A/Prof Elizabeth Rieger

Associate Professor
Building 39, Room 129
 612 54208

Profile

Career awards

  • Media and Outreach Awards: Vice Chancellor's Award, 2009

Qualifications

BA (Hons) University of Sydney; MPsych University of Sydney; PhD University of Sydney

Biography

I have now been a practicing Clinical Psychologist for almost 20 years, having undertaken my clinical training at the University of Sydney.

My main clinical experience has included treating adults with eating disorders, medical patients with accompanying psychological problems, and obese children and adults, working in public and private hospitals, university clinics, and private practice. I have also been involved in teaching clinical skills to diverse populations including clinical psychologists and intern clinical psychologists, general practitioners, nurses, and medical students.

In 2001, I completed my PhD, the focus of which was on developing an instrument to assess motivation to change in anorexia nervosa (the Anorexia Nervosa Stages of Change Questionnaire) that is currently being utilised by researchers and clinicians in Australia, North America, and Europe.

From 2001-2, I completed 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 and undertook a randomised controlled trial for obese children and adults. I commenced my academic role as a Lecturer in the School of Psychology at the University of Sydney in 2003 and Senior Lecturer in 2008 before commencing as a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Psychology at the Australian National University in 2009 and Associate Professor in 2012.

I continue to specialise in eating disorders and obesity in my research and clinical work. I am a member of the Eating Disorders Research Society, the Australia and New Zealand Acadmey for Eating Disorders, the College of Clinical Psychologists of the Australian Psychological Society, and the Australian Clinical Psychology Association.

Research

Research interests

My areas of research are in eating disorders and obesity, focusing on psychosocial factors implicated in the aetiology, maintenance and treatment outcome of these conditions. These psychosocial variables include motivation to change, maladaptive schema, attentional biases to shape- and weight-related information, and interpersonal problems (e.g., social rejection and lack of social support).

Grants

I was Chief Investigator A on an NHMRC Project Grant (2010 $181,500: 2011 $211,500: 2012 $135,900) to fund 'The Effectiveness of Motivational Enchancement Therapy for Obese Patients and Support Partners" (Co-Chief Investigators: Prof Ian Caterson and Prof Janet Treasure).

Teaching

Teaching awards

  • Top Supervisor Award, 2010

My primary teaching consists of the following courses.

Convener and Lecturer in the Postgraduate Clinical Psychology “Specialised Interventions” course:
This full-semester course consists of 12 two-hour weekly seminars and a one-day workshop taken by approximately 15 students in their first year of the postgraduate clinical psychology program. The course aims to provide an introductory understanding of current theoretical, clinical, and empirical work on dominant treatment approaches for psychological disorders, namely, psychopharmacology, motivational interviewing and interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT). My role entails convening the course and teaching the 12 weekly seminars on motivational interviewing and IPT.

Convener and Lecturer in the Postgraduate Clinical Psychology “Psychopathology and Intervention III” course:
This full-semester course consists of 13 three-hour weekly seminars taken by approximately 15 students in their second year of the postgraduate clinical psychology program. The course aims to provide an understanding of current theoretical, clinical, and empirical work on various psychological disorders including eating disorders and personality disorders. Information and/or instruction in clinical skills regarding the epidemiology, aetiology, psychological assessment and treatment of these disorders are provided. My role entails convening the course and teaching the six weekly seminars on eating disorders.

Publications

  • Peer-Review Jouranl Articles
  • Dondzilo, L., Rieger, E., Palermo, R., Byrne, S., & Bell, J. (in press). Association between rumination factors and eating disorder behaviours in young females. Advances in Eating Disorders: Theory, Research & Practice. doi:10.1080/21662630.2015.1118642 Accepted 8 November 2015.
  • Murray, K., Rieger, E., & Byrne, D. (in press). The effect of peer stress on body dissatisfaction in female and male young adults. Journal of Experimental Psychopathology. Accepted 12 May 2016.

  • Zwickert, K., Rieger, E., Swinbourne, J., Manns, C., McAulay, C., Gibson, A., Sainsbury, A., & Caterson, I. (in press). High or low intensity text-messaging combined with group treatment equally promote weight loss maintenance in obese adults. Obesity Research & Clinical Practice. Accepted 30 January 2016

  • Carters, M. A., Rieger, E., & Bell, J. (2015). Reduced inhibition of return to food images in obese individuals. PLoS ONE, 10(9), e0137821. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0137821.

