Doctor Evelyn Smith

Doctor Evelyn Smith

Senior Lecturer in Clinical Psychology,
Specialist Psychology

Biography

I am a clinical psychologist specialising in eating disorders and obesity. I am an Associate Editor of the journal Clinical Obesity.

My main research program has focused on the possible effects of obesity and associated correlates (inflammation, arterial stiffness, diabetes) on cognition, and whether cognition and cognitive processes impact on eating behaviour and body image. I have also focused on developing or modifying treatments for obesity and eating disorders (attention training therapy, cognitive remediation therapy, cognitive behavioural therapy, schema therapy). My passion is bringing experimental approaches to obesity and eating disorders research, with the aim of understanding the determinants, consequences and management of obesity/eating disorders and comorbid psychopathology. As a clinical psychologist, I work closely with other health professionals, and capitalise on the different associated ways of thinking about each research problem. 

I completed my undegraduate degree (2002-2004), graduate diploma (2005) and PhD (2006- November 2010) at the University of Sydney. In my PhD I conducted experiments to investigate the relationship between attentional biases and eating disorders, and conducted a randomised controlled trial on attentional bias modification training for eating disorders. 

I then took a position at UNSW School of Psychiatry as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow working part-time with Professor Julian Trollor and Professor Perminder Sachdev (2011-2014). At the same time I completed a Master in Clinical Psychology at Western Sydney University (2011-2012). I commenced another Postdoctoral position at the University of Sydney (conjoint with St Vincent's Hospital) in April 2014 working with Prof Vicki Flood, but then secured the position as Lecturer in Psychology at Western Sydney University in February 2015. I was the acting Director of the Clinical and Health Psychology Research Initiative from June 2015 to June 2016. I was promoted to Senior Lecturer in Psychology in January 2017, and shortly after secured a competitive position as Senior Lecturer in Clinical Psychology within WSU, teaching Master in Clinical Psychology students exclusively. I was the Head of the Eating Disorders and Obesity Psychology Research Clinic in 2016 and 2017.

In 2019, I took a sabbatical and I am working as a Visiting Scientist at Johns Hopkins University.

This information has been contributed by Doctor Smith.

Qualifications

  • PhD University of Sydney
  • GradDipPsych University of Sydney
  • BSc(Psych) University of Sydney

Professional Memberships

  • Member of the Australian Psychological Society (2010)
  • Registered Psychologist with AHPRA (2011)
  • Member of the National Eating Disorders Collaboration (2012)
  • Endorsed Clinical Psychologist (2015)
  • Member of the Australian Clinical Psychology Association (2015)
  • Member of the Australian and New Zealand Obesity Society ANZOS (2015)

Interests

  • Ageing
  • Diabetes
  • Eating disorders
  • Inflammation
  • Obesity
  • Psychological Treatments
  • Psychology

Organisational Unit (School / Division)

  • Specialist Psychology

Contact

Email: Evelyn.Smith@westernsydney.edu.au
Phone: (02) 9772 6707
Mobile:
Location: 24.1.05
Bankstown

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Teaching

Previous Teaching Areas

  • 101614 Psychology and Health, 2015
  • 101614 Psychology and Health, 2016
  • 102400 Assessment: Cognitive Functions, 2017
  • 102400 Assessment: Cognitive Functions, 2018

Publications

Books

  • Simpson, S. and Smith, E. (2020), 'Schema Therapy for Eating Disorders: Theory and Practice for Individual and Group Settings', : Routledge 9780367272395.

