Susan Paxton, PhD


Dr. Paxton is a professor in the School of Psychology and Public Health at La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia. She has been a leading researcher in the field of body dissatisfaction and eating disorders prevention for two decades, contributing to our understanding of body image and eating disorders in a range of populations including children, adolescents, young adults, pregnant and post-partum women, women in midlife, and older men and women. Her research has contributed to the development of effective prevention and early intervention programs for body image and eating problems. Dr. Paxton has been President of both the Australian and New Zealand Academy for Eating Disorders and the Academy for Eating Disorders, the leading eating disorders professional organization in the world. In 2013, she received the Academy for Eating Disorder’s Leadership Award for Research. In addition, Dr. Paxton has served on numerous Australian government advisory bodies and is a Director of the Butterfly Foundation, Australia’s national advocacy organization for people affected by eating disorders.