Position

Post Doctoral Research Fellow
School of Psychology

Qualifications

BPsych (Hons), PhD (Clin Psych)

Research interests

I am interested in the development and evaluation of school-based programs aimed at preventing eating disorders and obesity. These two health problems are well known for their serious physical, psychological, social and economic consequences. The prevention of both problems is an urgent priority and indeed, useful work has been completed targeting these problems separately. However, my research aims to take a broader approach and examine if it is possible to prevent both problems in a single program. This postdoctoral fellowship is funded by the Centre for Intergenerational Health and is being supervised by Professor Tracey Wade.

I am also interested in the treatment of eating disorders along with improving our understanding of eating disorder risk factors. For information on Media Smart, an evidence-based eating disorder prevention program, refer to research online.

Publications

  • Wilksch, S.M. and Wade, T.D. (2015). Media literacy in the prevention of eating disorders. In Linda Smolak and Michael P Levine, ed. The Wiley Handbook of Eating. New York, United States of America: Wiley-Blackwell, pp. 610-624.
  • Wilksch, S.M. and Wade, T.D. (2009). School-based eating disorder prevention. In Susan J Paxton and Phillipa J Hay, ed. Interventions for body image and eating disorders: evidence and practice. East Hawthorn, VIC: IP Communications, pp. 7-22.
  • Wilksch, S.M., Paxton, S.J., Bryne, S., Austin, S.B. and Wade, T.D. (2015). Shape and weight concern as a moderator of program outcomes from the Prevention Across the Spectrum RCT. 13th Annual Conference of the Australian and New Zealand Academy of Eating Disorders. Gold Coast, Queensland. Aug 2015.
  • Wilksch, S., Paxton, S., Austin, S.B., Wade, T. and Bryne, S. (2014). An RCT of three programs aimed at reducing risk factors for both eating disorders and obesity: Final outcomes from the Prevention Across the Spectrum study. 12th Annual Australian and New Zealand Academy for Eating Disorders Conference. Fremantle, Western Australia. Aug 2014.
  • Wilksch, S., Paxton, S., Bryne, S., Austin, S.B., McLean, S. and Wade, T. (2014). Prevention Across the Spectrum: Findings from an RCT of three programs aimed at reducing risk factors for both eating disorders and obesity. Academy for Eating disorders International Conference on Eating Disorders. New York, USA. Mar 2014.
  • Dorairaj, K., Thompson, K., Wilksch, S., Wade, T., Paxton, S., Austin, S.B., et al. (2013). Risk factors for eating disorders: Investigating the relationships between global self-esteem, body-specific self-esteem and dietary restraint. 11th Annual Australian and New Zealand Academy for Eating Disorders Conference. Melbourne, Australia. Aug 2013.
  • Thompson, K., Dorairaj, K., Wilksch, S., Wade, T., Paxton, S., Austin, S.B., et al. (2013). Prevention of disordered eating in adolescents: The role of perfectionism and media and internalization. 11th Annual Australian and New Zealand Academy for Eating Disorders Conference. Melbourne, Australia. Aug 2013.
  • Wilksch, S., Wade, T., Paxton, S., Byrne, S. and Austin, S.B. (2013). Prevention across the spectrum: Findings to date from an RCT of three programs aimed at reducing risk factors for both eating disorders and obesity. 11th Annual Australian and New Zealand Academy for Eating Disorders Conference. Melbourne, Australia. Aug 2013.
  • Wilksch, S. (2012). Media Smart: School-based eating disorder prevention. In 10th Annual Australian and New Zealand Academy for Eating Disorders Conference, Adelaide. 10th Annual Australian and New Zealand Academy for Eating Disorders Conference. Adelaide, Australia. Aug 2012.
  • Wilksch, S. (2012). Media Smart: School-based eating disorder prevention for young adolescents. In Eating Disorders: Building Partnerships, Sydney, Australia. Eating Disorders: Building Partnerships. Sydney, Australia. May 2012.
  • Wade, T. and Wilksch, S. (2012). Eating disorders: What you always wanted to know but were too scared to ask. In 10th Annual Australian and New Zealand Academy for Eating Disorders Conference, Adelaide, South Australia. Australian and New Zealand Academy for Eating Disorders Conference. Adelaide, South Australia. Aug 2012.