  • Harrison, C., Mond, J., Rieger, E., & Rodgers, B. (2015). Generic and eating disorder-specific impairment in binge eating disorder with and without overvaluation of weight and shape. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 72, 93-99. doi:10.1016/j.brat.2015.07.002

  • Harrison, C., Mond, J., Rieger, E., Rodgers, B., & Hay, P. (2015). Correlates of binge eating with and without overvaluation of weight or shape: Further evidence from a general population sample of women. Advances in Eating Disorders: Theory, Research & Practice, 3, 20-33. doi:10.1080/21662630.2014.948468

  • Murray, K., Rieger, E., & Byrne, D. (2015). The relationship between stress and body satisfaction in adolescent females and males. Stress and Health, 31, 13-23. doi:10.1002/smi.2516

  • Eshkevari, E., Rieger, E., Longo, M. R., Haggard, P., & Treasure, J. (2014). Persistent body image disturbance following recovery from eating disorders. International Journal of Eating Disorders, 47, 400-409. doi: 10.1002/eat.22219

  • Eshkevari, E., Rieger, E., Musiat, P., & Treasure, J. (2014). An investigation of interoceptive sensitivity in eating disorders using a heartbeat detection task and a self-report measure. European Eating Disorders Review, 22, 383-388. doi:10.1002/erv.230

  • Harrison, C., Mond, J., Bentley, C., Gratwick-Sarll, K., Rieger, E., & Rodgers, B. (2014). Loss of control eating with and without the undue influence of weight or shape on self-evaluation: Evidence from an adolescent population. Journal of Eating Disorders, 2, 31. doi:10.1186/s40337-014-0031-1

  • Hötzel, K., von Brachel, R., Schmidt, U., Rieger, E., Kosfelder, J., Hechler, T., Schulte, D., & Vocks, S. (2014). An internet-based program to enhance motivation to change in females with symptoms of an eating disorder: A randomised controlled trial. Psychological Medicine, 44, 1947-1963. doi:10.1017/S0033291713002481

  • Rieger, E., Treasure, J., Swinbourne, J., Adam, B., Manns, C., & Caterson, I. (2014). The effectiveness of including support people in a cognitive-behavioural weight loss maintenance program for obese adults: Study rationale and design. Clinical Obesity, 4, 77-90. doi:10.1111/cob.12042

  • von Brachel, R., Hötzel, K., Hirschfeld, G., Rieger, E., Schmidt, U., Kosfelder, J., Hechler, T., Schulte, D., & Vocks, S. (2014). Internet-based motivation program for women with eating disorders: Eating disorder pathology and depressive mood predict dropout. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 16, e92. doi:10.2196/jmir.3104

  • Zwickert, K., & Rieger, E. (2014). A qualitative investigation of obese women’s experiences of effective and ineffective social support for weight management. Clinical Obesity, 4, 277-286. doi: 10.1111/cob.12072

  • Cruwys, T., Platow, M. J., Rieger, E., & Byrne, D. (2013). Development and validation of the Dieting Intentions Scale (DIS). Psychological Assessment, 25, 264-278. doi:10.1037/a0030547

  • Hawke, S., & Rieger, E. (2013). Popularity, likeability, and risk-taking in middle adolescence. Health, 5, 41-52. doi: 10.4236/health.2013.56A300

  • Murray, K., Rieger, E., & Byrne, D. (2013). A longitudinal investigation of the mediating role of self-esteem and body importance in the relationship between stress and body dissatisfaction in adolescent females and males. Body Image, 10, 544-551. doi:10.1016/j.bodyim.2013.07.011

  • Murray, S. B., Griffiths, S., Rieger, E., & Touyz, S. W. (2013). A comparison of compulsive exercise in male and female presentations of anorexia nervosa. Advances in Eating Disorders: Theory, Research and Practice. doi:10.1080/21662630.2013.839189

  • Murray, S., Rieger, E., Karlov, L., & Touyz, S. (2013). An investigation of the transdiagnostic model of eating disorders in the context of muscle dysmorphia. European Eating Disorders Review, 21, 160-164. doi:10.1002/erv.2194