Chapters in Books

  • Hayes, S. and Smith, E. (2021), 'Eating disorders during a coronavirus pandemic', Mental Health Effects of COVID-19, Academic Press 9780128242896.
  • Smith, E., Simpson, S. and McIntosh, V. (2020), 'Introduction to schema therapy for eating disorders', Schema Therapy for Eating Disorders: Theory and Practice for Individual and Group Settings, Routledge 9780367272395.
  • Simpson, S., Hartman, S., Files, N. and Smith, E. (2020), 'Review of the schema model and therapeutic application in eating disordered populations', Schema Therapy for Eating Disorders: Theory and Practice for Individual and Group Settings, Routledge 9780367272395.
  • Smith, E., Brockman, R. and Mendez, C. (2020), 'Schema therapy for eating disorders : therapist reflections from implementation of a multisite trial', Schema Therapy for Eating Disorders: Theory and Practice for Individual and Group Settings, Routledge 9780367272395.
  • Smith, E. and Simpson, S. (2020), 'Schema therapy for eating disorders : future directions', Schema Therapy for Eating Disorders: Theory and Practice for Individual and Group Settings, Routledge 9780367272395.
  • Smith, E. and Kneebone, I. (2016), 'Assessment and psychological interventions for depression comorbid with cardiovascular disease', Cardiovascular Diseases and Depression: Treatment and Prevention in Psychocardiology, Springer 9783319324784.
  • Smith, E. and Singer, J. (2016), 'Arterial stiffness in the depression and cardiovascular comorbidity', Cardiovascular Diseases and Depression: Treatment and Prevention in Psychocardiology, Springer 9783319324784.
  • Smith, E., Hay, P. and Raman, J. (2015), 'Cognitive remediation therapy for obesity', Cognitive Remediation Therapy (CRT) for Eating and Weight Disorders, Routledge 9781138794030.