  • Wilksch, S. and Wade, T. (2011). Media Smart: Evidence-based eating disorder prevention. In 9th Annual Australian and New Zealand Academy for Eating Disorders Conference, Sydney, Australia. 9th Annual Australian and New Zealand Academy for Eating Disorders Conference. Coogee, Sydney. Aug 2011.
  • Wilksch, S. (2011). The role of schools in the prevention of eating disorders and obesity. In 22nd Annual Australian and New Zealand Obesity Society Conference, Adelaide, Australia. 22nd Annual Australian and New Zealand Obesity Society Conference. Adelaide, Australia. Oct 2011.
  • Wilksch, S. and Wade, T. (2011). Reduction of shape and weight concerns in young adolescents: A 30-month controlled evaluation of a school-based media literacy program. In 9th Australian and New Zealand Academy for Eating Disorders Conference, Sydney, Australia. 9th Australian Australian and New Zealand Academy for Eating Disorders Conference. Coogee, Sydney. Aug 2011.
  • Wilksch, S. and Wade, T. (2011). Media Smart: Evidence-based eating disorder prevention. In Academy for Eating Disorders International Conference on Eating Disorders, Miami, USA. Academy for Eating Disorders International Conference on Eating Disorders. May 2011.
  • Wilksch, S. (2011). Examination of the sociocultural attitudes towards appearance questionnaire-3 in a mixed-gender young-adolescent sample. In Academy of Eating Disorders International Conference, Miami, USA. Academy of Eating Disorders International Conference. Miami, USA. May 2011.
  • Wilksch, S.M. (2010). Prevention and early intervention of body image concerns and eating disorders across the lifespan. In 27th International Congress of Applied Psychology. 27th International Congress of Applied Psychology. Boston, USA. Jul 2010.
  • Wilksch, S.M. (2010). Media Smart: A 30-month controlled evaluation of a school-based eating disorder prevention program. In 6th World Congress of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies. 6th World Congress of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies. Boston, USA. Jun 2010.
  • Wilksch, S.M. and Wade, T.D. (2009). Reduction of shape and weight concerns in young adolescents: a 30-month controlled evaluation of a school-based media literacy program. In 7th Annual Australian and New Zealand Academy for Eating Disorders Conference. 7th Annual Australian and New Zealand Academy for Eating Disorders Conference. Brisbane, QLD. Aug 2009.
  • Starkey, K., Wade, T.D., Wilksch, S.M., Gannoni, A.F. and Kelly, T. (2008). Effects of an interactive program designed to enhance protective factors against eating disorders in girls with type 1 diabetes. In 31st AACBT National Conference. 31st AACBT National Conference. Adelaide, SA. Sep 2008.
  • Wilksch, S.M. (2008). A school-based media literacy program for reducing eating disorder risk factors in young adolescents: A controlled evaluation. In 43rd Australian Psychological Society Annual Conference. 43rd Australian Psychological Society Annual Conference. Hobart. Sep 2008.
  • Wilksch, S.M. and Wade, T.D. (2008). A school-based media literacy program for reducing eating disorder risk factors in young adolescents: A controlled evaluation. In 31st AACBT National Conference. 31st AACBT National Conference. Adelaide, Australia. Sep 2008.
  • Wilksch, S.M. and Wade, T.D. (2008). An investigation of temperament endophenotype candidates for early emergence of the core cognitive component of eating disorders. In 6th Annual Australian and New Zealand Academy for Eating Disorders. 6th Annual Australian and New Zealand Academy for Eating Disorders. Fremantle, Western Australia. Aug 2008.
  • Wilksch, S.M., Durbridge, M. and Wade, T.D. (2007). Can decreasing perfectionism impact on risk factors for eating disorders in adolescent females? A controlled comparison of perfectionism and media literacy programs. In Program and Abstracts for the Fifth Annual Australian and New Zealand Academy of Eating Disorders Conference. Australia & New Zealand Academy for Eating Disorders. Looking to the Future: Clinical Developmentts in Eating Disorders - Fifth Annual Australian and New Zealand Academy of Eating Disorders Conference. Melbourne, VIC. Aug 2007, pp. 11-11.
