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Families on the edge: Whittlesea’s mental health pain

See the original article in the Northern Star Weekly. A South Morang-based clinical psychologist has backed a council-led push for more co-ordinated mental health services in the City of Whittlesea. Dr Ben Buchanan, a clinical psychologist at the Plenty Valley Community Health-based Victorian Counselling and Psychological Services, said good mental health services weren’t available for [...]

How Smart is IQ Really?

Written by Harriet Edmund and Published in Women’s Health and Fitness, August 2014. Click here for full article. Intelligence. capacity for understanding; aptitude in grasping truths, facts, meaning, etc. The Macquarie Dictionary is a good place to start this report – after all, discussing contextual characteristics
of something demands a fundamental definition, right? And since psychology [...]

The healing power of silence

Finding time for peace and quiet brings many rewards, writes Lindy Alexander in The Age's Daily Life. See original article here. Silence is golden, or so the saying goes. We have never been more connected to each other, but as the hours we are contactable and available increase, our desire for silence also grows. A [...]

Revengeful fathers kill children to punish mum

Printed in The Age 23/4/14 -- Read here -- Men who kill their children do so to punish the mother, experts say, with the final act of revenge often punctuating a history of domestic violence. The children are a proxy by which they're getting back at the mother. Even in cases where there have not [...]

How to help children after Luke Batty trauma

This article first published on SBS.com.au, click here for full article Children react to death in a different way to adults, says a psychologist who believes people should not avoid the oval where Luke Batty died. Children who witnessed the killing of 11-year-old Luke Batty at a Melbourne oval could re-enact the event as a [...]

Ugly is in the brain of the beholder

This story was published in the Monash University Newsletter. When people think of mental illness related to body image, the first thing that usually comes to mind is anorexia or associated eating disorders. But the lesser known body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) is five times more prevalent than anorexia and also causes higher levels of psychological [...]

Body dysmorphic disorder story on TV News

This news story about my research appeared on Channel Ten News 29th Dec 013

Ugliness condition link uncovered by Melbourne researcher

This article was published by Fairfax (The Age, Sydney Morning Herald) on 29th December 2013 and was written about my brain imaging research. Full article by John Elder via The Age website - A new imaging technique has uncovered a weak link in the brains of people who obsessively believe themselves to be ugly, a [...]

Ugly is in the eye of the beholder

This article was published on ScienceAlert and the original article can be found here. When people think of mental illness related to body image, the first thing that usually comes to mind is anorexia or associated eating disorders. But, the lesser known body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) is five times more prevalent than anorexia and also [...]

Ugly in the brain of the beholder

This article was published in HealthCanal 1st January 2014 and is based on my neuroimaging research on body image. Full article available here When people think of mental illness related to body image, the first thing that usually comes to mind is anorexia or associated eating disorders. But, the lesser known body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) [...]