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Associate Professor Leah Brennan Associate Professor (Psychology), Psychology

Associate Professor Leah Brennan is a clinical, health, educational and developmental psychologist and a board approved supervisor.

Leah has a particular interest in the application of psychological approaches to understand, prevent and treat eating, weight and body image concerns and their biopsychosocial comorbidities (e.g., polycystic ovary syndrome, depression, stigma) in children, adolescents and adults. She has a range of ongoing and upcoming projects in these areas.

Leah is passionate about the provision of best-practice psychological treatment in the community, and the development, evaluation and dissemination of evidence-based interventions suitable for ‘real-world’ application. She is developing an interest in the provision of best-practice psychological support in rural areas. Much of Leah’s academic teaching has focused on training psychologists to be scientist-practitioners by promoting the integration of evidence based practice and practice based research across postgraduate coursework, placement and theses.

Leah joined La Trobe School of Psychology and Public Health in October 2019. Prior to that Leah worked in a range of clinical (hospital, community and private), academic (ACU, Monash, RMIT University) and policy (State Government) roles. Most recently she was an Associate Professor at Australian Catholic University where she has focused predominately on postgraduate teaching and leadership. There she led the Body Image, Eating, and Weight Clinical Research Team (BEWT) and the Clinic for Health Eating and Weight (CHEW) aimed at integrating science and practice in postgraduate psychology training.

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