  • Wilksch, S.M. and Wade, T.D. (2006). The impact of an interactive school-based media literacy program for reducing eating disorder risk factors in young adolescent girls and boys. In Academy for Eating Disorders: International Conference on Eating Disorders. Academy for Eating Disorders: International Conference on Eating Disorders. Barcelona, Spain. Jun 2006.
  • Wilksch, S.M. and Wade, T.D. (2006). A controlled comparison of school-based perfectionism and media literacy programs for reducing eating disorder risk factors in adolescent females. In Eating Disorder Research Society Annual Meeting 2006. Eating Disorder Research Society Annual Meeting 2006. Port Douglas, QLD. Aug 2006.
  • Wilksch, S.M. and Wade, T.D. (2005). The impact of interactive school-based media literacy lessons for reducing eating disorder risk factors in young adolescent girls and boys. In Academy for Eating Disorders International Conference on Eating Disorders. Academy for Eating Disorders International Conference on Eating Disorders. Montreal, Canada.
  • Wilksch, S.M. and Wade, T.D. (2005). The impact of interactive school-based media literacy lessons for reducing internalisation of media ideals in young adolescent girls and boys. In 3rd Annual Australian and New Zealand Academy for Eating Disorders Conference. 3rd Annual Australian and New Zealand Academy for Eating Disorders Conference. Sydney.
  • Wilksch, S.M. and Wade, T.D. (2004). A school-based media literacy program for reducing eating disorder risk factors. In 2nd Annual Australian and New Zealand Academy for Eating Disorders Conference. 2nd Annual Australian and New Zealand Academy for Eating Disorders Conference. Melbourne.
  • Wilksch, S.M. and Wade, T.D. (2003). Differences between women with anorexia nervosa & restrictive eaters on shape & weight concern self-esteem & depression. In 26th National Conference of the Australian Association for Cognitive and Behaviour Therapy. 26th National Conference of the Australian Association for Cognitive and Behaviour Therapy.
  • Wade, T., Wilksch, S., Paxton, S., Byrne, S. and Austin, S.B. (2015). How perfectionism and ineffectiveness influence growth of eating disorder risk in young adolescent girls. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 66 pp. 56-63.
    [10.1016/j.brat.2015.01.007] [Scopus]
  • Wilksch, S.M., Paxton, S.J., Byrne, S.M., Austin, S.B., McLean, S.A., Thompson, K.M., et al. (2015). Prevention across the spectrum: A randomized controlled trial of three programs to reduce risk factors for both eating disorders and obesity. Psychological Medicine, 45 pp. 1811-1823.
    [10.1017/S003329171400289X]
  • Wilksch, S. (2014). Where did universal eating disorder prevention go? Eating Disorders, 22(2) pp. 184-192.
    [10.1080/10640266.2013.864889] [Scopus]
  • Wilksch, S. and Wade, T. (2014). Depression as a moderator of benefit from Media Smart: A school-based eating disorder prevention program. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 52(1) pp. 64-71.
    [10.1016/j.brat.2013.11.004] [Scopus]
  • Wilksch, S. and Wade, T. (2013). Life Smart: A pilot study of a school-based program to reduce the risk of both eating disorders and obesity in young adolescent girls and boys. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 38(9) pp. 1021-1029.
    [10.1093/jpepsy/jst036] [Scopus]
  • Wilksch, S., Starkey, K., Gannoni, A., Kelly, T. and Wade, T. (2013). Interactive programme to enhance protective factors for eating disorders in girls with type 1 diabetes. Early Intervention in Psychiatry, 7(3) pp. 315-321.
    [10.1111/eip.12012] [Scopus]
  • Wade, T., Wilksch, S. and Lee, C. (2012). A longitudinal investigation of the impact of disordered eating on young women's quality of life. Health Psychology, 31(3) pp. 352-359.
    [10.1037/a0025956] [Scopus]
  • Wilksch, S. and Wade, T. (2012). Examination of the sociocultural attitudes towards appearance questionnaire-3 in a mixed gender young adolescent sample. Psychological Assessment, 24(2) pp. 352-364.
    [10.1037/a0025618] [Scopus]
  • Wilksch, S.M. (2010). Universal school-based eating disorder prevention: Benefits to both high and low risk participants on the core cognitive feature of eating disorders. Clinical Psychologist, 14(2) pp. 62-69.