Journal Articles

  • Spirou, D., Smith, E., Wood, K. and Raman, J. (2021), 'The clinical obesity maintenance model : a structural equation model', Eating and Weight Disorders, vol 26, no 6 , pp 1927 - 1937.
  • Talbot, D., Mansfield, H., Hayes, S. and Smith, E. (2021), ''She should not be a model' : the effect of exposure to plus-size models on body dissatisfaction, mood, and Facebook commenting behaviour', Behaviour Change, vol 38, no 3 , pp 135 - 147.
  • Smith, E., Treffiletti, A., Bailey, P. and Moustafa, A. (2020), 'The effect of attentional bias modification training on food intake in overweight and obese women', Journal of Health Psychology, vol 25, no 10-11 , pp 1511 - 1521.
  • Burton, A., Smith, E. and Abbott, M. (2020), 'Assessing the clinical utility of the Eating Beliefs Questionnaire : results from receiver operating characteristic curve analysis with a clinical sample', European Journal of Psychological Assessment, vol 36, no 2 , pp 421 - 426.
  • Spirou, D., Raman, J. and Smith, E. (2020), 'Psychological outcomes following surgical and endoscopic bariatric procedures : a systematic review', Obesity Reviews, vol 21, no 6 .
  • Talbot, D., Cass, J. and Smith, E. (2020), 'Male figural rating scales : a critical review of the literature', Behaviour Change, vol 37, no 2 , pp 59 - 73.
  • Talbot, D., Smith, E., Cass, J. and Griffiths, S. (2019), 'Development and validation of the New Somatomorphic Matrix-Male : a figural rating scale for measuring male actual-ideal body discrepancy', Psychology of Men and Masculinity, vol 20, no 3 , pp 356 - 367.
  • Talbot, D., Smith, E. and Cass, J. (2019), 'The relationship between psychophysical body categorization performance and male body dissatisfaction', Scientific Reports, vol 9 .
  • Talbot, D., Cass, J. and Smith, E. (2019), 'Visual Body Scale for Men (VBS) : validation of a new figural rating scale to measure perceived-desired body discrepancy in men', Journal of Clinical Psychology, vol 75, no 3 , pp 462 - 480.
  • Talbot, D., Smith, E. and Cass, J. (2019), 'Male body dissatisfaction, eating disorder symptoms, body composition, and attentional bias to body stimuli evaluated using visual search', Journal of Experimental Psychopathology, vol 10, no 2 .
  • Calvert, F., Smith, E., Brockman, R. and Simpson, S. (2018), 'Group schema therapy for eating disorders : study protocol', Journal of Eating Disorders, vol 6, no 1 .
  • Raman, J., Hay, P., Tchanturia, K. and Smith, E. (2018), 'A randomised controlled trial of manualized cognitive remediation therapy in adult obesity', Appetite, vol 123 , pp 269 - 279.
  • Rouel, M., Stevenson, R. and Smith, E. (2018), 'Predicting contamination aversion using implicit and explicit measures of disgust and threat overestimation', Behaviour Change, vol 35, no 1 , pp 22 - 38.
  • Allom, V., Mullan, B., Smith, E., Hay, P. and Raman, J. (2018), 'Breaking bad habits by improving executive function in individuals with obesity', BMC Public Health, vol 18, no 1 .
  • Rouel, M., Stevenson, R. and Smith, E. (2018), 'Examination of responses involved in contamination aversion based on threat type', Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, vol 37, no 2 , pp 83 - 106.
  • Rouel, M. and Smith, E. (2018), 'Attentional bias and its modification in contamination OCD symptomatology', Cognitive Therapy and Research, vol 42, no 5 , pp 686 - 698.
  • Hilbert, A., Blume, M., Petroff, D., Neuhaus, P., Smith, E., Hay, P. and Hubner, C. (2018), 'Group cognitive remediation therapy for adults with obesity prior to behavioural weight loss treatment : study protocol for a randomised controlled superiority study (CRT study)', BMJ Open, vol 8, no 9 .
  • Wang, L., Crawford, J., Reppermund, S., Trollor, J., Campbell, L., Baune, B., Sachdev, P., Brodaty, H., Samaras, K. and Smith, E. (2018), 'Body mass index and waist circumference predict health-related quality of life, but not satisfaction with life, in the elderly', Quality of Life Research, vol 27, no 10 , pp 2653 - 2665.
  • Rouel, M., Stevenson, R., Milne-Home, J. and Smith, E. (2018), 'Differences in emotions and cognitions experienced in contamination aversion', Journal of Experimental Psychopathology, vol 9, no 3 .
  • Smith, E. and Whittingham, C. (2017), 'Cognitive remediation therapy plus behavioural weight loss compared to behavioural weight loss alone for obesity : study protocol for a randomised controlled trial', Trials, vol 18, no 1 .
  • Burton, A., Hay, P., Keitman, S., Smith, E., Ramanathan, J., Swinbourne, J., Touyz, S. and Abbott, M. (2017), 'Confirmatory factor analysis and examination of the psychometric properties of the eating beliefs questionnaire', BMC Psychiatry, vol 17 .
  • Rouel, M., Raman, J., Hay, P. and Smith, E. (2016), 'Validation of the behaviour rating inventory of executive function : adult version (BRIEF-A) in the obese with and without binge eating disorder', Eating Behaviors, vol 23 , pp 58 - 65.
  • Jiang, J., Wen, W., Brown, D., Crawford, J., Thalamuthu, A., Smith, E., Breit, S., Liu, T., Zhu, W., Brodaty, H., Baune, B., Trollor, J. and Sachdev, P. (2015), 'The relationship of serum Macrophage Inhibitory Cytokine - 1 levels with gray matter volumes in community-dwelling older individuals', PLoS One, vol 10, no 4 .