  • Murray, S. B., Rieger, E., Karlov, L., & Touyz, S. W. (2013). Masculinity and femininity in the divergence of male body image concerns. Journal of Eating Disorders, 1, 11. doi:10.1186/2050-2974-1-11 http://www.jeatdisord.com/content/1/1/11/

  • Stiles-Shields, C., Touyz, S., Hay, P., Lacey, H., Crosby, R. D., Rieger, E., Bamford, B., Le Grange, D. (2013). Therapeutic alliance in two treatments for adults with severe and enduring anorexia nervosa. International Journal of Eating Disorders, 46, 783-789. doi:10.1002/eat.22187

  • Zwickert, K., & Rieger, E. (2013). Stigmatising attitudes towards individuals with anorexia nervosa: An investigation of attribution theory. Journal of Eating Disorders,1, 5. doi:10.1186/2050-2974-1-5

  • Eshkevari, E., Rieger, E., Longo, M., Haggard, P., & Treasure, J. (2012). Increased plasticity of the bodily self in eating disorders. Psychological Medicine, 42, 819-828.

  • Murray, S., Rieger, E., Hildebrandt, T., Karlov, L., Russell, J., Boon, E., Dawson, R., & Touyz, S. (2012). A comparison of eating, exercise, shape, and weight related symptomatology in males with muscle dysmorphia and anorexia nervosa. Body Image, 9, 193-200.
  • Murray, K., Byrne, D., & Rieger, E. (2011). Investigating adolescent stress and body image. Journal of Adolescence, 34, 269-278.
  • Murray, S., Rieger, E., & Touyz, S. (2011). Muscle dysmorphia symptomatology during a period of religious fasting: A case report. European Eating Disorders Review, 19, 162-168.
  • Murray, S., Rieger, E., Touyz, S., & de la Garza Garcia, Y. (2010). Muscle dysmorphia and the DSM-V conundrum: Where does it belong? A review paper. International Journal of Eating Disorders, 43, 483-491.
  • Rieger, E., Van Buren, D., Bishop, M., Tanofsky-Kraff, M., Welch, R., & Wilfley, D. (2010). An eating disorder-specific model of interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT-ED): Casual pathways and treatment implications. Clinical Psychology Review, 30, 400-410.
  • Smith, E., & Rieger, E. (2010). An investigation of the effect of body dissatisfaction on selective attention towards negative shape and weight related information. International Journal of Eating Disorders, 43, 358-364.
  • Rieger, E., Dean, H. Y., Steinbeck, K. S., Caterson, I. D., & Manson, E. (2009). The use of motivational enhancement strategies for the maintenance of weight loss among obese individuals: A preliminary investigation. Diabetes Obesity & Metabolism, 11, 637-640. doi:10.1111/j.1463-1326.2008.01027.x
  • Smith, E., & Rieger, E. (2009). The effect of attentional training on body dissatisfaction and dietary restriction. European Eating Disorders Review, 17, 169-176. doi:10.1002/erv.921
  • Soh, N., Touyz, S., Dobbins, T. A., Surgenor, L. J., Clarke, S., Kohn, M. R., Lee, E. L., Leow, V., Rieger, E., Ung, K. E. K., & Walter, G. (2009). Nutrition knowledge in young women with eating disorders in Australia and Singapore: A pilot study. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 43, 1178-1184. doi:10.3109/00048670903279846
  • Dean, H. Y., Touyz, S. W., Rieger, E., & Thornton, C. E. (2008). Group motivational enhancement therapy as an adjunct to inpatient treatment for eating disorders: A preliminary study. European Eating Disorders Review, 16(4), 256-267.
  • Hechler, T., Rieger, E., Touyz, S., Beumont, P., Plasqui, G., & Westerterp, K. (2008). Physical activity and body composition across the seasons: A preliminary analysis in outpatients with a current or past diagnosis of anorexia nervosa and healthy controls. Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly, 25(2), 159-173.
  • Soh, N., Touyz, S., Dobbins, T. A., Surgenor, L. J., Clarke, S., Kohn, M. R., Lee, E. L., Leow, V., Rieger, E., Ung, K. E. K., & Walter, G. (2008). Body image disturbance in young north European and east Asian women with and without eating disorders in Australia and in Singapore. European Eating Disorders Review, 16, 287-296. doi:10.1002/erv.836