    [10.1080/13284207.2010.500310] [Scopus]
  • Wilksch, S.M. and Wade, T.D. (2010). Risk factors for clinically significant importance of shape and weight in adolescent girls. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 119(1) pp. 206-215.
    [10.1037/a0017779] [Scopus]
  • Wilksch, S.M. and Wade, T.D. (2009). An investigation of temperament endophenotype candidates for early emergence of the core cognitive component of eating disorders. Psychological Medicine, 39(5) pp. 811-821.
    [10.1017/S0033291708004261] [Scopus]
  • Wilksch, S.M. and Wade, T.D. (2009). Reduction of shape and weight concern in young adolescents: A 30-month controlled evaluation of a media literacy program. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 48(6) pp. 652-661.
    [10.1097/CHI.0b013e3181a1f559] [Scopus]
  • Wilksch, S.M., Durbridge, M. and Wade, T.D. (2008). A preliminary controlled comparison of programs designed to reduce risk of eating disorders targeting perfectionism and media literacy. Journal of The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 47(8) pp. 939-947.
    [10.1097/CHI.0b013e3181799f4a] [Scopus]
  • Wilksch, S.M., Tiggemann, M. and Wade, T.D. (2006). Impact of interactive school-based media literacy lessons for reducing internalization of media ideals in young adolescent girls and boys. International Journal of Eating Disorders, 39(5) pp. 385-393.
    [10.1002/eat.20237] [Scopus]
  • Wilksch, S.M. and Wade, T.D. (2004). Differences between women with anorexia nervosa and restrained eaters on shape and weight concerns, self-esteem and depression. International Journal of Eating Disorders, 35(4) pp. 571-578.
    [10.1002/eat.10273] [Scopus]
  • Wade, T., Wilksch, S., Paxton, S., Byrne, S. and Austin, S.B. (2015). How perfectionism and ineffectiveness influence growth of eating disorder risk in young adolescent girls. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 66 pp. 56-63.
    [10.1016/j.brat.2015.01.007] [Scopus]
  • Wilksch, S.M., Paxton, S.J., Byrne, S.M., Austin, S.B., McLean, S.A., Thompson, K.M., et al. (2015). Prevention across the spectrum: A randomized controlled trial of three programs to reduce risk factors for both eating disorders and obesity. Psychological Medicine, 45 pp. 1811-1823.
    [10.1017/S003329171400289X]
  • Wilksch, S. (2014). Where did universal eating disorder prevention go? Eating Disorders, 22(2) pp. 184-192.
    [10.1080/10640266.2013.864889] [Scopus]
  • Wilksch, S. and Wade, T. (2014). Depression as a moderator of benefit from Media Smart: A school-based eating disorder prevention program. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 52(1) pp. 64-71.
    [10.1016/j.brat.2013.11.004] [Scopus]
  • Wilksch, S. and Wade, T. (2013). Life Smart: A pilot study of a school-based program to reduce the risk of both eating disorders and obesity in young adolescent girls and boys. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 38(9) pp. 1021-1029.
    [10.1093/jpepsy/jst036] [Scopus]
  • Wilksch, S., Starkey, K., Gannoni, A., Kelly, T. and Wade, T. (2013). Interactive programme to enhance protective factors for eating disorders in girls with type 1 diabetes. Early Intervention in Psychiatry, 7(3) pp. 315-321.
    [10.1111/eip.12012] [Scopus]
  • Wade, T., Wilksch, S. and Lee, C. (2012). A longitudinal investigation of the impact of disordered eating on young women's quality of life. Health Psychology, 31(3) pp. 352-359.
    [10.1037/a0025956] [Scopus]
  • Wilksch, S. and Wade, T. (2012). Examination of the sociocultural attitudes towards appearance questionnaire-3 in a mixed gender young adolescent sample. Psychological Assessment, 24(2) pp. 352-364.
    [10.1037/a0025618] [Scopus]
  • Wilksch, S.M. (2010). Universal school-based eating disorder prevention: Benefits to both high and low risk participants on the core cognitive feature of eating disorders. Clinical Psychologist, 14(2) pp. 62-69.
    [10.1080/13284207.2010.500310] [Scopus]
  • Wilksch, S.M. and Wade, T.D. (2010). Risk factors for clinically significant importance of shape and weight in adolescent girls. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 119(1) pp. 206-215.
    [10.1037/a0017779] [Scopus]

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