• 316 Citations
  • 10 h-Index

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Research Interests

I am interested in factors influencing why people have low levels of wellbeing and develop mental illness and identifying psychological interventions that are efficacious. Specifically, I am examining how social and psychological risk factors lead to poor mental health (e.g., symptoms of depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorders or eating disorders).

My research interests include developing and evaluating technology-enhanced interventions (Internet, Apps, Podcast, SMS) to improve wellbeing and prevent and treat mental illness.

Research Biography

I was awarded a PhD in Psychology from the University of Tübingen, Germany in 2011. Before joining Flinders University in 2019, I held academic appointments in Germany (University Heidelberg), Portugal (University of Minho), Singapore (James Cook University, Singapore) and Australia (The Australian National University and University of Canberra).

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen


Award Date: 28 Jun 2011



Award Date: 4 Sep 2007

External positions

Post-doctoral Research Fellow, Australian National University


Lecturer, University of Canberra


Research Assistant, Australian National University


Lecturer, James Cook University, Singapore


Post-doctoral Research Fellow, Universidade do Minho


Marie Curie Research Fellow, Universidade do Minho


Research Associate, University Hospital Heidelberg


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Research Output

  • 316 Citations
  • 10 h-Index
  • 21 Article
  • 2 Review article
  • 1 Anthology
  • 1 Chapter

Are Fitbits Implicated in Body Image Concerns and Disordered Eating in Women?

Gittus, M., Fuller-Tyszkiewicz, M., Brown, H. E., Richardson, B., Fassnacht, D. B., Lennard, G. R., Holland, E. & Krug, I., 14 May 2020, In : Health Psychology.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Using Internet-Based Psychological Measurement to Capture the Deteriorating Community Mental Health Profile During COVID-19: Observational Study

    van Agteren, J., Bartholomaeus, J., Fassnacht, D. B., Iasiello, M., Ali, K., Lo, L. & Kyrios, M., 11 Jun 2020, In : JMIR mental health. 7, 6, 8 p., e20696.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • What prevents young adults from seeking help? Barriers toward help-seeking for eating disorder symptomatology

    Ali, K., Fassnacht, D. B., Farrer, L., Rieger, E., Feldhege, J., Moessner, M., Griffiths, K. M. & Bauer, S., 2 Apr 2020, In : International Journal of Eating Disorders. 53, 6, p. 894-906 13 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • A novel multi-component online intervention to improve the mental health of university students: Randomised controlled trial of the Uni Virtual Clinic

    Farrer, L., Gulliver, A., Katruss, N., Fassnacht, D. B., Kyrios, M. & Batterham, P. J., Dec 2019, In : Internet Interventions. 18, 10 p., 100276.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
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