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Dr Andrea Phillipou

Research Fellow
PhD, The University of Melbourne , Australia; Bachelor of Science (Honours) (Pyschophysiology), Swinburne University of Technology, Australia; Bachelor of Science (Psychology & Psychophysiology), Swinburne University of Technology, Australia

Biography

Dr Andrea Phillipou is a Research Fellow in the Centre for Mental Health at Swinburne University, and holds Honorary Research Fellow positions in Psychiatry at The University of Melbourne, St Vincent's Hospital and the Austin Hospital. She leads the SWinburne Anorexia Nervosa (SWAN) Research Group, and the Body Image & Eating Disorders Research Portfolio at St Vincent's Hospital. She completed her PhD entitled 'Investigating the neurobiological and cognitive features of anorexia nervosa' at The University of Melbourne from 02/2012 - 02/2015. She has since published >50 peer-reviewed papers and 2 book chapters, and has received >$1 million in competitive research funding including a recent NHMRC Project Grant (CIA).

Dr Phillipou’s research combines comprehensive neuro-bio-psycho-social methods and is focused predominantly on three distinct but related streams in anorexia nervosa:

1- Understanding the factors and mechanisms involved in the development and maintenance of anorexia nervosa,
2- Developing tools (e.g. biomarkers) that can be used for more accurate diagnosis, early intervention and prevention of anorexia nervosa, and
3- Developing more effective treatments for anorexia nervosa.

Dr Phillipou is experienced in the use of various methodologies including the use of psychiatric, psychological, neurocognitive and physiological assessements, structural and functional magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), magnetoencephalography (MEG), and transcranial direct current stimlation (tDCS). She holds particular expertise in eye movement assessments and eyetracking, as well as visual perception and neuroscience.

In 2017, Dr Phillipou founded the biennial Body Image & Related Disorders (BIRD) Conference, which will be hosted by Swinburne University again in 2019 (for more information visit: https://www.swinburne.edu.au/events/departments/research/2019/12/body-image--related-disorders-bird-conference-2019.php).

Find out more about Dr Phillipou's research using the links below:
https://www.swinburne.edu.au/research/mental-health/our-research/disorders/biomarker-anorexia-nervosa/
https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Andrea_Phillipou
https://scholar.google.com.au/citations?user=q8hQjxIAAAAJ&hl=en


Research interests

Clinical Psychology; Cognitive Psychology; Neuroscience

PhD candidate and honours supervision

Higher degrees by research

Accredited to supervise Masters & Doctoral students as Associate Supervisor.

Honours

Available to supervise honours students.

Fields of Research

  • Neurosciences - 110900
  • Psychology - 170100

Awards

  • 2018, National, Knowledge & Learning Travel Grant, Ian Potter Foundation
  • 2018, International, Journal of Eating Disorders Best Poster by a Young Investigator, Eating Disorders Research Society
  • 2017, Swinburne, First Prize, Early Career Researcher Presentation Award, Swinburne University of Technology
  • 2016, International, Early Career Investigator International Travel Fellowship Award, Society of Biological Psychiatry
  • 2015, Other, David Hay Memorial Fund Award, The University of Melbourne
  • 2012, National, Australian Postgraduate Award, The University of Melbourne

Publications

Also published as: Phillipou, Andrea; Phillipou, A.
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Recent research grants awarded

  • 2019: Establishing a biomarker for anorexia nervosa *; NHMRC Project Grants
  • 2019: Psilocybin for treatment-resistant depression *; Barbara Dicker Brain Science grant
  • 2018: Identifying the physical and psychological factors involved in poor sleep in anorexia nervosa *; Barbara Dicker Brain Science grant
  • 2018: The impact of depression on the cardiovascular and autonomic profile in people with anorexia nervosa *; Barbara Dicker Brain Science grant
  • 2018: Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS) for Anorexia Nervosa *; Swiss Anorexia Nervosa Foundation Fund Scheme
  • 2018: Travel to European Congress of Neuropsychopharmacology (ECNP) 2018 *; Centre for Mental Health - Internal contributions
  • 2017: An investigation of neurocognitive abnormalities in anorexia nervosa. *; Barbara Dicker Brain Science grant
  • 2017: Investigating the relationship between glutathione, mood and memory *; Barbara Dicker Brain Science grant

* Chief Investigator