  • Soh, N., Touyz, S., Dobbins, T. A., Surgenor, L. J., Clarke, S., Kohn, M. R., Lee, E. L., Leow, V., Rieger, E., Ung, K. E. K., & Walter, G. (2008). Cross cultural differences in the macronutrient intakes of women with anorexia nervosa in Australia and Singapore. European Eating Disorders Review, 16, 427-435. doi:10.1002/erv.876
  • Connolly, A., Rieger, E., & Caterson, I. (2007). Binge eating tendencies and anger coping: Investigating the confound of trait neuroticism in a non-clinical sample. European Eating Disorders Review, 15, 479-486. doi:10.1002/erv.765
  • Martinez, E., Castro, J., Bigorra, A., Morer, A., Toro, J., & Rieger, E. (2007). Assessing motivation to change in bulimia nervosa: The Bulimia Nervosa Stages of Change Questionnaire. European Eating Disorders Review, 15, 13-23. doi:10.1002/erv.725
  • Soh, N., Touyz, S., Dobbins, T. A., Surgenor, L. J., Clarke, S., Kohn, M. R., Lee, E. L., Leow, V., Rieger, E., Ung, K. E. K., & Walter, G. (2007). Restraint and eating concern in North European and East Asian women with and without eating disorders in Australia and Singapore. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 41, 536-545. doi:10.1080/00048670701332318
  • Anderson, K., Rieger, E., & Caterson, I. (2006). A comparison of maladaptive schemata in treatment-seeking obese adults and normal weight controls. Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 60, 245-252. doi:10.1016/j.jpsychores.2005.08.002
  • Rieger, E., & Touyz, S. (2006). An investigation of the factorial structure of motivation to recover in anorexia nervosa using the Anorexia Nervosa Stages of Change Questionnaire. European Eating Disorders Review, 14, 269-275. doi:10.1002/erv.684
  • Smith, E., & Rieger, E. (2006). The effect of attentional bias towards shape and weight related information on body dissatisfaction. International Journal of Eating Disorders, 39, 509-515. doi:10.1002/eat.20291
  • Rieger, E., Wilfley, D. E., Marino, V., Stein, R., & Crow, S. (2005). A comparison of quality of life in obese individuals with and without binge eating disorder. International Journal of Eating Disorders, 37, 234-240. doi:10.1002/eat.20101
  • Touyz, S., Thornton, C., Rieger, E., George, L., & Beumont, P. (2003). The incorporation of the stage of change model in the day hospital treatment of patients with anorexia nervosa. European Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, 12 (Suppl 1), 65-71.
  • Rieger, E., Touyz, S. W., & Beumont, P. J. V. (2002). The Anorexia Nervosa Stages of Change Questionnaire (ANSOCQ): Information regarding its psychometric properties. International Journal of Eating Disorders, 32, 24-38. doi:10.1002/eat.10056
  • Rieger, E., Touyz, S. W., Swain, T., & Beumont, P. J. V. (2001). Cross-cultural research on anorexia nervosa: Assumptions regarding the role of body weight. International Journal of Eating Disorders, 29(2), 205-215.
  • Rieger, E., Touyz, S., Schotte, D., Beumont, P., Russell, J., Clarke, S., Kohn, M., & Griffiths, R. (2000). Development of an instrument to assess readiness to recover in anorexia nervosa. International Journal of Eating Disorders, 28(4), 387-396.
  • Rieger, E., Schotte, D. E., Touyz, S. W., Beumont, P., Griffiths, R., & Russell, J. (1998). Attentional biases in eating disorders: A visual probe detection procedure. International Journal of Eating Disorders, 23(2), 199-205.
  • Rieger, E., Touyz, S. W., & Wain, G. V. (1998). The role of the clinical psychologist in gynaecological cancer. Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 45(3), 201-214.
  • Rieger, E. (1996). The diet-heart disease hypothesis. Social Science and Medicine, 42(9), 1227-1233.
  • Books
  • Rieger, E. (Ed.) (2014). Abnormal psychology: Leading researcher perspectives. (3rd ed.) Sydney: McGraw-Hill Education.
  • Rieger, E. (Ed.) (2011). Abnormal psychology: Leading researcher perspectives. (2nd ed.) Sydney: McGraw-Hill Education.
  • Rieger, E. (Ed.) (2008). Abnormal psychology: Leading researcher perspectives. Sydney: McGraw-Hill Education.

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