvert

Shannon is a lived experience professional, having experienced a longstanding eating disorder. Her expertise lies in collaborating alongside clinicians, researchers, and organisations that champion wellbeing through education, training, and supervision. Advocating for person-centred, recovery-oriented and integrated best practice, she is a Consumer and Peer Consultant for a large Health Service in WA, and a Lived Experience Educator.

Shannon has presented at national and international conferences on the importance of compassion in treatment interventions; consumer and carer engagement in design of policy, and education; as well as her lived experience of an eating disorder and trauma. She was invited as a plenary speaker at the 2019 International Conference on Eating Disorders presenting on the topic of “When does the time come for compulsory treatment?”

Shannon has a renowned dedication for eating disorder and mental health reform, representing and supporting the activities of all professionals working in the field of eating disorders and related issues in prevention, treatment and research. She is the consumer representative for the Advisory Committee for National Research & Translation of Eating Disorders. Shannon is co-convenor for the ANZAED 2021 conference and member of the Consumer Carer and Membership Committees, and has international links, being a member of AED’s Experts by Experience Committee.

Committee Member: Bethanie Gouldthorp

Dr Bethanie Gouldthorp is a Senior Clinical Psychologist at the Perth Children’s Hospital Eating Disorder Service. She also works in a speciality eating disorders private practice, Freedom Co. Bethanie has previously worked in private hospital in-patient and day-program services for adults with eating disorders and was the clinical coordinator of a hospital day-program (DBT and RO-DBT streams) for transdiagnostic emotion regulation difficulties. She continues to provide workshops and supervision in this area. Prior to this, Bethanie held a tenured teaching/research academic position for over 10 years, lecturing into undergraduate and postgraduate psychology and providing supervision of postgraduate research. She continues to conduct and supervise research, with a particular interest in the role of over- and under-regulation of emotion in the development and maintenance of eating disorders. Bethanie hopes to contribute to the ANZAED Executive Committee by drawing together her experience across various private and public sectors, and knowledge of both clinical practice and scientific rigour. She is passionate about continuing to improve current service delivery and practices, and in driving new advances in the prevention and treatment of eating disorders. Bethanie believes strongly that the key to innovative steps forward is to bring together a variety of perspectives and experiences. She highly values the critical voices of individuals, families and carers with lived experience, alongside the knowledge and expertise held by multidisciplinary clinicians. Bethanie is also a strong advocate for the support and development of early career clinicians, in order to promote a strong and exciting future for our field.

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Committee Member: Kellie Lavender

Kellie Lavender is a Registered Psychotherapist and Co-Director of the New Zealand Eating Disorders Clinic in Auckland, New Zealand, a private outpatient clinic offering evidence based treatments for eating disorders. Kellie has been working in the field of eating disorders for over 20 years with almost all eating disorder presentations with adolescents and adults. Over the past 12 years Kellie has specialized further in using FBT. She became a certified FBT therapist in 2013 and an Institute Faculty member in 2018. Kellie works with individuals and families and has a special interest in working with older adolescents and young adults within the FBT framework. She provides individual FBT supervision for certification in NZ and internationally as well as regular specialist supervision to teams across New Zealand and Australia for FBT and AFT.

Anita Raspovic

Committee Member: Anita Raspovic

Dr Raspovic is a registered psychologist, clinical psychology registrar and podiatrist (with AHPRA). She graduated with podiatry honours from La Trobe University (1992) and went on to complete a Doctor of Philosophy by research (2006), a Graduate Certificate in Higher Education Curriculum, Teaching and Learning (2011), a Graduate Diploma in Psychology (2015), Honours in Psychology (2018) and a Master of Clinical Psychology at La Trobe University (2021). Since 2021, she has been a credentialed eating disorder clinician. Across her career, Dr Raspovic has undertaken a variety of roles in clinical practice, education, research and project work. She is currently a Postdoctoral Research Associate in Victoria, as part of the Mainstream collaboration between Eating Disorders Victoria (EDV), the InsideOut Institute (IOI) for Eating Disorders and the Centre for Excellence in Eating Disorders (CEED). She also works clinically as a psychologist in a primarily eating disorder and body image focused practice, the Centre for Eating, Weight and Body Image (CEWBI) in Melbourne. Past eating disorder clinical experience includes undertaking clinical placement, followed by employment, at The Melbourne Clinic’s Eating Disorder Day and Inpatient Programs. She continues to hold an academic position at La Trobe University in Allied Health (Podiatry Discipline) and holds a University of Sydney affiliation. Dr Raspovic’s research interests focus on body image and eating disorder across a variety of topics, including the relationship between body image and health behaviours, body image postpartum and peer-mentoring in eating disorder recovery. She has published widely, chaired national guideline and advisory groups and brings a broad range of experiences.

