Dr Simon Wilksch

Senior Research Fellow

  • 674 Citations
  • 14 h-Index
20042019

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Research Interests

Simon Wilksch is both a researcher and clinician in the area of eating disorders. He is a Senior Research Fellow leading research projects in the area of eating disorder risk factors, prevention, early intervention and improving treatment experience and outcomes for patients and their families. Together with Tracey Wade, he developed Media Smart, a school-based eating disorder risk reduction program that has been found to have a range of beneficial results in large-scale RCTs. Media Smart is now available for schools to use. An adapted online version for young-adults, Media Smart Online, has been found to have both prevention and treatment effects for eating disorder symptoms and to prevent the onset of related comobird problems (e.g., depressive symptoms, sucidality). He is also investigating the relationship between social media use and disordered eating in young adolescents. Finally, he is currently conducting an Australia-wide survey of parents who have had a child experience an eating disorder to systematically examine parents’ experience of seeking treatment for their child; how parents’ own wellbeing can be better supported; and, to examine novel eating disorder prevention options.

He has presented 33 conference presentations, and has given a further 26 presentations for other audiences (e.g., GPs, schools, parents). He has been awarded six competitive grants (four as CIA) and has contributed in many ways to the field including: serving on a range of committees in the development of the Statewide Eating Disorder Service; being the Scientific Chair for the 2019 Australian and New Zealand Academy for Eating Disorders conference; and, serving on the Executive of the Australian and New Zealand Academy for Eating Disorders. Simon is also a Clinic Director at Advanced Psychology Services, a large service providing treatment to children, adolescents and adults experiencing an eating disorder.

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Research Output

  • 674 Citations
  • 14 h-Index
  • 24 Article
  • 4 Chapter
  • 4 Paper
  • 1 Review article
  • 1 Citation (Scopus)

    The relationship between social media use and disordered eating in young adolescents

    Wilksch, S., O'Shea, A., Ho, P., Sue, B. & Wade, T., 3 Dec 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : International Journal of Eating Disorders. 53, 1, p. 96-106 11 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 2 Citations (Scopus)

    Internet eating disorder prevention

    Wade, T. & Wilksch, S., 1 Nov 2018, In : Current Opinion in Psychiatry. 31, 6, p. 456-461 6 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

  • 3 Citations (Scopus)
  • 4 Citations (Scopus)

    Do universal media literacy programs have an effect on weight and shape concern by influencing media internalization?

    Wade, T., Wilksch, S., Paxton, S., Bryne, S. & Austin, S., 2017, In : International Journal of Eating Disorders. 50, 7, p. 731-738 8 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 7 Citations (Scopus)