Professor Tracey Wade

Matthew Flinders Distinguished Professor

College of Education, Psychology and Social Work

place Social Sciences North (388)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Tracey Wade has worked as a clinician in the area of eating disorders for almost 30 years and has been working full time as an academic since 1999. She is the Academic Lead of the Statewide Eating Disorders Service in South Australia and is a member of the federally funded Steering Committee of the National Eating Disorder Collaboration. Her current research interests are in the aetiology, prevention and treatment of eating disorders and perfectionism. She has co-written 2 books on the treatment of perfectionism and has over 180 publications in peer reviewed journals. In 2015 she was elected a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia, and she was the president of Eating Disorder Research Society in 2017/2018. She is an Associate Editor of the International Journal of Eating Disorders, and a member of the Million Minds Expert Advisory Panel.

B.Sc. (Adelaide), Hons. (Flinders), M. Clin. Psych. (A.N.U.), Ph.D. (Flinders)
Honours, awards and grants

2000: Ian M Campbell memorial prize for outstanding contribution to the scientific or professional status of Clinical Psychology in Australia; 2003: Australian Psychological Society Early Career Award; 2019: Australia and New Zealand Academy of Eating Disorders Distinguished Achievement Award

Research interests

Main research interest is in the area of eating disorders - bulimia nervosa and anorexia nervosa, including: risk factors (genetic and environmental), diagnostic and classificatory issues; treatment, prevention, the impact of perfection.

Supervisory interests
Eating disorders
Prevention of eating disorders
Treating eating disorders
Higher degree by research supervision
Principal supervisor: Body dysmorphic disorder (1), Eating Disorders (6)
Associate supervisor: Clinical Psychology (2)
Principal supervisor: Pregnancy in youth (1), Eating Disorders (7), Cardiovascular health (2), Oncology (1), Perfectionism (2)
Associate supervisor: Clinical Psychology (5)
Expert for media contact
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Eating Disorders
Prevention and treatment of perfectionism
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  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • Eating Disorders
  • Genetics
  • Prevention and treatment of perfectionism

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