Eva Kemps undertook her undergraduate and postgraduate studies in psychology at Ghent University, Belgium. She subsequently relocated to Adelaide to take up an academic position at Flinders University, where she is now Professor of Psychology. Eva has an international research reputation in the area of eating behaviour. Over the past 20 years she has carved out an innovative and sophisticated program of research, applying mainstream experimental cognitive psychology to the food and eating domain. Since 2006 she has obtained over $1 million in research funding as lead investigator from national competitive research grants, mostly the Australian Research Council, the flagship funding body in Australia for non-medical research. She has authored over 100 publications and has a strong profile in the media, where her work is regularly featured both in the Australian and international press. During 2010-12 she served on the advisory panel of the Australian Women’s Health magazine as their expert weight loss advisor. She is an Associate Editor of the journal Psychologica Belgica, and sits on the Editorial Boards of Appetite; Behaviour Research and Therapy; the International Journal of Clinical Health Psychology; Frontiers in Nutrition, Psychiatry and Psychology: Eating Behavior; the Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry; and the British Journal of Developmental Psychology. In addition to her academic appointment in Psychology, she held a significant research administrative leadership position as Associate Dean (Research) in the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences (2012-2017), and was the Convenor of the Associate Deans (Research) Network of the Australasian Council of Deans of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (2016-2017). She is the co-Convenor of the Australasian Forum on Emerging Research in Cognition and Emotion, which she co-founded in 2015.
B.Psych. & Ed., M.Psych., Ph.D. (Ghent, Belgium)
Kemps, E., & Tiggemann, M. “Things don’t always go better with Coke”: The role of automatic processing in the (over)consumption of soft drinks. 2018-2021, $420,077, ARC Discovery Project.
Kemps, E. Nutrition, supplements and cognitive fitness. 2017-2021, $16,900 to date, Collaborative Research Agreement between Flinders University and the Defence Science & Technology Group.
Kemps E., & Tiggemann, M. Evaluation of an online attentional bias modification training (ABMT) tool to promote healthier eating and weight loss in overweight adults. 2016-2017, $58,810, Innovation Partnership Seed Grant, Flinders University and Mindtrain®.
Kemps, E., & Tiggemann, M. Can attentional re-training reduce food cravings and consumption? 2013-2015, $229,753, ARC Discovery Project.
Kemps, E., & Tiggemann, M. Implicit cognitive processing of environmental food and eating cues in obese adults. 2009-2011, $215,000, ARC Discovery Project.
Kemps, E., & Tiggemann, M. “Images of desire”: An experimental cognitive approach to understanding and reducing food cravings. 2006-2008, $180,000, ARC Discovery Project.
Vice-Chancellor’s Prize for Doctoral Thesis Excellence (2018) -
Associate Editor: Psychologica Belgica
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