Dr Ben Buchanan

BA(Hons) GradDipPsych, DPsych (Clinical), MAPS

I am a Clinical Psychologist  and have particular expertise in psychological problems that manifest and interact with physical concerns, such as Body Dysmorphic Disorder. I run the body image treatment program at Foundation Psychology Victoria in Balwyn.

As a scientist as well as a psychologists, I’m passionate about the data around how effective therapy is. I believe in Routine Outcome Monitoring, and am the co-founder and Director of NovoPsych, a software provider for mental health clinicians.

I run workshops for clinicians on outcome monitoring and consult with organisations wishing to implement outcome measurement practices.

I am the co-founder of ReadyMind, an assessment platform for conducting pre cosmetic procedure screening, assessing for Body Dysmorphic Disorder and other issues related to dissatisfaction with aesthetic treatments.

I publish scientific peer-reviewed research on outcome monitoring, the connection between brain function and behaviour, and have undertaken academic work at the Royal Children’s Hospital’s Murdoch Research Institute and Monash Alfred Psychiatry Research Centre. I lecture at Monash University teaching undergraduate and postgraduate students, and occasionally supervise Honours student’s research projects.

In terms of clinical background, I have worked in the public mental health system, including Monash Medical Centre, Casey Hospital and Southern Health’s Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service. I hold degrees in philosophy, behavioural science and a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology.

In my work I am driven by the belief that the discipline of psychology can not only have an impact on an individual level, but also on society as a whole.

I occasionally appear on TV and radio to comment on issues related to mental health, decision making, personality and body image.