  • Wimmelmann, C., Smith, E., Lund, M., Hansen, M., Dela, F. and Mortensen, E. (2015), 'The psychological profile of bariatric patients with and without type 2 diabetes : baseline results of the longitudinal GASMITO-PSYC study', Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases, vol 11, no 2 , pp 412 - 418.
  • Jiang, J., Trollor, J., Brown, D., Crawford, J., Thalamuthu, A., Smith, E., Breit, S., Liu, T., Brodaty, H., Baune, B., Sachdev, P. and Wen, W. (2015), 'An inverse relationship between serum macrophage inhibitory cytokine-1 levels and brain white matter integrity in community-dwelling older individuals', Psychoneuroendocrinology, vol 62 , pp 80 - 88.
  • Talbot, D., Smith, E., Tomkins, A., Brockman, R. and Simpson, S. (2015), 'Schema modes in eating disorders compared to a community sample', Journal of Eating Disorders, vol 3 .
  • Smith, E., Bailey, P., Crawford, J., Samaras, K., Baune, B., Campbell, L., Kochan, N., Menant, J., Sturnieks, D., Brodaty, H., Sachdev, P. and Trollor, J. (2014), 'Adiposity estimated using dual energy x-ray absorptiometry and body mass index and its association with cognition in elderly adults', Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, vol 62, no 12 , pp 2311 - 2318.
  • Raman, J., Hay, P. and Smith, E. (2014), 'Manualised cognitive remediation therapy for adult obesity : study protocol for a randomised controlled trial', Trials, vol 15 .
  • Singer, J., Trollor, J., Baune, B., Sachdev, P. and Smith, E. (2014), 'Arterial stiffness, the brain and cognition : a systematic review', Ageing Research Reviews, vol 15, no 1 , pp 16 - 27.
  • Donald, J., Abbott, M. and Smith, E. (2014), 'Comparison of attention training and cognitive therapy in the treatment of social phobia : a preliminary investigation', Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy, vol 42, no 1 , pp 74 - 91.
  • Sundara Raman, J., Smith, E. and Hay, P. (2013), 'The clinical obesity maintenance model : an integration of psychological constructs including mood, emotional regulation, disordered overeating, habitual cluster behaviours, health literacy and cognitive function', Journal of Obesity, vol 2013 , pp 240128 - 240128.
  • Fuchs, T., Trollor, J., Crawford, J., Brown, D., Baune, B., Samaras, K., Campbell, L., Breit, S., Brodaty, H., Sachdev, P. and Smith, E. (2013), 'Macrophage inhibitory cytokine-1 is associated with cognitive impairment and predicts cognitive decline : the Sydney Memory and Aging Study', Aging Cell, vol 12, no 5 , pp 882 - 889.
  • Singer, J., Trollor, J., Crawford, J., O'Rourke, M., Baune, B., Brodaty, H., Samaras, K., Kochan, N., Campbell, L., Sachdev, P. and Smith, E. (2013), 'The association between pulse wave velocity and cognitive function : the Sydney Memory and Ageing Study', PLoS One, vol 8, no 4 .
  • Samaras, K., Crawford, J., Baune, B., Campbell, L., Smith, E., Lux, O., Brodaty, H., Trollor, J. and Sachdev, P. (2012), 'The value of the metabolic syndrome concept in elderly adults : is it worth less than the sum of its parts?', Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, vol 60, no 9 , pp 1734 - 1741.
  • Baune, B., Smith, E., Reppermund, S., Air, T., Samaras, K., Lux, O., Brodaty, H., Sachdev, P. and Trollor, J. (2012), 'Inflammatory biomarkers predict depressive, but not anxiety symptoms during aging : the prospective Sydney Memory and Aging Study', Psychoneuroendocrinology, vol 37, no 9 , pp 1521 - 1530.
  • Trollor, J., Smith, E., Agars, E., Kuan, S., Baune, B., Campbell, L., Samaras, K., Crawford, J., Lux, O., Kochan, N., Brodaty, H. and Sachdev, P. (2012), 'The association between systemic inflammation and cognitive performance in the elderly : the Sydney Memory and Ageing Study', Age, vol 34, no 5 , pp 1295 - 1308.
  • Smith, E., Hay, P., Campbell, L. and Trollor, J. (2011), 'A review of the association between obesity and cognitive function across the lifespan : implications for novel approaches to prevention and treatment', Obesity Reviews, vol 12, no 9 , pp 740 - 755.
  • Trollor, J., Smith, E., Baune, B., Kochan, N., Campbell, L., Samaras, K., Crawford, J., Brodaty, H. and Sachdev, P. (2010), 'Systemic inflammation is associated with MCI and its subtypes : the Sydney Memory and Aging Study', Dementia and Geriatric Cognitive Disorders, vol 30, no 6 , pp 569 - 578.
  • Smith, E. and Rieger, E. (2010), 'An investigation of the effect of body dissatisfaction on selective attention toward negative shape and weight-related information', International Journal of Eating Disorders, vol 43, no 4 , pp 358 - 364.
  • Smith, E. and Rieger, E. (2009), 'The effect of attentional training on body dissatisfaction and dietary restriction', European Eating Disorders Review, vol 17, no 3 , pp 169 - 176.
  • Smith, E. and Rieger, E. (2006), 'The effect of attentional bias toward shape- and weight-related information on body dissatisfaction', International Journal of Eating Disorders, vol 39, no 6 , pp 509 - 515.