Catherine Roberts

Committee Member: Catherine Roberts

Catherine is a skilled Registered Nurse, with over a decade’s experience working across general practice, mental health, clinic management and administration. She is currently employed as Telepsychiatry Operations Co-ordinator at headspace National, a position which involves the operational management of telepsychiatry services for headspace centres around Australia. She has presented at conferences nationally as well as internationally, drawing on her lived experience to provide a consumer perspective and provide education to nurses, psychiatrists and other health professionals about the challenges facing young adults with eating disorders. Her lived experience includes 10 years of treatment from an array of practitioners, in both the public and private setting and, from this, she knows that one of the most important factors of recovery was finding connections with not only the right people, but that they also had the experience, qualifications, and knowledge to help her on her recovery journey. She is passionate about prevention, early intervention and improving outcomes through research and education for those suffering from Eating Disorders.

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Committee Member: Ana Ximena Torres

Ana Ximena Torres is a Clinical Psychologist and senior healthcare leader with over 15 years of experience working in public and private healthcare, and private practice settings in both Australian and international contexts. She holds a Título de Psicología (equivalent to BPsyc(Hons)) and a Master of Clinical Psychology. Ana Ximena is bilingual and is proficient in English and Spanish. Currently Ana Ximena holds the appointment of Clinical Manager at Mind Body Well, an interdisciplinary private practice based in Melbourne, with a specific focus on eating disorders.Ana Ximena oversees the clinical governance frameworks and provides business development oversight for face-to-face and online offerings. As a clinician Ana Ximena works within a CBT framework and has a commitment to deliberate and evidence-based practice. An empowering, inclusive and Health at Every Size (R) philosophy is implemented when working with eating disorders. Ana Ximena is a leader with a warm and compassionate interpersonal manner: pursuing objectives, and achieving results with tenacity, creativity, pragmatism, and flexibility. A strong problem solver who thinks systemically and individually, to build capacity in teams and organizations. Ana Ximena has a passion for multiculturalism and the impact of inclusion and diversity within the eating disorder field. Ana Ximena’s strengths lie in her ability to build relationships and foster buy-in from key stakeholders, as well as conflict resolution, strategic thinking, and leadership. She possesses strong and solution-focused verbal and written communication skills and given her CALD background she provides a unique perspective to diversity and inclusion.

Marion Roberts

Co-Opted Committee Member: Marion Roberts

Dr Marion Roberts is a clinical psychologist & academic who has been specialising in the eating disorders field since 2005. She completed her doctoral training in eating disorders at King’s College London. She is the clinical director of Nurture Psychology, a private outpatient ED service in Auckland, New Zealand, and a Senior Lecturer at the University of Auckland with a research focus on neurocognition in ED & the application of evidence-based ED treatments to the primary care setting. She is also a member of AED & EDRS.

Staff Members

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Development Director: Jeremy Freeman

Jeremy assists ANZAED develop its range of member services as well as in advocating for the needs of clinicians, researchers and others to better understand and support people with Eating Disorders. Based in Sydney Australia, Jeremy has worked for several years as a clinical psychologist. He has qualifications and experience in health management and administration, and has worked for the NSW Health Department, the Centre for Eating & Dieting Disorders (CEDD), the National Eating Disorder Collaboration (NEDC).

Siãn has board experience in a number of different roles. She is currently a Director (President) of a small not-for-profit Cooperative and also a Director of recently established charity, The Pretty Foundation. The vision and mission of The Pretty Foundation is to empower women and girls to feel confident in their bodies. Siãn’s role is to provide expert input regarding body image for content and campaigns for parents in relation to their young children.

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Operations Manager: Rini Das

Rini has over 15 years’ experience in events management, with a speciality in delivering large scale events and conferences. Rini developed her experience working across corporate and not-for-profit sectors. Rini’s role here primarily includes managing ANZAED’s day to day activities, running of monthly webinars, workshops, the annual conferences & managing membership services. She is eager to contribute to the health care industry with her passion and drive.

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Credentialing Director: Gabriella Heruc

Gabbi is an Accredited Practising Dietitian who has worked in mental health and eating disorders for over 20 years. She has extensive experience in both adult and paediatric eating disorder management, across inpatient, outpatient, public and private settings. She is a Past-President of ANZAED and served on the Executive Committee for 10 years, during which time she co-chaired the development of the ANZAED clinical practice and training standards for mental health professionals and dietitians providing eating disorder treatment. Gabbi is also an Adjunct Fellow at Western Sydney University, where she is a co-director of the first ever Eating Disorders and Nutrition Research Group (ENRG).

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Credentialing Manager: Jenny Rodrigues

Jenny has more than 12 years of experience managing and delivering programs in the not-for-profit, non-governmental organisation (NGO), international development and health sectors. Her personal interests include tech, yoga, and wellbeing.