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Dr Stephanie Damiano

Researcher, Vic

Dr Stephanie Damiano is the Manager of Butterfly Body Bright, Butterfly Foundation’s new whole of primary school body image program. Her role entails program development and evaluation and supporting primary schools to help their community foster positive body image and healthy attitudes and behaviours towards the body, eating and physical activity in all children.

Stephanie came to this role with a PhD in psychology, which explored anorexia nervosa in adolescent girls. Since then, Stephanie has dedicated her research career to understanding the development of body image in children and the related risk and protective factors, as well as developing educational and parent resources aimed at promoting a positive foundation for children’s developing body image.

Stephanie continues her research work in an honorary research fellow position in the EMBodIED Research Group in La Trobe University’s School of Psychology and Public Health.

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