Dr Elizabeth Rieger
At the Australian National University's Department of Psychology, Elizabeth Rieger has the titles of Senior Lecturer, Clinical Psychologist, and Clinical Program Director. She specializes in the treatment of eating disorders and obesity in both her research and her clinical work. The Anorexia Nervosa Stages of Change Questionnaire, which she developed as part of her dissertation research on the topic of motivation to change in anorexia nervosa, has been translated into six other languages and is widely used by researchers and therapists in both North America and Europe. She received her training in interpersonal psychotherapy while she was a postdoctoral fellow at the Centre for Eating and Weight Disorders (University of California, San Diego and San Diego State University). During this time, she was able to complete her fellowship. She is currently the chief investigator for a project funded by the NHMRC that is examining the effectiveness of motivational enhancement therapy for obese individuals. She is also a member of the Eating Disorders Research Society. Elizabeth has worked in the field of clinical psychology for more than 15 years at this point. Her clinical expertise includes working in public and private hospitals, university clinics, and private practice, where she treated obese children and adults, medical patients with accompanying psychiatric difficulties, and patients with eating disorders. She has experience teaching clinical skills to general practitioners, nurses, clinical psychologists, as well as medical students and students studying clinical psychology. In addition, she has experience teaching abnormal, clinical, and health psychology to students at the undergraduate and graduate levels.