Conference Papers

  • Talbot, D., Smith, E. and Cass, J. (2017), 'An examination of body categorization and sequential dependency of male bodies', Experimental Psychology Conference, Shoal Bay, N.S.W..

I am interested in conducting research on the broad area of obesity and eating disorders.

Grants:

Total in the last 5 years: $1,014,704

2017

- Research Partnership Grant, Western Sydney University. Psychosocial predictors of weight before and after endoscopic non-surgical bariatric procedures. Partner with Gastric Balloon Australia ($65,000), Western Sydney University ($25,000).  

2016

- Investigator of a Western THRI Translational Health Research Grant Scheme. "Preventing Diabetes and its Complications in the Greater Western Sydney Samoan community. Partnership with Local Health District (LHD) and Primary Heath Network (PHN). External Income: $144,000 and Western Sydney University. $60,000 - 2016

- Researcher Development Strategic Initiative Funding - Conference Support. Western Sydney University - $4000. - 2016

2015

- Ramaciotti Foundations 2015 Health Investment Grant "Obesity, Inflammation and Cognition: examining their relationship within a randomised controlled trial of cognitive remediation therapy ($150,000 plus $150,000 matched by the School) - 2015 - 2019

- Chief Investigator of a UWS Women’s Fellowship. "Schema therapy for eating disorders" ($34,004) – 2015

 - Investigator in a St Vincent’s Clinic Foundation Grant titled "Healthy lifestyle trial to reduce progression of mild cognitive impairment: a pilot study of the Mediterranean Diet and physical Activity" ($25,000) - 2015

-  International Investigator of a German Federal Ministry of Education and Research grant titled "Group Cognitive Remediation Therapy for Adults with Obesity - A Randomized-Controlled Efficacy Study" (equivalent to AU$303,700) – 2015

2014

- Chief Investigator of a Diabetes Australia Research Trust grant titled "Cognitive Remediation Therapy for obesity – a preliminary investigation" ($60,000) – 2014

2007 - 2011

-  UNSW Faculty of Medicine Early Career Research Grant (AU$18,000) – 2011

-  Lucy Firth Postgraduate Research Scholarship (AU$40,250) – 2007-2009 

This information has been contributed by Doctor Smith.

Previous Projects

Title: A randomised controlled trial of cognitive remediation therapy for the obese - a preliminary investigation
Funder:
  • Diabetes Australia (ACRG)
Western Researchers: Evelyn Smith
Years: 2015-03-30 - 2015-05-29
ID: P00022816
Title: Reducing the Impact of Diabetes and its Complications in the Greater Western Sydney Samoan community
Funder:
  • University of Western Sydney
  • South Western Sydney Local Health District
  • WentWest Limited
  • South Western Sydney Primary Health Network Ltd
  • Wentworth Healthcare Limited
Western Researchers: Freya Macmillan, Jennifer Reath, Penny Abbott, Evelyn Smith, Kingsley Agho, Kenny Lawson, Jioji Ravulo and David Simmons
Years: 2016-07-26 - 2018-12-31
ID: P00023559
Title: Psychosocial predictors of weight before and after endoscopic non-surgical bariatric procedures
Funder:
  • Gastric Balloon Australia Pty Ltd
  • University of Western Sydney
Western Researchers: Evelyn Smith
Years: 2018-01-08 - 2018-12-05
ID: P00024524
Title: Obesity, inflammation and cognition: examining their relationship within a randomised controlled trial of cognitive remediation therapy [via Perpetual Trustee Co Ltd]
Funder:
  • Ramaciotti Australia Foundation
  • University of Western Sydney
Western Researchers: Evelyn Smith
Years: 2016-04-01 - 2019-06-24
ID: P00022892

Supervision

Current Supervision

Thesis Title: Investigating the Experience of Anger on an Obese Sample
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: Attentional Bias in Eating Disorder Subgroups and Muscle Dysmorphia: A Case for Attentional Bias Modification Therapy.
Field of Research:

Previous Supervision

Thesis Title: The Clinical Obesity Maintenance Model (COMM) and the efficacy of cognitive remediation therapy in obesity
Field of Research: Other Health; Behavioural Science Not Elsewhere Classified; Psychology
Thesis Title: An examination of the characteristics and mechanisms underlying contamination aversion.
Field of Research: Psychology
Thesis Title: Male Body Dissatisfaction: Developing Measures and Investigating Attentional Biases Toward Male Bodies
Field of Research: Psychology
Thesis Title: Protective Factors for Poor Psychological Adjustment Outcomes Following a Traumatic Brain Injury
Field of Research: Psychology

Media

Title: Obesity linked to cognition
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Title: Study links obesity with poor cognitive performance
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