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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


Dr Andrea Phillipou is a Research Fellow in the Centre for Mental Health at Swinburne University, and holds honorary Research Fellow positions at The University of Melbourne, St Vincent's Hospital and the Austin Hospital. She leads the Eating Disorders research agenda at Swinburne University and the Body Image & Eating Disorders research portfolio at St Vincent's Hospital, Melbourne. She completed her PhD entitled 'Investigating the neurobiological and cognitive features of anorexia nervosa' at The University of Melbourne from Feb 2012-Feb 2015. She has since published >40 peer-reviewed publications and 2 book chapters, and has received >$1 million in competitive research funding including a recent NHMRC Project Grant (CIA).

Dr Phillipou's primary research interests are in uncovering the neurobiological underpinnings of anorexia nervosa to improve treatment for this condition. Her research is also particularly interested in identifying biomarkers that can be used as objective tools for the diagnosis of anorexia nervosa and other psychiatric conditions.

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

Find out more about Dr Phillipou's research using the links below:

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.


Available to supervise honours students.

Fields of Research

  • Neurosciences - 110900
  • Psychology - 170100


  • 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


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

  • 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