Centre for Health and Social Research

A/Prof Leah Brennan
BAppSc(Hons) MSc PhD

Senior Research Fellow (Maternity Leave - OCT 2016)


A/Prof Leah Brennan is a Clinical, Health, Educational and Developmental Psychologist and Associate Professor in Clinical Psychology at Australian Catholic University Melbourne. Her primary areas of research include; (1) the role of psychology in understanding and treating eating, weight and body image concerns and their biopsychosocial comorbidities (e.g., diabetes, depression, stigma), and (2) the role of parents in improving child behaviour and well being.

She is particularly interested in developing and/or evaluating evidence based interventions, conducting intervention trials (including efficacy, effectiveness, implementation) and evaluating the effectiveness of real-world treatment programs. She works closely with a range of hospital, community and private treatment services and has recently lead the establishment of the ACU Clinic for Health Eating and Weight (CHEW) to provide high quality low cost assessment, treatment and support for eating, weight and body image concerns and to facilitate clinical research in this area. She also lead the ACU Body Image, Eating, and Weight Clinical Research Team (BEWT).