Research Committee

EDFA encourages, supports and regularly participates in eating disorders research

The purpose of the EDFA research committee is to embed research into the activities run by Eating Disorders Families Australia including;

  •  the evaluation of programs provided by EDFA
  •  undertaking research projects specifically on improving the mental health of families and carers


The research committee is composed of eating disorder researchers from Australia’s top universities including Swinburne University, Deakin University and The University of Melbourne.

If you are interested in being part of EDFA’s Research Committee, please contact us with your expression of interest here.

Research Committee Members

Dr Andrea Phillipou joins the board of EDFA

Dr Andrea Phillipou, Chair, Research Committee, Swinburne University

In addition to sitting on EDFA’s board, Andrea acts as the chair of the research committee and helps coordinate the research activities at EDFA. Andrea is passionate about providing better outcomes for people affected by eating disorders and their families, and is proud to contribute to the work undertaken by EDFA. Having had a family member with an eating disorder, Andrea knows the impact that a loved one’s eating disorder can have on those around them, and is thankful to organisation such as EDFA who provided such amazing support to carers and families.  

Sarah Giles Research Committee

Ms. Sarah Giles,  University of Melbourne

Sarah is currently completing her Master of Clinical Psychology/ PhD at the University of Melbourne. Her research interests include the role of obsessive-compulsive traits in eating disorders, and the overlap between autism spectrum disorder and eating disorders. Sarah is passionate about meaningfully incorporating consumers into research and clinical practice. Collaborating with EDFA has been an invaluable learning experience for Sarah and has provided an in-depth understanding as to what the needs of carers are and how research can better address these gaps.

Professor Isabel Krug, Melbourne University

Associate Professor Genevieve Pepin, Deakin University

Dr Sarah Giles, Swinburne University

Dr Aviva Lefkovits, Melbourne University 

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