Current Research and Scholarly Interests
As a scientist, I am interested in building an evidence base that informs the development, adoption and implementation of internet and mobile health behavior change applications in mental health care. Particularly exciting is the potential these technologies offer for individualized medicine and targeted prevention and/or treatment. To date I have pioneered the use of Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) platforms for clinical training in eating disorders and am testing it in an NIH funded trial. Early in my research career, I built the first Internet-delivered support group for people with Eating Disorders in Europe. Currently I am exploring the feasibility of offering internet-delivered guided self-help to parents of adolescents with anorexia nervosa.
Another line of my research has been understanding eating disorders among adolescent boys and young adult men.
Another speciality has been the neurocognitive profile of adolescents with anorexia nervosa and bulimic spectrum eating disorders. Our lab has pioneered this work with a view to elucidating the neurocognitive effect of length of illness on cognitive flexibility and central coherence.